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Leftist wacky opinions are worth a dime a dozen

What goes on in the brain of someone who orates an opinion that it’s acceptable to provide sanctuary to illegal aliens in this country? These illegals are people who have already broken the law by coming here, so why is it OK to protect a criminal no matter how he got here?

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Sure, people are entitled to their own opinions, but that doesn’t mean they are entitled to be listened to. Or validated. No one is entitled to be taken seriously just because they have opinions. To claim credibility, personal opinions must stand on their own merits.

Professional expert witnesses– and I was one for 20 years– provide opinions in courts of law, under oath. If their testimony and opinions lack a factual basis, they lose credibility with the court. A good cross-examining attorney will saw the limb off under the expert who expresses an opinion contrary to accepted facts.

But in today’s world, stupid opinions abound, while leftists like to say, “My opinion is as valid as anyone else’s opinion.” But leftists express too many absurdities with little factual basis or evidence. So, the rest of us end up being bombarded by all kinds of opinions that have little merit, that cannot stand up to intellectual scrutiny or to history. Misleading statements are made by crackpots who lack common sense or were never taught how to think straight.

Too many unwelcome opinions come from foolish people who lack experience and wisdom. Or perhaps they are history-ignorant and have zero knowledge about the lessons of history. Or they might simply be unable to think logically due to a combination of ineffective teachers, trash video games or drugs.

One new onslaught of skewed opinions is the thinking of numerous young people, many of whom apparently prefer socialism over capitalism. Some of their mush opinions can be excused because they have no life experiences yet, or because their coddling parents were inept at child-raising, or because teachers taught them wrong-headed views. Kids are produced who grow up and cannot handle reality or the tasks of life; thus, we get “cry closets” in colleges. Too many of these young people swallow the opinions they see on Facebook and Twitter as authoritative; they don’t know the old adage, “Tell a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth”. Amiable but minimally employable and needing subsidies, some of these kids push opinions that don’t comport with reality.

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So yes, there are a lot of wackos, young and old, in the opinionsphere. They are really something to behold, but the danger is that their malcontented opinions often seem designed to create chaos, extreme disruption. Such troublemakers as Ilhan Omar and AOC are often quick to crush the free speech of opponents, and then play the victim card when reasonable people lash back hard. Or some rabble-rousers incite violence, then play the victim when the police rap heads. When they cause a problem, they blame someone else. These are the people who are part of the Left, denizens who rant opinions that reject what has proven to work because they believe it is undesirable to preserve traditional solutions. They prefer to squawk abnormalities so they can feel they’re unique, and they consider wide divergences in human behavior– divisiveness– to be a cultural strength.

Perhaps the wacko-opinion crowd would not be laughed at so much if they demonstrated responsible behavior. But no. Instead, the radicals might as well hang a sign around their necks that says, “Treat Me Differently”. So, they get their wish— reacting to their injurious opinions, normal people treat them as bizarre. But the leftists create their own crapstorm.

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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