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Conservatives are Wrong: Finding Solutions

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There is a lot of talks out there, especially as we inch closer to the primary elections, about a variety of social issues. However, the loudest opinions currently blasted are generally not only wrong but willfully wrong and extremely detrimental to society. This negative rhetoric distracts from the real issues at play around us and serves only to prevent meaningful discussions on solving our biggest problems.

For example, arguments about the death penalty do not serve to improve the fundamental problems within our justice system, nor do they contribute any new ideas to preventing crime and increasing public safety.

Rather than talking about the death penalty, we could instead focus on the causes of crime – namely poor coping skills that lead to violence. We can solve this problem through progressive educational programs that teach children life skills and we could make counseling services more readily available to low-income families who need it the most.

Rather than talking about the death penalty, we could instead focus on the causes of crime – namely poor coping skills that lead to violence. We can solve this problem through progressive educational programs that teach children life skills and we could make counseling services more readily available to low-income families who need it the most.

Now, let’s look a more specific example of a problem we could be discussing and solving right now if we weren’t so busy arguing about the merits of welfare programs and the death penalty:

Instead of focusing on how we should punish drug users, why not focus instead on educational programs and rehabilitation? Rather than building more prisons, why not build more detox centers and schools? As a matter of fact, building more detox centers and schools would save us a lot of money, not just in the short term, but in the long term as well. In the short term, it would save taxpayers upwards of $15 billion per year, just in administrative costs, to place the offenders who have a history of drug offenses (and nothing else) into an inpatient drug treatment program instead of prison.

It would save taxpayers untold billions of dollars in lost productivity, prevent money from going into the black market instead of local economies, and would reduce overall criminality in neighborhoods by decreasing the demand for drugs. If there are fewer people addicted to drugs, there will be less business for drug dealers, less drug-related crime (such as theft or prostitution to support a drug habit), and more productive folks building up communities rather than tearing them down.

Drug crimes have a recidivism rate of 61%, that means that 61% of the estimated 500,000 people in prison right now for drug related crimes will be back in prison for other drug related crimes in addition to new drug offenders. On the other hand, most inpatient drug treatment programs have a success rate of nearly 70%, which means those people will not go back to drugs and will not require any additional taxpayer funds as a result of their drug addiction. Ok, now for the catch – we do not have nearly enough resources to send these drug offenders to treatment.

So, the task would be to start changing the laws to send drug offenders to mandatory drug treatment, give treatment staff the authority to keep their patients in treatment (rather than letting them sign themselves out, which would defeat the purpose of treatment entirely), and increasing the number of rehabilitation centers instead of the number of prisons. This would create many well-paying jobs without getting rid of our current correctional jobs, and in fact, it would improve the jobs of current correctional staff by reducing prison overpopulation and the subsequent crime that follows overpopulation.

Ok, now for the catch – we do not have nearly enough resources to send these drug offenders to treatment. So, the task would be to start changing the laws to send drug offenders to mandatory drug treatment, give treatment staff the authority to keep their patients in treatment (rather than letting them sign themselves out, which would defeat the purpose of treatment entirely), and increasing the number of rehabilitation centers instead of the number of prisons. This would create many well-paying jobs without getting rid of our current correctional jobs, and in fact, it would improve the jobs of current correctional staff by reducing prison overpopulation and the subsequent crime that follows overpopulation.

This would create many well-paying jobs without getting rid of our current correctional jobs, and in fact, it would improve the jobs of current correctional staff by reducing prison overpopulation and the subsequent crime that follows overpopulation.

So, the task would be to start changing the laws to send drug offenders to mandatory drug treatment, give treatment staff the authority to keep their patients in treatment (rather than letting them sign themselves out, which would defeat the purpose of treatment entirely), and increasing the number of rehabilitation centers instead of the number of prisons. This would create many well-paying jobs without getting rid of our current correctional jobs, and in fact, it would improve the jobs of current correctional staff by reducing prison overpopulation and the subsequent crime that follows overpopulation.

This would create many well-paying jobs without getting rid of our current correctional jobs, and in fact, it would improve the jobs of current correctional staff by reducing prison overpopulation and the subsequent crime that follows overpopulation.

Cutting through bias by returning to the facts:

Each of the problems or concepts below is one that many of these conservative politicians and commentators have either gotten flat wrong or have a very unhealthy view on. If we can all get rid of these ridiculous notions, we can start working toward real solutions for improving the problems that exist in our country. It takes each and

It takes each and every one of us to make our communities better, so I encourage everyone who reads this to do their part by spreading both facts and real ideas for solutions rather than just negativity, name-calling and mudslinging.

You will notice that conservative is placed between quotation marks simply because it is my opinion that the people who have these sort of opinions are not conservative in any meaningful sense, but are those who (incorrectly) believe that they have the answers to everything. There are real conservatives who believe in the old “mind your own business” ideology, and want to take issues slowly to hash out what absolutely needs to be done and what is just a “nice thing to think about”.

These “real” conservatives are willing to discuss opinions in a productive sense and are usually intelligent and thoughtful people. The “conservatives” generally don’t know much about anything, will not listen to anyone who disagrees with them, but feels that they are entitled to scream their woefully misinformed opinions at the top of their lungs anyway. I think it is insulting to lump thoughtful conservatives in with the “conservatives”.

These “real” conservatives are willing to discuss opinions in a productive sense and are usually intelligent and thoughtful people. The “conservatives” generally don’t know much about anything, will not listen to anyone who disagrees with them, but feels that they are entitled to scream their woefully misinformed opinions at the top of their lungs anyway. I think it is insulting to lump thoughtful conservatives in with the “conservatives”.

So, without any further ado, I present the breakdown of the following (and sometimes controversial) concepts that I believe are some of the biggest problems for “conservatives”:

1. Evolution

Technical Definition: The process by which genetic material is preserved and passed on to future generations.

What a child knows: Dinosaurs.

What a “conservative” hears: Liberal propaganda meant to undermine religion.

The plain and simple truth: The simple act of reproduction is a part of the evolution process. Evolution does not equate to making a species “better” or “worse” but is rather a mechanism through which genes compete to preserve and replicate themselves. The genes that make an organism competitive enough to mate will win out over others and become the new norm for a species to eventually be topped by newer genes that give an organism a serious competitive edge in breeding.

And of course, as the environment changes around all of these evolving creatures, those with genes that make them the most adaptable will be the ones that are most likely to survive long enough to breed. The most well-known theory of evolution is Darwin’s theory of “survival of the fittest”.

The reason that it is the most widely accepted theory of evolution is that it has held up to attempts to debunk it and provides the best explanation of how evolution works. Evolution itself is not a theory but rather a fact; the theories that exist are merely on how evolution actually works.

2. Pregnancy

Technical Definition: The occasional result of an act of coitus or of artificial insemination which leads a fully matured egg to be fertilized by a mature sperm.

What a child knows: A baby growing inside of a woman’s tummy.

What a “conservative” hears: Often the result of a night of drinking or of talking about sex too much. Usually a mistake and an annoyance. Is often a tool used by women to force a man into an unwanted relationship or into unnecessary hardship.

Is often an excuse for women to refuse to engage in unpleasant activities, such as working or doing household chores, though the symptoms are often exaggerated by women who are just looking for attention and/or sympathy. A very unpleasant experience for men.

The plain and simple truth: The result of an act of coitus or of an artificial insemination which leads a fully matured egg to be fertilized by a mature sperm. This can result from an act of consensual sex either without the use of birth control or with the use of birth control that fails, or from an act of non-consensual sex. The resulting change in hormones has the potential to make female carriers experience any number of physical symptoms, including nausea.

The psychological impact of pregnancy can have any wide number of effects on the female carrier based on the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, her readiness to become a parent, her personality, and her medical history. The medical impact of a pregnancy on a woman is based heavily on her medical history, her psychology, her genetics, and her access to appropriate medical care during the course of her pregnancy.

3. Abortion

Technical Definition: The conscious termination of a pregnancy based on medical, psychological, or social grounds. Can also include accidental termination of the pregnancy.

What a child knows: When there’s nothing growing anymore in the woman’s tummy.

What a “conservative” hears: A homicide or murder on the grounds that the embryo may not have been accidentally terminated later in the pregnancy. The “easy way out” for a woman who refuses to own up to her own irresponsible behavior that led to the pregnancy. An attempt to avoid the negative consequence of becoming a parent.

The plain and simple truth: When a pregnancy occurs, either by accident, rape, or failure of birth control, it often carries a heavy psychological and medical impact for the female carrier. Often times, whether the pregnancy is the result of an accident or was willful, the impact is a positive one for both parents (whether or not they were involved in an exclusive relationship) and brings with it joyful anticipation, curiosity, and wonderment.

However, pregnancy can be a negative experience for a female carrier based on the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, her readiness to be a parent (including her financial security and access to medical treatment), and her psychology. In these cases where the pregnancy poses a serious medical or psychological risk to the female carrier, it often becomes necessary to end the pregnancy and to treat the underlying problems present for the female.

Failing to do so often results in very serious situations such as (but not limited to) psychological distress, medical distress or death, child abuse, child neglect, substance abuse, or suicide of the child or mother. Terminating an unwanted or unhealthy pregnancy may be the best way to minimize unnecessary suffering with the fewest possible medical side effects of all other options.

4. Woman

Technical Definition: Biological starting point – adult human of female persuasion

What a child knows: Mommy, sister, auntie, teacher, doctor, police officer

What a “conservative” hears: An Uncontrolled mass of emotions incapable of making decisions – put on this planet to serve men.

The plain and simple truth: Have 10 times more white matter with men, meaning brains are denser and have more connections between locations. Typically a bit better at multitasking, memory, and language skills. Emotion and thought centers are more densely connected, making these individuals better at efficient decision making. (the more female the brain, the more this applies)

5. Man

Technical Definition: Biological result of introduction of additional hormones into the mother’s womb – adult human of male persuasion

What a child knows: Daddy, brother, uncle, teacher, doctor, police officer

What a “conservative” hears: Head of household, head of community, decision-maker, in control of emotion though incapable of containing male nature (multiple sex partners, violence, forgetfulness)

The plain and simple truth: Have 6.5 times more gray matter than women, making brains larger and lighter. Typically a bit better at localized tasks that require more detailed memory rather than a “quick-access” memory. Brains are able to withstand a greater amount of damage without compromising functionality, making them more likely to retain high functionality in later years or after a serious injury. (the more male the brain, the more this applies)

6. Gay Man

Technical Definition: A human male born with a genetic factor found in the Xq28 region (also called GAY-1)

What a child knows: A man who likes kissing other men.

What a “conservative” hears: A man who engages in frequent and questionable sex acts, many of which can be illegal, and all of which pose a serious threat to society. Additionally, most of these individuals see nothing wrong with their questionable sex acts and want to create a safe haven for these questionable sex acts.

The plain and simple truth: An individual who is born at some point of the male spectrum, has a male brain, usually, has male genitalia, and is attracted to other individuals along the male spectrum. His sex drive, sex preferences, and preferences in partners vary based on a combination of personality and genetics (which is the case for all males).

Typically has little or no interest in sex with a female though continues to have the same level of non-sexual curiosity of the female body (largely due to human nature and to the fact that gay men do not have and do not want to have female bodies). Not typically offended by the curiosity of his relationship preferences as long as strict adherence to his boundaries is maintained.

7. Gay Woman

Technical Definition: A human female born with a genetic factor found in the Xq28 region (also called GAY-1)

What a child knows: A woman who likes kissing other women.

What a “conservative” hears: A woman who is either so undesirable to men or is so jealous of men’s societal power that she has decided to have tons of sex with other women, mostly to piss off other members of society who would much rather go about their own lives. These individuals hate men and this is the only reason for their sexual deviancy.

The plain and simple truth: An individual who is born at some point of the female spectrum, has a female brain, usually, has female genitalia, and is attracted to other individuals along the female spectrum. Her sex drive, sex preferences, and preferences in partners vary based on a combination of personality and genetics (which is the case for all females). Typically has no interest in sex with a male other than perhaps to fulfill a simple curiosity. Tends to believe that males can be too pushy and are uncomfortable with receiving sexual attention from men. Can be uncomfortable speaking with heterosexual men unless they are in committed relationships or can respect her boundaries. Usually not offended by the curiosity of her relationship preferences.

Typically has no interest in sex with a male other than perhaps to fulfill a simple curiosity. Tends to believe that males can be too pushy and are uncomfortable with receiving sexual attention from men. Can be uncomfortable speaking with heterosexual men unless they are in committed relationships or can respect her boundaries. Usually not offended by the curiosity of her relationship preferences.

Typically has no interest in sex with a male other than perhaps to fulfill a simple curiosity. Tends to believe that males can be too pushy and are uncomfortable with receiving sexual attention from men. Can be uncomfortable speaking with heterosexual men unless they are in committed relationships or can respect her boundaries. Usually not offended by the curiosity of her relationship preferences.

8. Gay Marriage

Technical Definition: The union of two individuals who are along the same gender spectrum in a socially-recognized (and often governmentally protected) exclusive and committed relationship.

What a child knows: When a man marries a man or when a woman marries a woman.

What a “conservative” hears: An attempt to force society into condoning questionable sexual practices, which may include bestiality, incest, and child molestation. Not done in earnest, but rather as a way to spite the rest of society, which does not see their behavior as appropriate.

The plain and simple truth: The union of two individuals of the same gender on the basis of a desire to form a family that is legally protected and recognized in such a way that will not impede the couple’s attempt to fulfill life goals and/or raise a family. A “marriage” is the colloquial term for a publicly recognized romantic union that creates a household where there was none before, this is the publicly recognized romantic union of two individuals of the same gender. May or may not include a religious affiliation (which is the same as in the case of heterosexual marriage). As in the case of heterosexual marriage, this often stipulates that both individuals will remain monogamous and respectful of the other’s needs.

May or may not include a religious affiliation (which is the same as in the case of heterosexual marriage). As in the case of heterosexual marriage, this often stipulates that both individuals will remain monogamous and respectful of the other’s needs.

May or may not include a religious affiliation (which is the same as in the case of heterosexual marriage). As in the case of heterosexual marriage, this often stipulates that both individuals will remain monogamous and respectful of the other’s needs.

May or may not include a religious affiliation (which is the same as in the case of heterosexual marriage). As in the case of heterosexual marriage, this often stipulates that both individuals will remain monogamous and respectful of the other’s needs.

A “marriage” is the colloquial term for a publicly recognized romantic union that creates a household where there was none before, this is the publicly recognized romantic union of two individuals of the same gender.

May or may not include a religious affiliation (which is the same as in the case of heterosexual marriage). As in the case of heterosexual marriage, this often stipulates that both individuals will remain monogamous and respectful of the other’s needs.

9. Death Penalty

Technical Definition: The use of some government-mandated method for putting an inmate to death as a punishment that is determined by a jury.

What a child knows: When someone who committed a crime is killed by the government.

What a “conservative” hears: It is the most appropriate punishment for people who take the life of another. It gives potential murderers a reason to think twice before committing a murder. The murderer didn’t show any mercy for the person they killed, so why should society show them any mercy?

The plain and simple truth: This is considered a form of “punishment” by the American justice system, though it regularly takes decades to carry out the death sentence. There is a belief that this serves as a deterrent to would-be criminals but is widely accepted by experts in criminal justice as having no effect on the murder rate either way.

Currently, the death penalty is not used on violent repeat offenders who pose a significant risk to those in prison who actually have the ability to be rehabilitated. It could, in theory, be better used to make prisons safe for the rehabilitation of criminals more focused on change, but has not been used in that fashion to date.

As the death penalty has been proven conclusively to have ended the lives of innocent individuals who were later exonerated by DNA evidence, it poses significant questions of morality. Additionally, as several constitutional challenges have been raised in response to the death penalty, it has become vastly more expensive to put an inmate to death than it is to keep the inmate in prison for life.

10. Welfare (Government Assistance)

Technical Definition: A government-funded aid program that is designed to act as a safety net of sorts for those living in poverty or near-poverty.

What a child knows: When the government gives money to poor people.

What a “conservative” hears: A corrupt system put in place by naive liberals to allow lazy individuals, who are often addicted to drugs, to get by on the taxpayer’s dime.

The plain and simple truth:  The programs included in “welfare” include: Medicaid, Food Stamps, SSI, HUD, TANF, Head Start, Work Study, and Medicare. The biggest goal of US welfare programs is to get households to the point that they do not depend on welfare programs through educational assistance, which is intended to allow beneficiaries to obtain a better job. Most individuals who utilize these programs need welfare for temporary assistance while few rely heavily on those programs.

Unfortunately, due to conservative propaganda aimed at undermining these programs, they are woefully underfunded to the point of becoming less effective. Additionally, as there are many other problems with our system, there are several other factors that need to be addressed to reduce the income gaps that exist.

Most individuals who utilize these programs need welfare for temporary assistance while few rely heavily on those programs. Unfortunately, due to conservative propaganda aimed at undermining these programs, they are woefully underfunded to the point of becoming less effective. Additionally, as there are many other problems with our system, there are several other factors that need to be addressed to reduce the income gaps that exist.

Updated: September 7, 2017 — 10:21 am

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