By Tom Quiner
What is the essence of being human?
One quality immediately hits me. It’s the ability to respect.
It’s the ability to respect human life.
It’s the ability to respect our neighbors, to love them as ourselves.
It’s the ability to respect our environment, to be good stewards of this great land.
What is involved with being respectful? For one thing, it involves showing consideration. And for another, it involves not violating something.
I think this is what is so baffling many on the political right when it comes to those on the political left.
Those on the right consider it natural, logical, and imperative to respect human life in the womb. But the left doesn’t. They aggressively block any laws designed to protect such life.
What is so baffling is that the left bends over backwards to protect rodent life and insect life with the passage of endangered species laws.
Why does one political perspective view the fetus with no respect, while another reveres it?
And yet both sides of the political spectrum support endangered species laws.
The political left also respects the environment. They have passed laws that make it time-consuming and expensive to move forward on construction projects in the name of protecting wet lands and animal life. This is one of the reasons President Obama’s “shovel-ready” projects never materialized when Congress passed that mammoth stimulus package early in his presidency. It takes five to seven years of legal groundwork to simply get started building new roads. The environmental red tape is just that complex. Any benefits of those types of projects take more than a decade to realize.
This leads me to an inexplicable dichotomy.
Two huge rallies took place at the nation’s capital in 2012, in the same space where Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech.
One was Glen Beck’s huge “Restoring Respect” rally. The other was the liberal response.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered for each.
So, who left the premises in better condition: the liberals or the conservatives?
Most folks would assume it would be the liberals, because they CARE more about the environment. Right?
But that’s not what happened, according to Mr. Beck’s video footage at the top of this post. According to Mr. Beck, conservatives left the space cleaner than they found it. They picked up their own trash.
The video footage of the liberal’s rally shows they left a huge mess behind.
I mention this because of the Left’s tendency to disrespect the environment and public and private property, which continues with recent newsworthy rallies. I’m certain you saw the video footage of Leftists breaking glass store fronts during last week’s Inaugural Parade. In their attempt to vent their rage at losing an election, they violently struck at private business owners.
But did you see the mess they left behind at Hillary Clinton rallies a few months ago, or the mammoth mess they left behind after Saturday’s so called Women’s March?
By contrast, the annual March for Life is a tidy affair.
Which leads us back to the question of respect.
If liberals really respect the environment more, why would they show such disrespect to the environment surrounding the Capital Mall, or wherever they gather?
When liberals gather for a cause or a protest, why do they always leave a garbage dump behind?
Do you call this respect?