Letters to the Editor

Workable balance of liberals and conservatives needed for society

In this image from video provided by House Television, House Speaker Paul Ryan stands at the podium as he brings the House into session June 22, 2016, in Washington. Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Ryan when he attempted to restore order as their protest stretched into the night. The sit-in was well into its 10th hour, with Democrats camped out on the floor stopping legislative business in the House, when Ryan stepped to the podium to gavel the House into session and hold votes on routine business. Angry Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and waved pieces of paper with the names of gun victims, continuing their protest in the well of the House even as the House voted on a previously scheduled and unrelated measure to overturn an Obama veto
In this image from video provided by House Television, House Speaker Paul Ryan stands at the podium as he brings the House into session June 22, 2016, in Washington. Rebellious Democrats staged an extraordinary all-day sit-in on the House floor to demand votes on gun-control bills, shouting down Ryan when he attempted to restore order as their protest stretched into the night. The sit-in was well into its 10th hour, with Democrats camped out on the floor stopping legislative business in the House, when Ryan stepped to the podium to gavel the House into session and hold votes on routine business. Angry Democrats chanted “No bill, no break!” and waved pieces of paper with the names of gun victims, continuing their protest in the well of the House even as the House voted on a previously scheduled and unrelated measure to overturn an Obama veto Associated Press

I was amused by a letter in The Tribune on Saturday claiming that conservatives use common sense and not emotion when they vote (“At least conservatives have their heads screwed on right,” June 25). It is funny because that is exactly what liberals claim that they do.

Most people have what can be called a liberal or conservative personality. Studies show that our environment creates some of this, but much of the rest comes from our genes. In the United States, this translates into a whole list of political positions that a typical conservative will adopt, and a different list that a typical liberal will support.

In other words, our political positions tend to be grounded in emotions. It is very difficult for persons to be dispassionate about their beliefs. If a hot political button is pressed, both liberals and conservatives equally will resort, if necessary, to the most fantastic violations of reason, logic and common sense to advance their cause.

Liberal and conservative personalities have their respective strengths and weaknesses as far as governance is concerned. Nature and evolution seems to have distributed these traits among humans in a workable balance. Without this balance, it is doubtful that advanced human societies, as irrational as they are, could have evolved at all.

Gerald Manata, Paso Robles

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