Jewish World Review July 10, 2000 / 7 Tamuz, 5760
ON CERTAIN ISSUES, I think I can at least partially understand the
liberal mindset. On others I am at a complete loss.
Though I don't agree, I believe I understand, for example, why many
liberals believe they have an inside track on compassion, if not a
monopoly. These are a few of the things, though, that I don't understand
about liberals (generally speaking, of course, and allowing for numerous
While this list is certainly not exhaustive, if I could get
satisfactory answers to even some of these questions, I might have a key
to the baffling perplexities of
- Why they have such a learning disability regarding the abject
evils of Communism; how they thought the Cold War was largely a product
of conservatives' irrational fear of Communism;
- Even if they thought the United States had no business assisting
South Vietnam in the Vietnam War how they could carry it to such an
irrational extreme as to glorify the North Vietnamese and Cambodian
- How they could similarly turn a blind eye to the genocide of the
- How they can possibly romanticize Fidel Castro;
- How they oppose capital punishment -- even in cases when they are
sure that the convict is guilty beyond any doubt -- yet register not an
ounce of hesitation at the killing of millions of babies in the womb,
when they know that those babies have to be the most innocent creatures
of all of God's creation;
- How they think that conservatives who oppose abortion (killing of
the innocent) but favor capital punishment (killing of the guilty) are
the ones who are inconsistent;
- Why their sympathies lie with manifestly guilty characters like
- How they profess to eschew moral absolutes then turn around and
enforce the rigid and twisted standards of political correctness with an
inflexible vengeance; similarly, how they decry conservative
intolerance, yet demonstrate unparalleled intolerance toward the
- How they can characterize conservative opposition to special
rights for homosexuals as hatred for homosexuals, or even more
preposterously as fomenting violence against homosexuals.
- How those of them in the mainstream media can be embarrassingly
oblivious to their liberal bias. How Bryant Gumbel, for example, can ask
with a straight face whether a certain person is a liberal or a racist,
implying the two are mutually exclusive and that conservatives are
- How that same Bryant Gumbel can say that he reports with no
political bias so that his viewers cannot discern his political views;
- How they can fool themselves into believing that their morality
is defined more by the political policies they advocate than the way
they conduct their lives;
- How they can be so conserva-phobic that they will defend Bill
Clinton, no matter what the transgression;
- Why they are not at least demanding more answers from the
administration about the apparent link between Chinese campaign
contributions and a relaxation in our nuclear security leading to
China's acquisition of most of our nuclear secrets -- it will affect
their children, too;
- Why they are not concerned about the Department of Justice's
usurpation of congressional prerogatives, especially in cases where
Congress has deliberately chosen not to act, such as the government's
lawsuits against gun manufacturers to coerce them into "voluntarily"
adopting gun control measures.
- Why they are not alarmed at the government's confiscation of
millions of acres of private property;
- How they can possibly assume that conservatives are opposed to
clean air and clean water, or are in the pockets of big-business, just
because they oppose radical environmental policies based on unproven, if
not junk, science;
- Why they don't understand that by constantly playing the race
card and invoking affirmative action solutions, they are exacerbating
rather than alleviating unnecessary distinctions and problems between
- Why they don't have a healthier respect for the Second Amendment
and choose to demonize weapons themselves rather than those who harm
people with them;
- How they can continue to believe that throwing yet more money at
education will improve its quality while opposing educational choice, a
solution that would certainly enhance education and benefit minorities;
- How they can possibly oppose strategic missile defense
considering the volatile and dangerous world in which we live.
commentator. Send your comments to him by clicking here.
07/05/00: Big Al and big oil
07/03/00: Partial-birth and total death
06/28/00: Some questions for you, Mr. Gore
06/26/00: Supreme Court assaults religious freedom
06/21/00: Waco: We are the jury
06/19/00: "Outrage" just doesn't quite cut it anymore!
06/14/00: Al Gore: Government's best friend
06/12/00: Say goodbye to medical privacy
06/07/00: Elian: Whose hands were tied?
06/05/00: Who, which, what is the real Al Gore?
06/01/00: Legacy-building idea for Clinton
05/30/00: Clinton: Above the law or not?
05/24/00: Not so fast, Hillary
05/22/00: Gore's risky, fear-mongering schemes
05/17/00: Can Bush risk pro-choice running mate?
05/15/00: Right to privacy, Clinton-style
05/10/00: Patrick Kennedy and his suit-happy fiddlers
05/08/00: Don't shoot Eddie Eagle
05/03/00: Congress caves to Clinton, again?
05/01/00: The resurrection of outrage
04/28/00: A picture of Bill Clinton's America
04/19/00: President Clinton: Teaching children responsibility
04/17/00: Elian, Marx and parental rights
04/12/00: Elian, freedom deserve a hearing
04/10/00:The fraying of America
04/05/00: Noonan: End Clintonism now
04/03/00: Bush: On going for the gold
03/27/00: Treaties, triggers, tobacco and tyrants
03/22/00: Media to Bush: Go left, young man
03/20/00: Stop the insanity
03/15/00: OK Al Gore: Let's go negative
03/13/00: Deifying of the center
03/08/00: The media, the establishment and the people
03/01/00: McCain's coalition-busting daggers in GOP's heart
02/28/00: Bush's silver lining in McMichigan
02/24/00: A conservative firewall, after all
02/22/00: Bush or four more of Clinton-Gore?
02/16/00: Substance trumps process
02/14/00: The campaign finance reform mirage
02/09/00: President McCain: End of the GOP as we know it?
02/07/00: From New Hampshire to South Carolina
02/02/00: SDI must fly
01/31/00: Veep gores Bradley
01/26/00: The issues gap
01/24/00: GOP: Exit, stage left
01/20/00: Nationalizing congressional elections
01/18/00: Do voters really prefer straight talk?
01/12/00: Media's McCain efforts may backfire
01/10/00: Conservative racism myth
01/05/00: Just one more year of Clintonian politics
12/27/99: Al Gore: Bullish on government
12/22/99: Bradley's full-court press
12/20/99: Bush: Rendering unto Caesar
12/15/99: Beltway media bias
12/13/99: White House ambulance chasing
12/08/99: Clinton's labor pains
12/06/99:The lust for power
12/01/99: In defense of liberty
11/29/99: Are Republicans obsolete?
11/24/99: Say you're sorry, Mr. President
11/22/99: Architects of victory
11/17/99: Trump's tax on freedom
11/15/99: GOP caves again
11/10/99: Triangulation and 'The Third Way'
11/08/99: Sticks and stones
11/03/99: Keyes vs. media lapdogs
11/01/99: Signs of the times
10/27/99: The false charge of isolationism
10/25/99: A matter of freedom
10/20/99: Clinton's mini-meltdown
10/18/99: Senate GOP shows statesmanship
10/13/99: Senate must reject nuclear treaty
10/11/99: Bush bites feeding hand
10/06/99: Jesse accidentally opens door for Pat
10/04/99: Clinton and his media enablers
09/29/99: Reagan: Big-tent conservatism
09/27/99: The Clinton/Gore taint?
09/22/99: Have gun (tragedy), will travel
09/20/99: Hillary's blunders and bloopers
09/15/99: GOP must remain conservative
09/13/99:Time for Bush to take charge, please
09/10/99: Bush's education plan: Dubya confounds again
09/07/99: Pat, savior or spoiler?
09/02/99: Character doesn't matter?
08/30/99: Should we judge?
08/25/99: Dubyah's drug question: Not a hill to die on
08/23/99: Should Dubyah start buying soap ... for all that mud?
08/16/99: 'W' stands for 'winner'
08/11/99: The truth about tax cuts
08/09/99: Hillary: Threading the needle
08/04/99: What would you do?
08/02/99: No appeasement for China
07/30/99: Hate Crimes Bill: Cynical Symbolism
07/26/99: Itís the 'moderates', stupid
07/21/99: JFK Jr. and Diana: the pain of privilege
07/19/99: Smith, Bush and the GOP
07/14/99: GOP must be a party of ideas
07/12/99: Gore's gender gap
07/08/99: Clintonís faustian bargain: our justice
07/06/99: The key to Bush's $36 million
06/30/99: Gore: a soda in every fountain
06/28/99: 'Sacred wall' or religious barrier?
06/23/99: GOP must lead in foreign policy
06/21/99: Crumbs of compassion
06/16/99: Compassionate conservatism: face-lift or body transplant?
06/10/99: Victory in Kosovo? Now What?
© 2000, CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.