Skip to comments.5 Myths Liberals Have Created About Themselves
Posted on 12/11/2012 4:42:44 AM PST by Kaslin
Liberalism is like a restaurant with ugly decor, terrible food, overflowing toilets and roaches scurrying across the floor -- that stays packed every night. Sure, liberals may be sanctimonious, mean spirited and advocate policies that don't work, but you can't help but admire the excellence of their public relations network. They can laud themselves for courage because they take a stand everyone they know agrees with, pat themselves on the back for their compassion as they maliciously insult someone that disagrees with them and congratulate themselves for their charitable behavior as they give other people's money away. Liberal mythology is one thing, but what it actually looks like is a different beast entirely.
1) Liberals love science: As Ann Coulter says, "Liberals use the word science exactly as they use the word constitutional. Both words are nothing more or less than a general statement of liberal approval, having nothing to do with either science or the Constitution." The liberal commitment to science consists entirely of talking about how important science is when they believe they can use it to further the liberal agenda. On the other hand, when science shows that adult stem cells actually work better than embryonic stem cells, millions in Africa have died because liberals needlessly insisted on banning DDT or the evidence shows AIDS is never going to take off in non-drug-using heterosexuals, liberals have about as much interest in science as they do in supporting the troops.
2) Liberals care about education: If you define "education" as doing as much as humanly possible to toss plums to the teachers unions who help fund and elect Democrats, liberals love education. Alternately, if you define education as the rest of us do, making sure our kids learn as much as possible and are prepared for the working world, liberals don't care about education at all. They fight merit pay, oppose firing bad teachers and try to kill even effective school choice programs. Any time there's a divergence between what's best for the teachers unions and what's best for the kids, the kids ALWAYS lose with liberals.
3) Liberals are tolerant: In a very real sense, liberals don't understand tolerance. To them, tolerance is promoting whatever position they happen to hold while excluding all competing views. So, if a conservative speaker shows up on a college campus, liberals try to shout him down. Liberals have tried to censor conservative talk show hosts with an Orwellian "Fairness Act." They work tirelessly to try to silence Fox News, which is the one center right network up against ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC. They block professors for their conservative views, blacklist conservative actors and lock conservatives out of almost every major newspaper in America. That's not open-minded; it's a level of dogmatic intolerance that could rival the most radical cult.
4) Liberals don't moralize: Liberals believe in allowing children to have abortions over the protests of their parents, they want to force churches to perform gay weddings that violate their Christian beliefs and they demand that the Catholic Church provide abortion and birth control over its strenuous moral objections, but then they turn around and deny that they're moralizing. Getting beyond that, they couch their arguments about tax rates, government programs and economics in distinctly moral terms. After all, what is the term "fair share" if not an appeal to morals? If liberals are going to continue to pretend that they don't moralize, at least they should admit that theyre morally inferior to conservatives.
5) Liberals love the poor: For both philosophical and practical reasons, conservatives believe in helping the poor escape poverty. We agree wholeheartedly with Ben Franklin's words of wisdom,
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
On the other hand, liberals "love" the poor like a cat loves mice. The cat gets fat off the mice and liberals get elected off of sadistically keeping as many Americans mired in poverty as they can. Then, they can give the poor just enough money to get by on while railing against those mean old conservatives who're claiming the destitute can have better lives when any "compassionate" person would realize food stamps and welfare are the best most of these people can ever do. That's not love; that's a gang of pushers trying to hook as many customers as possible.
Very accurate descriptions of the modern liberal.
Just like all the Federal and UN legislatioin they love so much. Whatever the NAME of it is and purports to accomplish you can bet the real goal is just about the opposite.
Number three makes me laugh... Liberals are, as a group, the most intolerant breed of cat you’ll ever run into. Of course they think they are very tolerant. I guarantee you that every lib lurker here that reads this post thinks I’m wrong. I also guarantee you that most, nearly all of them, will think some mean thought about me or wish some evil upon me. None of them will realize or recognize the irony nor the hypocrisy.
Imagine if conservative pols actually spoke these very words to the people - certainly SOME of the poor would wake up and realize they are enslaved in the tyranny of communism.
May I add one, Kaslin. LIBERALS AREN’T RACIST. They tote that old line all the time. However, they support affirmative action/lower test scores for a job etc.. all the time. For a group that isn’t racist, they sure think that someone of color is less intelligent than a white person. Just my two cents...
One difference I see between conservative and liberals is that conservatives reason and liberals emote and assume that’s reasoning.
In other words, the liberal “project” themselves unto the conservatives.
Liberals are totalitarians while conservatives are small government constitutional republicans. The rest naturally follows.
I would also add personal responsibility. I’ve don’t believe I’ve ever met a liberal who has been responsible for their actions and/or lot in life. It’s always someone/something else’s fault for what happened to them.
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Liberals moralize about everything except anything to do with sex.
6) That taking money from one person and giving it to another is “compassion” and “fairness”
“Liberals care about people.” That may be true if you think of “people” as a group. But liberals are collectivists; they do not view anyone as an individual — only a member of some useful class. Your only value to a liberal is in your willingness to behave as the herd behaves. Assert any individuality and you become an enemy of the State.
Indeed - that’s the driving motivation for most liberals.
They want to think of themselves as a “good person”, and structure a bunch of lies around this core drive.
They want to be “righteous”, self-righteous, at least,
but definitely don’t want to submit themselves to the ONLY plan of true righteousness, substitutionary righteousness.
Now, some that call on the name of Christ fall into the “works righteousness” hole, thinking “you have to DO x,y,z in order to be righteous”. This isn’t correct and could have eternal consequences for the believer, but it’s still not as self-deceiving as the liberal belief.
The liberal belief, I call “advocacy based righteousness”.
“I am a good person because I advocate that x,y,z be done.”
They don’t see it as theft when they advocate taking one person’s property and giving it to another - BECAUSE THEY HAVEN’T OR REFUSE TO EXAMINE THE ISSUE THAT DEEPLY.
Once they get the “warm fuzzy” of “I’m a good person because I want to help x,y,z”, that’s the end of the issue for them.
Liberals care about people as a concept, but as individuals, not so much.
This comes, again, from their desire to feel good about THEMSELVES, and not from any altruistic drive.
This is why they don’t often personally sacrifice or give to charity.
When one drills down to the core, leftists have a deep hatred of God and His moral values.
Leftists simply reject God and “feel” they are their own “god”.
Leftists simply cannot face the fact God’s perfect values surpass their “feel good” beliefs...hence the deep hate for Him and what He represents.
Liberals will "feel" that you are wrong about that.
This is very true. That's why liberals work so hard to keep the poor around. They hate it when conservatives try to eliminate the poor by raising them into the middle class.
Keeping the classes distinct is very important to liberals. That's also why the uber-rich liberals want income tax increases on rich people. Rich people who are still earning income need to be kept down lest they also become uber-rich and get all uppity.
Thomas Sowell, in one of his works, probably “Conflict of Visions”, goes into why BOTH SIDES see the other as acting based on emotion and not on reason.
The upshot is that both sides actually arrive at their conclusions rationally.
The problem is the initial assumptions, and the biggest assumption difference is “who is man?”.
The left has an unconstrained view of man’s condition, that he is good and getting better, and some are farther along that “evolutionary” road than others, and that putting these people in charge creates the environment necessary to bring others along toward expressing their good nature.
The right has the constrained view of man, that he is limited in moral, intellectual, and informational ability, and should only be in charge of his own sphere of responsibility.
It also enables them to abstract their philosophy into a benevolent despotism. What does it matter if a few faceless pawns suffer for the good of The Whole? People sometimes have to be forced to do the “right” thing.
Collectivism is the cornerstone of the Marxist/Hegellian/Benthamite calculus.
The media and the homosexual advocacy groups tried their darndest to blame it on Reagan as well furthering my hatred of all homosexual advocacy groups. Especially after various health orgs. told the most likely contractees of the virus, male homosexuals, that safe practices would stop the disease in its tracks. The homosexual advocacy groups almost unanimously rejected that advice.
And furthermore they felt offended that anybody would tell them what to do with their sex lives. My hatred of these groups continues unabated to this day. Not just for them blaming Reagan because he didn't personally cure the disease, but also because of the non-homosexual people who died because the homosexuals refused all reasonable safe-sex practices and managed to infect blood supplies.
...creates the environment necessary to bring others along toward expressing their good nature.
An old quest that started with the serpentine statement that 'you, too, will be like God'. My, how well that has worked.
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I’d add that they think they are funny. Very seldom is a quick and cutting wit coupled with the socialist mindset.
He knew what he was doing in setting up that “alternate truth” for humans. Smart entity, that Lucifer.
Now that's a keeper!
One look at the DU or the Daily Kos and you will see some nasty Stormfront-type racism there.
You need to know that I’ve turned this into a poster for my high school world literature class in preparation for their upcoming units on research writing. Thank you!
:o) Pleased to serve.
If only Ronald Reagan were alive today, he would say the exact same things and with that little jaunty smile on his face.
Thanks Kaslin, related:
The Folly of Scientism
The New Atlantis | Fall 2012 | Austin L. Hughes
Posted on Wed Dec 12 21:07:02 2012 by neverdem
Great thread! Thank you for the ping and post.