Thursday, February 11, 2010

Freudian Projection Gives Conservatives a Pass on Everything. Check out the "7 Huge Flaws in the Way Liberals Think"

I've always been fascinated by the conservatives ability to ascribe, or transfer ideas/ principles in the form of "Freudian projection," onto liberals. Projection is an "unconscious act of denial of a person's own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, such as to the government or to other people. Thus, it involves imagining or projecting that others have the same feelings or motives, rather than what they really think."

At the flaming right wing blog page Dissecting Leftism, the writer lists "Seven Huge Flaws in the Way Liberals Think." Since he's essentially describing me, I thought I might have a bit more insight into his projected liberal attributes:

1) Liberals believe they can change human nature. Sure, human beings can be shaped and molded to a certain extent. However, most people care more about what they're having for lunch today than an earthquake that kills ten thousand people on the other side of the world.

Wrong, oh so wrong and needs no further explanation.

2) Liberals believe we can talk everything out with our enemies … liberals don't even believe this about conservatives in the United States … liberal (think they) can reach an understanding with Hugo Chavez or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck can't be reasoned with.

Wrong again. Liberals believe we can try to talk things out, but we don't believe it magically works every time. We also know that Limbaugh and Beck are not heads of state, but are racist bigoted anti-American know it all fear mongers entitled to their own opinion.

3) Liberals don't have enough respect for our culture and traditions: To liberals, our cultural, economic, and political norms were formed by backwards troglodytes making arbitrary decisions based on superstition and racism.

Wrong, but framed with a zany twisted view of history. Liberals still believe slavery is wrong, and fire on a gas stove sure beats rubbing to sticks together.

4) Liberalism is a fundamentally immoral political philosophy. They consider … the people who disagree with them are treated as evil. This leads to an "anything goes" mentality when dealing with their foes: ignoring the law via a "living constitution," politically based prosecutions, shouting down opposing speakers, and treating lying about their agenda or opponents to be moral.

I know, that was a perfect description of the current Republican Party and tea party protesters, who shouted down the politicians they disagreed with, ignored torture laws, Miranda rights and constitutional protections from eavesdropping, and lied about "death panels" and health care rationing. Again, a bad case of projection.

5) Liberals believe merely being liberal makes them good people. Liberals who're obsessed with money think they're compassionate because they give away other people's tax dollars. They can be dumb as a rock, but believe they're smarter than most other people.

Wrong again. Liberals are compassionate because we are giving our tax dollars away along with everyone else without whining. As far as who's dumber than a rock, I think every conservative who thinks they're a constitutional scholar and longs for the same free market principles that caused the Great Recession are the ones making rocks seem downright intellectual.

6) Liberals have too much faith in government … liberals tend to believe that with the right person in charge, government won't be so slow, stupid, inefficient, and badly run. Human history proves that they're wrong about that.

Wrong. Is it any wonder why Republican end up trashing government and peoples lives?

7) Liberals have minimal interest in whether the programs they support work or not. A program that doesn't work and costs billions, but sounds compassionate and helps Democrats politically is a huge success.

Wrong. Conservatives believe abstinence only, voucher schools, deregulation of Wall Street, tax cuts to the wealthy and our dependence on old energy sources for political reasons and profit are considered right wing successes. They're not.

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