Note From Matt: I usually post this once a year, and I already had back in April, but I thought, given the #FreeKate stuff, that this post would assist in understanding the interactions on that hashtag. I originally wrote this in 2009, but it has held up well, I think.
I’m certain that I’m not the only person that has noticed that the liberals tend to act like petulant children when they “don’t get their way.” One has to look no further than the recent happenings in the Wisconsin State Legislature to see how far we have fallen.
So what’s going on? Why has does the left descend into tantrums when reality intervenes and ruins their plans? Why do they deny others the right to speak by shouting them down? Why do so many adults abandon reason and self-control when life throws a wrench into their works? What happened to the work ethic? Why do so many people think, or DEMAND, that the taxpayer provide for them? Why do they resort to violence when their demands are not met? These are all questions we have asked. I would like to offer an explanation.
For those of you that have children, or work with children, have you ever tried to talk to a tantruming child? Have you ever talked to a teen that thinks they know everything, and facts and reason simply don’t enter into their thinking? Have you ever tried to debate a liberal? Are you seeing the connection? That’s where we are, in my opinion. We are dealing with people that haven’t grown up yet, or never will. How else might you explain that liberal protests often end in vandalism, rioting, and abuse of others? I mean, I’ve never seen Conservatives so angry as there are now, but they have rallies and clean up after themselves, often leaving the area cleaner than how they found it. They do not engage in violence, or vandalism. I can’t imagine that happening at a rent-a-mob protest, say, at the G20 or OWS. What’s the difference?
When a child is told “no” they have a number of options on how to react; they might pitch a fit, they might cooperate and get over it, or they may sulk and become passive aggressive, among others. If the child pitches a fit, and it succeeds in achieving their goal, they will continue using this response until life intervenes and makes that behavior ineffective or unprofitable for them. Doesn’t their reactions to losing a vote, or demanding a result, look like temper tantrums? Also, if organizations, governments, or individuals “cave in” when the liberals whine, threaten, and protest; you might suspect that they’ll do it again. After all, it worked all those other times!
You can apply this to economics as well. Think of the teen that badgers their parents for an extra twenty bucks to go to a movie, or the kid that expects that mommy or daddy should pay for their 20,000 text messages. They haven’t earned anything-they have no concept of the value of the labor that earned that sum. Doesn’t that sound like a microcosm of liberal fiscal policy? Daddy’s “magic wallet” becomes the “magic treasury,” where money appears as if from nowhere and is in limitless supply. “Who cares where it comes from, as long as I get mine!” The more I looked at it, the comparison become clear.
Let’s take a look at the media. How many times were the Tea Party crowds referred to in an insulting manner? I don’t mean using simple humor or an occasional joke either. It was brutal and persistent. Now, remember back to Junior High. How did kids treat each other there? Any similarities? It wasn’t about making a joke that everyone could appreciate, it was meant to destroy the target. Then, for Tea Parties round two, the media went back to ignoring or “shunning” the thousands that showed up to protest around the country. To me, that was kind of like the tween version of …”Let’s ignore that group over there because we don’t like them.”
Social policy ends up being a similar scenario. Liberals want to “normalize” all sorts of behaviors so they can do what they want. They are ruled by their passions and wants, not by ideology. Many times, I think they are little more than walking “Ids,” with no rudder or hindsight-even in the face of negative consequences and failure. As long as they can do as they please, they are not deterred by negative consequences. In fact, they demand that we fund or discover a means to negate those consequences. Forget that the negative consequences could be avoided easily by not engaging in the behavior-that won’t do. They want to have their cake, and gorge on it too, all at our expense.
And it doesn’t stop at being amoral. When the liberals lose a vote, or discover that some people disagree with them, they don’t try to figure out what went wrong, or try to get their message out. They threaten, intimidate, try to get people fired from their jobs, disrupt church services, and so on. If a majority of the people disagrees with them, they ignore that fact and attack, just like the tantuming child. In the end, and there are many more examples, much of the liberal social agenda is about removing restraints on behavior. It isn’t because of freedom or rights, it’s about “this is what I want to do.”
I have a very hard time relating to liberals. I now realize that there is a reason for that, and it’s not always ideological. Conservatives are the parents that say “no,” and try to set reasonable limits. Liberals are the children that throw tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Having self-restraint is an alien concept to many of them, as a large number of them are ruled by their passions and emotions. Reason and logic aren’t often apparent to them. They also can’t delay their gratification, so they want the “fix” from the government. Sometimes, it’s because they want “revenge” on the people that have self control, and as a consequence, are more successful they they are. I’ve talked to many liberals that take a lot of pleasure from the fact that the Obama’s policies will “ruin” people. Others have worked harder than they have, or have simply succeeded to a greater degree. Instead of looking at this as an opportunity to learn, they seek to punish the more successful person to make themselves feel better. At any rate, they want what they want, and they want it now, and we’re in the way. Since so many of them are arrested in their own development, they act accordingly.
This is why we can’t understand them, and they can’t understand us. To them, we are the other kids that “aren’t popular.” So, they treat us as if we were other kids, using the same tactics that children use to get what they want. They name call, bully, “spread rumors,” ostracize…any behavior that a middle school sees on a daily basis. We attempt to approach them as adults, with facts and information. This invariably fails. We aren’t even on the same wavelength. I would compare it to having conversation with a dozen feral cats…painful, and with no hope of a constructive solution.
In past decades, we could debate-we were peers. They had other ideas, and they passionately and honestly presented them. Now, they are not like us. They lie, deceive, intimidate, threaten, and manipulate. There can no longer be a debate about ideas, as the other side wants power, and their ideas shift to exploit the current crisis. They’re for democracy, until they lose. They’re for “civil discourse” until it is time to threaten or discredit an opponent. They claim to represent the poor, but their policies keep the poor in poverty. They claim to be for the little man, but they discard the little man when he gets in their way. It is a complete lack of fundamental principals that separate us. We have them; they do not.
I also believe that this is why liberals make such effective useful idiots. They are promised all sorts of benefits by their benefactors. They are promised security, less work, the “freedom” (license) to do what their heart desires, less responsibility, all sorts of benefits, and other nonsense. They then go out and act as the thugs and goons of the liberal movement. Little do they know that they are pawns and will be caught up in the tyranny with the rest of us, but then again, most of them aren’t able to look that far into the future.
Perhaps this will help us understand liberals. It won’t change their behavior, but it might help us deal with them.
Note: This is an update of an earlier post. The original post can be viewed here.