Wonder what you would find if you frisked the ideology of liberals/progressives?
Answer: What they actually believe… Duh.
Arnold Ahlert – from the Jewish World Review – breaks it down:
You’re a liberal/progressive if you believe…
- “legal” and “illegal” alien are interchangeable terms. You also think the federal government should be siding with illegal aliens against the people of Arizona because those people have no business protecting their lives and property, even though the federal government refuses to do it. For you, any attempt to restrict illegal immigration is inherently racist.
- that any law with which you disagree should be ignored or overturned by an activist judiciary. It doesn’t matter if these laws are passed by state legislatures or voter referendums — or enforced by a particular court ruling that goes against your worldview, as in a recent ruling preventing the Obama administration from enforcing a deep-water drilling moratorium. If you don’t like a law, you don’t have to obey it — period.
- having an armed criminal population and a disarmed public makes that public safer. This is a natural outflow from your assumptions that: most Americans are far too stupid to handle guns properly; firearms per se are to be feared; criminals are actually victims because the “root causes” that shaped their lives — as opposed to rotten choices — made them criminals; that a certain percentage of Americans should “put up” with being mugged or murdered to satisfy your anti-gun, or “gun free zone” sensibilities; that the Second Amendment’s “right to bear arms shall not be infringed” is open to “interpretation,” or should be allowed to be effectively neutered by local government officials.
- increased government spending is the path to prosperity. It doesn’t matter how many times this Keynesian economic model has failed or how many times its exact opposite — tax cuts and lower spending — has succeeded. It doesn’t matter that $865 billion of “stimulus” hasn’t stimulated anything other than government payrolls and political cronies, or that the path we’re on is completely unsustainable. That the exact same policy of “doubling-down” on massive amounts of debt would be considered insane were it undertaken by any business or individual is completely irrelevant.
- a public school student who comes to the conclusion that 2+2=5 should get partial credit — for putting the numbers in the right order or proper usage of the “plus” and “equal” signs. Such thinking is a natural extension of the idea that: 1. self-esteem — absent anything resembling genuine achievement — is the ultimate measurement of a child’s “success” or 2. a “passing grade” should be low enough to allow the education establishment to claim they’re doing a “better” job of educating American kids than they were before. You also believe that every problem created by public school unions and their political lackeys can be solved with more money.
- a fetus and a human being are two completely different things, and that anyone old enough to get pregnant is old enough to have an abortion without any parental involvement whatsoever. You also have no problem with millions of innocents being “terminated” even as you hold candle-light vigils for death-row inmates and convicted cop-killers.
- telling our enemies when we’ll be withdrawing our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is “sound” military strategy; giving mass murdering, non-uniformed, international terrorists Constitutional protections and civilian trials is a good thing; the mainstream media publishing top-secret information in the middle of a war isn’t irresponsible; the United States is as much to blame for international terror as the terrorists themselves; that the formerly “good war” in Afghanistan is now as bad as the “bad war” in Iraq, which was fought strictly for oil; and that Iran should be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons because “fair is fair.”
- a health care bill which completely ignores billions of savings that would have been produced by tort reform, collects ten years of funding for six years of spending, separates billion of dollars in physician payments into another bill, and insures an additional thirty-two million people — Americans and illegals alike — is really “revenue neutral.”
- the Bush administration “dropped the ball” with respect to Hurricane Katrina, but the Obama administration was on the BP oil spill “from day one.” It was “all Bush’s fault” that then-Governor of Louisiana Katherine Blanco rejected his offer to put troops in New Orleans two days before the hurricane arrived, and that New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told people to evacuate to an ill-equipped Superdome while hundreds of buses that could have transported residents out of the city sat idle. On the other hand, it’s all BP’s fault that the Obama administration has turned the Gulf clean-up into a bureaucratic nightmare of studies, red tape and the refusal of help from foreign sources for months.
- America’s “addiction to oil” has nothing to do with technological reality, and that we can snap our fingers and a “green energy” future will magically appear. A nice corollary is the idea “electric cars” are a panacea. Sounds really swell until one remembers that 50% of our electricity is coal-generated. Wind and solar? The wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine — meaning an “old-fashioned” back-up grid is a necessity.
- mortgages should be made available to people who can’t afford them — and that the same “affirmative action mentality” which has led led to job quotas, and double standards in college admissions, passing grades on fireman and police tests, and non-bid government contracts for minority owned business should extend to owning a home. You think contaminating the entire economy with bad home loans is a small price to pay for “social justice,”which is why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still doing business — and still losing billions of taxpayer dollars.
- the mainstream media is completely unbiased — except for Fox News. Fox is singled out because they dare to question the radical agenda of the Obama administration and our Democratically-controlled Congress, or because they broadcast news stories that other organizations consider “unimportant” — like the video of the New Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadelphia in 2008. Now that the Justice Dept. has inexplicably dropped the case against the Panthers, you don’t consider it necessary to “inflame” Americans by letting them see exactly what happened with their own eyes — or making their own judgments without having them “explained” by a media “expert.”
- common sense and common decency are no match for an Ivy League education. Anyone who hasn’t attended the “right schools” is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal “clinging” to guns and religion, a racist “tea-bagger,” or complete idiot incapable of taking care of himself. It is one of the primary reasons you despise a solid citizen like Sarah Palin and revere an empty suit like Barack Obama. It is also why you consider it perfectly acceptable to put a completely inexperienced, intellectually vapid, radical like Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court.
- Americans are inherently stupid. While this is similar to the preceding idea, it needs to be mentioned separately for one important reason: it is your fundamental rationale for the exponential expansion of government. You are completely comfortable with government ordering Americans to live a particular lifestyle you consider healthy and/or enlightened. Anyone who disagrees with any component of your worldview is to be pitied for their “lack of insight,” or held in contempt for their “obvious” intellectual shortcomings.
- anything which casts America in a positive light is automatically circumspect. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, you believe all societies and cultures are “equally viable,” and anything which even hints at American exceptionalism, or patriotism — including the singing of the National Anthem in public schools — is to be condemned as “imperialistic jingoism.”
- competition is repugnant. Everyone is entitled to a trophy, honors classes in schools should be less “restrictive” and keeping score in sporting contests is too injurious to a child’s self-esteem. Free enterprise is “unfair” because it rewards people for their ambition, risk-taking and hard work — all of which must be “mitigated” by government to ensure the “equality of outcome,” because “equality of opportunity” produces winners and losers — a “division” which must be avoided at all costs.
- right and wrong are “relative,” all morality is “individual,” and government is a viable substitute for personal responsibility. ” Do as I say, not as I do “is a perfectly acceptable method of dealing with people who can’t understand that those with “superior wisdom” are entitled to certain privileges unavailable to the riff raff known as ordinary Americans.
Well said sir.