Related to my previous post is a problem people have when they take real facts, speculate about them, and eventually turn that speculation into facts, which they then build upon. And you see this sort of thing when one side presents a policy and the other side rejects that policy, not based upon the policy itself, but for what they speculate the "real" purpose of that policy is; which is always the thin end of the wedge. The beginning of the end of whatever it is they hold dear. So no policy is what it seems, as they all have nefarious goals which will eventually undermine our side completely.
And we see this with the current suggestion by liberals that we once again restrict the sort of high-capacity gun clips used by the insane guy in Tucson. I mean, 2nd Amendment or not, why do we need to have Glocks that hold 33 bullets? A smaller gun clip would have surely saved lives and even the NRA hasn't proposed any real world situation for why we need them.
But for them, it's not about the clips. It's about what this ban will mean in future debates. For them, this is just a nefarious plot: The thin end of the wedge towards a gun ban. So they oppose this policy because of speculation of what this policy might mean, and the speculation becomes a fact that they now treat as reality. They've already decided that Obama wants to destroy the 2nd Amendment, all evidence to the contrary, and they can now accept this latest proposal as just more of that push to destroy America.
Social Security Still Safe
And we see the same thing on the left. Obama came up with an idea for giving workers more spending money by having the government pay a small portion of their Social Security for them. And from there, liberals began speculating that this will eventually lead to Social Security being defunded and eventually dissolved. And before you know it, this speculation of what might happen became a reality of what will happen and was a reason for not supporting a policy that will allow people to spend more money.
And this is something to be avoided. Speculation is great and it's definitely a requirement for us to make educated guesses as to what the future implications of our actions will be; and it'd be irresponsible to not speculate about such things. But...we shouldn't allow ourselves to convert speculation into reality. Yes, renewing the ban on high-capacity gun clips might lead to more gun control, and allowing people to keep part of their Social Security tax while it gets paid by the government might lead to Social Security being defunded. But this is only speculation and not reality. Simply because a dreaded thing might occur doesn't mean it will occur.
Because yeah, there are real fears of any policy being the thin end of the wedge which helps destroy other policies. But more often than not, most policies see a pendulum effect, not a momentum effect. Success on one side makes future success more difficult, not easier. A ban on high-capacity clips makes future bans more difficult. And anyone who actually imagines Americans will accept a defunded Social Security just hasn't been paying attention.
People will accept a lot of things, but hardline gun control and destroyed Social Security will simply not be tolerated. Anyone who suggests otherwise is deluding themselves. Maybe I'm wrong, but the evidence is clearly on my side. We must remain vigilant in protecting Social Security, but not allow ourselves to believe it's already been damaged.