Skip to comments.Leftism Makes You Meaner
Posted on 01/10/2012 7:25:15 AM PST by Kaslin
Only a fool believes that all those with whom he differs are bad people. Moreover, just about all of us live the reality -- often within our own family -- of knowing good and loving people with whom we strongly differ on political, religious, social and economic issues.
That said, I have come to believe that the more committed one is to leftism, the more likely one is to become meaner.
Two examples in just the past week offer compelling evidence.
Prominent left-wing commentators used the way in which Rick Santorum and his wife handled the death of one of their children to attack -- make that mock -- the former Pennsylvania senator.
In a lifetime of observing and participating in political debate, I have seen a lot of meanness. But one just assumes that some things -- not many, just some -- are off limits to political pundits and activists.
Among these few things, one has to believe, is the death of a child.
But I was wrong.
In 1996, Karen Santorum gave birth to a premature baby boy who died two hours later. After spending the night in the hospital with their baby son between them, the grieving parents brought the lifeless infant home for a brief period because, Santorum explained, it was important to them for their other children to "know they had a brother." The Santorums didn't want Gabriel Michael Santorum to be an abstraction to his siblings.
First, Alan Colmes on Fox News: "Once (voters) get a load of some of the crazy things he's said and done, like taking his 2-hour-old baby who died right after childbirth home and played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real ..."
Colmes was then interrupted by Rich Lowry: "You are mocking him. They lost a child, Alan. That's very serious and it's not something you should be mocking on national TV."
Colmes' response: "I'm not mocking the losing of the child. But what I'm saying is I think it shows a certain unusual attitude toward taking a 2-hour-baby home who died to play with his other children."
In addition to engaging in a cheap and mean shot, Colmes simply made up the notion that the Santorums had brought the baby home for their other children "to play with."
The next day, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer-Prize winning left-wing columnist for The Washington Post, said on MSNBC, Santorum is "not a little weird. He's really weird. Some of his positions he's taken are just so weird that I think some Republicans are going to be off-put. Not everybody is going to be down, for example, with the story of how he and his wife handled the stillborn child whose body they took home to kind of sleep with and introduce to the rest of the family. It's a very weird story."
Four times Robinson calls Santorum "weird," using the story about the death of the child as evidence. He was wrong on an important detail -- the child was not "stillborn." And, like Colmes, he made up a mocking detail -- that they took the child home "to kind of sleep with."
The meanness of these comments is self-evident, as Alan Colmes realized and later apologized to Santorum. Robinson, on the other hand, never apologized -- as RealClearPolitics, which has no political agenda, correctly reported -- even though repeatedly challenged to do so on MSNBC.
I raise these issues for only one reason: to provide further evidence of my belief that leftism makes more than a few of its adherents meaner people.
I have had many interactions with Alan Colmes, and while we always differ, I never found him to be mean-spirited. I still don't think he is mean-spirited, and though I am not the directly offended party, like Santorum, I accept his apology, because I believe he meant it.
So why did he say what he said?
Because leftism fills many of its adherents with contempt and hatred. It takes a person of great character and self-control to continually imbibe and mouth the mantras of the left -- that everyone on the right is sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, islamophobic, racist and bigoted -- and not become a meaner human being. If I believed just about everyone with left-wing views was despicable, I would be meaner, too.
In a previous column, I wrote about Thomas Friedman making one of the classic anti-Semitic libels when he wrote that the reason the Senate and the House gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing ovations was because "that ovation was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby."
How does a Jew write an anti-Semitic libel? Because he's on the left.
That was the reason Rep. Andre Carson said that members of Congress who support the Tea Party want to see blacks "hanging on a tree." Because he's on the left.
Leftists' meanness toward those with whom they differ has no echo on the normative right. Those on the left need to do some soul-searching. Because as long as they continue to believe that people on the right are not merely wrong but vile, they will get increasingly mean. The problem for the left, however, is that the moment it stops painting the right as vile, it has to argue the issues.
Liberals are quick to label you as a racist, uncaring, etc. They tend to pat themselves on the back as being more enlightened, especially when it comes to using your money. You see, what their’s is their’s but what’s your’s is everyone’s in their minds - you are cruel if you want to keep your’s. Liberals prey on those who are logical.
It takes a person of great character and self-control to continually imbibe and mouth the mantras of the left -- that everyone on the right is sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, islamophobic, racist and bigoted -- and not become a meaner human being. If I believed just about everyone with left-wing views was despicable, I would be meaner, too.
Most conservatives (myself included) believe most liberals are well-meaning but wrong.
Most liberals, at least the louder ones, believe all conservatives are either stupid or evil.
This causes asymmetric political warfare.
Most liberals I know or have met were bitter, angry, jealous, selfish, and manipulative types.
Colmes is just a silly ass who occasionally shows his mean streak to bolster his leftist credentials. Robinson, on the other hand, is a mean, nasty and bitter leftist. I wouldn’t use anything he wrote to line a bird cage - unless the bird was a vulture!
We underestimate the Daily Show. Stewart drives the Mean Stupid Liberal vote.
This guy *teaches* our kids how to be mean, and how to be liberal.
He didn't use a dead infant for laughs, but he did set up a Google-bomb on Santorum's name during a search, turning his name into a body fluid generated by homosexual behavior. It's gross in the extreme. Most of Stewart's writing team, dozens of writers, are gay.
Liberals deal in feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings.
Libs project onto others who they are.
My favorite is listening to when one of them is pretending to be a “moderate” or even some of them claim to be Republicans and then they say something like how they don’t like meanness. Until they get to the guy they don’t like (always a republican and never Obama) and then all of a sudden they become mean and calling him/her childish names..haha
It hasn't been too far back in the American past that it was customary for the deceased to be brought home.
The Left certainly has an appetite for the bizarre.
This is so true. It applies to homosexuals who “come out” too. I think Wanda Sykes and Rosie O’Donnell used to be funny until they “came out”. Then they turned mean and nasty and NOT funny.
The Left is about replacing freedom.
The Left's philosophy is that "smart" people in Washington know what's best for us in all the matters listed above. We don't, however, see much that's smart coming out of Washington. We see the results of a political process that pits smart people of one persuasion against smart people with opposite views. If one philosophy is dominant at a given time, their smart people may get to decide but usually there's a lot of compromising and other distortions. The Left is also constantly confusing "smart" with "wise". But at their core is a fundamental mistrust of the wisdom of the People. As Laura Ingraham says: "They think you're stupid".
Litmus test: If the people in Washington are smart, how come they've spent $15T more than they've taken in and everyone hates them? If you or I spent say, $30T over fifteen years we could make a lot of people pretty happy.
My boss is all extremely liberal.
I am sure that she is Liberal BECAUSE she has no compassion and certainly NO CLASS!
I had to be off work for two weeks because my mother was dying in the hospital.... she was daily, hourly at death’s door. It was a gut wrenching struggle for me to stand there and watch what she went through.
In the end she survived (thank GOD) and is still with me (we live together now). Her health is not good and is declining, but we go from day to day.
Anyway, on the day I returned to work after my mom’s hospital stay and subsequent problems, the first thing my boss went out of her way to come and tell me was: “You forgot to turn on the copier when you came in this morning!”
She was angry when she said it and walked away from me after she cast this into my face.
I stood there with my mouth open and I was stunned.
Not: “Good morning, welcome back” or “How’s your mom?” or “Is everything OK?”
I am convinced Liberals have NO class and would’t know class if it fell on them from the 10th story!!
To this day she NEVER asks how my mother is doing, even though she knows I live with my mom and take care of her.
“Leftists’ meanness toward those with whom they differ has no echo on the normative right.”
Let me add that leftist’s meanness has no grounding in substance. Conservatives do not express, nor hold, the views used to stereotype conservatives. The left simply imagines these things, making leftists especially dangerous to the safety of those who do not agree to them. Leftists’ views of others are so hateful they would hurt and even destroy conservatives without remorse. This is difficult for conservatives to understand because we are not the stereotype and don’t hate other people. Just try to politely express an opposing opinion to a leftist sometime and watch the venom spew forth. It isn’t based on the opinion you express but on the leftist’s belief that you are the monster they imagine you to be. Theory of psychology offers some insights into leftist thinking.
It's called projection.
Your boss reminds me of a few (liberal) relatives we have. “;^(
BTW, your tag is WONDERFUL!
They don’t want to recognize the 2 hour old baby for what it is - a human, further, a human created in God’s image.
If they did, then it starts to undermine their whole worldview.
This is why he was so disdainful about this issue.
If you see a leftists motivations as greed and feeling good, you can explain a lot of their preferences and decision making. They direct their anger toward imagined boogeymenpeople who disagree with their self-gratification ranging from their parents to conservatives. They gin up evil images of their opponents in their minds to provide a foil to themselves and make their opponents as evil as possible so their own transgressions are never as bad as their opponents. If you have done what many leftists have done, such as their treatment of children, your imagined opponents have to be really, really evil to make yourself feel like a better person.
My boss started her when Kery was running. She told us she was voting for him and she has hated me ever since.
In every way, she’s a no class creep.
Casual, moderate "social" liberals can be pretty nice people, much of the time. But they do tend to bristle when you challenge their secular faith. And it is in fact a substitute religion for many.
But those who are consumed with the "cause" (such as college professors, political organizers and agitators) become ever more mean and more gratuitously cruel over time. Such people include our President, who I believe is quite capable of things many people would be frightened to even suspect. Look in his eyes when he speaks about Republicans and conservatives and tell me I'm wrong.
Read “You can still trust the communists to be communists” and you’ll understand the left better.
“anyway, on the day I returned to work after my moms hospital stay and subsequent problems, the first thing my boss went out of her way to come and tell me was: You forgot to turn on the copier when you came in this morning!”
There is a lot of small evil out there that is intensely evil. I had a homosexual supervisor one time, and you talk about living in hell. That faygo resented my masculinity and targeted me every day I worked in that office.
What you went though was absolutely horrible...it’s a shame but the evil is out there. I don’t trust in man, I trust in God.
Its almost terrifying how deeply committed they are to projection.
I have an old friend whos a stereotypical liberal. When we first met, more than 20 years ago, we were college freshmen and we both had a lot of empty headed beliefs.
As time went on, and as I matured, I examined by beliefs by exposing myself to alternate ideas and weighed them for truth and logic. Today, Im a Conservative Catholic, and hes still the same empty headed person he was 20 years ago. Yet, hes told me on several occasions, that I am the one who is closed minded.
He once told me that he wished someone would assassinate President Bush (43) and was literally shaking with rage, teeth clenched. I responded dont you think thats a little severe? to which he said, I can see this is a very emotional issue for you, Ill stop discussing it.
He somehow has drawn the conclusion that Conservatives are obsessed with controlling other peoples lives. Of course he gave the abortion example, but was unable to process the idea that the motivation could be saving the life of an innocent. When I suggested that maybe it was the other way around and listed speech codes, restrictions on gun ownership, light bulbs, dietary restrictions, etc. he replied that those were good things so its okay.
I recently told my daughter that liberals were like sleep-walkers: They live in their own world which looks nothing like the real world, are animated by things that make no sense, and if you try to wake them up (with facts) they can become at best very upset, and at worst, violent.
My words leave me, but I am glad your mother made it through. I do hope you find a better job. Your boss is also a Loogan meaning an unsophisticated yokel, or whatever the female version of it is
And this is why liberalism is such an easy sell. The generosity of wanting to control other peoples money and actions for the betterment of all grants them a feeling of (false) virtue.
Tell a fool that he can be greedy and vain, and disguise it as probity, and you have a new liberal convert.
We are saddled with a whole camp of “respectable conservatives” whose first duty is to remind us of the moral superiority of the left, and the second duty is to never ever question the Left merely accept what they say at face value.
On Christmas, I would always buy a small box of candy for the bosses. It's candy that's too expensive for me in my own household, but makes a nice holiday gift. It's not a lot but it's what I could afford and I DID think of them on the holiday. Who doesn't like candy?
On the third year I gave it to my boss (the witch who does nothing to deserve a gift) and I said ‘Merry Christmas’.
She said: “Oh...I guess this is your usual.”
Not, “Thanks for the gift, we really enjoy the candy”
No class at all. Needless to say, I don't bother getting her a gift anymore.
This previous posting on FR pretty much sums it up.
What do you call a liberal who sees racism everywhere? Enlightened!
(Think about it...)
Your boss, besides what others have said....sounds like a NARCISSIST, a mean one.
I could never say here what I really think of her, and get away with it!
I call the conservative "awake and situationally aware" ... I call the liberal "delusional".
But then, I'm not a liberal.
I'm awake, and situationally aware.
I am sure that she is Liberal BECAUSE she has no compassion and certainly NO CLASS!
No wonder. Liberalism provides a cover and a shield to the compassionless and the mean.
Why? Because of its politicization of morals. If you're a liberal, there's no need to be moral at all in everyday life. All you have to do is fall into line with the liberal talking points. If you say you don't mind paying taxes because you "support the disadvantaged," if you use the right euphemisms, if you lend lip service to the right causes, you're adjudged moral. Even if you're rotten in everyday life.
Better yet: if you're mean-spirited, liberalism has use for you. Looking for an excuse to pick on someone? Find "subtle racism." Looking for an excuse to stereotype someone you don't like? As long as that person votes Republican, you can be as hateful as you want. The only check is picking on someone from a protected group. That's verboten, but restraining yourself gives you the chance to flatter yourself about how good and moral you are. Solely because you acted civilly, something that un-mean people find easy to do.
Add to that the liberal habit of projection. I've long had the suspicion that projection developed as a way to shame the liberal ranks, but it's gone beyond that.
“I’m really a caring, compassionate person. I just act like a bat-s##t bi-yatch.”
No joke, no lie, I live and work in the SF Bay Area: if only I had a dime for every moral midget I’ve met who use their politics as a substitute for character.
I’m sorry your boss is what she is-having someone like that in your life can be draining. Just remember, though, at the end of the day she has to go home with herself.
My best for your Mom, we’re waiting on a loved one (Grandmother) ourselves.
Coming in here is like walking in a mine field. There are trip wires all over the place.
My boss is on a power trip and loves f’ing with me over everything.
If I am wrong, I am wrong, and if I am right, I am wrong... so I just shut up and let her kick s^%$ in my face daily. Walking through the door is like a general anesthetic... I go numb.
Wow! You’ve got me counting my lucky stars I never had a workplace like that!
Hang in there. For what it’s worth, I will pray for you.
In a nutshell!
Smarty,....I have a Dept. manager like that. I learned to speak up when comments were as you depicted. I might have said when she complained about the copier. “Well, it would have been nice to hear you say welcome back and how is your mother doing.” They do get it and it often stops them in their tracks.
My manger is a moody individual...if she’s miserable you hear it in her tone...if she’s being silly and playful...that too. But when it comes to being compassionate it’s a matter more of how whatever is happening is affecting her...it’s rarely about the employee aside from that.
If I was a younger person I’d leave.
However the way things are, I don’t want to be job hunting just now.
Actually, I think my boss is pathetic. She is very attached to her hatred for me. It is so nauseating. I wish she’d find someone else to hate!! It must be pure magic at her house.
Libtards have an anti-man sense of life that they experience as an absolute and irreducible primary which it never occurs to them to question.A sense of life is a pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, consciously integrated appraisal of man and of existence.An anti-man sense of life produces the feeling that man is worthless, insignificant, and unimportant and by his very nature helpless and doomed, and that he doesn't deserve happiness.Once this mentality is accepted, it is an easy step to altruism and collectivism and then to statism and socialism.
The most misogynist abusers of women I've known have been Democrats.
The most racist people I've known have been Democrats.
Leftism and narcissism go hand in hand. That’s one of the points that Prager emphasizes all the time: There’s a reason that the self-esteem movement in schools came from the Left, because no one has a higher opinion of themselves than leftists. They are certain that they are better than you.
I’ll tell you what I think is REALLY WEIRD. That is when a guy lets another guy stick his thang up his butt.
...and then when an otherwise-normal person can bring himself to publicly admit he he (or she) has a problem with that.
Now that is REALLY WEIRD.
“Tell a fool that he can be greedy and vain, and disguise it as probity, and you have a new liberal convert.”
Your last sentence is remarkable for its brevity and insight. With your permission, and attribution if desired, I would like to use it as an introduction when discussing ideology with others. I also think that it succinctly indicates how liberals get drawn in to leftism. What they don’t realize is that getting out is very difficult.
Lemme tell you whut. Anyone that touts their "enlightenment" - ain't. Some are on that path, but the really rare ones to actually attain enlightenment would never say so.
No attribution necessary - use it in good health!