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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

You Gotta Be Kidding

"What It Means To Be A Liberal" is in yesterday's Chicago Tribune. I didn't get to it then because I was at a conference for work, or I would have responded to the Tribune. Since I couldn't, I thought I'd destroy debunk some of the myths by Geoffrey Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago here.

You do need to go read the whole article, I've only reprinted one entire item on his list of 10 to save space.

1. Liberals believe individuals should doubt their own truths and consider fairly and open-mindedly the truths of others

Or, scream that the other side is twisting their words, and is "intolerant" if they don't agree with the liberal point of view.

2. Liberals believe individuals should be tolerant and respectful of difference.

Unless of course, that difference is you think something liberals believe in is wrong, then you are once again branded as intolerant, a bigot, or a racist. If you happen to be of a group the liberals are trying to "protect", you are then a sell out (See Bill Cosby)

3. Liberals believe individuals have a right and a responsibility to participate in public debate.

As long as you agree with them. For instance, try counter protesting at a gay rights or "pro-choice" rally.

4. Liberals believe "we the people" are the governors and not the subjects of government, and that government must treat each person with that in mind.

Unless of course the subject is taxation, in which case liberals want you to be a subject of the government. The specific example given of "reproductive freedom" is also a joke to liberals. That freedom is ONLY if you are a woman, to liberals, after conception a man is nothing more than a means to either pay for an abortion or child support.

5. Liberals believe government must respect and affirmatively safeguard the liberty, equality and dignity of each individual.

In other words, what the majority of the country, county, state or city believes is irrelevant. If liberals believe someone deserves a different standard, they should get it.

6. Liberals believe government has a fundamental responsibility to help those who are less fortunate.

So much so that anything ever tried to change those programs, even to help people develop means to help themselves, instead of having the government support them have been opposed by liberals. Programs like the welfare reform of the 1990's, and Wisconsin's W2W program have proven their fears wrong, but they still peddle those same fears. They've been the stonewall that has kept the government from any meaningful reform of Social Security and Medicare, and will ultimately result in either the collapse of the programs or the economy.

7. Liberals believe government should never act on the basis of sectarian faith.

The truth is, they want no one to have faith in anything but the government, which has proven over and over that it doesn't deserve any. Whenever challenged to read the writings of the founders of the nation, and the constant reference to faith, liberals usually quiver, shake like jello, and try and change the subject.

8. Liberals believe courts have a special responsibility to protect individual liberties.

And the courts have proven adept, with liberal judges, to invent new liberties and rewrite history to come up with a reason for doing so. The Fourth Amendment's right to privacy in your home from the government somehow became a right to an abortion, and the list goes on ad-nausem.

9. Liberals believe government must protect the safety and security of the people, for without such protection liberalism is impossible.

The problem with their thoughts on this is that they give more protection to the accused, those who violate that security, than they give "the people".

10. Liberals believe government must protect the safety and security of the people, without unnecessarily sacrificing constitutional values.

To the point that they wish to extend our constituional values to those who want to see us destroyed.

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Blogger shoprat said...

Maybe there should be a Conservative counterlist.

2:38 PM  

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