John Timmer at Ars Technica published an excellent piece on the difference of right and wrong, or should I say, left and wrong. I couldn't agree more, but would like to add my own thoughts.
I'm not a moral relativist: to me, there is line between right and wrong. Though that line is often hard to see, it sometimes isn't. Science usually gives you the right answer. Political issues too, there are politicians who are (sometimes) right, and politicians who are wrong.
Some people say, it doesn't matter if you vote Republican or Democrat, both are bad. But why is this true? Sure there are crazies on both sides, lets take a look at some of the crazier issues associated with right and left:
1. We need to live in trees, eat ONLY organic food, produce no carbon emissions, and killing plants and animals is wrong for any reason.
2. Republicans are evil because they are racist Nazi's who hate gay people.
3. We ought to consider socialism as an alternative to our current economy which has floundered recently, free enterprise had its day, and now its done.
4. George Bush caused 9/11.
1. Environmentalists are all psychotic tree-hugging global warming alarmists who depend on environmental hysteria to make money from government research grants.
2. Gays have become an effective political power have disrupted the traditional family structure and caused irreversible damage to our society.
3. God created heaven and the Earth 6,000 years ago, and this is as valid a scientific theory as theory of evolution, so it intelligent design deserves equal time in science classes.
4. Abortion is evil and must be outlawed.
So, find me a Democratic politician who boldly states ANY of the most crazy left-wing beliefs. Were there any candidates in 2004 or even in 2008 primaries, or any senate candidates, or state governers, who ran for office on the issue that killing animals is wrong, or that socialism is better than free enterprise? You will find a few, yes. How many?
Now, find me a Republican or Tea Party candidate that boldly states ANY of the most crazy right-wing beliefs. You don't even have to try: almost all of them say those things. You saw it on TV last night, and the night before, and every day before that for the past 12 years, the right wing's most extreme and crazy demagogues are large and in charge, and will stay there.
So, both parties have their crazies, does that make both parties equally bad?