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I read Time magazine. Time has over 2 million readers. Time is one of the most liberal magazines on the planet. Time is as socialistic and left wing as President Barack Obama was.

That being the case, many would wonder why a conservative would spend his money to support a publication that promotes an agenda that is at odds with his own beliefs.

The answer lies in the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives. While conservatives generally tolerate, if not welcome, opposing opinions liberals often condemn the existence of opposing viewpoints.

The Times regularly receives commentary that indicates an appreciation of the views and opinions presented in this column. It also receives many requests that the King’s article cease to be published in the Times. In fact, requested is too mild a word — they often demand that the King column be forever banished from the pages of the Times, under threat of withholding their readership.

In Webster’s Dictionary, the first line under the definition of demand reads, “a claim under proper authority, as in a right.” I would not argue with that. Heck, the Constitution even says that each man is endowed with inalienable rights, among them the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Thus, if reading the King column somehow infringes on your right to the pursuit of happiness then you certainly do have the right not to read it.

But, you don’t have the right to demand that others can’t read it as well. Because then it infringes on their right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

My point is not that you don’t have the right to express your view, but rather that you may wish to consider the premise that insulating yourself from opinions and viewpoints that don’t precisely mirror your own view of the world is … well, illogical. When you limit your viewpoint to only what you already believe, you are essentially deciding to stop using the wonderfully marvelous gift God gave you called a brain. And that’s a shame.

I have been expressing my opinions for many years now. “If I Were King” is, after all, an opinion column. Longtime readers may recall that I was an avowed liberal when I began. My opinions and columns reflected that. But, somewhere they changed and now my opinions reflect that change.

To those who disagree with my viewpoint — thank you. It means that you read it. And I, and the Times, welcome your opposing views.

To those who don’t read it (or say that they don’t), I think that’s unfortunate — but it is your right.

It’s too bad you didn’t have the benefit of the tattered, yellowed sign that my teacher, Mr. Connelly, hung on the back wall of one of my high school classrooms for the four years I was there. It showed a drawing of an obviously enraged man, angrily shaking his fist. The caption read, “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is already made up.”

That sign is why I still read Time magazine today.

Opinions offered in If I Were King are the author’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Tri-County Times or its staff. Email the King at king@tctimes.com. Some content adapted from the internet.

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