I think Retired Spook has struck a nerve here, and I am pleased that the dialogue has remained civil – kudos to everyone for that and especially our liberals, so considering the volume of posts on the previous thread – let’s pick it up here. One observation I would like to make comes from a comment from James (not to single him out, but it was in his post). I read this the minute he posted it and have been thinking about it ever since:
…….its (gun control) not on top of my list to be honest. many more things wrong with this country.
I think that comment is indicative of how liberals largely see America, including the President. I think liberals see America has an unjust, racist, imperialistic country that needs to be “brought down to size” so to speak, and that vision could really be at the heart of what separates liberalism and conservatism. I, and I think most conservatives, see America as that “shining city on the hill” (to quote a great President), that has many more virtues than vices. Has this country made mistakes, of course, but has this country advanced prosperity, civil and human rights, and promoted diversity of culture and progress more so than any other country on this planet? That would be a resounding YES! I don’t see America as a country with “many more things wrong with it”. I see America as a country that needs to get back to it’s original charter, to continue the path towards even more “progress”.