I was reading a Businessweek article recently about one of my favorite non-Texas politicians — Massachusetts’ Susan Collins. Over the years she has been a supporter of interest important to our industry and an extremely well-balanced politician.
The article was about Collins and the position she was taking about gun legislation — no I’m not going there. What picqued my interest was a comment in the article from an opponent of her position, “The language isn’t that bad, but it’s a slippery slope. You do this and then one day it will be Chuck Schumer’s language, and then it will lead to the government confiscating our guns.” Slippery slope — that’s a phrase I think creates unwillingness to rationally discuss positions which need to be rationally discussed.
The fear of letting the “camel’s nose under the tent” and subsequently having to deal with a spitting, smelly, ugly animal in our living quarters too often keeps us from being creative. What may look like a slippery slope in fact may be a rational decision which needs to be made for the betterment of everyone. No, I don’t want the camel in my tent, but I’m willing to discuss the value of having him close by in case I need to ride into the desert.