Sunday, April 01, 2007

Liberal Pathology Examined

In "The Pathology of Liberalism" columnist Joan Swirsky [h/t: American Daughter] compares liberals to children for their lack of rational thinking.
Liberals, like children, live in a world of utopian dreaminess, clinging to a narrow, circumscribed reality and believing that if everyone would just be nice to each other – let’s talk, let’s chat – all the noisy death threats and pesky suicide bombings would go away, and all those grumpy grownups in the current administration would see the light….

In 2000, when George W. Bush ascended to the presidency, the initial despair of liberals quickly morphed into childlike, irrational anger, which has obsessed them for the past six years.

Not only have they called names, spewed insults and stamped their feet, but they’ve also lined up like-minded friends in the liberal media and left-wing think tanks to do the same. Much worse, they’ve aligned themselves with America’s mortal enemies.

According to Vasko Kohlmayer in World Defense Review:
…the affection in which [liberals] are held by our foes is neither unjustified nor surprising. They have more than earned it by systematically subverting this country’s war effort while simultaneously proffering assistance to those who have pledged to destroy us.

Kohlmayer lists some highlights of liberal treachery:

* They have tried to prevent us from listening in on terrorists’ phone calls
* They have sought to stop us from properly interrogating captured terrorists
* They have tried to halt our monitoring terrorists’ financial transactions
* They have revealed the existence of secret national security programs
* They have opposed vital components of the Patriot Act
* They have sought to confer unmerited legal rights on terrorists
* They have opposed profiling to identify the terrorists in our midst
* They have impugned and demeaned our military
* They have insinuated that the president is a war criminal
* They have forced the resignation of a committed defense secretary
* They have repeatedly tried to de-legitimize our war effort
* They want to quit the battlefield in the midst of war.

If nothing else proves the rigidity -– indeed the pathology -– of the liberal brain, it is what Kohlmayer says of liberals today:
Almost all of the current democratic leadership was actively involved in [the Vietnam anti-war] effort. Bill and Hilary Clinton, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin and Nancy Pelosi were all in one way or another personally engaged in the anti-war movement. And when at last it bore its disastrous fruit, they gloated and danced in the streets. Exhilarated and jubilant, they deemed America’s disgrace their finest hour. In their skewed world, America’s defeat came to represent their personal triumph.

Swirsky again:
To understand the left’s treasonous rage, it is important to understand that the most cherished value in the life of children (read liberals) is to be "liked" by their peers, a theory that Judith Rich Harris has exhaustively documented in her best-selling and revolutionary book, The Nurture Assumption.

To be liked – according to the evangelical religion of liberalism – is not to engage in conflict, not to fight, not to judge, After all, if you fight with anyone, including Islamic terrorists, they won’t like you. And if you judge them as savages, murderers, enemies of democracy, they will fight you. So don’t judge them and they won’t fight you and everything will be hunky dory. Such are the fantastical fantasies of children (read liberals).

They are fantasies that flourish, says writer Evan Sayet, because liberals are “wedded to the childish philosophy of ‘multiculturalism’ … the fantasy that all cultures are equally good and equally right. It is why liberals “believe we should ‘celebrate diversity,’ as if all differences – say freedom of religion and massacring all infidels – are equally worthy of celebration.”

It is also why liberals, like children, are driven so compulsively by emotion that they simply don’t have the ability to apply rational thought when it comes to George W. Bush….

Liberals entertain the conceit that they are quite evolved and superior, both morally and intellectually. In their childlike minds, they are "good" and the people who set limits, demand accountability, expect empirical results, fight their enemies and also make judgments about what is good and bad and right and wrong are "bad."

But Rabbi Aryeh Spero says that liberals are "morally inferior, given their lack of heartache over what grieves normal people – the actual torture of our soldiers, the real beheadings, the tearing of Israelis limb by limb, and the burning and dragging of American, British, and Israeli half-dead. Their silence shows their amorality; their selectivity proves their concern is not with human dignity but tarnishing their country’s image." He calls this thinking “a psychological aberration.”….

But liberals are educated, you may say, credentialed, accomplished, smart in all areas of life – business, the arts, medicine, law, even politics. Which only goes to prove what most people know instinctively: Emotion always trumps rationality!

Rick Moran at Right Wing Nuthouse continues to be flabbergasted at the puerile childish derangement of physically adult "gros enfants," the French term for the retention of childish traits into adulthood here apropos.

It must be a public education system which is methodically churning out dumber-than-dirt "graduates" like the one-third of DC residents who are illiterate. And the ones who can actually read and write are incapable of rational coherent thought. Or subject to holding their breath when aggravated or frustrated, like little kids who throw tantrums when they don't get what they want when they want it.

Whatever the clinically pathological deficiencies of the liberal mindset, the sure instincts of the American people will be to think twice before putting our foreign policy in the hands of such emo-driven ideologues.

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