The Passing Joy of Liberal Tears

The right is angry, and with good reason. We spent eight years being condescended to by a former part time Constitutional law lecturer who repeatedly admitted to violating the Constitution. He had “a pen and a phone,” so forget Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, the media acted as if Obama should get everything he wanted, but if Republicans in a co-equal branch of government had a different idea it was “obstruction.” And anytime we dared to criticize Obama, even simply saying he golfed too much, it was proof we were racists.

We spent eight long years raging in vain that 2% economic growth is a failure, that treaties have to be ratified by the Senate not just willed into existence by the president, or that Obama learning of his administration’s failure after failure from the news was not an excuse. For this we were insulted, mocked, and condescended to. It was infuriating.

While this was particularly acute during the Obama years, the media has always been liberal, it’s nothing new to be called racist for every disagreement, and Democrats have always been hypocrites. So with that history, it’s natural to seek a measure of revenge.

Many on the right take perverse pleasure in watching the left get upset. When someone who is undeservedly arrogant breaks down in confusion because something doesn’t go their way, it’s natural to smile a bit. Going back to at least the 90’s, there have been jokes about drinking liberal tears.

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The Liberal Advantage

When it comes to political battles, conservatives are at a natural disadvantage. By the very essence of their ideologies, liberalism is far more active than conservatism. For almost every issue, liberalism easily passes the “we have to do something” test.

As proponents of a powerful and active government, liberal solutions are visible and easily traceable. To solve a problem they might propose a new government agency, a new government program, impose new government requirements, or bills to outlaw whatever is perceived to cause the problem. With any of these options, liberal politicians can easily go to their constituents and show a one-step link between the problem and proposed solution.
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Consistency, It’s Hard to Manage

I don’t remember the exact issue at hand, but there was a moment in a political discussion with a friend in college when I was defending something George W Bush had said, and then I suddenly stopped myself and realized I didn’t actually agree with our 43rd president. I agreed with Bush on most things, and I certainly felt he was unduly attacked by the left. Together, those two impressions led me to reflexively support some of his positions I would not have otherwise.

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When No True Scotsman Isn’t a Fallacy

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

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One of the most disappointing lessons of 2016 has been the realization that there are not nearly as many conservatives in America as I had assumed. If you had asked me what percentage of the country was conservative in 2014, I would have guessed somewhere just north of 40%. It may be a trick of my new found pessimism, but today I would be happy to discover conservatives make up a double digit percentage of America.

How could that be, you might ask, since the latest Gallup poll found 39% of Americans call themselves conservatives compared to only 19% who identify as liberal? Allow me to clarify: I am concerned the percentage of actual, real life conservatives is in the single digits. Conservatives would not actively support some of the policies many people who claim that title have backed. Continue reading

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