Thursday, January 17, 2008

Liberal Hatemongers

Liberal Hatemongers
By Arthur C. Brooks

A politically progressive friend of mine always seemed to root against baseball teams from the South. The Braves, the Rangers, the Astros -- he hated them all. I asked him why, to which he replied, "Southerners are prejudiced."

The same logic is evident in the complaint the American political left has with conservative voters. According to the political analysis of filmmaker Michael Moore, whose perception of irony apparently does not extend to his own words, "The right wing, that is not where America's at . . . It's just a small minority of people who hate. They hate. They exist in the politics of hate . . . They are hate-triots."

What about liberals? According to University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, "Liberals believe individuals should doubt their own truths and consider fairly and open-mindedly the truths of others." They also "believe individuals should be tolerant and respectful of difference." Indeed, generations of academic scholars have assumed that the "natural personality" of political conservatives is characterized by hostile intolerance towards those with opposing viewpoints and lifestyles, while political liberals inherently embrace diversity.

As we are dragged through another election season, it is worth critically reviewing these stereotypes. Do the data support the claim that conservatives are haters, while liberals are tolerant of others?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberals clamor about open-ness and tolerance and respect for differing views and then are shocked and offended when they find their are ''different views''. J'Mac.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Sonny Lykos said...

The point is that they themselves embrace, and spouse, every prejudice they accuse us of being.

It's amazing insanity!

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Sonny Lykos said...

Sorry, I meant "espouse"......

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Protest Warrior said...

Is this all you guys can do on this site; whine, complain, mope. Oh those big mean Liberals. They are so mean to us. We cant even use our code words for hate and injustice anymore.

6:35 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

'TESTY WARRIOR--We have a perfect right to point out the idiocy and inconsistencies the Left is steeped in. You want the right to act any way that you want? Say you believe in certain things, then act in exact accordance with the opposite of those views? Well, WE'RE going to call you on it.

If you don't want us to do that, then don't act that way.

6:56 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

I moved away quickly from the Democrats when I discovered the astounding amount of hate and dissension in that party. I couldn't belong to a group that attracted all the misfits and bizarre people of America. I couldn't support a party that wants a bigger, more controlling government.

I made the right choice. I am a Republican.

8:08 PM  

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