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Why Liberals Think What They Do ... Victor Davis Hanson
PJ Media ^ | 30 Oct 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 10/30/2012 5:45:32 AM PDT by Rummyfan

Note that Barack Obama is running not on his liberal record, but as a challenger against incumbent Mitt Romney who has done all sorts of terrible things like causing the 2008 meltdown and outsourcing jobs to China. In Obama’s view, given the supposedly tranquil world abroad, we must try nation building at home, and thus concentrate on bold new initiatives like stimulus, infrastructure, green jobs, and federalized health care — none of which have been envisioned before, much less funded. And to the extent Obama has a concrete example, he points to efforts of the private oil sector to find more gas and oil despite, rather than because of, his own efforts. Conclusion? Obama himself apparently has given up on liberal ideas in lieu of Big Bird, binders, bull****ter, movie stars, and hip-hopsters, which prompts the question: does anyone believe in liberal ideology anymore — and if so, why?

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; liberals; theleft; vdh

1 posted on 10/30/2012 5:45:37 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Rummyfan

It’s a mystery to me..


2 posted on 10/30/2012 5:54:04 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: Rummyfan

Liberalism is an elite person’s psychological investment in enjoying a guilt-free affluence.


3 posted on 10/30/2012 5:55:54 AM PDT by CA_soon_gone
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To: Rummyfan

Liberals don’t think; they emote.


4 posted on 10/30/2012 5:57:09 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Rummyfan

Nails it.


5 posted on 10/30/2012 6:02:22 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Rummyfan

Another great essay by VDH. Highly recommended.


6 posted on 10/30/2012 6:10:35 AM PDT by randita
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To: Rummyfan
Obama's election in 2008 was one of the best things ever to happen to this country. He has destroyed the Democrat party, the Main Stream Media, Affirmative Action, and Liberalism as an ideology.

After Watergate, the Republicans wandered in the desert for 40 years. I wonder how long it will take before the Demon Rats retake the House.

7 posted on 10/30/2012 6:11:16 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: CA_soon_gone
Liberalism is an elite person’s psychological investment in enjoying a guilt-free affluence.

Best line of the essay and it pretty much NAILS the description of liberalism.
8 posted on 10/30/2012 6:12:56 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Rummyfan

A Powerful Article!

One selection:

Large percentages of the population now work for government — federal, state, or local. Millions more are divorced from the tragic world of mining or drilling where nature is unforgiving. That distance has allowed Americans in droves to disengage from both the private sector, where one either makes a profit or goes broke, and the grimy processes by which we live one more day. A San Francisco professor, a Monterey lawyer, and a Sacramento bureaucrat do not know how hard it is to raise beef, grow peaches, find and pump oil and gas, and haul logs out of the forest and into Home Depot as smooth lumber, or what it takes to build a small Ace Hardware business. The skills needed to keep a 7-Eleven viable in a rough neighborhood, I confess, dwarf those of the classics professor.


9 posted on 10/30/2012 6:15:36 AM PDT by maica
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To: CA_soon_gone

Liberalism is an elite person’s psychological investment in enjoying a guilt-free affluence.
*******
That description perfectly fits a number of affluent liberals I know. And they delight in blaming conservatives for all of the world’s ills. Liberals view themselves as virtuous, superior elites who feel entitled to force their utopian ideals on everyone and tell the rest of us how to live — while they are enjoying a high lifestyle.

One thing liberals have a special hatred for is successful conservatives who attained their affluence through hard work, without needing a ton of formal “education”. Libs see these types of people as inferior and undeserving of their gains. Meanwhile, the libs are who inherited family money perceive themselves as intellectually gifted and destined to have an affluent life style.


10 posted on 10/30/2012 6:21:10 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: CA_soon_gone

“Liberalism” is simply the political expression of the religion of Humanism, which began with the words “you will be as gods, knowing good and evil”.


11 posted on 10/30/2012 6:26:57 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: maica

Large percentages of the population now work for government
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Largely enabled by borrowing 40 cents of every dollar — from foreigners. There will be a day of reckoning as this unsustainable situation can’t continue. Eventually there will be a massive reduction of these bloated workforces and many of these gubmint folks will have to get back to more productive pursuits instead of pushing paper and building bureaucracies.


12 posted on 10/30/2012 6:32:57 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

I had a discussion with a person in my office. I said, “Why should I support Obama?” The reply was, and I kid you not, “Romney won’t release his tax returns. What’s he hiding?”

My response was, “Ok that’s not a reason to vote for Obama. Mitt Romney has never failed at anything in his life. A total record of success. He’s amazing. Obama has failed at everything he’s touched.”

Anyways... Liberals don’t think. It’s like they can’t or won’t see the bigger picture. It’s strange to talk to one. All they do is say snarky and sarcastic drivel. Then act like they are being clever.


13 posted on 10/30/2012 6:38:57 AM PDT by MeOnTheBeach
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To: Starboard

“Liberalism” is what I call “advocacy based righteousness”.

Similar to “works based righteousness”, but lazier.

“I’m a good person because I advocate XYZ.”


14 posted on 10/30/2012 6:42:38 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Rummyfan

Why do liberals think what they do?
I don’t think those heading the left today are really honest with what they think. I don’t think Obama really thinks his plan will bring prosperity, and even makes excuses to his ideologues for his plan taking 15 years before we return to prosperity.

And he has no plan for lowering gas/energy prices for even the treasured middle class. There is no light at the end of Obama’s tunnel, and he knows it. This is the “new normal”. And we are suppose to accept it.

He doesn’t believe liberalism as it is being presented and sold to the masses. That would require an acknowledgment and understanding of the free market.

He believes Communism as an end, and his plan is the means.

He believes in massive deficit, unsustainable Cloward-Piven, economy collapsing, social, economic and constitution destroying revolution.

That is the only reasonable conclusion.


15 posted on 10/30/2012 6:42:51 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: MeOnTheBeach
It’s strange to talk to one. All they do is say snarky and sarcastic drivel. Then act like they are being clever.

My favorite anology. Enjoy:

Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.
No matter how well you play chess,
the pigeon just knocks over the pieces,
craps on the board,
utters vaguely obscene sounds,

and then struts around like he won something.

16 posted on 10/30/2012 6:44:25 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Rummyfan

Liberals think as they do as the means to an end.

Simple as that.


17 posted on 10/30/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT by papertyger
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To: MeOnTheBeach

Also, you may have noticed that being a liberal means never having to acknowledge the consequences, unintended or otherwise, of any of your utopian schemes. Liberals live in a fantasy land.


18 posted on 10/30/2012 6:53:19 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

Liberals do live in a fantasy land. Communists, socialists and every flavor of the left believe in something that is impossible and historically has never worked, because it ignores one very important and in seperable aspect of human nature; Self interest/self preservation.

The Soviets wanted to create the “New Soviet Man” who was suppose to be this unselfish, ‘..from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs’ superhuman. Needs and abilities being defined by a bureaucrat. It never worked, and it never will. It is a fantasy land.


19 posted on 10/30/2012 7:08:05 AM PDT by Wildbill22
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To: Rummyfan

If O loses he can thank Valerie Jarrett, Axelrod, Debbie Wassertein and Cutter.

But without these characters calling the shotsand designing his personna, there is only a vacuum.


20 posted on 10/30/2012 7:24:52 AM PDT by Dudoight
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To: Rummyfan

It’s always been a big mystery to me. I can only conclude it is a child-like (adolescent, at best) belief in utopia that they never outgrew. In short order, it leads directly to dictatorship, attempts to “perfect” a Godless man, tyranny, and always ends in mass death of unimaginable dimension.


21 posted on 10/30/2012 7:37:44 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Starboard; CA_soon_gone
Liberalism is an elite person’s psychological investment in enjoying a guilt-free affluence.

Liberals don’t think; they emote.

That's why you can't have an intelligent discussion with a liberal. As soon as you lead them to the facts (even if by inductive questioning, where they reach the conclusion on their own) it's like hitting a brick wall. At that point, they resort to the usual tricks of name-calling, changing the subject, etc.

22 posted on 10/30/2012 7:46:25 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Re-electing Obama is not optimal.)
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To: Rummyfan

Why liberals think the way they do? The answer is found in Romans chapter one 18-32


23 posted on 10/30/2012 7:59:30 AM PDT by alphamainetv.net
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To: Rummyfan

Wow. I would really like to sit down with Hanson and Greenfield and ask questions and learn. Great thinkers and great writers.


24 posted on 10/30/2012 8:47:52 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: maica
The skills needed to keep a 7-Eleven viable in a rough neighborhood, I confess, dwarf those of the classics professor.

The person who inherited multi-generational wealth generally possesses one more thing: a network of connections to politicians and bureaucrats, accumulated over generations.

The bigger government is, the more powerful those connections become. Also, the person living off investments has various means of avoiding taxes on his investments. As Leona Helmsley famously said, "Only the little people pay taxes".

25 posted on 10/30/2012 9:28:48 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (political correctness is communist thought control, disguised as good manners)
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To: Rummyfan

BTTT


26 posted on 10/30/2012 11:14:11 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: maica

“The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprise to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.”- Thomas Sowell


27 posted on 10/30/2012 12:56:58 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

Nice screen name, tagline, and quote from Dr Sowell, who is a master at distilling powerful concepts into simple words.


28 posted on 10/30/2012 5:21:28 PM PDT by maica
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To: Rummyfan
It has to do with postures and gestures taking the place of real facts, with putting feelings and satisfying stances before real world consequences.

Do Bay Area greens really believe that they that will have sufficient water if they blow up the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir?

That makes it sound like a terrorist act. They do want the dam to be dismantled, though, and demolition usually involves explosives.

If you watch a Ken Burns documentary about John Muir or the National Park System, you might also wish the dam wasn't there, but the emotional reaction and the moral indignation has to be weighed against reality, not simply enjoyed in spite of practical consequences.

29 posted on 10/30/2012 5:35:28 PM PDT by x
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To: Rummyfan

Liberals vote as they feel, not as they think.


30 posted on 11/21/2012 8:17:51 AM PST by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Loves To Spend My $$$$$$$$$$$$)
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