The right winger in you

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It is not you, nor is there a group called right wingers. It
is each one of us once a while, occasionally or frequently a right winger.  There is a right winger in each one of us be it politically, ethnically or religiously at least once in a life time.  Check the following seven things out;
  1. No tolerance for criticism of the president, as long as president
    is from their own party. For example, a right wing Republican would not
    tolerate any criticism of Bush, it amounts to disloyalty to the nation and without
    blinking an eye, you are unpatriotic, and they will accuse you and blame your religion,
    race, ethnicity or immigrant status or whatever they can find that is different in you.  
    They usually attack the person instead of the issue,
    the far left Democrats have the same germ in them. The attacks on Obama by
    these right wing possessed individuals is pathetic, they lost the election, and instead
    of gracefully accepting the will of the people, they attack the person of
    Obama, some of those assess, even attack Michelle Obama. This is not good for
    the nation.  For every accusation you
    hurl on Obama, the same can be hurled on his predecessor – Obama went to Vegas
    when Sandy hit the shores, what did Bush do when Katrina hit Louisiana?
  2. If you are Chinese, Nigerian, Brazilian, German, Arab or
    African, simply substitute the words India or Pakistan with the name of your nation, the
    following experience would be the same. The Indian and Pakistani right wingers
    are no different. Criticism of what goes on there amounts to India or Pakistan
    bashing to them, they find it easy on their intellect to go ahead and make a
    judgment on you, instead of dealing with facts. Of course,  facts don’t matter to them.
    They hunger to create passionate supporters by painting the other guy their
    enemy. I see this every day among these two groups as well as the Bangladeshis’, switch it to Nigerian or Libyan and see if it works.
  3. Religiously, the right wing Muslims, Christians, Jews or
    Hindus behave the same. By the way, there are right wingers among Buddhists,
    Sikhs, and even Bahai’s.  I have
    experienced all of these; it will be in my book, something you already know. No
    matter what is suggested, their minds quickly decide that others are attacking
    them, and that the others are their enemies. They ruin the joy of their life by living
    in constant anxiety.
  4. By the way, conservatives are not right wingers, although
    right wingers can be conservatives. The right wingers are calling themselves conservatives, they are not. Conservatives want to stick with what is
    proven, what is known and what is working, and resist experimentation.
    They are not risk takers. You and I are conservatives in some areas and in the
    same areas occasionally, frequently or never. 
  5. What makes one a right winger? You can observe the following;
    facts don’t matter to them, they insist their version is the final truth, and
    how dare you not accept their view as a fact? They are usually blunt and tell you that you are wrong, facts don’t matter to them.  If you disagree with them, they
    become a passionate enemy of you; they will make the time to tell all the bad
    they they imagine about you, and tell others. They are risk takers, and are
    not embarrassed if they make the sense or not, if they don’t, they get louder
    and chase you to the end of the world. They usually bond on the basis of hate for
    others, which are temporary associations.  
  6. Relax, you are not a right winger, if you are reading these words. Right
    wingers moved on out after item # 1 and have already responded in their minds, or
    passed it on to their friends… They rarely read things… remember facts don’t
    matter to them. They may be engaged in item # 5 right after # 1.
  7. We need to be compassionate, I wrote this as an example, some
    of my closest friends are right wingers in religion, politics, culture and
    cuisine and I have found a way with some of them in my workshops, talks and
    dealings – to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given
    uniqueness of each one of us. Pluralism is an attitude of respecting who you
    are, without having to agree with you. I have found that their attitudes are molded by lack of knowledge about you, of inexplicable phobias….if you take the time, and when they see that you care, the fears vanish for them. They can become great friends with the same intensity for friendship. 
God bless us all with peace, may our anxieties recede, and
may we give each other full value as we give to ourselves. Amen! We may all learn to respect the intentional diversity of God’s creation, it amounts to genuine worship of God.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a
writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work
place and standing up for
as an activist. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers
pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at Mike has a
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