American Thinker Diagnoses Liberals

November 19, 2004

The always insightful “American Thinker” has a particularly good piece this morning dissecting the liberal mindset while debunking the libs’ latest victimization syndrome: “Post Election Selection Trauma.”

While there is substantive meat throughout the article, like: “The left in America loves to medicalize problems,” I particularly love the discussion of liberals deriving their self-concept — as in, “I’m a good person,” — from their political ideology, irrespective of their own personal behavior. In other words, their ideas are more important than their actions.

This is exactly right. This is how liberals feel so good about themselves when they advocate confiscatory tax rates from the “wealthy” and redistribution of the resulting revenues to the lower middle class or the poor while giving none (or very little) of their own money to charity. Indeed, this is how white liberals — like the radio host I posted about earlier — manage to get away with their racist remarks, because as liberals they are presumed to be sympathetic to the plight of minorities. No contrary statements are actions can shake this irrebuttable presumption.

Interestingly, I have written about this liberal mindset before. See this column I did on July 8, 2000, in which I listed a number of things I didn’t understand about liberals, such as, “How they can fool themselves into believing that their morality is defined more by the political policies they advocate than the way they conduct their lives.”

Needless to say, I couldn’t agree more with the American Thinker.