Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Liberal ...

- would rather save a polar bear, a GITMO terrorist, or a serial killer than a late-term human fetus
- uses guilt-laden emotion to trump logic
- blithely destroys traditions without any thought to the consequences or replacements
- slavishly endorses the current “group think” using focus-group-tested talking points
- labels any thoughtful generalization as “prejudice”
- would rather have “street creds” than be correct
- does not believe in patriotism or displays of same
- believes that all morality is relative and transitory
- worships at the feet of bling-bling Hollywood and glitzy media idols
- supports corrupt world government as being superior to our Constitution
- often believes and endorses our enemy’s propaganda
- would rather sacrifice an American city than insult a minority
- always blames the vicissitudes of life on something or someone else (often George W. Bush)
- frequently speculates without supporting facts
- discourages the self-reliance of others
- propagates half-truths, demagoguery and “spin”
- fights terrorism with lawyers rather than soldiers
- believes that all corporations are evil
- thinks that entitlements trump responsibility
- loves to give away other peoples money
- believes that the government is the solution to all problems
- hates or, at least, disrespects the U.S. military
- would rather sequester natural resources than husband them
- thinks all religion is evil (except possibly Islam)
- supports every class-action suit ever filed

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Conservative ...

- measures success by results, not intentions
- justifies actions with “I think” rather than “I feel”
- is loath to throw out the old before providing a demonstrably better way
- is always suspicious of the current “group think”
- eschews prejudice and embraces fairness
- does not benefit oneself by seeming to help others
- tries to live a productive and moral life
- cherishes and supports tried-and true traditions
- prefers understatement over glitz
- strives with a terrible vengeance to defeat those enemies who would defeat him/her
- respects others at least to the degree that such respect is returned
- tackles the vicissitudes of life with courage and humor
- opts for reliable data over speculation
- is fiercely loyal to deserving compatriots
- encourages self-reliance in others
- abhors half-truths, demagoguery and “spin”
- understands that it is evil (and dangerous) to ignore evil
- thinks that most often “less is more”
- is adamant about not surrendering personal freedoms
- helps the downtrodden with actions … not rhetoric
- allows only minimal government and institutional intervention in one’s life
- tolerates the benign beliefs and actions of others
- husbands his/her resources and environment with a studied rationality

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Liberal Intelligensia

A friend recently defended his liberal bent by claiming that most of this country’s intelligensia were liberals. “Aren’t most professors, talking heads, and noted authors liberals,” he asked? Therefore, liberalism must be the correct and the best political course. See ad populum. Now, according to such lemming logic, we therefore must conclude that the consensus found among the illuminati set is never wrong. I started to muse on this warped conclusion and came up with this obvious list of justifying cases:

- Pope UrbanVIII and the priestly set that persecuted Galileo for his notion of heliocentrism

- The monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile (including all their court and Spanish secular authorities) who started the Inquisition in order to maintain Catholic orthodoxy

- The large group of pacifists (including Joseph Kennedy Sr. and Charles Lindberg) who strongly resisted the U.S. entry into World War II

- The U.S. Supreme Court and most of the U.S. legal establishment that concluded for almost one hundred years that “separate but equal” was a proper public educational policy

- The large class of conservative clerics of Islam who propound and enforce Shiria law and believe that, among other things, adulterous women should be stoned to death

- The cadre of rabbinical scholars who debate the Torah down to its finest scintilla to justify such things as circumcision, not eating pork, and God’s signing a deed for the land of Israel

- Stalin and the whole scientific establishment of antebellum Soviet Union who dismissed totally the teachings of Darwin

- The rather substantial population of thinking Americans who believe in creationism or intelligent design

- See also Madness of Crowds

I could go on and on but … BOSH!!