(Version 2) Why I Believe Liberals Exhibit Arrested Development
Why I Believe Liberals Exhibit Arrested Development
There's a common belief that political Liberals just can't help being Liberals. I've come to agree with that belief, and to chalk up their behavior to "arrested development." It's my view that most Liberals' behavioral development has been arrested somewhere in the 8 - 12 year old range, give or take, depending on the particular trait being considered.
Why do I believe this? Well, when I look at the various views that Liberals hold, and the different ways they express themselves, there's one common trait across most or all of them: they're very child-like. By and large, Liberals never acknowledge the principles by which the adult world operates.Fairness
Anyone who has kids knows what their single most common refrain is: "But that's not fair!"
And just as with kids, Liberals always seem to want everything to be "fair". If anyone has a nice house, then everyone should have a nice house. If anyone owns a cell phone, everyone should own a cell phone. If anyone has cable TV, everyone should have cable TV. There never seems to be any consideration of how rational the goal of "fairness" is.
To a Liberal, fair is fair - and that's that!Mommy and Daddy
In the same way that children (especially younger children) accept at face value everything their parents say, Liberals accept everything their leaders say. They believe in their hearts that everything their leaders do is right. In other words, Liberals view their political leaders very much the way children view their Mommies and Daddies.
Likewise, Liberals tend to view everything their opponents say and do as "bad", regardless of their Liberal leaders saying and doing the exact same things! This can be explained by the tendency of children to like and dislike the same people their Mommies and Daddies do - the "bad" neighbor, the "mean" man, etc.
A great example is that when a Republican President taps foreign phone calls made by suspected terrorists, Liberals scream " it's the end of civil rights!" But when Daddy President murders suspected terrorists in cold blood without a trial, Liberals brag about it on bumper stickers, and consider it a winning campaign issue!Childhood Rebellion
And as with children, Liberals exhibit rebellious childhood behavior, most often demonstrated by their acknowledgement that they love to be "edgy". This is exemplified mainly by the Liberal need to include the "f-word" - and other coarse, vulgar, gutter-level language - in the entertainment they produce and consume, as well as in their everyday speech. This language is usually used to elicit shock and revulsion in the other person, just as with children.
What clearer form of childish rebellion is there than engaging the naughty thrill of saying "dirty" words?Lack of Historical Knowledge
Children lack perspective on events and issues because they have little knowledge of history. They don't have any choice, really, not having lived long enough to learn much about it!
On the other hand, Liberals have apparently consciously chosen not to learn history.
The quintessential example of this is Liberals' reaction to attacks on President Obama. "Racism!" they scream, completely ignorant of the fact that the last time a Liberal was in the White House he was attacked with equal, if not greater, intensity, even though he was white.The World is Only What They Know
Most of us are familiar with how a child's world-view tends to include only those things they have personal knowledge of. For example, if they're young and have never seen a person in a wheelchair, they're prone to shout 'Mommy, why is that man riding in a funny chair?" at the most embarrassing moment.
And so it is with Liberals. Except Liberals have never seemed to learn that the real world is much bigger than themselves. Usually, if they don't know of someone who is a certain way, then they believe no one could possibly be that way. The corollary is that Liberals tend to believe that if they believe something, everyone must believe it (either that, or there's something terribly wrong with the ones who don't.)
For example, let's say someone says "Liberals think money grows on trees". A Liberal will often refute that by saying "That's wrong! I don't know any Liberal who thinks money grows on trees!", thereby acknowledging they don't recognize the world outside their own experience.
Another great example of this is the attitude of pro-abortion, female Liberals towards pro-life women.
Their attitude can be neatly summed up as "What the hell is wrong with you?" To the pro-abortion Liberal woman, it is simplyinconceivable that another woman would disagree on the issue of abortion. Any disagreement is almost always chalked up as some defect in the pro-life woman.Money
We're all well aware of how children lack any sense of the value of money. To children, money is something that is just always "there". There's not yet an understanding that money, i.e. wealth, needs to be produced by someone, and will not just always "be there!"
And left to their own devices, children will spend whatever money they have, (and whatever they can borrow from others) like there's no tomorrow. This explains why the current administration can rack up more debt than all previous administrations combined with the full approval of its Liberal supporters!Name-calling
All of us are surely aware that a disproportionately large part of children's communication consists of calling each other childish names! Well, sorry to say, it's likewise with Liberals.
It's my experience that in discussion, a significant percentage of Liberals will almost immediately resort to name-calling, usually after an (insincere) attempt at discussion.
The rest usually begin with some form of discussion. As the frustration mounts, they cycle through the other behaviors listed here, ultimately leading to name-calling.No YOU are!
A behavior that usually goes hand-in-hand with name-calling is what I like to call "no YOU are!" If one child says to another "you're a poopy head", the other child tends to answer with "no YOU'RE a poopy head!" It's a little more subtle with Liberals, but not very.
For example, if you say to a Liberal "0bama incurred more debt than all previous Presidents combined", a Liberal will tend to say "No Bush did that!" If you should then say "You're not addressing the issue", the Liberal will tend to say "No YOU'RE not addressing the issue."
And sometimes, the Liberal whose development is arrested at the higher end of the age range will engage in this behavior by saying "Oh now you're projecting." My hunch is that they use this more "sophisticated" form because it helps them feel less childish about their behavior.So in conclusion ... ;-)
So there you have it - why I believe Liberals suffer from arrested development.
If you've actually read this far, you have my sincere (and surprised) thanks, whether or not you agree with a single word!
And although I've spent all this time pointing out the similarities between Liberals and children, let's not forget the biggest differencebetween them. While it's difficult if not impossible to kick them out of the house before they're 18 years old, it will be a lot easier to kick out the Big Liberal in the White House even though it's only 4 years old!
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