Skip to comments.12 Unspoken Rules For Being A Liberal
Posted on 08/31/2013 3:49:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
There may be no official rule book for being a liberal, but that doesn't mean there aren't rules. There are actually quite a few rules liberals go by and the more politically active liberals become, the more rigidly they tend to stick to their own code of behavior. These rules, most of which are unspoken, are passed along culturally on the Left and viciously enforced. Ironically, many liberals could not explain these rules to you and don't even consciously know they're following them. So, by reading this article, not only will you gain a better understanding of liberals, you'll know them better than they know themselves in some ways.
1) You justify your beliefs about yourself by your status as a liberal, not your deeds. The most sexist liberal can think of himself as a feminist while the greediest liberal can think of himself as generous. This is because liberals define themselves as being compassionate, open minded, kind, pro-science and intelligent not based on their actions or achievements, but based on their ideology. This is one of the most psychologically appealing aspects of liberalism because it allows you to be an awful person while still thinking of yourself as better than everyone else.
2) You exempt yourself from your attacks on America: Ever notice that liberals don't include themselves in their attacks on America? When they say, "This is a racist country," or ",This is a mean country," they certainly aren't referring to themselves or people who hold their views. Even though liberals supported the KKK, slaughtering the Indians, and putting the Japanese in internment camps, when they criticize those things, it's meant as an attack on everyone else EXCEPT LIBERALS. The only thing a liberal believes he can truly do wrong is to be insufficiently liberal.
3) What liberals like should be mandatory and what they don't like should be banned: There's an almost instinctual form of fascism that runs through most liberals. It's not enough for liberals to love gay marriage; everyone must be forced to love gay marriage. It's not enough for liberals to be afraid of guns; guns have to be banned. It's not enough for liberals to want to use energy-saving light bulbs; incandescent light bulbs must be banned. It's not enough for liberals to make sure most speakers on campuses are left-wing; conservative speakers must be shouted down or blocked from speaking.
4) The past is always inferior to the present: Liberals tend to view traditions, policies, and morals of past generations as arbitrary designs put in place by less enlightened people. Because of this, liberals don't pay much attention to why traditions developed or wonder about possible ramifications of their social engineering. Its like an architect ripping out the foundation of a house without questioning the consequences and if the living room falls in on itself as a result, he concludes that means he needs to make even more changes.
5) Liberalism is a jealous god and no other God may come before it: A liberal "Christian" or "Jew" is almost an oxymoron because liberalism trumps faith for liberals. Taking your religious beliefs seriously means drawing hard lines about right and wrong and that's simply not allowed. Liberals demand that even God bow down on the altar of liberalism.
6) Liberals believe in indiscriminateness for thought: This one was so good that I stole it from my buddy, Evan Sayet: " Indiscriminateness of thought does not lead to indiscriminateness of policy. It leads the modern liberal to invariably side with evil over good, wrong over right and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success. Why? Very simply if nothing is to be recognized as better or worse than anything else then success is de facto unjust. There is no explanation for success if nothing is better than anything else and the greater the success the greater the injustice. Conversely and for the same reason, failure is de facto proof of victimization and the greater the failure, the greater the proof of the victim is, or the greater the victimization."
7) Intentions are much more important than results: Liberals decide what programs to support based on whether they make them feel good or bad about themselves, not because they work or don't work. A DDT ban that has killed millions is judged a success by liberals because it makes them feel as if they care about the environment. A government program that wastes billions and doesn't work is a stunning triumph to the Left if it has a compassionate sounding name. It would be easier to convince a liberal to support a program by calling it the Saving Women And Puppies Bill" than showing that it would save 100,000 lives.
8) The only real sins are helping conservatism or harming liberalism: Conservatives often marvel at the fact that liberals will happily elect every sort of pervert, deviant, and criminal you can imagine without a second thought. That's because right and wrong don't come into the picture for liberals. They have one standard: Does this politician help or hurt liberalism? If a politician helps liberalism, he has a free pass to do almost anything and many of them do just that.
9) All solutions must be government-oriented: Liberals may not be as down on government as conservatives are, but on some level, even they recognize that it doesn't work very well. So, why are liberals so hell bent on centralizing as much power as possible in government? Simple, because they believe that they are better and smarter than everyone else by virtue of being liberals and centralized power gives them the opportunity to control more people's lives. There's nothing scarier to liberals than free people living their lives as they please without wanting or needing the government to nanny them.
10) You must be absolutely close minded: One of the key reasons liberals spend so much time vilifying people they don't like and questioning their motivations is to protect themselves from having to consider their arguments. This helps create a completely closed system for liberals. Conservative arguments are considered wrong by default since they're conservative and not worth hearing. On the other hand, liberals aren't going to make conservative arguments. So, a liberal goes to a liberal school, watches liberal news, listens to liberal politicians, has liberal friends, and then convinces himself that conservatives are all hateful, evil, racist Nazis so that any stray conservatism he hears should be ignored. It makes liberal minds into perfectly closed loops that are impervious to anything other than liberal doctrine.
11) Feelings are more important than logic: Liberals base their positions on emotions, not facts and logic and then they work backwards to shore up their position. This is why it's a waste of time to try to convince a liberal of anything based on logic. You don't "logic" someone out of a position that he didn't use "logic" to come up with in the first place.
12) Tribal affiliation is more important than individual action: There's one set of rules for members of the tribe and one set of rules for everyone else. Lying, breaking the rules, or fomenting hatred against a liberal in good standing may be out of bounds, but there are no rules when dealing with outsiders, who are viewed either as potential recruits, dupes to be tricked, or foes to be defeated. This is the same backwards mentality you see in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, except it's based on ideology, not religion.
No wonder the USA is a very, very badly divided country.
Certain Democrats supported the Kluxers, but they surely were not liberal Democrats.
If FDR doesn’t qualify as acliberal, who does? He appointed klansman Hugo Black to the SCOTUS. Read more:
That would be the author’s #1 and #9.
Right. Re: #9 I just quibble with the word ‘solution’ - I don’t think libs have any nor do they really care to solve problems, just pad their own fannys and make sure they’re ok...no matter what.
I agree with you. “Government intervention” or “government control” could be more accurate phrases than “government solution.”
Amd one rule to rule them all:
Liberals feel good about themselves when they have made someone else miserable.
Just 2 things....Evil and/or STUPID.
13) To credit Rush Limbaugh, Liberalism requires no effort and no courage. Yet, liberals “feel” they are courageous.
That was covered by the author’s #1 and #11.
Yes sort of like an overarching mission statement.
Ask a conservative, “What do you think about that?”
Ask a liberal, “How does that make you feel?”
BTW, these rules can apply to Muslims. Tribalism, intolerance, destruction of enemies, intentions trump all, etc.
“Certain Democrats supported the Kluxers, but they surely were not liberal Democrats.”
Fun Fact, all the segregationists were rated 100 percent by NARAL.
Liberals should be compelled to watch videos of themselves being liberals.
I agree with post 6 plus you can add Woodrow Wilson to that mix.
No. 10 is key. Questioning the conservative’s motives and not his arguments. This leads to ... Conservative says “I question the validity of Affirmative Action Programs” Liberal says, “You’re a racist!” Conservative says “I question the validity, morality and practicality of Gay Marriage.” Liberal says, “You’re a homophobe!” and so on. The beauty of this for the Liberal is, with the name calling, the Liberal has moved the discussion away from whether the liberal program is good, effective and accomplishing anything. Instead there is a back and forth about whether the Conservative is racist or not and the liberal avoids any discussion of the ineffective liberal program.
A surprisingly good list.
First, the notion that they are smarter etc than others, including people past present and future, is laughable. It is child's play to show how dumb, I man outright stupid (sorry, gotta call 'em as I see 'em) many, if not most, of their decisions and beliefs are. This is, as is also noted in the list, because they let emotion do rule themselves at the expense of common sense
The second part - that they believe their assumed intellectual edge over others entitled them to control others for their own good - is an extremely dangerous (and obviously wrong) thought. That thinking is diametrically opposed to freedom and liberty. It leads to fascism and dictatorial like behaviors that have led to most of the suffering and deaths in conflicts for the past several hundred years. "You should listen to me because I know better" leads to "I will make you listen to me for your own good. " Which would still be wrong even if they were right, but is made even worse by the fact that they are almost always wrong.
A very nicely constructed nutshell. Thanks for posting.
4) “The past is always inferior to the present”
In other words: Nothing significant happened until they showed up.
I once had a frustrated liberal scream at me “My beliefs are more important to me than the truth!”
Truer words were never spoken. Liberalism is immaturity, cloaked with the pretense of moral and intellectual superiority.
My goodness: #1 really defines it. I live in a very liberal district and this explanation hit home.
Liberals do not ever not use straw man arguments. That drives me nuts.
#4 actually is about cowardice. The pirate instinct on the upper deck needs decoration and satisfaction, hence the foundation and hull must be gutted. Liberals cannot see that happiness is a byproduct of life, and not the reverse. They will never know higher values and enjoyments. They indeed live in Plato’s cave, because they believe its where they are smarter than others, thus it must be imposed.
Those are covered by #12 and indirectly by #9.
No wonder the USA is a very, very badly divided country.
Yep. Dividing and conquering has been working well since at least Roman times.
Very good list. You just described my mother.
I like number 10, it explains why liberals not only cannot agree with an opinion different then theirs, but can’t even comprehend the possibility that there might be a different point of view. A closed loop!
#3 is SO true. The first way to spot a liberal is when they’re annoyed by something and say, “That should be banned!”
Yes, they were. Bilbo of Mississippi, Tillman of South Carolina are two premier examples. Both left-wingers.
bookmark - so true
.....Or as you CLAIM it goes back.
13) Do whatever you are told to do, behave as, act like, or force others to do no matter how disgusting the act, like sodomizing each other, raping children, or killing someone.
In other words, liberalism is a cult, almost exactly like most other cults in history.