HERE IS THE SIMPLEST WAY TO GET A LIB TO REEXAMINE THEIR ATTACHMENT TO BIG GOVERNMENT:
WHEN A LIBERAL POLITICIAN COMMITS A GRIEVOUS ERROR - LIKE RANGEL AND WEINER HAVE - TELL A LIBERAL YOU KNOW ABOUT IT. ASK THEM WHAT THEY THINK.THAT USUALLY GETS THE RIGHT GEARS MOVING INSIDE THEIR BRAINS. THEY WILL FIGHT IT - COGNITIVE DISSONANCE IS A PRETTY REFLEXIVE THING.
THEY WILL PROBABLY REPLY, DEFENSIVELY:
"BIG DEAL: ALMOST ALL POLITICIANS ARE CORRUPT."
"THAT'S A MAJOR REASON NOT TO HAVE BIG GOVERNMENT: THE BIGGER GOVERNMENT IS THE MORE THE POLITICIANS CAN DO FAVORS FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS. THE SMALLER GOVERNMENT IS, THE FEWER FAVORS THEY CAN DO FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS."
BUT IT'S A VERY NON-PARTISAN ARGUMENT AND EVENTUALLY IT SINKS IN.
ANOTHER GREAT TOOL IS DENIS PRAGER'S TEST: ARE YOU A LIBERAL?
YOU'D BE SHOCKED HOW CONSERVATIVE MANY LIBERALS REALLY ARE - AND THEY'RE USUALLY MORE SHOCKED.
FIND A LIBERAL AND ASK HER OR HIM TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS "YES" OR "NO":
NOW COUNT UP THE YEA'S AND THE NAY'S.
You say you are a liberal.
Do you believe the following?1.Standards for admissions to universities, fire departments, etc. should be lowered for people of color.
2.Bilingual education for children of immigrants, rather than immersion in English, is good for them and for America.
3.Murderers should never be put to death.
4.During the Cold War, America should have adopted a nuclear arms freeze.
5.Colleges should not allow ROTC programs.
6.It was wrong to wage war against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.
7.Poor parents should not be allowed to have vouchers to send their children to private schools.
8.It is good that trial lawyers and teachers unions are the two biggest contributors to the Democratic Party.
9.Marriage should be redefined from male-female to any two people.
10.A married couple should not have more of a right to adopt a child than two men or two women.
11.The Boy Scouts should not be allowed to use parks or any other public places and should be prohibited from using churches and synagogues for their meetings.
12.The present high tax rates are good.
13.Speech codes on college campuses are good and American values are bad.
14.The Israelis and Palestinians are morally equivalent.
15.The United Nations is a moral force for good in the world, and therefore America should be subservient to it and such international institutions as a world court.
16.It is good that colleges have dropped hundreds of men's sports teams in order to meet gender-based quotas.
17.No abortions can be labeled immoral.
18.Restaurants should be prohibited by law from allowing customers to choose between a smoking and a non-smoking section.
19.High schools should make condoms available to students and teach them how to use them.
20.Racial profiling for terrorists is wrong -- a white American grandmother should as likely be searched as a Saudi young male.
21.Racism and poverty -- not a lack of fathers and a crisis of values -- are the primary causes of violent crime in the inner city.
22.It is wrong and unconstitutional for students to be told, "God bless you" at their graduation.
23.No culture is morally superior to any other.
SOME FOLKS I KNOW WHO ARE VERY VERY LEFT - OR SO THEY THOUGHT - FOUND POUT THEY ARE REALLY MODERATES WHO AGREE WITH THE GOP AND DISAGREE WITH THE DEMOCRATS 50% OF THE TIME.
WHEN THEY DISCOVER THIS, THEY START TO LOSE SOME OF THEIR PARTISANSHIP, AND THAT'S THE BEGINNING OF THE END.
(WHICH IS, BTW, WHY THE LIBERALS MACHINE SO DESPERATELY WANT THEIR ACOLYTES NOT TO WATCH FOX: THEY KNOW THAT ONCE SOMEONE SEES THE REAL NEWS, THEY'LL REALIZE HOW PROPAGANDIZED THEY'VE BEEN THEIR WHOLE LIVES.
AND THAT MEANS THEY'LL PROBABLY BECOME INDEPENDENT VOTERS AND EVENTUALLY CONSERVATIVES.
SO THEY HAVE TO MAKE FOX INTO A PARIAH.)