A personal tipping point?

Mr. Bookworm is one of the smartest people I know. He’s also someone who gets his news exclusively from the New York Times, NPR and The New Yorker. He’s fond of repeating in a loud voice that President Bush is the worst president ever, that he’s an idiot, and that all his policies are wrong. When he takes time to get to the nitty gritty, though (something he avoids so as not to interfere with his cherished biases), he often finds himself unable to disagree with conservative ideas.
Even in his liberal media bubble, ideas are percolating.

This morning, as he was reading the times, he hollered out to me, “Are the people who blew up the trains in India Muslims?” (I think this is the NY Times article he was reading as he asked that question, and find his confusion unsurprising. The Islamic connection doesn’t precisely leap out, and the article, by focusing on the fact that one specific Islamic group might not have been the culprit, implies no Islamists had anything to do with the bombing.) I answered that, yes, it was Muslims who blew up the trains, possibly in concert with Al Qaeda.

My response was followed by a ruminative silence. Then, the man well-marinated in Leftist political correctness asked “What are these Muslims doing? They’re blowing up people all over the world? People are going to get sick of them? These are really bad people.” It’s small, but it’s a start. My next move will be to expose him to this Mark Steyn article, in which Steyn takes on, not only Iran itself, but the Iranian connection to the resurgent Islam that is terrorizing the Western world today.

UPDATE:  Laer has more about the press’ obfuscation about the Indian bombers’ true identity.

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  • Ruth H

    That sounds pretty promising. Don’t be discouraged if it takes longer than you would like, there is surely a lot of bombast from the past to be overcome and rationalized out of the way.

  • http://arosebyname.wordpress.com/ Anna

    I have friends and in-laws who truly believe that conservatives and republicans are evil (they let it go that I’m conservative because I don’t lecture). I have asked the question just how many people have to die in terrorist acts before the left realizes the fanatical Islamists want us dead and that we are at war?

    Good luck with your husband…I hope he sees reality without the liberal bias!

  • http://expreacherman.wordpress.com/ ExPreacherMan

    Book,

    Great news..

    I agree with Ruth H.

    Don’t be discouraged if the cool fresh waters of truth don’t flow into Mr. Book in one massive tidal wave. Be thankful (as you are)for one refreshing cupful at a time.

    Will be prayin’ for you and Mr. Book.

    ExP

  • friend

    I don’t really understand how you can live so lovingly and intimately with someone whose only information inputs are from biased, warped, dishonest, leftist sources. Doesn’t it bother you that he has no interest in what you know about things, what you have found out, what has changed your mind from maybe having the same liberal/left starting point as your mate? Doesn’t it bother you how deliberately closed-minded he has been all this time? You say with such equanamity that he has made a start, but what has kept you from blowing up with frustration and resentment at having your intellect dismissed up to now?

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Hey book, I don’t tolerate many feminist claims about “changing your man to the woman’s specifications”, but in this case I find your projects and operations of subtlety and information campaigns a good cause.

    Mrs. Bookworm is smart enough to know that acting like a hysterical woman will usually not get any man, me included, to listen to them. Discipline, control, patience, empathy, comprehension, and a whole slew of other things are necessary for the converter to convince people of certain things.

    Propaganda I have defined as the art of persuasion. Some are better than others, some techniques are more ethical than others. But irregardless of all that, making someone hostile is never a good idea. This is as true of enemies as for friends.

    I’ll take a stab at guessing what keeps Mrs. Bookworm’s frustrations out of her writing, even to someone like me who reads inbetween the lines. I think it has something to do with serenity and peace of mind. Convincing your husband that you are right and he is wrong, is not necessary a hot topic priority. I may be mistaken, but I think Mrs. Bookworm gets a some enjoyment out of tweaking her husband’s political beliefs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife would probably understand the inter-personal relationships between than I.

  • Kevin

    Or Mary Matlin and James Carville?

  • friend

    I appreciate ymarsakar’s insight. I did read Mary Matlin/James Carville’s book, “All’s Fair: love, war, and running for president”, but got the impression that they both similarly view politics as a game, not to mention it is their profession and they both want the other one to be able to make a good living, and so in that regard they didn’t seem like most people with passionate opinions to me, so I didn’t get any help there. I do marvel at Bookworm’s emotional skills. It is just difficult when someone who is supposed to love you won’t even consider that you might have something to contribute worth listening to!

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    There are people with passionate beliefs, there are also people that are willing to kill for those passionate beliefs. It is a matter of psychological motivation and health, and control of course. There’s a zealous meter, btw. Republicans most of the time are on the “cold” side of the meter. Democrats, have most of the time been at the “hot” side of the meter. Meaning, they lose control of their emotions.

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to be so passionate in your beliefs that it dictates to you what you must or must not do, who you must or must not convert, and etc. People work things out to their satisfaction, that’s about the best I can expect.

    It’s unclear at the moment what Mr. Bookworm’s actual deference to Mrs. Bookworm’s beliefs really are. I can’t do accurate psychological profiles on people if I lack critical information, and I cannot make a judgement based upon the deference given to Mrs. Bookworm’s beliefs without Mr. Bookworm’s side of the story.

    It is difficult because you should expect respect to be turned, Friend. However, in this case, it is wiser to learn more before making solidfying any of yours beliefs.

    I’ve learned that while you can’t control emotion directly, you can affect your emotions indirectly if you control what you believe and when you believe in it. If I believe someone was treated unfairly, I get angry. People who injustice, always get angry at injustices they see, if they truely hate injustice. However, if you have enough control over your mind that you can decide when and if you believe in something, then your emotions are dependent upon your mind, not the other way around. Somewhat esoteric, of course, but it’s how I view things.