180 Degrees of Separation

Burt Prelutsky

10/22/2007 12:01:00 AM - Burt Prelutsky

One of the silliest complaints that liberals never tire of leveling against conservatives is that we’re divisive. I should hope so. God forbid that those of us on the right should ever roll over for the knuckleheads on the left. But this is a perfect example of the pot calling the kettle divisive.

The truth of the matter is that it’s nearly always the folks on the left who go out of their way to promote the issues that separate Americans. For instance, consider the Second Amendment. It’s been around for well over 200 years, and for most of that time people have understood it to mean that our citizens had a constitutional right to own guns. True, states could pass legislation that required registration, instruction in the proper use of firearms, waiting periods to obtain permits, and proof that one wasn’t a convicted felon. But the right to bear arms was inviolate. Then, one day, some addle-brained leftist woke up and decided to revoke the Second Amendment, and, what’s more, to make the issue a plank in the Democratic platform. Then, when law-abiding gun owners spoke up on their own behalf, the left accused

them of being divisive.

When those whose own religion is atheism made it their unholy mission to remove Christian and Jewish symbols from public places, the first thing they did was to pretend that “separation of church and state” actually exists somewhere in the U.S. Constitution. There is no ambiguity in the document, no legitimate excuse for misreading the First Amendment. In plain English, it states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom or speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Did I miss something about cities and towns being denied the freedom to light up Christmas trees or display menorahs? No, I didn’t think so. It merely states what Congress can’t do, not what anybody else can do. But point this out to a liberal who’s frothing at the mouth over Christmas wreaths hung on the door of city hall, and dollars to donuts he’ll accuse you of being divisive.

Tell a black politician or a professional huckster like Al Sharpton what he or she can do with their demands for reparations, and they’ll call you divisive, just exactly as the illegal alien cabal will do if you insist that a fence should be erected at the border.

And let us not forget the brouhaha over same-sex marriage. For thousands of years, everyone understood that marriage was the union of a man and a woman. Over night, lesbians and homosexuals decided that they were an oppressed minority simply because they weren’t being allowed to get married. When heterosexuals suggested they settle for civil unions, they got terribly upset, as did divorce attorneys, for that matter. Encouraged by a handful of morons -- notably the members of the Massachusetts Supreme Court and the mayor of San Francisco -- they became positively livid, insisting that anyone who didn’t agree to turn marriage on its head was being divisive, not to mention that good old standby, homophobic.

Well, the way I look at it, if you don’t agree 100% with everything I’ve just written, you are not only wrong, you’re divisive!