The question “Why do you hate freedom?” is lovely. It can be turned to any situation (almost, some would be a stretch too far).
It all started just post 9/11 when some people said, “Hey maybe trying to force regime change in a country that defeated the Russians over a period of 10 years is a bit of an overkill.”, of course in the aftermath of Al Qaeda’s attack the many asked the some “Why do you hate freedom?” and with a certain amount of justification.
The game changer came with Iraq. Then, when faced with opposition both sides started asking “Why do you hate freedom?” The pro-invasions because Saddam was a brutal killer so why would anyone hate freedom enough to not want to spread it to the peoples of Iraq? The anti-invasions because no matter what Saddam was the motivation for the war wasn’t spreading peace and harmony it was getting back at a guy who had tried to kill George Bush’s dad and the cause of oil and related petroleum products. I was anti and then pro I switched sides because I don’t like the French. Yes, that’s very shallow.
Of course if both sides are asking “Why do you hate freedom?” then the whole thing becomes farcical and people like me start laughing and asking at random points “Why do you hate freedom?”
You oppose the AGW movement? “Why do you hate freedom?” and the right of people to live their lives in safety.
You support the AGW movement? “Why do you hate freedom?” and the right of people to not pay through the nose for power and so on.
You think it’s time to go home? “Why do you hate freedom?” and the right of me to keep drinking until I can barely see.
You oppose the occupiers movement? “Why do you hate freedom?” and the right of ordinary people to not have to live in austerity because of the mistakes of corporate fat cats.
You support the occupiers movement? “Why do you hate freedom?” and the right of ordinary people to try to better their lives through capitalist opportunity.
You ordered me a salad? “Why do you hate freedom?” and steak.
And so on …
Of course it’s stupid. Life isn’t one thing or the other extreme, it’s about finding a balance between socialism and capitalism, war and peace, environmentalism and industry and yes, steak and salad, that works. That way everyone gets freedom.
You may disagree, but then I ask with some justification I think: Why do you hate freedom?