HOW TO BE A GOOD LIBERAL

In order to be a good liberal you have to believe...

that there were no charities before welfare, 

that there was no art before federal funding, 

that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high, 

that the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding, 

that taxing the use of gasoline or other energy will reduce the use of gasoline or other energy, but taxing work and investment will not reduce work and investment,

that the right to the pursuit of happiness is morally repugnant because it is selfish,

that honest hard-working people who want to spend their money on their own damn families and businesses  must be lumped-in with criminals so we can feel self-righteous about despising them as if they were the exact same kind of selfish bastards as criminals,

that bigotry and prejudice are evil unless they're against selfish bastards, in which case they're good, 

that private property rights are also morally repugnant because they too are based on selfishness,

that the best ideas are more government intervention in the economy, more aggressive confiscation of private property, more government funding of socially destructive behavior, and a foreign policy subordinated to world opinion,

that a man's home is his castle only until the city condemns it so a politician's developer-crony can build a high tax-paying shopping mall there (which would be for "the public good"),

that freedom of speech and of the press does NOT apply to TV, radio, cell phones, PDAs or the internet, all of which must be government- regulated to enforce OUR ideas -- oops, I mean our ideas of "access" and "fairness",

that whenever there is a question about the purposes and motivations of the United States, one must assume -- no, make that believe -- the worst,

that the United States must not make the decision to defend itself by itself; it must first get permission from the U.N.,

that the terrorist cells busted in Lackawanna, New York City, Miami, Chicago and London weren't a real threat, but a nondenominational prayer before a high school football game is,

that the only people worthy of being a leader, especially president, are those who display our definition of intelligence, which is: showing signs of being an analytical, reflective, self-doubting, slow-acting intellectual who accepts, and adheres religiously to,  modern liberal doctrines, including the following:

that all generalizations are false, 

that there are absolutely no absolutes, 

that you can be sure that nothing is certain, 

that it's really bad, even evil, to make or pronounce moral judgments, 

that all cultures are equal, but ours stinks; that all truth is relative, except the unquestionable truth of "post-modernism", that no race, class or gender is superior, but middle class white males are clearly inferior, that no books are superior, except, of course, those by third-world authors,

that it's good to support minority, homosexual and women's rights and simultaneously make common cause with Islamofacists, who would attack all of them,

that identifying individuals by their uniqueness is "racist," but identifying them only as a member of a race is not, 

that those who oppose liberalism, nomatter how thoughtful or scholarly, can be dismissed out of hand simply by calling them "racist, sexist, fascist homophobes," because, after all, they have to be such, don't they?

that the independent broadcasters who give us 500+ TV channels can't deliver the quality that PBS does, 

that good economies are caused by politicians and not by entrepreneurs,

that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity,

that farmers, ranchers, hunters and fishermen don't care about nature and the long-term survival of species, but "animal rights" activists who've never been outside the city do, 

that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth's climate and in the cycles of the sun, and more affected by yuppies driving SUVs, 

that people who drive cars are bad, but people who ride buses or trains are good, 

that people who live in single-family homes (or want to) are bad, but people who live in high-density apartments (or admit they ought to) are good, 

that the thinning of forests by lumber companies and forestry workers "destroys habitat," while burning them down in their entirety by allowing unhindered forest fires makes animals "thrive,"

that American corporations' drilling for oil in "environmentally sensitive" areas is bad, but paying  billions of dollars to moslem countries for their oil is better,

that the entire earth is an "environmentally sensitive" area, so no development, drilling, or building of any kind is justifiable ANYwhere,

that limiting the supply of fur-bearing animal pelts will make their costs go up, but limiting the sources of gasoline and other petroleum products will not make their costs go up,

that Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, George Washington Carver or Thomas Edison,

that any person or any country which has a higher standard of living than any other must have achieved it as a matter of luck, not freedom, opportunity, foresight and work -- and must feel guilty about it -- but if they're not, they must be forced to "pay" for their good fortune in a manner which we (who feel guilty for them anyway) will decide is best,

that there is only one moral code, and it is the pure altruism of the self-sacrifice: first-foremost-only-and-always kind, 

that the only people who should decide which sacrifices anyone must make are the ones in government and/or their sycophants in academe or the media, 

that the correct view of the state is one that sees citizens as children who need nurturing, and bureaucrats and politicians as the only adults who can do the nurturing,

that private citizens should not be allowed to choose their doctors, their childrens' schools, where they live, what foods they eat, where and if they smoke, and when they speak or write: which "politically correct" words they may use and which "incorrect" ones they may not -- without your help, 

that there is no such thing as a "sovereign citizen." In fact, there is no such thing as "inalienable rights," only permissions from government,

that everything not forbidden should be mandatory, and everything not mandatory should be forbidden,

that trial lawyers are selfless heroes and doctors are overpaid, 

that Robin Hood should be remembered for "robbing the rich to give to the poor" (because that was "good"), even though it wasn't his motive, and not for "taking back from the taxors and giving back to the taxees" (because that's always bad), even though it was,

that recessions and depressions are caused by businessmen, and not by politicians and bureaucrats, 

that it would be vastly preferably to risk destroying the economy of the United States even in wartime than to allow drilling in areas which might risk the well-being of wildlife,

that FDR must be remembered for "ending the great depression," even though he didn't (in fact he made it worse), and for giving half the people "hope," even though he decimated the Constitution and gave the other half despair,

that the explosions in medical and prescription drug costs since 1965 have been caused by greedy doctors and drug companies and not by medicare, HMO subsidies and labyrinthine government regulations, 

that you can acquire self-esteem without actually doing something to earn it or living up to a code of ethics, 

that public schools must be given ever-more money and protection from competition, no matter how poorly they perform, 

that intolerance may be horrible, but "zero tolerance" is wonderful, 

that social changes must be made by classroom propaganda and coercion, not by persuasion, and certainly NOT by example, 

that it is racist to be color-blind and that good policy is to be color conscious -- in fact to identify people ONLY as a member of a group,

that all cultures are precious, must be preserved at all costs, and must all be treated as equal, not because of their outcomes, but because we say so,

that the new ideal paradigm to be established is "multi-cultural diversity", which means making sure every organization has at least one black liberal, one militant-feminist liberal, one gay liberal, one Latino liberal, one transgender liberal, one Native American liberal, and so forth. The one kind of diversity NOT permitted is diversity of philosophy, politics, views or values (especially merit- or accomplishment-consciousness),

that, since hatred is horrible, it's okay to hate haters.  And independent people.  And SUV-owners.  And gun owners.  And business people.  And the merit-conscious.  And other individualists.  And any other politically incorrect policy advocates.  And whoever else it's chic to hate today.  In fact the new definition of "hater" is "anyone who disagrees with us."

that if a private person or organization refuses to sponsor, finance, allow or provide a venue for, a speaker, movie maker or demonstration, then that's "censorship," and that's bad, but if a government or government-run enterprise does it, then that's quelling "hate speech,"and that's good, 

that it's shocking -- and worthy of detailed, damning and deliciously horrifying exposés -- to find that free-market scholars are actually able to fund their work with voluntary donations from wealthy individuals and businesses -- while it's pleasing to find that socialist scholars are able to fund their work "virtuously" with tax  money (extracted from their opponents -- and victims -- by government coercion),

that CHANGE is good -- but ONLY so long as it is change TO liberal values FROM other values, 

that people who resist your vision of social change should be jailed,

that everyone who believes in free markets is a religious conservative (or if we know better, we pretend we don't -- since we don't want the general public to know about libertarians), 

that everyone who believes in civil liberties is a big-government liberal (or if we know better, we still don't want the general public to know about libertarians), 

that the ancient left-right political spectrum must be defended as the only yardstick for evaluating ideologies because (unlike the Nolan Chart, for example) the old left-right one conveniently implies that "the democratic ideal" is nothing more than a compromise between socialism and fascism, and so the ONLY question is "WHAT KIND of huge, powerful, all-pervasive government do you want?",

that black people can't succeed without your help, but those who do, or tell others they can, must be vilified as "Uncle Toms,"

that the NRA is bad, because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good, because it supports certain parts of the Constitution,

that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese communists,

that more people are killed by guns than are saved by gun owners simply brandishing their weapons, 

that even though there are 54,000,000 children under 16 in the U.S., and you can never achieve "zero" accidental deaths from drowning, choking, fires, falls, poisoning, motor vehicles and medical mistakes, you can somehow achieve zero from firearm accidents (perhaps because there are always so many fewer such accidents every year), 

that it's possible to develop a system to identify and locate absolutely all random suicide bombers so they can be stopped before they strike, but it's impossible to develop a system to identify, locate and shoot down incoming missiles before they do,

that corporations are more dangerous than governments -- even when they haven't been sold a government-protected monopoly and can't make you buy from them, and even though the federal government is hundreds of times the size of the largest corporations and has guns, jails, IRS kangaroo courts, and can and does make you buy from it or deal with it, 

that the quantity of natural resources in all of existence remains finite, and will always run out unless government controls its use and mandates horse-and-buggy "substitutes", 

that the quantity of wealth in all of existence remains fixed, and always has from time immemorial, so only people in government should decide how it's allocated, 

that any attempt to tax successful entrepreneurs at less than 100% of their incomes must be met with horrified screams of "giveaway! giveaway!! giveaway!!!"

that businessmen are parasites, but politicians and bureaucrats are not, 

that people who work in the private sector are evil, but people who work in government are saints, 

that a contract can mean anything any time anybody wants it to, especially if it's named "The Constitution of the United States",

that private citizens are too stupid to make their own decisions about anything, but people in government are too smart not to give them dictatorial powers over everything, 

that the only reason socialism hasn't worked anywhere it's been tried, is because "the right people" haven't been in charge, 

that the only answer to the millions of problems caused by government -- is always ... ("ta-da!") more government (of course!),

that the only choices Americans are given by the Republicans and Democrats include having to choose between legal abortions and "overkill" security from international terrorists (ignoring the fact that Libertarians support BOTH Constitutional security measures and states' rights to legalize or outlaw abortions),

that contributions to the Democratic Party by the Chinese Communists are in the best interests of the United States, 

that both "hard" and "soft"-money contributions to the campaigns of politicans by Americans are not in the best interests of the United States because they are always initiated by the donors as bribes and never by the politicians as a "protection racket," 

that people who get upset about the misuse of the FBI, the military, the BATF and the IRS belong in jail, but that the misusers, liars and Constitution- violators belong in the White House, 

that William J. Clinton, as a wonderful president, should not be remembered for any misdeeds at all, but if he is, it should be only for the sexual ones, and not for any of those other things,*

that Hillary Clinton is normal and really a very nice person,

that Barack Obama is normal and not only very nice, but cool, and doesn't have a mean bone in his body,

that it would better to see civilization destroyed than to see your cherished beliefs in cultural equivalency and moral ambivalence dismissed,

that you must be a knee-jerk "pass a law!" big-government control-freak in order to get any poor people or any "good" people -- especially the professionally unselfish "saintly" people -- to even like you, let alone to love you,

and last, but definitely not least -- that good intentions are all that are needed to pave the way to utopia, especially if all your friends have the same good intentions. 

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*any misuse and abuse of hundreds  of FBI files on perceived political opponents, including people in the media and private citizens, any siccing the IRS, OSHA and other harassing government agencies on them, any other misuse of federal agencies, any misuse of executive orders, any attempt to use executive orders (such as E.O.13083) to set up a fascist state and make state governments irrelevant if not null and void, any carelessness with national security, any deliberate sabotage of national security, any gifts or sales of missile or nuclear secrets to Red China, any failure to get bin Laden, any refusal to get bin Laden, any other treason, any character assassination of civil trial witnesses and whistle-blowers (not to mention political opponents), any federalization of crime laws, any arming of formerly paperwork-only federal agencies such as the IRS, any militarization of state and local police, any stormtrooper-type "solutions" to situations such as those at Waco, Ruby Ridge or Little Havana, any attacks on foreign countries without Congressional authorization, any other deliberate dog-wagging, any explosion in the number of people in state and federal prisons for victimless crimes, any mushrooming of the number of violent convicts released early from prison to make room for them, any growth in the number of people whose votes were bought with other peoples' tax money, any coverups and stonewalling performed by the Justice or other executive-branch departments, anything else which is immoral, illegal or even unconstitutional, or any other demonstration (and example-setting) of an absolute refusal to take any real responsibility for anything that went wrong. A few more examples of the more relevant Clintonian lies, corruption and despotism are recorded here.


YOU  GOTTA  DO  THIS  ONE  TOO!!!:  TASTY TRIVIA  at  http://FreedomKeys.com/fascinating.htm

Also see: 
The Liberal Dictionary at http://mysite.verizon.net/res0qiwd/ldict.htm
Beware the Liberal-Corporate Complex! at http://FreedomKeys.com/complex.htm#liberal , 
Jeff Jacoby's Liberal Hate Speech Archive at http://snipurl.com/um7e
Why Liberals Trust Dictators at http://capmag.com/article.asp?ID=2060 
What Democrats Believe at http://snipurl.com/um7s
The "Nolan Chart" and its Variations at http://FreedomKeys.com/nolancharts.htm ,
Political Correctness and Hate Crime Laws at http://FreedomKeys.com/boortzstuff.htm#pc 
Selfishness vs. "Selfishness" at http://FreedomKeys.com/paradox.htm , 
The "Liberal" Mentality at http://laissez-fairerepublic.com/#Relativism,
The Secret to the Suicidal Liberal Mind at http://snipurl.com/umaz
The Slimeball on Rights at  http://FreedomKeys.com/slimeball.htm 
FAQs and Q&As about Liberty at http://FreedomKeys.com/faqs.htm 

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"It has been well said that really up-to-date liberals do not care what people do, as long as it is compulsory." -- George Will
"A liberal, in the current sense of the term, is a person who favors a massive welfare state, expansive and intrusive government, high taxation, preferential allocation of social goods to designated 'victim' groups, and deference to international bureaucracies in matters of foreign policy." -- John Derbyshire
"Liberals aren't always so liberal when people disapprove of their point of view." -- Clint Eastwood 
"...frothing-at-the-mouth liberals venting their spleens made me chuckle. There's nobody more intolerant and narrow-minded than a tolerant and open-minded liberal, is there? -- Brian Francoeur 
"Liberals can't separate their emotions to take a look at the logic and facts." -- Chris Mulder
"I've never quite been able to figure out why liberals self-identify with qualities such as 'bright', 'non-conforming', and 'hanging loose', then turn around and demand a system of government that represses creativity and initiative, stifles individuality, robs the productive to support the slothful, and demands a high degree of unthinking conformity. ... Liberals seem to think they are libertarians, but until they learn that economic freedom is more important to the health of a free society than sexual license, they will remain Stalinists in drag." -- Mr. Jeeves
"Liberalism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, can help themselves"
and "Annoy a Liberal: Work. Succeed. Be Happy" -- seen on bumper stickers
"A fact to a liberal is like Kryptonite to Superman." -- Larry Elder
"Remember, to a liberal, anyone who makes money in an endeavor frowned upon by liberals is 'greedy' and any person who expresses an idea contrary to basic liberal dogma is preaching 'hate.'  How shallow these people are." -- Neal Boortz
“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.” – Ronald Reagan
"Liberals fear Christians more than they fear Muslims. It is a sign of their insanity." -- KMR
"Liberals in this country think the world is the UN and France. It isn’t." -- Alexander K. McClure
"Only a liberal can see and hear a liberal and say, 'That's not liberal!'  But there's a reason for that -- to a liberal, liberal is not liberal; it's mainstream." -- Robert Cooper
"Liberals want a disarmed, docile, easily controlled and dependent on Government populace." -- Khankrum
"There is nothing so pitiable as a liberal with no one to pity." -- Mr. Lizard
"Liberals seem to assume that, if you don't believe in their particular political solutions, then you don't really care about the people that they claim to want to help." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"Liberals live for the idea that they're saving the world from the racial, religious, and sexual bigotry of conservatives. Yet, looking at the conservative web, I am continually amazed at the fellowship across all of these potential divides." -- Stanley Kurtz
"Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively responsible for everything.” -- a reader of Thomas Sowell's, here
"It is a standard tactic to take someone's proposal, misstate it and then disagree with it. It's very effective. I've used it myself." --Teddy Kennedy at the National Press Club, 2002
"Wealth may provoke envy, but it seldom provokes the truly venomous levels of resentment provoked by achievement. There is no surer way for a minority group to become hated than to enter a country as destitute immigrants and then, through long hours of hard work, rise to a level of  prosperity above that of the indigenous population." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell

"Asking liberals where wages and prices come from is like asking six-year-olds where babies come from." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"People who are very aware that they have more knowledge than the average person are often very unaware that they do not have one-tenth of the knowledge of all of the average persons put together. In this situation, for the intelligentsia to impose their notions on ordinary people is essentially to impose ignorance on knowledge." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"As with so many things that liberals believe, they feel no need to test their notions against reality." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell
"Liberals are more and more becoming like the Crips, dangerous but stupid." -- DJ Drummond
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." - Norman Thomas, Socialist Party Presidential Candidate 1940, 1944 and 1948 and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union
"Big-government liberals don’t like people with a sense of independence … because independent people don’t need big government." -- Neal Boortz
"Sen. Paul Simon is saying: 'I'm smart enough to handle this, you're not.' " -- Penn Gillette
"The reason the liberal message is not being heard, despite liberal control of almost all public organs of communication, is that it is incoherent. The message, not a lack of messengers, is the contemporary liberal problem." -- Dennis Prager
"Liberalism is not a political philosophy or coherent set of beliefs. It is a psychological strategy to avoid being envied." -- Jack Wheeler
"Many of our fellow citizens no longer have the tolerant souls and morals of free men and women. They have the souls and morals of busybodies and petty tyrants who want to run their neighbors' lives." -- Edward L. Hudgins
"What is it about control freaks that makes them so obsessed about butting into your life and planning it all for you whether you like it or not?" -- Bert Rand
"With liberals, everything is eternally somebody else's fault. Facts to the contrary are irrelevant." -- Edward Britton
"Liberals are like the monkeys in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book who explain: 'We all say so, and so it must be true'." -- Ann Coulter
"Whenever you come across a screw-up this big, you know the government is behind it." -- Ann Coulter
"It's a little late for liberals to pretend they care about ethics in the White House or anyplace else." -- Ann Coulter
"Ultimately, however, as the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter pointed out, a powerful bureaucratic class is in the same relation to commerce as was the scorpion in Aesop to the dog on whose back he crossed the river. They will destroy commerce and establish socialism, even if it kills them, because that is their nature."  -- John Derbyshire 
"Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all." -- Frederic Bastiat
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