Written on Monday, December 26, 2011 by David L. Goetsch
In his book of the same name, Michael Savage claimed that “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.” While this is a great tongue-in-cheek title for an excellent book, I have a problem with it. People with mental disorders are not responsible for their actions. If liberalism is a mental disorder, then the left is not responsible for advocating policies that are transforming America from being a superpower into being a super debtor—an increasingly neutered giant in debt to its enemies. But the left is responsible for its detrimental polices because liberals know exactly what they are doing: trying to transform our country into the United Socialist States of America. Do not be fooled by leftist wolves in sheep’s clothing who claim they are not advocates of socialism. The current statism of the left is to socialism what the acorn is to the oak.
Liberals like President Obama are purposeful in their desire to radically change the social, economic, cultural, and political structures of American society as well as the values to which Americans subscribe. Their goal is to make American society more “equal” in its social and economic outcomes—not opportunities, but outcomes. Of course liberals conveniently over look the obvious fact that equal outcomes are impossible since people are not and never will be equal in talent, motivation, ingenuity, luck, and all of the other factors that influence outcomes. The left’s plan for achieving “equality” is to use the power of the federal government to coerce Americans into conforming to liberal orthodoxy.
Liberals have an unfortunate penchant for overlooking or simply ignoring an important factor that should always be considered when drafting government policies: human nature. People tend to act in what they believe is their own interest. This is why college Freshmen in Management 101 learn that if you want to promote a certain kind of behavior, reinforce it through incentives. But liberals believe that human nature is the product of nurture rather than nature. They believe that people are the products solely of their social, political, and economic environments. This is why liberals attribute crime to poverty. They believe—in spite of all evidence to the contrary—that if they can eliminate poverty they will also eliminate crime. Liberals cannot grasp the fact that much of the crime they decry can be attributed to the simple fact that some people, regardless of their economic status, are criminals. Liberals never seem to get around to asking themselves such inconvenient questions as: If poverty is what causes crime, why are the overwhelming majority of poor people honest, law-abiding citizens? Logic and common sense suggest that if liberals are right, all poor people would be criminals.
Unfortunately, logic and common sense have no place in the thinking of liberals. This is why President Obama still thinks he can get our country out of debt by borrowing more money. It is also why the president continues to advocate for economic policies that have failed miserably, all the while claiming he has saved America from economic collapse. No wonder Michael Savage claimed that “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.” On the surface, the illogic of the left makes no sense. But when you understand the left’s overarching goal of statism today and socialism tomorrow, their “mental disorder” can be seen for what it really is: a purposeful agenda.