I can think of no other word that aptly describes what passes for the modern liberal philosophy of government. I just shake my head when I hear some of the downright silly ideas and concepts that today’s liberals-progressives believe.
Here’s a short litany of the answers that liberal’s give to straightforward questions:
Q. Since Ronald Reagan and his policies of low taxes and small government led to the highest employment numbers in the poorest neighborhoods of our society and crossed all ethnic and racial lines shouldn’t we be following those policies now?
A. Ronald Reagan was the luckiest president of all time. His policies were racist and actually hurt black Americans and others who are in poverty. He was just fortunate to be president when the economy recovered.
Q. Since unemployment rates in poor African American communities, especially among young black men have reached record levels under President Obama, shouldn’t we abandon those policies?
A. Well, of course, it’s not President Obama’s fault that the unemployment numbers have skyrocketed in poor communities. He inherited a tremendous economic disaster from George Bush. Without his brilliant stimulus efforts, the situation would be much, much worse and we might even be in a depression. President Obama brought us back from the brink.
Q. With people all around the globe doing everything they can to get into the United States, isn’t it clear that this is the greatest nation in the history of the world? What better testimony can there be than the fact that people are willing to leave their own country and flee to the US?
A. The idea that the United States is somehow greater or better than any other nation is arrogant and simply false. The United States has prospered for a number of reasons including climate, location and from just plain luck. It’s certainly not an exceptional nation in any regard. In fact, a relative few Americans have prospered from the labors and property of others. First, the prosperity came from slavery, then Jim Crow, and ultimately world-wide from the exploitation of less fortunate people in other nations. We need to get over the idea that the United States is some sort of special or exceptional nation. The silliest idea of all is that America has been blessed by God.
Q. What about the fact that Jim Crow and Slavery were imposed by government and in fact that Jim Crow laws were exclusively levied by Democrats with the full support of early progressives-liberals such as President Woodrow Wilson? Doesn’t the blame for such racist policies fall squarely at the front door of liberalism?
A. That question is outrageous and racist at its core. I don’t care what quotes you have by Wilson that are racist, they must have been taken out of context or even be misquoted. Liberals were at the forefront of fighting for the rights of African Americans while conservatives were pursuing their so-called racist Southern Strategy.
Q. What about the fact that the Davis-Bacon act was created at the behest of a New York Democrat on behalf of his union constituents with the sole purpose of keeping African Americans from working on government construction jobs? Or that the star intellectual, Senator William Fulbright, who is still revered by today’s liberals was an outspoken racist? Don’t those facts give you pause at all?
A. I know there are racist quotes in the Congressional Record by a New York Democratic Congressman and that Fulbright was misguided in the 1960’s, but Senator Fulbright was brilliant on foreign policy and I’m sure he later changed his views. As for the Davis-Bacon act, I just do not believe the primary motivation was to keep Black Americans from working on government construction jobs?
Q. Don’t you believe that the United States is special in that our freedom and our free market system offers every American an opportunity to succeed or fail based on their hard work, God-given talents? Look at all the people who have risen and continually rise from poverty to become very successful Americans? How can you deny that reality?
A. Sure a few people overcome the systemic racism inherent in what is falsely described as a free society, but the deck is stacked against the poor and minorities. You conservatives always point to exceptions, but the reality is that you are racists and all your policies reflect your racism. And frankly, most African Americans and other minorities who make it successfully out of poverty do so by being Uncle Toms, especially those who go into business and sell their soul.
Q. You believe in man-caused global warming or now climate change, and you insist that it is settled science, even though more than 30,000 scientists and engineers have signed a statement saying they do not agree. In fact, some of the world’s leading climatologists do not agree with the idea that climate change is caused by man. More recently, so-called “Climategate” revealed that one of the leading institutions supporting the claim that man caused climate change had forged data and lost other data. Why won’t you agree to a free and open debate among scientists of all beliefs on this critical topic? Since the current “theories” do not stand up to the scientific method, don’t you think an open scientific debate is called for?
A. You are a Neanderthal! Only someone as anti-science as you would deny the obvious destruction of the environment caused by your precious anachronism called Free Enterprise. Sure there were some very minor errors, but the overwhelming evidence makes it clear that man caused climate change is indeed settled science. Now shut up!
Q. I don’t understand how you can believe in socialism? Where has it ever worked in the world? It didn’t work in NAZI—National Socialist Germany, it didn’t work in the Soviet Union, and socialism has kept European economies, even before the current economic mess, far behind the economy of the United States. What makes you think that just a few people can make decisions about what Americans should drive, should eat, where they should live, what kind of light bulbs they should buy and how much health care they will receive? Why isn’t it better for free people to choose how to live their lives and make the millions and millions of decisions about what works for them? Why aren’t they entitled to buy what they want, sell what they want, and live according to their own values?
A. Now you are really making me mad, you racist, war monger. And, you jerk, the NAZIs were on the right side of the political spectrum with you, not with the Communists who fought them in World War II. Sure, I know they called themselves socialists and they got along well with the soviet socialists before the war, and they took over all the businesses and means of production, but that right winger, Hitler, was a typical dictator. The Soviet experiment just went wrong. It was a wonderful idea, but the people at the top were corrupt and not really dedicated to socialism. They aren’t enlightened like today’s liberals who are, if I may say so, the most tolerant, most non-judgmental, most kind, most compassionate, and most generous members of our society. How dare you compare today’s liberals to that monster Stalin? He ruined everything, and yes he fooled a lot of liberals, but that’s just because of a liberal’s kind nature. And, be honest, free enterprise only works for a privileged few. It doesn’t work for everyone. Besides, our entire environment is at stake. We are facing the greatest environmental crisis in history. Freedom is just a label you hide behind. In times of crisis people have to surrender a little bit of their freedom so that we can survive. The truth is that freedom just doesn’t work. We need more regulations and regulators to protect the people.
Q. Don’t you realize that the wealth of a nation is measured in terms of the consumer goods and services it produces? Money just represents those goods and services. Every person employed by government at the local, state, and national level becomes a burden on those who produce goods and services. Every dollar they receive represents goods and services produced by someone else. I’ll say it again, how can you possibly believe in socialism which is just a top down, dysfunctional system to ration what others produce?
A. You are trying my patience. There is no free market. It’s all rigged by the rich. The rich, the 1% control everything and we have to destroy that control. All goods and services belong to the government and all money belongs to the government. It’s not fair or just to letsome over consume while others have less. The only fair and just economic system is socialism which distributes wealth evenly in society. You are not entitled to more than anyone else has. The idea that risk should be rewarded is silly. You don’t “earn” your money. You were just one of those who won the lottery of life and only the imposition of socialism can level the playing field. There is no freedom in free enterprise. It is a myth.
Q. Why are liberals so angry and mad? Why are they so envious and jealous of others? Isn’t that the true motivation of growing government and making sure everyone lives equally in misery?
A. Angry! I’m not angry, but I have a right to be. You conservatives have taken advantage of others for decades, even centuries. The Founders didn’t create a special society or a special country; they created a country where they could prosper and the hell with everyone else. And, I’m certainly not jealous or envious, I’m just a fair-minded person with a passion for the poor and the oppressed. And I detest greedy businessmen who get rich off of the misery of others. I am proud to be a liberal who has achieved a higher state of awareness. You should be ashamed to be known as a stingy conservative.
Q. Really? How do you explain the fact that 65% of all donors to charity in the United States are Christian conservatives and that only 35% of liberals only contribute to charity? What’s so compassionate about that?
A. You conservatives always oppose the government helping the poor and the needy. You are stingy and we liberals are the truly compassionate. The idea of a compassionate conservative is truly ludicrous. It simply cannot be true.
Q. So you are saying that compassion is about voting to spend some else’s money to help the poor, but not spending your own money to help the poor?
A. The rich have plenty of money, but they are greedy and that’s why we have to tax them to help others. They won’t do it themselves. And besides, you forget that you didn’t really earn the money you are giving away and you are probably making bad decisions where to give the money. Government can do a much better job of helping the poor and needy.
Q. You mean like the Great Society did? Government has broken up the families of the poor, made an entire class of Americans dependent on handouts and you think that is good?
A. You idiot! We just have not been able to spend enough or give away enough money because of people like you. If you had not held us back there would not be people living in poverty.
Q. Why do you oppose school choice programs that are proven to lift the poor out of poverty? Many African American leaders are fully supportive of these programs, yet the Democratic Party opposes them? What gives? I thought you cared about the poor and oppressed.
A. I do care and you don’t. Don’t act like you care, because a racist like you can never care. You have simply duped some black leaders into believing that school choice programs work. They don’t. I know that because they are opposed by the National Education Association, a group that has done more for America than almost any other institution. This liberal union is working every day to correct the bad ideas and concepts that have been historically believed in this nation. Their efforts are crucial to changing America into a truly free, truly just socialist state. Sure, some of the poor fall through cracks, but it’s better than being brainwashed in a school choice school.
I could go on and on about the silly, anti-intellectual, factually incorrect ideas that liberals have about society, freedom, economics, and you and I, but I won’t. I assure you that what I have related is very close to what I have been told by liberal friends of mine—I have several—on the topics I covered. It’s no wonder their philosophy of life and of government is failing to win popular support. It’s no wonder they resort to attacking people and calling them racists. Their policies simply do not stand up to close scrutiny. After all, it’s just luck.