Welcome to the seventh edition of my series titled 10 Questions Every Liberal Should Ask Every Republican. As always, the premise is straight forward and simple. Every few weeks I write this feature with 10 new questions I believe liberals should present to their conservative counterparts to have them answer.
The questions are generally fairly direct and simple.
Alright, let’s get started.
1) How is it President Obama’s fault that all U.S. troops are out of Iraq, allowing ISIS to take control in many cities within the nation, when the SOFA agreement requiring that all American military forces had to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011 was signed by George W. Bush?
2) If guns make us safer, then why was one of the first things many law enforcement officials did in the 1800’s to curb violence in their towns (and most were successful) was to ban the carrying of firearms inside city limits?
3) If a church wants to marry a gay couple, but state law prohibits gay marriage, how is that not a violation of their “religious freedoms”?
4) If Darrell Issa is so sure that there’s rampant corruption at the IRS, then why couldn’t he recently cite one specific piece of “smoking gun” evidence he’s found during his investigation?
5) Unplanned pregnancies are the leading cause of abortions. Most unplanned pregnancies are the result of a lack of contraceptives being used during sexual activity. How does it make any sense to oppose access to contraceptives, while claiming to be anti-abortion?
6) The United States has around 300-330 million guns (and growing) circulating within our neighborhoods, while gun violence continues to claim around 9,000 lives every year. How many guns will it take to decrease gun violence in America?
7) How many decades would you say it will take for trickle-down economics to finally start working? It’s been over 30 years now and all that’s happened is the rich have gotten richer, while the middle class falls further and further behind.
8) Do you really not think there’s a connection between the right-wing denial of climate change and the fact that the Republican party is heavily backed by big oil?
9) Explain to me how someone can enjoy their own personal “religious freedom” when they’re having to abide by laws and policies based on somebody else’s?
10) If John Boehner thinks President Obama should be sued for using his executive power to get something done on immigration, then what should happen to him considering he won’t let the House vote on a bipartisan immigration bill the Senate passed last year that the vast majority of Americans support?
Well, that’ll wrap things up this time around. I hope you enjoyed this edition and I hope you’ll ask your conservative friends and family these questions to see what kind of responses they can muster up.