I really don’t want to believe that… honestly, I don’t… But it’s getting harder and harder not to…
Robin of Berkeley explains:
Conservatives can mistakenly assume that liberals think like they do, in a learned and rational way. This is an exercise in futility since liberalism is not based on logic.
To become a conservative, I’ve had to learn a whole new language, one based on reason. If conservatives want to understand the liberal mind, they should consider becoming bilingual, too.
Liberals live in a stratosphere centered on emotions and magical thinking. If you’ve tried to reason with your daughter and she looks at you blankly; if your neighbor changes the subject during your compelling arguments; if your cousin says this about Obama: “I don’t know why. I just like the guy”…that’s why.
After I ‘fessed up last week to once being besotted with socialism, a reader had an epiphany. He wrote that maybe liberals are just plain stupid.
I’m not going to disagree with this. There are innumerable examples from both the famous and the anonymous:
— The most illustrious of all leftists, Noam Chomsky, still maintains that the Khmer Rouge did not slaughter millions of Cambodians.
— Liberal luminaries Annette Bening and Naomi Wolf defend radical Islam, including the dreaded burqa.
— After journeying to Cuba, members of the Congressional Black Caucus bragged about the stellar conditions there.
— Michael Moore thinks that the Cuban health system is to die for.
— Anita Dunn, a former special assistant to Obama, stated that Mao is one of the people she admired the most.
If these are the more informed liberals, what about Jane and Joe in the street?
— During the primary, I asked my friend Gail why she was voting for Obama. Did she know anything about his voting record or background? She responded, “No, I don’t.” When I asked her why she was voting for him, she said, “I just am.”
— Last week, I chatted with Shelley, a liberal pal who voted for Obama. I asked her what she thought of him now. She said that she thought he was doing fine, but she confessed that she wasn’t following the news.
— During the election, I told a friend, George, that I thought Obama was a socialist. George responded, “Well capitalism doesn’t work. Why not try socialism?” Dr. George has a Ph.D.
Are these folks “stupid”? I looked up the word, and my dictionary reads, “lacking intelligence or common sense.” Going by that definition, it would be hard to argue no.
I really do want to give progressives the benefit of the doubt… but to do so necessitates my own giving up of reality.
The bottom line is that liberals, in my mind, are one of two things. Stupid… or evil.
Neither is flattering (obviously) but the only other possibility is… both.
Are you a liberal?
Crossposted at Brutally Honest.