Skip to comments."Overcoming Liberalism: A 12-Step Program"
Posted on 07/05/2003 3:47:22 PM PDT by M. Peach
Several months ago, I heard radio host Michael Savage refer to liberalism as a mental disorder. As odd as this concept might seem, I think I actually agree with him. Ive seen liberalism turn some of the most intelligent people I know into propaganda-spewing robots who care only about the message, not the inaccuracies behind the message. Emotion always trumps logic for them, regardless of the blatantly obvious.
Given the difficulty in bringing liberals into the light, I thought it might be helpful to provide them with a 12-step program that could make it easier for a successful transition into reality. As conservatives, we have to remember that we can only be supportive to liberals in this program. They cannot do it alone, but we also cannot do it for them.
Step 1: Admitting that youre a liberal This is the first step for every liberal on the way to recovery. It is important to understand that youre not progressive, moderate, or enlightened. Youre a liberal, and you need to be honest with yourself about that fact.
Step 2: Pledge to support your beliefs with facts Realize that truth is more important than moral superiority and is the only way to come over to reality. You must research beyond propaganda from the Sierra Club, Hillary Clinton, and CNN (the Communist News Network) to understand things as they really exist in the world. You can no longer argue based on feelings or emotion. You will actually need to back up your arguments with real information. This is a difficult step, because it means you cant be lazy any more.
Step 3: Love America This may be the most difficult step for those of you who are hippies and peaceniks. Admitting that the country you hate actually stands as a beacon to defend freedom throughout the world can make some of you physically ill. You might want to make a visit to a military cemetery to better understand that these men and women gave their lives so that you could spew hatred. Otherwise, you would currently be living in a police state that would never let you wear that nasty patchouli oil, let alone speak out against your government.
Step 4: Take a college level economics class Ive always defined a Socialist as someone whos never taken an economics class. Most Socialists Ive spoke with would have a hard time balancing their checkbooks, let alone explaining the simple concept of supply-and-demand. Its time to flush your complete ignorance of basic economics down the toilet and understand how the world actually functions. This concept will be very important for the next steps that involve communism, facts about corporations, and the inefficiencies of government.
Step 5: Say no to Communism and Socialism While this concept is obvious to most of the free world, it is an important step in your recovery process. If you have difficulty with this step, spend a week living and working in Cuba.
Step 6: Corporations are not evil If youre reading this article online or in an e-mail, its thanks to corporations. If you get some kind of paycheck, you can thank corporations. If you work for a non-profit or the government, you still have to thank corporations. The non-profit sector and the government wouldnt have any money to pay you without corporations. It is also important that you understand that making a profit doesnt equate to greed or exploitation. Capitalism has created the greatest society in our worlds history. Even communist countries need corporations to survive, so enjoy a nice, hot cup of reality.
Step 7: The government is inefficient If you are one of those liberals who believe the government should tax us more in order to take care of society, you need to pay special attention to this step. You need to realize that government bureaucracy will waste most of your tax dollars, while the private sector will put your money to much better use. Even most Democrat politicians understand this to some degree, which is why Hillarys socialist healthcare proposal was voted down by a majority of both Democrats and Republicans. Go to your local post office or call the IRS to ask a tax question if you need a reminder about government inefficiency.
Step 8: The earth is not your mother, and shes not dying The time has now come to stop your donations to Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, and every other EnviroNazi organization to which you belong. Face the reality that the earth, society, and our environment are better off today than ever in recorded history and that they are continuing to improve. I realize that many of you tree huggers will have a very difficult time letting go of the Douglas Fir on this one. I would suggest reading The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg. Mr. Lomborg is a former member of Greenpeace and is currently a statistics professor at a university in Denmark. He set out to prove the world was in bad shape and ended up surprising himself by proving the exact opposite.
Step 9: Stop smoking the wacky tobaccy Okay, some of you might need to enter another 12-step program to complete this step. Marijuana is distorting your sense of reality, and you need to stop using it. Besides, youll save a fortune on snacks.
Step 10: Eat a hamburger If God didnt intend for us to eat animals, he wouldnt have made them out of meat. You can put your sprouts and tofu on the hamburger, but get some meat into you. Youll look and feel better than you ever imagined. You can always remind yourself that Adolf Hitler was a vegetarian to get you through this step.
Step 11: Stop re-writing political history Its now time to admit that Bill Clinton is a lying-cheating-sexist-racist-rapist jackass, Hillary Clinton is one of the worst role models for women in this country, Al Gore really did lose the 2000 election by every vote tabulation you attempt, Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War and didnt create the homeless problem, John McCain is not a typical Republican, and Jimmy Carter is a nice man but has one of the worst presidential records of anyone in history.
Step 12: Be a missionary Once you have completed the previous steps to overcoming liberalism, its time for you to share this awakening with others who are not as fortunate. Go out amongst the liberal sheep and spread the good word of your freedom from the chains of ignorance that once bound you. Congratulations, and welcome to reality.
Therein lies the rub. Alot of liberals will never get past this step because it's too easy to use cyclical reasoning to justify their 'facts': My favorite liberal 'intellectual' says that Rush is a liar. Therefore, I cannot trust anything that Rush says. Because of this, I will not believe Rush when he points out falsehoods that my favorite liberal is guilty of. (repeat this with anyone who challenges liberalism, since my favorite liberal calls everyone who disagrees with him a liar) Since there is nobody left to challenge my favorite liberal's credibility, he must be truthful
The only way to get past this step is to do your own truth checking (ie, keep track of what people say and look for internal inconsistencies, check for hypocrisy, take not of things such as the Jason Blair incident) Of course, this can be alot of work for someone who is used to taking the liberal media seriously.
It also trumps "facts". Liberalism is the ultimate truth distorter.
No, but he does pretty well at pretending to be one. That's good enough for a lot of people.
He was perhaps the most incompetent president in recent history.
I think that sums it up pretty well for the "true believer" liberal.
However the Hollywood liberal, the Politician scumbag liberal, the sum sucking lawyer liberal, the NAG liberal, the Hitlary and Bill liberals..I could go on forever but that bunch is a whole different bag of nasty nasty worms.
Jimmy Carter is NOT a "nice man."
That really frosted me, too.
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