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by Christopher Chantrill
November 19, 2007 at 7:59 am
CONSERVATIVES tend to talk about liberals as if they were all the same. This is wrong. Liberals are not all alike.
They are all alike in some respects. They all believe in universal health care, a polite way of suggesting that other people should pay for the increasing health problems of Democratic voters. That came through through loud and clear from the cheering section at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas last week.
Its also true that they all believe that President Bush is stupid and that Vice President Cheney is the real power behind the throne.
But we should not be misled by these tempting correlations of data. Just because there is a correlation in a data set, the scientists tell us, doesnt mean that there is a real connection. As people of faith we conservatives should not rashly abandon our tolerant belief that liberals are a diverse community and that we should celebrate their diversity.
There is another consideration. Know thine enemy.
Of course, our liberal friends arent really the enemy. That is just a little joke. We conservatives honor them as our worthy opponents in the Us vs. Them battle of domestic politics.
Anyway, we should not blame liberals for their uniformly mistaken view of events and of ideas. We should look instead for a root cause for their foolishness.
The root cause is not hard to find. Liberals are victims of an education system that demands that children exhibit the correct feelings about race, gender, and global warming. Liberals are adults who succeeded best in internalizing their school shaming code.
But still, the discerning investigator can make out differences in the dull gray of uniformity and submissiveness enforced by the PC police.
We know that that among our liberal friends there are indeed the genuinely needy. Of course it has become hard to figure out who these folks might be since the poor these days work less hours than the rich and the poor are fatter than the rich. But when liberals tell us to pay for the relief of the genuinely needy, we pay up.
We know that there are also among our liberal friends people who can only be called slackers. These are people who just want to get their share of the benefits, and know they deserve it. The evidence for the slacker syndrome is rather compelling. The ranks of the disabled, at least as measured by the number of people collecting on disability insurance, has been doubling every decade in an age where stevedores sit in the air-conditioned cabs of container cranes and warehousemen are guys that drive fork-lift trucks.
But there is a catch on the slacker front. Some of the slackers seem to be conservatives. That portly 55-year-old gentleman who so offended the Edwards last spring with his pro-Guiliani sentiments was a gardener collecting disability on account of his bad knees. Fortunately he was not so disabled that he was unable to go out fishing.
We all of us know a liberal slacker. Some of us know several. They are gently born and expensively educated but have opted not to repay society for its generous investment in their future. Sometimes they are led into temptation. They are, as we found out in the S-CHIP affair, a little too quick to sign up for government benefits intended for the relief of the truly needy. They talk a good line on ethics and compassion, but reserve their deepest compassion for themselves and their own needs.
Who is there amongst us who does not know a Darwin-believing liberal? This is the modern ideal, the individual who has fully internalized the lessons of government school and the liberal seminary we call the liberal arts college. This paragon lives in the right kind of Victorian house, drives the right model Subaru, has the right kind of job, has a partner rather than a spouse, goes to yoga rather than the gym, buys organic foods rather than just food, and worries about saving the planet rather than saving her own soul.
Not all conservatives know an elite liberal, for many conservatives lack an entrée into the smart set, but we all know someone who knows one. Here is the modern aristocrat, born or trained up to political leadership of the welfare state. Elite liberaldom features ambitious arrivistesthink of names like Clinton, Obama, Edwardsas any dynasty must to retain its power. Yet beneath the headline leadership is a troubling corrosion: aging bulls in Congress, ineffectual and venal university leaders, underperforming think tanks, and endless Kennedy scions.
When you survey this liberal bestiary, you have to wonder why it was the business-building yuppies of the 1980s that got to be called the Me Generation.
But at least we know that liberals are not all alike.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization