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Betsy Hart: The trouble with liberals
Naples Daily News (FL) ^ | 2 June 2003 | Betsy Hart

Posted on 06/02/2003 12:00:23 PM PDT by Stultis

Betsy Hart: The trouble with liberals

Monday, June 2, 2003

By BETSY HART, Scripps Howard News Service

America has just won, and quickly, a war with Iraq.

A war which was, in the end, popular both here at home and by all accounts with the majority of the Iraqi people.

On Tuesday, George Bush signed the third-largest tax cut in American history. With all the savage attacks on Attorney General John Ashcroft, even the most ardent "don't interfere with my privacy rights" leftists can do little more than mutter in agreement with the fact that this administration has done something right — there hasn't been a terrorist attack on American soil in almost two years.



Conservative commentator Betsy Hart writes bold opinion pieces about national and family affairs.

Meanwhile, as the New York Times Magazine recently reported, college campuses are once again becoming a hotbed of radical political activism — only this time it's coming from conservatives.

Mega-retailers like Wal-Mart and Costco, the Times also documents, are rapidly becoming America's biggest sellers of books, videos, and music, and are stocking their shelves with selections which reflect the more traditional, even conservative bent of their customers. Talk radio and cable news television is undeniably dominated by the right. And conservative writers like Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Mona Charen, David Frum and Bernard Goldberg are standard fare on best-seller lists.

This is not a good time to be a liberal.

What's going on? It's more than a pendulum swing. It's that it's finally become apparent that something is wrong with liberalism itself.

Liberalism as we know it today is just plain ugly, divisive, selfish, and even downright mean. Consider this: Almost every time a conservative politicians or other leaders talk about liberal agendas and policies, they say, "Well, liberals mean well — even though when it comes to their views on (fill in the blank) — national security, social welfare programs, high taxes, radical feminism/environmentalism — even though their agenda has been shown to be a failure, liberals are good people, they want to do the right thing. . ."

But have you EVER heard a liberal activist, with or without any stature, say, "Well those conservatives want to do the right thing. . .I disagree with them on their views on social welfare, or taxes, but they are good people and they mean well. . .?"

No, you've never heard that because liberal activists only paint conservatives as wanting to starve school kids, steal money from the poor to give to the rich, burn down black churches and push grandmothers down the on-ramp to the expressway.

Where conservatives preach inclusiveness, "a tax-cut for everyone, because we want everyone to do better" an end to racial preferences "because they are so divisive and don't help the people they are meant to," liberal activists consistently pit one class, race or even age group against another.

Race and class warfare is mother's milk to them.

That's why the change. I'm convinced that Americans are more and more seeing through the divisiveness and disingenuousness of the left and rejecting it.

Phil Kent, prominent journalist, and now president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, chronicles this phenomenon in his bold new book, "The Dark side of Liberalism" (Harbor House).

It's bold because Kent pulls no punches. He methodically examines major issues like race, Islam in America, taxes, environmentalism, education, feminism, the culture. He explains with almost frightening clarity the left's view of the issue at hand, and then sets the record straight. Again and again he shows how the standard liberal line on these issues is based on divisiveness, ugliness, often downright lies, and worst of all, in many cases a real loathing for America. I don't agree with everything Kent says — I'm for regulated immigration, not virtually closing our borders, for instance — but Kent is not a conservative who argues that "liberals mean well. . ." Because, as he shows, often they don't.

What a breath of fresh air.

It's hardly that conservatives don't have some mean-spirited people who claim to share conservatism's goals, or that there aren't generous, kind, if misguided liberals out there. And it's certainly not the case that conservatives have won every battle. It's just that now conservatives, like Kent and so many other thinkers and movers on the right, finally seem willing to thoroughly engage liberals, to expose liberalism for what it is, and the malevolent motives of many liberal activists for what they are. And that's the reason conservatives are so clearly dominant on the American scene today.

It's about time that it's a good time to be a conservative.

Betsy Hart, a frequent commentator on CNN and the Fox News Channel, can be reached by e-mail at: mailtohart@aol.com.


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1 posted on 06/02/2003 12:00:24 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: Stultis
The trouble with liberals

... is that they breathe too much. :)

2 posted on 06/02/2003 12:04:50 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("This is how six-year-olds argue: they call everything 'stupid'." --Coulter, on liberals)
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To: Stultis
bump
3 posted on 06/02/2003 12:05:12 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Stultis
"Almost every time a conservative politicians or other leaders talk about liberal agendas and policies, they say, "Well, liberals mean well — even though when it comes to their views on (fill in the blank) — national security, social welfare programs, high taxes, radical feminism/environmentalism — even though their agenda has been shown to be a failure, liberals are good people, they want to do the right thing. . ." "


What talk-radio is she listening to? The words I hear being used to describe liberals are: "Clueless", "Socialists", "Anti-Individualists", "Idiots", "Anti-Americans", "Greedy" (for wanting to take more of my income and give to tax payers), etc. Most of which are accurate.
4 posted on 06/02/2003 12:06:31 PM PDT by Blzbba
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The trouble with liberals

Ah, where do I start?

5 posted on 06/02/2003 12:06:37 PM PDT by darkwing104
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To: Blzbba
What talk-radio is she listening to?

She was talking about leaders and politians, not talk radio hosts. If you look at Reagan, Bush Sr., GW Bush, and even those like Newt Gingerich and Trent Lott, you just don't see that harsh of rhetoric against liberals.

6 posted on 06/02/2003 12:10:54 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Stultis
It's about time that it's a good time to be a conservative.

It's always been a good time to be a conservative, if you just consider the alternative.

7 posted on 06/02/2003 12:13:35 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: Blzbba
What talk-radio is she listening to?

I agree. She was spot-on with everything else, though.

8 posted on 06/02/2003 12:14:21 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: Blzbba
Those are all kind descriptions of liberals, as far as I'm concerned.

The words I'd use to describe them aren't appropriate for broadcast.
9 posted on 06/02/2003 12:15:05 PM PDT by babyface00
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To: Stultis
Why do people insist on calling "leftists" liberals.

The reason why the tide is turning is because rational people are coming to realize that there is nothing "freedom loving" about these people. The problem with liberals is they are NOT liberal.

This is one of my big pet peeves. Sorry.

Best Regards,

10 posted on 06/02/2003 12:38:42 PM PDT by scoopscandal
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To: scoopscandal
The trouble with liberals


Savage has it right. They are mentally ill.
11 posted on 06/02/2003 12:45:25 PM PDT by rrr51
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To: Stultis

But have you EVER heard a liberal activist, with or without any stature, say, "Well those conservatives want to do the right thing. . .I disagree with them on their views on social welfare, or taxes, but they are good people and they mean well. . .?"

Actually, I do know one guy like this.  But just one.  And to be honest, in my heart I question whether he really is a liberal of conviction or one of convenience.

Kent is not a conservative who argues that "liberals mean well. . ." Because, as he shows, often they don't.

The more they support homicidal dictators like Hussein, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Mihn, Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, and Mad Bob Mugabe, the harder it is to convince oneself that they do mean well.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”


12 posted on 06/02/2003 12:54:30 PM PDT by South Hawthorne
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"Liberalism as we know it today is just plain ugly, divisive, selfish, and even downright mean."

Liberalism is a disease, probably genetic, and apparently incurable - Linda Bowles
13 posted on 06/02/2003 1:00:32 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Freedom is not Free - Support the Troops!!)
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To: Stultis
For those of you who may not know Phil, he is the head of the Southeastern Legal Foundation the group that sued to have Clinton disbarred. I have heard from several people that the book is good and makes for fabulous talking points to quiet the liberals in your life.
14 posted on 06/02/2003 1:26:19 PM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich
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To: Stultis
Liberalism as we know it today is just plain ugly, divisive, selfish, and even downright mean. ...liberal activists only paint conservatives as wanting to starve school kids, steal money from the poor to give to the rich, burn down black churches and push grandmothers down the on-ramp to the expressway.

Exactly! Even just reading the titles liberals like Al Franken and Michael Moore choose for their books, one can't help but think: Their mommas obviously didn't teach them anything about the Golden Rule.

Downright mean partially sums it up; ...and dishonest completes the description.
15 posted on 06/02/2003 1:34:36 PM PDT by Fawnn (I think therefore I'm halfway there....)
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To: scoopscandal
The problem with liberals is they are NOT liberal.

Actually I agree completely. When conversing with leftists, I pepper my speech with references to the "progressive" policies of the Bush (and retrospectively the Reagan) adminstration(s). I talk about conservatives "reclaiming and advancing the values of liberalism," note the that left-radicals running inteference for murderous and illiberal regimes is "nothing new," and so on.

In addition to being true, it has the added advantage of driving them nuts.

16 posted on 06/02/2003 1:36:08 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"Liberals are a waste of skin."

-- Romulan proverb

17 posted on 06/02/2003 1:40:01 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Stultis
Here's to hoping they don't figure it out any time soon. I like the fact that we've been averaging a gain of 1.4 Senate seats and 10.2 House seats for the past 5 election cycles (since 1994). In another 12 years, if that pace holds true, we'll be up to 60-39-1 in the Senate and 289-145-1 in the House (66.4%). Filibuster THAT!
18 posted on 06/02/2003 2:38:51 PM PDT by Teacher317
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To: SwinneySwitch
awesome quote

I don't see Betsy Hart too often; nice to see her writings occassionally.

I remember her one praising the Pilgrims (she said Puritans, but actually she was talking about the Pilgrims; she kind of confused the two groups) from several years ago. Great attempt at criticizing revisionist history of the white man being evil.
19 posted on 06/02/2003 3:22:24 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: scoopscandal
your right...these are socialists in the vein of hitler...
20 posted on 06/02/2003 4:10:58 PM PDT by fishbabe
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