Throughout this website, the use of the word, "liberal," refers to the "modern liberal" -- Democrats, progressives, socialists, communists, Marxists, Maoists, assorted fellow travelers and members of the Democrat's many tribes -- and yes, the truly nutz!
It does not refer to classical liberals. I believe there are six of those left.
Through the use of this site, I expect to demonstrate that liberals define "irony." They may publicly call for civility, but they don’t really believe in civility. In fact, they feed off anger and incivility. They moralize their actions by convincing themselves that no matter how awful they act, they are justified -- "because they mean well."
Their behavior and comments now border on bizarre. So let's look at some of the characteristics of liberals that cause them to do and say the things they do and say.
The Need To Feel Good About Themselves! Since liberals tend to support or oppose policies based on how those policies make them feel about themselves, they do very little intellectual examination of whether the policies they advocate will really work or not. That’s because it doesn’t matter to them whether the policy is effective or not. It matters only whether advocating the policy makes them feel “good” or “bad,” “compassionate” or “stingy,” “nice” or “mean."
Because of this, liberalism has more in common with religion than it does with other political ideologies like conservatism or libertarianism. Moreover, liberal beliefs are more like religious doctrine than any sort of battle-tested policies that bear up under logic or examination. Although the interpretation of the doctrine that the Left supports may change a bit over time, just as religious doctrine does, it’s essentially taken on faith, like scripture.
Since Trump is "bad," he must be resisted by the "good"as though he were Satan himself. Resisting Trump, therefore, elevates a liberals' feelings about themselves. The more they resist and condemn the president, the better they feel.
Narcissism! Simply put, narcissism, a core liberal characteristic, is the tendency to think very highly of oneself and to have little or no regard for others. A narcissist is selfish, vain, and a glutton for attention.
Narcissists need mirrors. This simple truth is central to an understanding of liberalism. Liberals don’t look at the world to understand it. Instead, they look for chances to feed their vanity and parade their moral purity.
When liberals look at the illegal alien caravans, they don't see a population fleeing from their socialist societies, they see more racism and destruction by violent, self-righteous and deeply misogynist whites who despise people of color, and a blameless minority crushed by police power and state oppression -- and they feel good about themselves.
Naivete! It is easy to remain naive in America, where most are insulated from the suffering inflicted on so much of humanity in deeply corrupt, poverty-stricken and war-torn societies. Nevertheless, given the way humans have treated one another throughout history, and only two generations after Auschwitz, only the naive can believe people are basically good.
Since no Western religion (i.e., any religion based on the Bible) has ever posited that people are basically good, this naivete is abetted by secularism, which allows for the pursuit of knowledge but destroys wisdom.
Only the naive -- or willfully ignorant -- could equate support for Donald Trump with NAZIism. Are most Israeli Jews NAZIs? Are a third of America's Jews NAZIs? (Many on the Left would probably answer yes, which gives you an idea how mean and sick many on the Left are.)
What these naive people don't understand is their liberalism is allowing them to be psychologically programmed to accept their fellow American as NAZIs. Once they see their neighbor as NAZIs they have license to visit all kinds of verbal and physical abuse upon them -- and they feel good about themselves.
Infantalism! The psychology of infantilism is the persistence of infantile characteristics or behavior in adult life. In a more general sense and in colloquial expressions, childlike behavior in adults, particularly lack of judgement and poor ability to make conclusions based on logical reasoning as well as actions driven more by immediate impressions and impulses rather than by rationale.
Depending on degree of expression, infantilism can range from mental disorder, to behavioral disorder or simply the psychological makeup and personality trait of an otherwise healthy person. When liberals don't get their way the express childish behavior. That's infantilism, and we see it every day.
The most glaring example of this behavior is movie tough-guy, Robert De Niro, Publicly declaring he's depressed because of the 2016 election, he has displayed mood swings from bouts of crying on TV to foul-mouthed outburst of rage against the president.
Delusion! Dr. Lyle Rossiter, a board-certified clinical psychologist, wrote a book in which he diagnosed the ideology of the Left as a tangible mental illness.
Perhaps though, liberalism is not so much a novel mental disorder, but a more cleverly disguised form of illness already widely studied since the late 1960s, Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). The Mayo Clinic defines NPD as "a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration."
This seems in tune with the fact that liberals believe their policies and platforms fall into the majority, or the 99% if you will, whether the facts bear out those notions or not.
The Trump-Russians collusion meme could not exist without the liberal's ability to delude him or herself. When reality doesn't fit their liberal world-view, they will bend reality.
Magical thinking is the belief that one's own thoughts, wishes, or desires can influence the external world. It is common in very young children. A four-year-old child, for example, might believe that after wishing for a pony, one will appear at his or her house.
"Magical thinking" is an extreme version of wishful thinking. and the term is used in anthropology, philosophy and psychology. An example of wishful thinking is the person that believes they are going to hit the lottery and spends money for essentials as a result.
When "magical thinking" exists as an organized or collective psychosis, it is often accepted in society and thought of as valid.
This mass delusion has manifested itself in liberals who still insist Hillary won and are convinced that Trump will be impeached for colluding with the Russians.
Boredom! Boredom, at least in our time, is the most overlooked source of evil. In the past, before people went to college and abandoned religion people knew how dangerous boredom was. "Idle hands are the devil's workshop" was a commonly used aphorism that wouldn't even make sense to most young people today.
By bored, I am not referring to a lack of things to do. There is more opportunity to do and experience things today than ever before. By bored, I mean a deep boredom of the soul, what the French call "ennui." This is the boredom that emanates from lack of purpose and a yearning for excitement.
The combination of affluence and secularism produces boredom as surely as the combination of hydrogen and oxygen produces water. Without affluence, people have a built-in purpose: obtaining food and shelter, supporting oneself and one's family, etc.
Religion, with or without affluence, has always provided people with meaning. Without religion, therefore, purpose is often lost. Add to that the number of people who are not married and do not have children -- also a result of the combination of affluence and secularism -- and you remove another universal source of meaning.
A disproportionate percentage of liberals do not lack for material needs, have no religion and are single and/or childless. Those liberal screamers you see in restaurants, the left-wing mobs on campus, the left-wing Antifa thugs and the left-wing Black Lives Matter demonstrators who close down bridges and highways do not generally consist of married people with children who attended church the previous Sunday.
These people find this lack of purpose assuaged by modern liberalism. It provides meaning and excitement -- a very heady combination.
Rage! Liberals love to think of themselves as intellectual and nuanced, but liberalism is incredibly simplistic. It’s nothing more than “childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.” To liberals, very seldom does any issue that doesn’t involve pandering to their supporters boil down at its core level to more than feeling “nice” or “mean.” This makes liberals ill equipped to deal with complex issues.
That is why the election of Donald J. Trump has them so emotional and angry. It only deepens their outrage that most Americans don't hate the president the way they do.
Hence the liberal's apoplexy and their unbridled fury at Trump's slogan, "Make America Great Again," -- a slogan that a majority of voters seem to like.
Violence! Liberals are, by nature, violent. Whether it's "spiking" trees, blowing up buildings and pipelines or destroying property and attacking people during their riots, liberals resort to violence. if liberals don't get their way with their latest cause, they will always resort to violence.
Because the liberal sees himself/herself as "good" and means well, they can justify all kinds of anti-social behavior.
To the liberal, the end will always justify the means.