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Why Liberals Hate Conservatives

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” — Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God is Within You (1894).

It’s not hard to find people who are ignorant of other people’s beliefs. All you have to do is watch man-in-the-street interviews. A good portion of the population is ignorant of a whole host of topics. Even students at some very prestigious universities are more familiar with the latest Kardashian event than with what’s happening with ISIS, or is it ISIL or just IS? I doubt that the majority of them would know the distinctions.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that Liberals don’t have an accurate picture of what conservatives are generally all about.

The following is from Christopher Cook at Western Free Press.

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Are you a conservative, a libertarian, or a Republican? Have you ever been verbally assaulted by someone on the political left with a ferocity you didn’t quite understand? Have you seen it happen to friends and colleagues, or watched in horror as the media establishment does it to a public figure?

We all have. I find it exhilarating and challenging. It helps me with the articles I write each day and gives me a chance to engage with the misinformation and bring some clarity to an issue.

But there are people in the liberal camp that are so blinded by their own prejudices that they can’t see any view but their own and refuse to be taught otherwise.

Cook mentions a Facebook exchange:

Republicans hate anything that isn’t white, wealthy, and Christian at least in appearance. They hate the poor, women, and minorities. They hate science and don’t believe that the global warming we clearly are experiencing is man-made.

They hate any government programs that help the poor and minorities, and the particularly despise immigrants, particularly the illegal kind. They love programs that line the pockets of oil companies, mining companies, and are willing to export jobs with wild abandon.

They hate public education, and they despise public schools and the public school teachers and public university professors. And since they do not respect the market place of ideas, they hate tenure (that gives teachers academic freedom) because it prevents them from firing teachers who are Democrats and who might infect some student with their liberal ideas.

They want insurance companies to make a maximum of profit, and are perfectly willing for the health insurance companies to kill people by refusing service to anyone that might cost them a buck more than the median expense. They don’t care about clean food because it might cost the food corporation a little money, and they don’t care about clean water because cleaning up the waste will cost their precious corporate persons a little money.

Any conservative reading the above characterization would be fuming after reading it. I would love to answer each of the charges, but it would take a book to do so. In fact, books have been written debunking these caricatures of conservatives, but the false narrative continues.

Let me quickly give a series of snap shop responses:

  1. Conservatives hate it when liberals use the poor, women, and minorities as political pawns to further the expansion of the State and make them dependent on government.
  2. Conservatives love science, that’s why they question the man-made global warming thesis, the claim that women can be men and men women, that there are 100+ genders, that unborn babies are just a mass of tissue like a tumor, and that we have evolved from a warm pond of chemicals over millions of years.
  3. Conservatives don’t hate government programs that claim to help the poor and minorities that in reality hurt the poor and make them dependent on these programs and serve as a voting block for the Democrats to keep them poor.
  4. Conservatives love immigrants because most of us are descendants of immigrants who followed the rules and came here legally.
  5. Conservatives oppose illegal immigration because they understand that many liberals want to use the free flow of the foreign-born to grow an already bankrupt welfare State to empower the Democrat Party.
  6. True conservatives despise corporate welfare or what is often called “crony capitalism,” because it has nothing to do with capitalism
  7. Oil company profits are paid out to millions of stockholders, many of whom are liberals. Oil company profits go to research and development that has made the United States a net exporter of oil and nearly independent of foreign oil.
  8. Companies would not “export jobs” if the corporate tax rate and excessive regulations weren’t debilitating, thus, making it difficult for American companies to compete with foreign companies. President Trump has fixed some of this problem
  9. Conservatives who choose to send their children to public schools hate and despise much of what is taught in these schools and what is not taught.
  10. Conservatives do respect the “market place of ideas.” That’s why they are often critical of university professors who use tenure as a way to exclude academic competition by a rehearsal of alternative positions and facts.
  11. Insurance companies are generally despised. But we should remember that insurance companies are tightly regulated by government. Our government has often curtailed interstate competition among insurance companies.
  12. It’s absurd that Conservatives “don’t care about clean food” or “clean water because cleaning up the waste will cost their precious corporate persons a little money.” Conservatives also drink water and eat food.

Cook offers a helpful evaluation of the pathology of liberalism of the above type:

This is not a recitation of facts; it is a series of smears. It is the construction of a giant cartoonish super-villain, made of straw and woven together with calumny. The giant straw villain is then publicly burned, in a narcissistic orgy of self-adulation. Of course, the torches of the ‘best’ people burn the brightest.

Another way of looking at it is this: It is the modern-day version of a witch trial. The charges are utterly farcical and cartoonish. “I saw her dancing with demons in the pale moonlight.” “She looked at me and I sneezed, and the next day, I had a terrible cold.” “She turned me into a newt.” But they are stated with great conviction and repeated incessantly, and they establish the unassailable collective will of which the accused has run afoul. The witch is made into the auslander1 and the good people of the community show how “good” they are by shouting their accusations the loudest.

Liberal pathology is a growing and infectious malady that facts alone cannot fix.

  1. Ausländer is a German word meaning foreigner or alien, considered by some to be pejorative, especially when referring to naturalized immigrants.” []
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