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What Side of the Fence Are You On?

by Joanne Seward


A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words, redistribution of wealth.


This young woman was deeply ashamed that her father was a staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed to him. Based on the lectures that she had participated in at college and the occasional conversations with her professors, she felt her father had harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.


One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. The self – professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors just had to be the truth and she told her father so. He responded by asking her how she was doing in school. Quite taken aback, she answered haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA and firmly let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying which left her no time to go out and party like her fellow classmates were doing. She did not even have time for a boyfriend because she spent all her time studying. Her father listened intently then asked her, “How is your friend, Audrey, doing?”


His daughter replied, “Well, she is barely getting by. All she takes are the easiest of classes, and barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus and for her college is a blast. She is invited to all the parties and many times she does not even show up for classes because she is too hungover.”


Her father then asked her, “Well, why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend, Audrey that way you will now both have a 3.0 GPA. That ends up being an equal distribution of GPA.”


The daughter, visibly shocked and insulted by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “Wait a minute. That is a crazy idea and how would that be fair? I have worked so hard for my grades; I have invested so much time. Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”


The father slowly smiled, winked, and said, “Honey, welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”


If you have ever wondered what side of the fence you are on, look at this.

· If a conservative does not like guns, he doesn’t buy one

· If a liberal does not like guns, he wants all guns outlawed

· If a conservative is a vegetarian, he does not eat meat

· If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone

· If a conservative is down and out, he thinks about how to better his situation

· A liberal wonders, who is going to save and take care of him

· If a conservative does not like a particular talk show host, he switches the channel

· If a liberal does not like a particular talk show host, he demands that they be shut down (think One American News)

· If a conservative is a non- believer, he does not go to church

· If a liberal is a non- believer, he wants any mention of Jesus or God silenced

· If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it or chooses a job that provides it

· A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his

· If a conservative reads this, he will forward this so his friends can have a good laugh

· A liberal will delete it because he is “offended”

Liberalism comes from a place of “emotions” VS Conservatism comes from a place of “position”


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