It has always frustrated me that most liberals don’t seem to understand what it means to be liberal – and they certainly don’t understand what conservatism is.
In my estimation, there are two distinct types of liberals: those who are well intentioned but have no idea how pernicious their intentions are – the Squishy liberals. Then there are those who know exactly how harmful they are – the Wicked liberals.
Squishy liberals are a damn shame. But as tragic as their condition is, they can be reformed. You see, squishy liberals just don’t understand the true nature of their own political philosophy. (Interestingly, the wicked liberals know this, and exploit it at every opportunity. While the squishy liberal thinks they are a part of some grand movement that promotes kindness and good will, they are basically victims of a ruse: the Wicked liberals play on the emotions of the Squishy mind, tricking them into supporting the cause.) Squishy liberals think that liberalism is fair and allows people to be, in essence, more free. Judgment or lack thereof, is the foundation for this misguided view. Squishy liberals think that by not passing judgment on others, they are enlightened. After all, the human condition comes in many forms, and those people who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances should not be judged in any way – it is simply not their fault.
Whose fault is it?
It is certainly not the victim’s fault. But there is plenty to go around. Wealthy white men, the culture, societal pressure, wealthy white men, discrimination, and wealthy white men are typically to blame for all of the downtrodden.
So the Squishy liberal just assumes that since the downtrodden bear no responsibility for their circumstance, society must provide a bail out…
Can’t get a job? Wealthy white men are to blame – society should give you money.
Can’t get a job and you’re a minority? You should get special treatment. (I never understood why blacks weren’t offended by affirmative action.)
Here illegally and need medical care? Society should cover your bills.
Sign a mortgage you can’t afford? Society should pay your bills since the wealthy white man took advantage of you.
Squishy liberals think that society should help any and all people who won’t take responsibility for themselves. Since no judgment should ever be passed on anyone, it makes perfect sense that society should take care of those who can’t take care of themselves. Personal responsibility is something that only wealthy white men crow about – and only because they have no impediments to success. Merely by being white and male, they have an unfair advantage.
At the root, Squishy liberals just want to help people, and they think that as a country we are so wealthy, we can and should help as many people as possible.
What they fail to see is that in “helping” people, they are eroding our freedom.
Here is the distinct difference between the Wicked Liberal and the Squishy: The Wicked Liberal knows that liberal policies erode freedom – and they don’t care.
The Wicked Liberal sees the United States itself as inherently unfair. The government is the means to create fairness. Creating fairness cannot be achieved by promoting the poor to wealthy. Rather, fairness can only be achieved if the wealthy are stripped down with a concurrent cleansing of incentive, desire and material demand.
If the population can be trained not to desire achievement and personal wealth, they will be complicit in the seizure and redistribution of their assets. The wealthy are made poor, and the poor stay poor. Then, with the entire population poor and with no incentive, a liberal Utopia is achieved.
Except for the Wicked liberals themselves, for they casually exempt themselves from the wealthy white evil-doers who are responsible for all of the social ills. So while the mid to high income earners are soaked at tax time, the Wicked Liberal elite will make sure that the confiscation of wealth and freedom is never applied to them. They will continue to enjoy the fruits of achievement, although theirs will not be in noble productivity, but the base achievement of power and rhetorical prowess.
I’ve got many friends who are self-identified liberals. Most are Squishy liberals who actually think the government should right wrongs and help those in need. They will support most any government endeavor as long as the intentions are good. But I know a few who know full well that liberalism is designed to confiscate wealth and freedom, so that a government bureaucratic class can take and maintain power in an effort to achieve a liberal Utopia.
The conservative understands the ruse of Wicked liberal. The real trick will be to convince the Squishy liberals that they are actually undermining themselves.