As luck would have it, my blog was recently visited by a friend on the left who was nice enough to give me lots of examples of what may come up when you get backed into a corner, talking politics, by someone with whom you disagree. He gave me so many examples that I may not have time to address them all. If you would like to read the entire exchange click here. Let me also clarify that I am posting this for my conservative friends who have been cornered, and weren't quite sure how to respond. I am not doing so to be mean to the commenter.
When it comes to the Constitution I will re-iterate that there are many on the left that believe that if something is not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution as being un-Constitutional that it must thereby be Constitutional. Because rape isn't mentioned in the Constitution doesn't make it Constitutional. We could argue these points all day.
When I mentioned that Saddam Hussein used WMD on the Kurds he replied that "Hundreds of dictators slaughter thousands of people each year. Why aren't (we) you clamoring for the US to overthrow...." I didn't mean that we went into Iraq to save the Kurds, my point was only that Saddam Hussein had WMD and used them. But in reply, I would say that by his logic we should never have gone into Europe during WWII. Germany didn't attack us, Japan did.
He wrote that the US government gave Iran chemical weapons. That is a lie, plain and simple. There were some US chemical companies (now out of business) that may have sold chemicals to Iraq. And prior to our invasion of Iraq, contrary to what those on the left would tell you, the entire world believed Saddam Hussein was a threat, as did the previous Democratic administration.
Maybe telling someone to move to France is a bit harsh. I just think that people who want to live in a socialist country might find Europe a better fit than the United States of America.
If my visitor had read my blog regularly he would have found a post with a link to an article that details the progress we have made in Iraq.
The history books I've read have told me that from the 1950's to the 1980's the Soviets and communists were a real threat to freedom-loving people everywhere. They used brutality to enforce their "utopian" ideals. The "democratically elected Iranian government" in 1953 was a communist government allied with the Soviets, so the CIA assisted in the toppling of that government. And no, I have not said that I think Jimmy Carter should have invaded Iran, but he could have done something to help a US ally. Maybe he would have avoided the hostage crisis that humiliated him so.
In closing, they will make things up, omit other things and then get upset if you tell them to move to France. Keep up your guard and if you're lucky you won't get stuck in that corner!