Typical liberal

Last week I had one of Trump’s fine conservative followers refer to me as a “typical liberal” because I thought I was “smart”. He went on to conclude that the reason “my” party lost and continues to lose is because us liberals think we are all high and mighty and greater than though. Now, I find this very interesting because “all high and mighty and greater than though” is exactly the way I describe Evangelical Christians too. So who is right?

The perception that liberals think they are smarter than conservatives is a very old stereotype but one I am happy to embrace particularly in this era of Trumpism. What I personally take from this characterization is that liberals can think for themselves. They don’t need an authoritative bully telling them what is good and what is bad, who is right and who is wrong. And liberals are altruistic, sorry big word, we are unselfish. Our principle concerns and practices deal with the welfare of others and this universe. I liken it to being able to see beyond our noses.

Maybe it simply takes more brain cells to see the big picture. I don’t know. Maybe you have to be smarter to understand that raping the earth for coal to burn, and filling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide are bad things for this planet. Maybe you just have to be more perceptive to realize that despite what the Declaration of Independence states, all men are not created equal. Some people need a little help in leveling the playing field. You understand that opportunities available to one are not necessarily available to all for reasons as simple as the color of their skin, their last name or their sexuality.

I think this liberal “smart” thing is the reason why Fox News is so popular. I don’t need Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper to tell me what is good or bad, what is right or wrong. I can read, I can think, I can see and most importantly I can perceive. I don’t need Sean Hannity or Tucker Carlson to feed me information, which is simply what they do. The conservatives will contend that all media, with the exception of Fox News, is biased. I guess, like anything, that observation depends on the color of the glasses you are looking through.

Fox’s motto used to be Fair and Balanced which in itself is hilarious, now they refer to themselves as Most Watched, Most Trusted. I get why they are most watched, how taxing is it to sit in your La-Z-Boy recliner and be spoon feed shit? And most trusted? When your President is telling you to trust no one but him. That the “Deep State” is out to get all of us. That America is crumbling and only he can save us while promoting: “@seanhannity on @foxandfriends now! Great! 8:18 A.M.” who are you going to trust?

Conservatives and Republicans want the world to believe that Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are not only the face but the voice of the liberal cause in America. Their not or at least not for me. They are simply convenient villains for Trump, his base and Fox News. The faces that I see and the voices I hear are my mothers, my daughters, my dad’s, my wife’s, my son in-law, one of my brother in-laws, my minister, the social worker at the homeless shelter, the guy that runs the soup kitchen, my next door neighbor, my friends, Ms. Nan, Ms. Suze, Larry Paul Brown, Scottie, Larry…….

We need to continue to speak-up and speak-out over the volume of Fox News, over the rants and raves of “our” adolescent President, over the narrow-minded and slow-witted people who seem to envy our ability to think and reason without any help or prodding. There is a reason Neanderthals became extinct 40,000 years ago. It has to do with adaptability, reasoning, and evolving. Maybe that is the real divide between liberals and conservatives. It’s all about evolution, the ability to move forward and look beyond our white, Evangelical noses.

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39 Responses to Typical liberal

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  2. Suze says:

    reblogged on suziland too…I will proudly join you in the “liberal” category.

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  3. Is it a matter of intelligence? Or is it a matter of soul? To me, soul is from religion as far as the east is from the west. I believe soul is that part of us all which processes the earth and its Creation with hearts of compassion, charity, unselfishness. It all boils down to what we “liberals” see as our platform in life. If one of those trumpeteer idiots wants to call me “smarter than”, I will consider the source and accept the compliment, but argue that maybe my soul is wired for things greater than self-acquisition and worldly power. From one soul to another….great post.

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  4. knurly says:

    My favorite party about extreme right-wingers (and sometimes yes, extreme-left wingers) is they always accuse you of doing EXACTLY what they are doing, without fail. It’s the sheer hypocrisy that bothers me. Also, apparently EVERYBODY but these two specific things: Trump and Fox – are all liars somehow? Right, because that makes sense. /sarcasm.

    Moral of the story: just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s #fakenews

    -Knurly

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  5. Nan says:

    We need to continue to speak-up and speak-out — YES!! And I do so as often as I can — mostly through my blog. (My “other-half” leans more to the “conservative” side — although not a Fox watcher, thank Thor! — so political discussions tend to be few and far between in this household.)

    It’s unfortunate that so many (on either side) are so “hard-core” that name-calling and total disrespect are often the norm. As Rodney King once said … “People, I just want to say … can we all get along? Can we get along? … It’s just not right. … Let’s try to work it out.”

    P.S. Thanks for the mention.

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  6. I am a bit of an outsider to this but my observation of the issue from afar in not that liberals think they are smarter than conservatives (though some might) but rather that conservatives think liberals are smarter than conservatives. And they resent it. So the safe option is to reject anyone who can spell the word ‘intellectual’ as arrogant and aloof and embrace someone who passionately struggles to put a coherent sentence together.
    As you point out, the same sort of logic is applied to conservative religion where information is the enemy.

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  7. William Tell says:

    This may start a conversation. I am becoming more and more aware of more and more factors. Did I recently link here to Michele Bachmann’s blog? For the moment, there’s this:
    https://williamatell.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/tight-vs-loose/

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  8. Billy Mac says:

    I’m going to tread lightly here. I am all over the map politically but I tend to align with conservatives on a lot of major issues. I am very socially “liberal” for a lack of a better word. I believe in love over cultural norms, I strongly believe in individual freedoms and I think for myself. I will never use the word offended, but I hardly consider myself a Neanderthal. And you haven’t seen me call people who don’t think like me stupid. In your defense of your liberal ideals you lumped a lot of people who don’t think like you into a large, unintelligent flock of sheep. It is never that easy.
    This is why I stay away from politics on my blog. Before I get attacked please review this post for “fair and balanced”. There are a few good people who lean to the right. This country has an extreme right and an extreme left and I will never let them affect people like me who are the 80% in the middle

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    • I certainly don’t mean to offend, I too prefer the middle path myself but I live in a region that is HARD, in the ditch right. My view, boots on ground, is there a lot of ugliness and hate seeping out of the pores of conservatives. But hey what do I know.

      Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share your very civil thoughts

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  9. Scottie says:

    Why or should I ask when did it become a disadvantage to have an education? When did being smart, going to school, being in a scientific field become suspect? It angers me that in this country people have a dislike for science and learning. I had a very bad education and I know how hard it can be to overcome that, but everyone who tries should be proud not insulted. I think it started with religions. Science disagreed with their bible stories so it had to be dirtied up and made to look bad. Some religions are against higher education and scientific endeavors. People were encouraged to take their children out of school and teach them incorrect and false stuff from home. So we get to a point where teachers are vilified and the most base actions are celebrated in the public mind. The tRump supporters are proud of him because he is the uneducated thug they are and they want to get away with it like he does. Because of the way we treat education and progressive social values in this country we are falling farther behind in this country. I feel sorry for fox news watchers I talk to because they think they have the whole true story. It is hard for them to see they don’t, and that there are other sources of information. So find the idea of adding to their current information to disgusting and are suspicious or it. I don’t know how we pull out of this downward spiral until we again value education and reasonable ability to think things out. Hugs

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    • Syfob says:

      I think a lot of people tend to forget what science and intellectualism have brought us.

      That you can be a climate denier yet still drive a modern car with GPS or use a cell phone that, in part uses satellite technology to transmit voice and data across the globe and still deny that the very same technology also tells us that the earth is warming and we are the primary cause boggles my mind.

      To many people science is still equated to magic (or god given ability, magic by proxy) or worse they don’t think about science at all.

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  10. William Tell says:

    A different look: Sunday’s sermon text was John 12:20-32. Now, Pastor is a liberal, far moreso than I, to the extent we have conflicts. And so I was neither surprised nor pleased that he began his remarks about “the world system” by speaking of “speaking truth to power.” But he went on: “the world system,” he said, is all about keeping folk at odds with each other, identifying enemies and fostering enmity. I know him well enough to know that, in saying that, he meant neither left nor right, but both. And I agreed.

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    • Great post.

      “It is not entirely surprising that after our long, costly resistance to communist dictatorship, we should now see the rise of passions and excuses tending toward capitalist dictatorship. The most insidious of these passions tends toward state religion and government regulation of private behavior.” -Wendell Berry

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  12. Nicely said. I think you might enjoy my post: “Trumpism is a new religion.” https://petersironwood.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/trumpism-is-a-new-religion/

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  13. Syfob says:

    I find it funny that the party of the wealthy intellectual (William Buckley et.al.) has become the party of gut level anti-intellectualism disguised as common sense.

    My theory is that when the intellectual class realized that the White Rural middle and working classes were voting democratic they saw the potential to not only delineate between them and the broadening less moneyed and newly educated Americans (so called “college liberals”) who after higher education became more normalized (and in many cases free) started questioning the status of wealth in a liberal democracy.

    By aping the religious context and then playing to the fear of being supplanted, the Republican party reinvigorated itself with Reagan Democrats.

    Since then they, having no real policy agenda aside from deregulation and supply side economics, (both economic ideologies that served the narrative of churchgoing rural white America but also helped push them further to the margins) had to dumb down the message and demonize the other side.

    After all, there is nothing that gets people not thinking like to potent stew of patriotism, nativism and God. The Republican party is still full of smart people, I wouldn’t discount their base as far as intelligence is concerned either, its just much easier and more effective as the torrent of information becomes overwhelming to appeal to fear and the lizard brain.

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  14. Syfob says:

    The so called “illiberal left” also falls for this by the way. We are not exempt form reactionary politics. I firmly believe we have to do some housecleaning of our own even before pointing the finger at “them.”

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  15. Think about this….liberals only react with emotion, that’s what drives your entire outlook on life and everything else…..if you would think practically and frugally, you and your ilk just may be relevant, until then, you’ll all be considered irrelevant….as you are now…

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