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Liberalism is a Psychology
http://www.opinioneditorials.com/freedomwriters/ebeltt_20040805.html ^ | Eric Alan Beltt

Posted on 12/22/2005 7:58:16 AM PST by mal

Many conservatives are absolutely perplexed by the question of what motivates liberals to take the patently wrong political positions they do. It’s difficult to explain it without believing such obviously wrong ideas like “liberals are just stupid”, or “they want to destroy our country”, but sometimes we resort to those explanations out of pure frustration.

But what is the explanation? Why do seemingly good, intelligent people take positions that cause so much harm in the face of all the facts? I’ve finally stumbled upon the answer, and it’s so stunningly simple, yet profound in its implications, that it’s absolutely mind-boggling. Liberalism isn’t a political ideology; it’s a psychology - the psychology of self-satisfaction to be precise.

A liberal (or a leftist; I use the terms interchangeably), is a person who only cares about politics to the extent that doing so makes him or her feel good, or avoid feeling bad, due both to external and internal factors. Their motivations can include things like a desire to feel intelligent, moral, noble, or unique, as well as a desire for peer acceptance or reverence, and aversion to being ostracized, among many other things.

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1 posted on 12/22/2005 7:58:17 AM PST by mal
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To: mal

Ah yes, the "intellect" argument. I see it all the time and, in fact, was accused recently of not being able to have an "intellectual" discussion. I had to laugh, further inciting the liberal to increase volume and agitation. I love it when that happens.


2 posted on 12/22/2005 8:00:16 AM PST by sarasota
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To: mal

I think the title should read "Philosophy" instead of "Psychology".


3 posted on 12/22/2005 8:01:13 AM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: mal
Liberalism = Boomeritis = The deadly combination of a modern, liberal, egalitarian worldview and a deep unquestioned narcissism.
4 posted on 12/22/2005 8:02:58 AM PST by mnehring (“Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell”...)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
I think the title should read "Philosophy" instead of "Psychology".

I think it should read liberalism is a sickness.

5 posted on 12/22/2005 8:03:41 AM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: mal

"Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" --- Michael Savage


6 posted on 12/22/2005 8:06:52 AM PST by oneofmany (Salus populi suprema lex)
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To: LurkedLongEnough
I think the title should read "Philosophy" instead of "Psychology".

You misspelled "psychosis"

7 posted on 12/22/2005 8:06:56 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: mal
Could explain why liberals tend to be ugly. Ugliness (some say a reflection of the soul) can alienate people; the ugly duckling scenario. In an attempt to gain self esteem, they take up "noble" causes on behalf of like-minded kooks, often, themselves, uglier than a box of rocks.

This self-annointment could offset feelings of inadequacy brought on by a less than attractive appearance physical.

Hey, I'm not a psychologist, I just play one on FR. Ward Churchill's not an Indian, he just plays one in Boulder.

8 posted on 12/22/2005 8:08:36 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: mnehrling

All of the most heinous governments of the 20th century were the results of extreme secular liberalism. Hitler, Pol pot, Stalin etc...


9 posted on 12/22/2005 8:10:00 AM PST by oneofmany (Salus populi suprema lex)
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To: add925
than attractive appearance physical.

Make that than attractive physical appearance.

Sorry, dyslexia evidently have must.

10 posted on 12/22/2005 8:12:47 AM PST by add925 (The Left = Xenophobes in Denial)
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To: mal

Liberals are either stupid, ignorant or socialists. It is as simple as that.


11 posted on 12/22/2005 8:13:04 AM PST by gesully (gesully)
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To: mal

If you talk to them, They say their Liberalism is out of care for the hourly wage-earner.


12 posted on 12/22/2005 8:14:19 AM PST by desherwood7
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To: mnehrling

"Liberalism = Boomeritis = The deadly combination of a modern, liberal, egalitarian worldview and a deep unquestioned narcissism."

Ouch...the truth hurts....oh wait a minute I am a boomer...I am too wonderful to blame for anything .....never mind.


13 posted on 12/22/2005 8:14:53 AM PST by fizziwig
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To: mal

Liberalism is a selfish attempt to assuage guilt at anothers expense.


14 posted on 12/22/2005 8:22:49 AM PST by Fenris6 (3 Purple Hearts in 4 months w/o missing a day of work? He's either John Rambo or a Fraud)
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To: mal

Long, but very good. They are ONLY interested in the IMMEDIATE gratification that it gives them personally. We all know that a liberal's policies look good on the surface but know that they will never work because of human nature. If you try to point out any flaws in their plan, they see it as a personal attack. Everything they do is because it makes them FEEL good and morally superior.


15 posted on 12/22/2005 8:23:29 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: mal

I have come to the conclusion it is a form of neurosis, definitely an imbalance. With some liberals, it approaches psychosis.


16 posted on 12/22/2005 8:23:32 AM PST by doorgunner69
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To: mal

Bump.


17 posted on 12/22/2005 8:23:43 AM PST by Our man in washington
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To: fizziwig
Boomeritis, according to Ken Wilber, doesn't define boomers specifically as a generation, but is named such because when defined, it was predominant in those of the boomer generation. Only liberals would bind someone to their 'box'. Boomeritis, imho, is an individual ailment.
18 posted on 12/22/2005 8:24:26 AM PST by mnehring (“Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell”...)
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To: mal
A little awkwardly written, but overall I think he got it. I'm not sure what he meant by "psychology", and the only thing I would question is the use of the word "liberal". The leftists use "liberal" to make themselves sound more benign and important, but obviously, just saying so dosen't make it so.
19 posted on 12/22/2005 8:25:40 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: mal
Liberalism is a Psychology

No. Liberalism is a religion.

Being a Liberal/Democrat is a perverted faith in opposition to all rational thought. It is a fantasy for spoiled children who never grew up...the "something-for-nothing, can't-we-all-just-get-along whiners". And it is the route to absolute power for those manipulators who use them.

20 posted on 12/22/2005 8:25:47 AM PST by DakotaGator
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To: LurkedLongEnough

I think the title should read "Pathology" instead of "Psychology."


21 posted on 12/22/2005 8:27:06 AM PST by gogeo (Often wrong but seldom in doubt.)
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To: mal

Excellent analysis!


22 posted on 12/22/2005 8:28:36 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: mal

Control freaks tend to be liberal. Throw in a little narcissism, and you have a card-carrying Rat.


23 posted on 12/22/2005 8:29:04 AM PST by angkor
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To: SuzyQue
I would question is the use of the word "liberal"

Me, too. Conservatives are far more "liberal" than those who apply that term to themselves. Most conservatives don't mind if you light up a cigar, make an un-PC comment, say "Merry Christmas," tell an off-color joke, eat meat, wear a fur, have a drink now and then, root for sports teams named after Indian tribes, go hunting, drive an SUV ... the list is endless.

The "liberals" of the 21st century are nothing more than spoiled, self-righteous control freaks. And there is nothing "liberal" about that.

24 posted on 12/22/2005 8:38:09 AM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: mal

Excellent - I read the entire piece.

Amazing how it ties into another article recently.

A long article on libs and how they start with this feeling of being altruistic to those that 'need' them (with our money, but the way) to then taking the 'global' world view of things, as opposed to a united American view. It makes them feel superior. Above the rest of us that have a narrow 'what's good for America' view... saying we should care about what's good in the eyes of the world.

This so confirms the article above. I think it also explains why class divisiveness is a key component for the Dems. Make a group needy and they can be the savior.

Interesting.


25 posted on 12/22/2005 8:46:49 AM PST by turbocat
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To: mal

There is a much simpler answer, first mentioned in R. Emmet Tyrrell's, The Liberal Crackup, about twenty years ago. In essence the liberal's rai·son d'être is to annoy their neighbors.


26 posted on 12/22/2005 8:56:52 AM PST by billhilly (Demo camo is yellow and white)
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To: mal

Excellent analysis.. i think he nailed it... it really does explain all the irrational beliefs of the left


27 posted on 12/22/2005 9:14:11 AM PST by Element187
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To: oneofmany

See my tagline.


28 posted on 12/22/2005 9:14:44 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (Liberalism is the philosophy of the stupid - The Great One)
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To: turbocat
This so confirms the article above. I think it also explains why class divisiveness is a key component for the Dems. Make a group needy and they can be the savior.

The Dems have become a party of those who want to rule over others (elites or aspiring elites), and those who feel that government must rule over their lives enough to help them live. Bt contrast, Pubbies mostly want government to "provide for the common defense and promote the general welfare", and then to get out of their lives.

29 posted on 12/22/2005 9:31:28 AM PST by DeweyCA
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To: mal; oldglory; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; Bob Ireland; gonzo; sheikdetailfeather; RushCrush; blackie; ...
There's the downer/negative, "can't do" psychology:

*

There's the smiling, upbeat,"can do" optimist's perspective:

*

Then there are the "no core beliefs" confused, emotional basket-cases who vacillate between the two perspectives above - depending on whether they like the "personality" of the one who gives them the answers to the questions that are important to ALL self-focused navel gazers:

How do I know forSURE if I've been good or bad?

Who can I trust for SURE?


30 posted on 12/22/2005 9:49:49 AM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: Matchett-PI

Trust but verify!


31 posted on 12/22/2005 10:01:51 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Matchett-PI

Thanks for the ping


excellent read


32 posted on 12/22/2005 10:03:04 AM PST by woofie
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To: Matchett-PI

The Narnia take-off is timely... although I am particular to the drop-down menu on the currency bill [I never see $100 bills, so I cannot confirm the denomination... :-)]


33 posted on 12/22/2005 10:13:24 AM PST by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: LurkedLongEnough

It should read "Pathology" instead of "Psychology".


34 posted on 12/22/2005 10:18:29 AM PST by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: mal

Nah! It's Satan. That's right! The Devil makes 'em do it.


35 posted on 12/22/2005 11:02:27 AM PST by chesley (Liberals...what's not to loathe?)
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To: Matchett-PI; oldglory; MinuteGal; Bob Ireland; gonzo; Seeking the truth; Pete'sWife; Exit148; ...

Thanks for the great ping, Janice!

And
Merry Christmas to some of my favorite FReepers!


36 posted on 12/22/2005 3:09:37 PM PST by mcmuffin (About time to open up a vintage can of '94 GOP WhoopA$$-before it goes flat-again)
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To: mcmuffin

Merry Christmas, mcmuffin!

Hope to FReep with ya again sometime! :-D


37 posted on 12/22/2005 4:17:54 PM PST by RMDupree (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: mcmuffin; gonzo; Matchett-PI; oldglory; The Right Stuff; M Kehoe; Bob Ireland; JulieRNR21; ...
Wishing all my Florida freeper friends a very Merry Christmas and a Pelican in an Orange Tree....tra la la

Leni

38 posted on 12/22/2005 6:17:26 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal; mcmuffin; Matchett-PI; oldglory; The Right Stuff; M Kehoe; Bob Ireland; JulieRNR21
"... a Pelican in an Orange Tree..."

"Egrets, I've had a few,
But then again, only with hot sauce,
I need, a recipe, that didn't come,
From some lame brauhaus.

Oh no, I need some Wop,
To cook 'em my, way...

Leni, we gotta find those old threads...Stay well, sweetie...

BTY, we're moving to Hudson, FLA in in Feb or March, so I can get lost all over again! Stay well, kids, and a Merry Christmas to all...........FRegards...........Barry/gonzo

39 posted on 12/23/2005 1:11:23 AM PST by gonzo (K-Y Jelly???.........Nope! I can't think of any other use for it either!............)
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To: mal

Liberalism is borne of selfishness and a decided lack of humor. Clever self-deprecation, for example, is out of the question. Committed liberals are generally unhappy people and they are, at least somewhat, irrational - - sometimes very irrational. These characteristics are in their nature from birth and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Liberals are not necessarily stupid, but they are never in the upper echelons of "smart", either.

There you have it.


40 posted on 12/23/2005 1:26:00 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: MinuteGal; mcmuffin; Matchett-PI; oldglory; gonzo; Seeking the truth; Pete'sWife; Exit148
***and a Pelican in an Orange Tree***

Actually, by some odd quirk, we have a [wild] peacock in our trees... go figure [?bird-brains of a feather? ;-)].

Merry Christmas and top o' the season to all!

God bless,
Bob I

41 posted on 12/23/2005 10:08:21 AM PST by Bob Ireland (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise)
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To: MinuteGal

Back atcha, Bob!!!

Best Wishes to all our Florida Freeper Friends!!!

Pete, Carol, Nick


42 posted on 12/23/2005 11:39:24 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: gonzo
BTY, we're moving to Hudson, FLA

WOW! Hudson?

Hudson FL is the first city to come up blank when I type it on Mapquest!

gonz, you know how to pick'em!

43 posted on 12/23/2005 12:58:09 PM PST by mcmuffin (About time to open up a vintage can of '94 GOP WhoopA$$-before it goes flat-again)
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To: Pete'sWife

Merry Christmas, Pete, Carol & Nick and all my old Florida Freeper Friends!

I miss youse guys!


44 posted on 12/23/2005 3:07:57 PM PST by Seeking the truth (0cents.com - Freep Stuff & Pajama Patrol Stuff)
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To: Seeking the truth; Matchett-PI; oldglory; MinuteGal; Bob Ireland; gonzo; Pete'sWife; moonman

And I miss youse guys too!

Do you guys realize it was 6 years ago this month when we FReeped the Mouse and the clinton/gore demoncrat FLA convention?
WOW!~ What a great time we had. Almost as much fun as Sewell's Point~!

For a flashback to the Orlando FReep on 12/11/99,
click (or cut and paste) the link for the FReeper FReeport (sans photos) for a walk down memory lane...

http://www.FreeRepublic.com/forum/a38587e3b3410.htm

Hopefully we FReepers can get together to socialize and party- and not gather to bury someone. RIP, Mustang.

Those FReeper memories are fondly forever etched in my mind.
As gene stated earlier...
I miss youse Guys!


45 posted on 12/23/2005 8:52:49 PM PST by mcmuffin (About time to open up a vintage can of '94 GOP WhoopA$$-before it goes flat-again)
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To: MinuteGal; mcmuffin; gonzo; Bob Ireland; oldglory; Seeking the truth; Pete'sWife; JulieRNR21; ...

Merry Christmas guys, and all the best of everything for the new year! I miss all of you, too!! No doubt the 2006 elections will be giving us in Florida more than one excuse to get together for FReeps --- AND --- parties (knowing us :)!

If things heat up too bad - you highly decorated veteran FReepers of past Florida conflicts who moved out of state may just have to grab a red-eye and head back here to reinforce our rear flank.

Hey RATS! Be afraid - be very afraid. "We don't back down - never have - never will"!


46 posted on 12/24/2005 8:37:05 AM PST by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: Matchett-PI; MinuteGal; gonzo; All
Merry Christmas to all my Fla. FReeper buddies.

Leni, where in the heck are you? Come on over for some Christmas cheer.

Gonzo, I hope Sherry is driving...

;^)

5.56mm

47 posted on 12/24/2005 9:03:22 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Matchett-PI

Just let me know, and I'm on a plane.

I haven't seen you all since election '04.

Quite a night...

WE WON!!!


48 posted on 12/24/2005 10:06:54 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: gonzo; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; Bob Ireland; Matchett-PI; Seeking the truth; sheikdetailfeather

I checked out Hudson FL ---Should I warn the local constabulary---of your pending arrival??!!@##$$%???

Happy New Year---FReepers one and all!!!


49 posted on 12/25/2005 11:33:39 AM PST by oldglory
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To: mal

I think my tagline says it all..........


50 posted on 01/12/2006 2:09:35 PM PST by GeorgeW23225 ("Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal")
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