Liberal Style

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Examples of Liberal Style

The style of a liberal often includes these basic characteristics, which include techniques to mislead or simply advance self-serving goals:

  1. A never-ending craving for attention (e.g., Hollywood types and politicians Bill Clinton and Chuck Schumer)
  2. A high word-to-substance ratio, as in using many words to say little of substance (e.g., Obama and the 90/10 rule here)
  3. Interrupt others more frequently than conservatives do, reflecting how liberals rely on censorship to persuade (as Obama and Biden did in the debates)
  4. Obsession with the media, and even with the few conservatives in the media
  5. Feign offense as a way to silence criticism, or censor prayer and conservative viewpoints (e.g., ACLU)
  6. Pretend to know more than one does; Isaac Newton admitted that he knew almost nothing, yet a liberal pretends to know much (e.g., Al Gore)
  7. Use a double standard: racial remarks by liberals (e.g., Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton) are just fine, but extreme abuse greets any conservative for that
  8. Insist that theories a liberal likes (e.g., evolution, man-made global warming) are somehow objective and indisputable, while what a liberal dislikes (e.g., conservatism) is subjective
  9. Unjustified praise of atheists and other liberals as "geniuses", despite little achievement. See also: Atheism and intelligence

Liberal style also manifests itself in various ways in relation to these broad categories:

Conservatism

  1. Calling conservative free speech "hate" speech [1]
  2. Calling conservative humor "unprofessional and meaningless, and degrades the quality of your encyclopedia." [2]
  3. Inability or unwillingness to differentiate between genuine conservative arguments and parodies of conservative arguments.
  4. Attempting to portray conservatives as callous or uncaring; bait them into making insensitive remarks; falsely describing them as angry
  5. Calling others "extremist" or "racist"
  6. Bullying conservatives who disagree with liberal views
  7. Believing that conservatives will fail, and refusing to accept when they succeed, as when George W. Bush won in 2000

Debate and rhetorical tactics

  1. Demands answers to questions, but after receiving answers then the liberal himself tries to avoid answering similar questions[3]
  2. Refuses to admit the truth in debate, even if a conservative compromises in a conciliatory manner
  3. Like to use the phrase "reflects poorly on the site" when talking about the liberal articles on Conservapedia [4]
  4. Uses the term "controversial" to describe what he opposes (e.g., classroom prayer), but not to describe what he supports (e.g., theory of evolution)
  5. A lack of originality and a predominance of copying and imitating
  6. Like to use the phrase "Silence Speaks Volumes" [8] [9] [10]
  7. Call something disliked a "conspiracy theory," but don't use that term against wacky liberal theories like global warming
  8. Respond with "sigh" when presented with repeated examples of harm caused by liberal culture, yet persist in denying the harm despite overwhelming evidence
  9. Declaring that one is insulted as a response to an argument[5]
  10. Insistence on talking more and having the last word in a discussion or debate, or last wordism
  11. Over-reliance on accusations of hypocrisy [6]
  12. Over-reliance on mockery [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]
  13. Using non sequiturs in argument, such as responding to the point above that liberals over-rely on accusations of hypocrisy by citing an example of conservatives' observing liberal hypocrisy. But their example does not help their argument. Quite the contrary, use of that example tends to prove that liberals do over-rely on accusations of hypocrisy (relativism). Think about that.
  14. Draw an analogy between opponents and racists, no matter how illogical

Economics

  1. Support of greater bureaucratic control rather than more competition to address problems
  2. An obsession with and exaggeration of artificial scarcity, such as wealth, rather than focusing on creating more
  3. Using hyperbole instead of fact-based logic in an attempt to tug at people's emotions rather than appealing to their sense of reason.[12]
  4. Often long-winded and verbose, and in debates liberals often consume more than their fair share of the allotted time, leaving less time for the other side.

Education

  1. Believing that the education of children is for liberals to control
  2. Insistence on censoring certain speech, such as a description of The Flood or even teaching children about a massive flood, despite its acceptance by a majority of Americans

Liberalism

  1. Virtually never criticize hateful comments or behavior by a fellow liberal
  2. Ignoring or failing to recognize abstract concepts and denying obvious correlations between liberal beliefs and destructive behavior. eg. Hollywood values and San Francisco values
  3. Denial that people can grow out of a liberal viewpoint, such as atheism. See: Atheism has a lower retention rate compared to other worldviews
  4. Calling the use of the term liberal when used in a derogatory context "stupid"[13]
  5. Will often deny being a liberal, or will claim to be a "true conservative", while spouting liberal and Democrat talking points and criticizing basic conservative beliefs and principles.
  6. Often declare that an adversary should be "ashamed of himself," while rarely saying that about a supportive co-liberal (such as Ted Kennedy)[14] [15]
  7. Willing to give away everything held dear by the majority to avoid serious conflict (such liberals who wish to pull our troops out of Iraq, and embolden the terrorists).
  8. Thinking in terms of what someone likes or doesn't like, or has or doesn't have, or belongs or doesn't belong
  9. "Contrariness is creativity to the untalented" - Dennis Miller's general observation about liberal behavior.

Personal traits

  1. Unjustified claims of expertise, authority or knowledge
  2. Deny the obvious and embrace the implausible; see examples of liberal denial
  3. Denial of accountability
  4. Concealing one's liberal views rather than admitting them
  5. Attempting to appear smarter than others, when often the opposite is true
  6. Attempting to appear more reasonable than others, when often the opposite is true
  7. Preference for obscenity and profanity[16]
  8. Silly demands for apologies.[17]
  9. Dismissing legitimate criticism as "a joke" [18]
  10. Resistance to quantifying things, such as liberal bias or openmindedness

Politics

  1. Believing that bureaucratic honors or appointments are meaningful achievements, as fights over political office
  2. Attempting to control the definitions of words through political correctness. For example, referring to Israel as "occupied territories" or suggesting that Al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq are not part of Al-Qaeda.

Religion

  1. Hostility to faith
  2. Selectively citing the Bible when convenient, even though they hold much of it in disdain.

Science

  1. Over-reliance on hearsay, such as the false claim that most support evolution
  2. Claim that science supports their position, and ignore any evidence that shows their position to be false
  3. Attempting to control the rules of evidence used in a debate. For example, claiming that Young Earth Creationism is false, and then refusing to allow supporting evidence by claiming that the scientists are religiously motivated.

Social issues

  1. Can't understand the difference between identity (e.g., color of one's skin), perspective (e.g., Judeo-Christian) and bias (e.g., Bias in Wikipedia).
  2. Denying something widely known to be true but difficult to prove, such as observing that men are far more likely to work in gas stations than women.
  3. Reluctance to admit that anything is morally wrong
  4. Insisting on a mindless equality, as in "if you have an entry for Beethoven, then you must allow entries for vulgar rap artists!"

References

  1. http://www.conservapedia.com/index.php?title=Conservapedia_talk:Deletion_Policy&rcid=279869 Before the article was deleted, it said "New page: American Taliban You site is nothing but a Democratic hate site".
  2. --Tmcfulton 17:36, 13 November 2007 (EST) [1]
  3. See, e.g., the stunt pulled by Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Trial.
  4. do a search on "reflects poorly"
  5. "One of Hillary Rodham Clinton's most prominent black supporters [Bob Johnson] said Sunday he was insulted by the characterization by rival Barack Obama's presidential campaign of her remarks about the civil rights movement." [2]
  6. God and the Presidential Election, Bill O'Reilly, Human Events, December 29, 2007
  7. Your use of the first amendment sounds like liberal logic. Careful, you're on thin ice trying to utilize that amendment. The only amendment that counts is the second. For the rest of the Constitution, just refer to the Ten Commandments for everything you need to know. --Jdellaro 14:18, 20 February 2008 (EST) [3]
  8. "adolescent berating of Liberals" User:Graham 07:47, 23 September 2007 (EDT)
  9. "I would appreciate a little less paranoia Graham 09:07, 23 September 2007 (EDT) [4]
  10. "IN fact, this should be regarded as 'idiot's style'" Graham 08:26, 23 September 2007 (EDT) [5]
  11. "The toilets overflowed at school today...if only the liberals had allowed religion in school, this never would have happened." BillOhannity on October 1, 2007
  12. Anti-evolution teachings gain foothold in U.S. schools
  13. "Stop candying Liberal around like that... It just looks stupid." Graham 19:55, 22 September 2007 (EDT) [6]
  14. http://www.conservapedia.com/Talk:Main_Page#I.27m_Done Porthos on 27 September 2007
  15. [7] RidiculouslyLiberal, November 3, 2007
  16. When It Comes to Profanity, the Left Can't Help Itself by Matthew Sheffield at NewsBusters
  17. Senate Condemns "General Betray Us" Ad
  18. http://www.conservapedia.com/index.php?title=Talk:Essay:Liberal_Style&oldid=266960]


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