Monday, October 12, 2009

Question of the day: Why are liberals so angry? By Joseph Michael Wasik


October 05, 2009

By: Shirley Nixon
Burlington County Times

Guest opinion: Will breaking things down to its simplest level be the best way to solve this dilemma? All intelligent people know this to be true. I read this simple story somewhere, some time ago, that shows the basic differences between liberals and conservatives.

The story used to be:

The ant (the conservative) works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper (the liberal) thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays all the summer long.

Here comes winter and the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper, however, has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

Moral of this story is: Be responsible for yourself.

The contemporary version of this same story is:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying in supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays all the summer long.

Here comes the winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and PBS show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. Americans are stunned by the sharp contrast. A picture is worth a thousand words.

How can this be, that in a country as wealthy as ours, can this poor grasshopper be allowed to suffer so much?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody sympathizes and tears flow when they sing, "Its Not Easy Being Green.''

Acorn stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where the news stations film the group singing, "We shall overcome,'' while Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group curse God for the grasshopper's dilemma.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid complain in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs, and having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while in the government house, which just happened to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he didn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared into the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug-related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

Moral of the story: Be careful how you vote in 2010 and 2012.

Can I ask what you do for this country? I'm not saying you don't work or pay taxes, but so many liberals just take and take and take and take and think it's their right.

I used to think it was just liberals who are immature.

But a disturbing pattern was noticed over and over and over: Most liberals can't even engage in civil discourse, and when they are confronted with positions that don't match theirs, they lash out like crazed pit bulls.

This oddity was noticed for a long time and like others before me has concluded that liberalism really is a mental disorder based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions. "Contemporary liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,'' paraphrasing Dr. Lyle Rossiter, author of the book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.''

"Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.''

While political activists on the other side of the spectrum have made similar observations, Rossiter boasts professional credentials and a life virtually free of activism and links to "the vast right-wing conspiracy.''

For more than 35 years he has diagnosed and treated more than 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases as a board-certified forensic psychiatrist. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.

Ronald Reagan once said, "The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.''

Reagan had hit upon something really important and eye opening. Liberals seem to have a very, very tenuous grasp of things. Therefore, they figuratively dig their claws in and fight tooth and nail against anything that doesn't fit their viewpoint of the world.

The liberal mind is about as stable as a house of cards. On some levels, they realize that confronting reality will destroy their entire view of the world, much like someone in the 1200s finally realizing the shocking truth that the world isn't flat, after all,.

Imagine how difficult it was for frightened sailors to finally accept the truth; they lived frightened lives unnecessarily. The horizon wasn't full of sea serpents. There was no edge of the world.

Conservatives absolutely baffle and exasperate liberals. Why? Because conservatives appear to have solid beliefs while the liberal is lucky if he can formulate some vague, hazy philosophy of things.

When a conservative argues with a liberal, the liberal feels he must lash out for fear of discovering that his whole imaginary world is just that: fiction.

So, liberals preach "tolerance,'' but only tolerance for their viewpoints. Anything else is heresy. Just try confronting a liberal with the facts about global warming and he'll practically start foaming at the mouth.

The mind of the liberal cannot acknowledge that a conservative is right because the fuzzy liberal mind is like a shaky house of cards. If the liberal realizes he's wrong about one thing, it totally destroys their whole imagined reality he has constructed for himself.

So when liberals scream like threatened children when you talk about Fox News, or Rush Limbaugh, it is because their brains are not wired to accept contradictory information.

Liberals don't get their information from the left and the right, putting their beliefs to the test by checking if they are based on fact and not on conjecture or psychological construction.

Liberals cannot do this. It would destroy their carefully crafted dream world existence.

What do you think?

Joseph Michael Wasik lives in Evesham.

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