Mystery:Why Do Non-Conservatives Exist?
Conservative principles are based on reason. So why do non-conservatives still exist? Here are some reasons:
- 20%: did not hear about conservative principles until after they made up their mind and, perhaps due to pervasive societal bias, refuse to reconsider
- 10%: genuinely lack of desire to find the truth, and instead desire attention, praise by liberal teachers, getting along by going along, and not standing up to liberal bullies
- 10%: refuse to forgive themselves and let go of their past mistakes and image
- 10%: believe myths created around government programs like the "New Deal" that liberal policies create jobs instead of destroying them and depriving people of liberty through government control.
- 10%: fooled by the demonizing of conservatives and mistakenly feel that conservative benefits are available only to those who are from an intact family or privileged background
- 10%: refuse to rise above their personal temptations, often self-destructive, and hate conservatives who criticize their self-indulgent behavior
- 10%: feel that they deserve to make more money than they do, as in public school teachers and university professors, and refuse to rise above self-interest
- 10%: harbor a grudge against a conservative, typically a parent but sometimes an ex-spouse, and refuse to forgive or rise above the animosity
- 5%: like an anarchist, genuinely want to believe in and propagate destructive ideas
- 5%: are susceptible to marketing and suggestion to an overlarge degree.
What Triggers Reconsideration of Liberal Beliefs?
What triggers reconsideration of liberal beliefs? Here are some estimates:
- 25%: raising or teaching children, and realizing how destructive liberal values are to many of them
- 15%: a religious conversion followed by taking the Bible to heart
- 10%: a loss of a loved one that resulted from accepting or promoting liberal values, as in losing a loved one to crime caused by pornography, drug addiction, gambling, etc.
- 10%: a new friendship with someone who is conservative, and realizing how much good flows from the conservative values
- 10%: simply by maturing and seeing liberalism's impact around them, and realizing what they were taught as youth was wrong
- 5%: a desire to learn the truth, and a dislike for those who mislead
- 5%: a genuine divine experience that can not be explained.
- 5%: using conservative values to overcome an addiction, and then realizing the benefits of conservative values in many other ways
- 5%: taking a truthful course in economics, or learning it in the workforce
- Brainwashing and deceit:
- They pride themselves on doing well in school or reading the newspaper, can't accept that what they were taught was incorrect or biased.
- Dangerous professors who impose their opinions upon vulnerable youth.
- Television programs posing as comedies, such as South Park, Family Guy, and The Simpsons, which inject liberal beliefs and mock conservative values
- Exposed to incorrect liberal ideas throughout education. Standard American kindergartens up to the fourth grade. Wastes the potential of most children—does not expose them to foreign languages and other learning tasks their minds are obviously and mysteriously suited for. All helping to make them think they need liberal man-made structures that in fact limit their potential in a self-defeating sort of cycle.
- Indoctrination by liberal churches which have a disproportionate focus on biblical passages that appear to support liberal positions, eg. the adulteress story, the disciples holding everything in common, etc.
- A blind obsession to be famous, act and imitate the ways of their famous idols, to absorb their ideals as their own.
- Failure to realize that modern science and modern wealth are the result of historical processes set into motion by God-fearing Christian Conservatives like Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, and James Maxwell. (When the obvious importance of Christianity to these scientific figures' everyday lives comes up in an academic situation, dangerous professors—liberal historians and liberal scientists—have been known to label it as "some mental disorder".)
- Elementary through high school textbooks having appalling and reprehensible omissions on the basic facts of American life (religion, marriage, politics, and business)
- For decades Universities have discriminated against hiring conservatives, especially social conservatives and religious believers. This has resulted in most college graduates being exposed to liberals prejudiced against conservatives and conservative thought. These graduates become the teachers and other professionals who are unwitting soldiers in liberalism's battle against a Christian Reformed, Roman-Catholic/Anglican/Orthodox, obedient-to-God reality.
- No exposure:
- Current fashions in American professional behavior make expressions of Christian faith awkward in the workaday world.
- Increasing zone of publicly funded anti-religious fanaticism (e.g., no school-sponsored prayer)
- Spectacle of entertainment industry (e.g., movies and T.V.) cuts into traditionally popular Christian church social activities
- Most universities and hospitals have forgotten or have been forced to deny (to get various grants and even retirement benefits for their professors) their religious roots. Catholic affiliated institutions remain one of the few exceptions (few or possibly no other body of Christians can make legitimate claims of offering modern Pastoral care as the Roman Catholic church)
- Peer Pressure:
- They have liberal friends, and want their approval or acceptance.
- They live in a predominantly liberal state or community and fear rejection from said community.
- Systemic bias:
- Some people are inherently irrational, and are thus driven to liberal ideology.
- Their job and salary, such as working for public schools, depends on keeping conservatives out of power.
- Media bias acts to caricature conservatism, making it seem unpalatable, conditioning people to reject its teachings.
- Schools reward politically correct, liberal answers on tests.
- Negative focusing by the media highlights personal flaws of conservatives, driving people to choose to identify with liberals rather than be categorized with those traits.
- Poor abstract thinking:
- They have trouble understanding some of the slightly abstract concepts in conservatism, such as "more guns, less crime," and "less taxes, more revenue."
- They are more comfortable discussing simple issues like race and poverty than complex issues like globalism.
- Intellectual myopia - failure to heed the long-term consequences of ideological positions that seem beneficial in the short term.
- Stereotyping: They knew a conservative whom they disliked for some reason, and tar all others with the same brush.
- Ignorance: politics isn't a priority for some people. Without any wish to learn to think for themselves, some liberals don't bother to think through what's right, and just go with what's "cool."
- They made up their mind before hearing conservative principles, and will not reconsider their views.
- They have something criticized by conservatives in their personal background, and feel compelled to defend it rather than let it go.
- Slavish adherence to the ideals of liberal parents
- Non-conservatives demonstrate just how prone mankind is to arrogance.
- An admiration for historical figures whom liberals claim were liberals.
- A desire for large government inculcated by personal weakness and reluctance to take personal responsibility.
- Impressionable individuals buying into Bush derangement syndrome, and reacting with emotion rather than reason.
- Reliance on charisma: Charismatic leaders trading on image, rather than experience, can dupe the unsuspecting.
- Self-destructive or contrarian behavior:
- Some choose to do what is irrational.
- Use of mind-altering drugs, which encourages one to become a liberal to reconcile the cognitive dissonance, or dulls mental acuity resulting in mindless conformity.
- Sexual experimentation to make up for lack of self-esteem, often with multiple partners, with partners of the same gender, or in public places
- Unthinking rebellion against conservative parents.
- Determined to prove their "independence of mind" by denying authority
- See, e.g., the conversion of Ronald Reagan based in his friendship with his conservative father-in-law, Loyal Davis.
- See, e.g., the conversion of Nobel Laureate Ronald Coase.
- Censorship: Evidence of Bias in Our Children's textbooks, Paul C. Vitz, Servant Books, 1986, ISBN 0-89283-305-X, (this book contains the results of a federally funded research project analyzing children's textbooks)
- A Student's Guide to Religious Studies, D. G. Hart, ISI Books, 2005, ISBN 1932236589, 9781932236583, 108 pages; see page 38 and note on page 107.