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Why are liberals so condescending?
Washington Post ^ | February 7, 2010 | Gerard Alexander

Posted on 02/05/2010 8:49:30 AM PST by Second Amendment First

Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension.

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KEYWORDS: condescending; elitist; ivorytowers; leftists; liberalism; liberals; libtards
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1 posted on 02/05/2010 8:49:30 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Classic case of what I call covering ignorance with arrogance.


2 posted on 02/05/2010 8:52:21 AM PST by doodad
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To: Second Amendment First
To the headline: because they suffer from cranial rectumitis.
3 posted on 02/05/2010 8:52:53 AM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Second Amendment First

It’s because of their overriding principle. You find it in every liberal idea, every liberal conversation. When I walk into a bunch of libs talking, it’s in every sentence...

“People shouldn’t be allowed to DO that!” (say that, feel that, whatever).


4 posted on 02/05/2010 8:53:13 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: Second Amendment First

Liberals apparently don’t know anything at all.

But they don’t know it with complete confidence.

Which is why they are liberals.


5 posted on 02/05/2010 8:53:17 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Second Amendment First
appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration.

Not so ironically, this is an apt description of the Washington Post.

6 posted on 02/05/2010 8:53:26 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Second Amendment First
But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason,
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This sentence reminds of the NPR voice. That condescending, whiny, distinctive, and pretentious speaking accent absolutely grates on my nerves.

7 posted on 02/05/2010 8:53:26 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Condescension is a natural state for those who are of noble birth.
With liberals, condescension is a natural state because they THINK they are noble.................


8 posted on 02/05/2010 8:54:49 AM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: Second Amendment First

The stupid “snarky” smiles of Olberdork, Maddow, and others at MSNBC make me sick. Was a pleasure to watch them eat crow on Scott Brown night.


9 posted on 02/05/2010 8:56:42 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: svcw
To the headline: because they suffer from cranial rectumitis.

Is that the same as suffering from cranial-rectal inversion? ;-P

10 posted on 02/05/2010 8:56:49 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: Second Amendment First
It's very simple: Liberals or Progressives know what's best for you. The masses are too small-minded to comprehend the real world so they have to be lead like sheep to slaughter by the elite (or the progressive's who know what's best).
11 posted on 02/05/2010 8:57:34 AM PST by mentor2k
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To: svcw
To the headline: because they suffer from cranial rectumitis.

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12 posted on 02/05/2010 8:57:38 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("The Economy Is So Bad, Even 'Rosy Scenario' Lost Her Job"-Jim Geraghty)
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To: Second Amendment First
Liberals are either still in adolescence or they are clinging to it.

Liberal views are infused with the hopey/changey utopianism of immaturity...hence the old adage that "a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged" (by reality).

Here's a visual example (reach for barf bag)...


13 posted on 02/05/2010 8:58:03 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Luk 12:34 -- For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: doodad
Classic case of what I call covering ignorance with arrogance.

You should copywrite that. Short, pithy. Basically good 'bumper-sticker' material!

14 posted on 02/05/2010 8:58:12 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: doodad

To be condescendingly arrogant is the primary reason most of them ARE liberals.


15 posted on 02/05/2010 8:59:01 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Second Amendment First

The funny part about the article is that if you read Hofstadter, without all the pointing fingers to conservatives, he is describing modern liberalism more accurately.


16 posted on 02/05/2010 8:59:29 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Liberal opinions are based on feelings not facts. Feelings can’t be proven wrong, regardless of how irrational they might be. Consequently, they conclude that they must be right.


17 posted on 02/05/2010 8:59:34 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Second Amendment First

Why? Because they are better than us in every way...just ask one!


18 posted on 02/05/2010 8:59:42 AM PST by jessduntno (If Bawney Fwank talks in his sleep, is it considered wetting the bed?)
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To: Second Amendment First

So much of liberalism is emotion driven and not supported by facts, so they substitute self-righteousness and near religious zeal to prop up their absurdity.


19 posted on 02/05/2010 8:59:54 AM PST by Will88
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To: Second Amendment First
appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason

The really stupid thing is that their positions can be factually proven wrong. None of their "facts" are true.

20 posted on 02/05/2010 9:00:05 AM PST by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: Second Amendment First

A very interesting article. I want to re-read it later when I am not distracted.

“This condescension is part of a long liberal tradition that for generations has impoverished American debates”

The bastions of liberalism are found in the cities and on college campuses. Those who devote themselves to higher education (particularly the social sciences) develop their own psuedo-intellectual superiority complex, and the urbane urban folks typically look down on people living in rural areas as unsophisticated and uncultured.

Libtards like to think they are on the cutting edge, and they have a desire to belong and not be ostracized by their peers, so they jump on the bandwagon to hell of ideas that ultimately prove to be unsatisfactory.


21 posted on 02/05/2010 9:00:12 AM PST by Canedawg (Our government has become a travesty.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I should have added that it is the assumed superiority of adolescence (narcissism) from which the subject condescension stems.


22 posted on 02/05/2010 9:01:03 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Luk 12:34 -- For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because they are so much SMARTER AND BETTER than everyone else! If you weren’t such a DUMB CONSERVATIVE TYPE, you’d KNOW that!!


23 posted on 02/05/2010 9:01:23 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Second Amendment First

MOO

They are a case of arrested development. Having arrived at an youth’s idealism ... they lock down on it, and allow no further development of their understanding.

Sad really. Pray for them.


24 posted on 02/05/2010 9:01:33 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Because they consider liberalism to be "scientific" and conservatism to be based on faith, custom, and "ignorance."

Liberals also share with many conservatives the tendency to live in ideological bubble communities, reinforcing ideological conformity, thinking that "all normal people think like this." Leftists who live in places like Oklahoma don't have this problem, even though their ideology is still warped.

25 posted on 02/05/2010 9:02:29 AM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I read years ago (Goldwater's VP choice, wow, can't remember his name) anyway, he said:
liberals base their facts on emotion and
conservatives base their emotions on facts.
26 posted on 02/05/2010 9:02:50 AM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Tallguy

“They know so much that isn’t so”.
-Reagan

>joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension

They’re all pretending, hoping to fool you.


27 posted on 02/05/2010 9:03:12 AM PST by ROTB (Repeal to 1789, for the children. The moslems, however, still support him b/c he’s pro-terror.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

You owe me a breakfast, that picture made me hurl!


28 posted on 02/05/2010 9:04:03 AM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: Second Amendment First; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; ...
The liberals have the media establishment so their condescending tone and views are what is heard. It goes "All experts know or say that we are right..."

Take the economy and the failed stimulus bill. Obama claimed to have 100 economists that said it would work and now claim that EVERY economist say it was a success. Paul Krugman is STILL saying a huge national debt funding grossly expensive government ‘jobs’ is the true way of saving the economy. He is critical of Obama for running up too small of deficits and is a perfect example of this (Obama is especially arrogant).

This is the first opportunity the general public has had to to see what liberals are about in about a decade,

29 posted on 02/05/2010 9:05:01 AM PST by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is spending you demand stupid")
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To: Second Amendment First

Is this being the same as snotty?


30 posted on 02/05/2010 9:05:16 AM PST by ully2 (ully)
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To: Second Amendment First
All you ever wanted to know about liberal's condescending ways.


31 posted on 02/05/2010 9:05:25 AM PST by OB1kNOb (I'd rather be over the hill than under it.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because they are Progressives. People have to understand that under Socialism or Progressives, the only ones with the power are the ones at the top of the ladder. Everyone else just does their bidding for them and if they disagree with the top officials, they will be eleminated. Just look at Pelosi. Disagree with her and you are pushed out. She is a perfect example of a Progressive......other than Hillary.


32 posted on 02/05/2010 9:05:32 AM PST by RC2
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To: Second Amendment First

Condescension is the tool liberals use to mask their inability to make logical arguments out of their beliefs.


33 posted on 02/05/2010 9:05:47 AM PST by TADSLOS (Presidential charisma without repect for liberty is a dangerous trait.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Because they are lied to from birth. told that they are “special”, “unique”, and are smarter than ev everyone else, without any evidence, or a shred of fact supporting the assertions. They grow up being told they are entitled. No matter what their limitations, they are owed, by Life to be better than everybody that disagrees with them, or achieves where they have failed.

So, they think that their mediocre intelligence and meagre grasp of a skill set that they manage to learn the “code word speak” of, Entitles them to look down on everyone else, and tell them what to do, even though these same closed minded predjudiced, bigoted minded morons don’t even bother to curorily study any issue they chose to expound upon as an expert..case in point: Joy Behar and Whoopie Goldberg.


34 posted on 02/05/2010 9:06:21 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Idiot with a ego problem tend to be liberal and condescending note Obama and his friends.


35 posted on 02/05/2010 9:06:47 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Joe 6-pack

They DO use “I feel” in order to avoid having to make any rational/logical arguments in which they’d have to come up with empirical support for their assumptions and conclusions.


36 posted on 02/05/2010 9:07:18 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I think Anne Coulter nailed it, when she pointed out that liberalism springs from a psychological foundation of having a godlike vision for solving all of society’s ills.


37 posted on 02/05/2010 9:07:39 AM PST by J Edgar
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To: Second Amendment First
Question: "Why are liberals so condescending?"

Answer: It has worked to date.

Comment: As a technique it may be losing its efficacy.

38 posted on 02/05/2010 9:08:16 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: RC2

And every “progressive” or “liberal” from people with actual power down to your “smarter than thou” junior college student

thinks that he will be holding the whip, and not under its lash.


39 posted on 02/05/2010 9:09:09 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Canedawg
the urbane urban folks typically look down on people living in rural areas as unsophisticated and uncultured.

Just say 'New Jersey' to a group of New Yorkers, even ones who just moved there, and they spontaneously break out into great peals of laughter. Is there another city where its inhabitants hold their neighbors in such contempt? I hear cracks about L.A. suburbs on sitcoms that I guess are west coast surrogates for the Garden State. Still not funny.

40 posted on 02/05/2010 9:09:20 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Second Amendment First

Um, all those pictures of Obozo with his nose in the air should be a clue here!!!!!


41 posted on 02/05/2010 9:09:57 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Second Amendment First

They are condescending because they are insecure about themselves.


42 posted on 02/05/2010 9:09:58 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Why are liberals so condescending?”

As in a previous comment “To the headline” I respond that everything that is a Liberal is the opposite.

As “intellectuals” they are NOT.

As “progressives” they are NOT.

As “tolerant” they are NOT, and the list goes on.

Arrogant because they ARE ignorant, NOT progressive, and NOT tolerant, and NOT a lot more, therefore condescension is their facade, their cover for their gross inadequacies.

That is my opinion in 80 words or less.


43 posted on 02/05/2010 9:10:24 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: sickoflibs

“...condescending...”

It’s the liberal douchebag version of speaking S-L-O-W and LOUD to a foreigner...


44 posted on 02/05/2010 9:10:35 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: OB1kNOb

B U M P


45 posted on 02/05/2010 9:12:21 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: wintertime

This sentence reminds of the NPR voice. That condescending, whiny, distinctive, and pretentious speaking accent absolutely grates on my nerves.


Me too.

I thought about it for awhile once and I realized, that, at least among the male voices, they all sound gay.


46 posted on 02/05/2010 9:12:50 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Second Amendment First

It is an effective technique to insult the conservative enemy and keep their own people in line.


47 posted on 02/05/2010 9:13:14 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Second Amendment First
George Lakoff, a linguist at the University of California at Berkeley and a consultant to Democratic candidates, says flatly that liberals, unlike conservatives, "still believe in Enlightenment reason," while Drew Westen, an Emory University psychologist and Democratic consultant, argues that the GOP has done a better job of mastering the emotional side of campaigns because Democrats, alas, are just too intellectual. "They like to read and think," Westen wrote. "They thrive on policy debates, arguments, statistics, and getting the facts right."

That is some high-quality fertilizer right there. Along with condescension, liberals appaently are masters of projection as well.

48 posted on 02/05/2010 9:14:19 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (STOP GLOBAL WHINING!!)
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To: Oratam

Yes, the degree of snottiness of NYrs is...well, the joke’s on them.

Manhattanites refer to people living in the outer boroughs as “the bridge and tunnel crowd”.

Clearly, one is either part of “The In Crowd” or you are an outsider, deserving of their sneering, intolerant, condescending contempt.


49 posted on 02/05/2010 9:14:46 AM PST by Canedawg (Our government has become a travesty.)
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To: svcw

I hope you didn’t ruin your keyboard?;-)


50 posted on 02/05/2010 9:14:50 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Luk 12:34 -- For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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