We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Critics suggested not only that I be fired for my views but that I should be prosecuted for them, and that the government should ensure that such views are not published. Live-and-let-live is not the Left’s way, never has been, and never will be. It is not sufficient that transsexuals should be free to act on their delusions — the rest of us are expected to participate in them with unreserved enthusiasm, and the Left is willing to use the state to compel us to do so. To simply believe otherwise and to share those views in print is in the minds of many on the Left not only a social transgression but something that should be a crime. The belief that members of minority political tendencies should be jailed for their views is very much in vogue for the Left at the moment. Democrats in the Senate are seeking to repeal the First Amendment. All of us — conservatives and whatever traditional liberals there still may be on the left side of the spectrum — should fully appreciate the sobering fact that there is a nascent, popular, authoritarian movement among members of the Left that supports everything from censorship to literal, non-metaphorical gulags in which to imprison people for their political beliefs.
It's necessary to be fearless in the face of these jerks and lunatics. On further thought, "fearless" is not the word. The right approach is mockery, not courage.
Mockery is good. But it is always a good idea when dealing with zealots and cowards to think about self defense. Given the many DemProg (h/t Bookworm) who tend to show up at workplaces and elsewhere to shoot people, mockery with a carry permit is better.
Is one person's opinion of more value than another? If a person's gender is the result of his or her opinion, would a person's gender also be the result of someone else's opinion?
I can hear the cries that a person knows himself better than someone else - but humans are probably the only animal that is smart enough to fool himself (psychological defenses). So why wouldn't a dispassionate observer have just as good or better opinion about somebody else?
Does it need to be said that gender has nothing to do with opinion but everything to do with genetics and biology? I guess it does for some people...