Liberals live in a kind of philosophical fantasy world of their own making that is impervious to logic, reason, or facts. Consequently, there are things that any normal sixth-grader with an ounce of common sense would know intuitively that liberals just cannot grasp. In this column I explain several things liberals that liberals refuse to understand. Notice I did not say ten things that liberals cannot understand. The use of the word “refuse” is intentional. Liberals do not understand the things I explain in this column not because they are incapable of understanding them, but because they refuse to understand them.
I am indebted to Reverend William J.H. Boetcke who originally developed the following list of common-sense maxims:
• You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. Prosperity happens when people save their money and invest it wisely, but liberals think America can return to prosperity by spending, and not just spending but spending borrowed money.
• You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. Another way to state this maxim is that you cannot help the poor by tearing down the rich, something liberals do in a kneejerk reaction to economic problems caused—ironically—by their own misguided tax-and-spend policies. It is people with wealth—Reverend Boetcke’s “big men” who create jobs in America. If you don’t believe me, go ask a poor man for a job.
• You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
America needs people of strength—moral, physical, and economic strength—now more than it ever has since our War of Independence from Great Britain. Unfortunately, tearing down people of strength has become the modus operandi for liberals who would rather tear down the strong than do the hard work of building up the weak. Liberals would rather let the weak stay weak and blame their weakness on the strong. After all the weak are more dependent on government and that is precisely how liberals want them to be.
• You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage payer. In a time of stubbornly high unemployment, President Obama and his fellow liberals have persisted in demonizing business owners and business executives in spite of the fact that they create jobs and pay wages. To succeed in building a business has become—at least in the eyes of liberals—synonymous with greed, avarice, and malicious motives. Ironically liberals think nothing of continually growing the size of the government’s work force and taxing American citizens to pay the bloated salaries of federal bureaucrats.
• You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. In today’s so-called progressive environment, this is probably the most pertinent of Reverend Boetke’s maxims. President Obama has spent his time in office waging a rhetorical war against the wealthy, in spite of the fact that he is even wealthier than most of those he attacks. While there is no question that some of the wealthy are down-right bad people, the same could be said of some poor people, middle-income people, Democrats, Republicans, and every other known classification of people. By demonizing successful people, liberals have turned the American dream on its head and replaced it with the American nightmare.
• You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. The economic crash of 2007 was precipitated by a nationwide spending binge in which every-day Americans spent more money than they had on new homes they could not afford. This spending binge was encouraged by misguided liberal policies that were adopted by liberals thinking with their hearts instead of their heads. Beginning with Jimmy Carter, liberal politicians put the squeeze on banks and, in effect, forced them to make home-mortgage loans to people who could not afford them. There is certainly nothing wrong with wanting all Americans to own a nice home, but common sense should have told government bureaucrats that enabling home buyers to spend more than their income was a formula for disaster. Even giving liberal politicians the benefit of the doubt and allowing that their heart was in the right place concerning home-mortgage policies, the economic crash of 2007 shows what happens when politicians act rashly on the basis of emotion rather than sensibly on the basis of logic and reason.
• You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. When liberal politicians use race and class envy to turn Americans against each other, all Americans suffer. Barack Obama was elected in 2008 in part because he promised to help bridge the racial divide in America, something people of good faith of all races wanted then and still want today. Instead, he and his administration have set race relations back several decades. Liberals have irresponsibly chosen to use the term “racism” as a political battering ram, demonize black conservatives, and fuel the smoldering embers of class envy rather than promote the brotherhood of man among all Americans.
• You cannot establish security on borrowed money. Borrowers become slaves to their lenders, and slaves have no security. Every American who struggles to pay a monthly house payment, credit card bill, or car payment understands this. Yet, the federal government operates from day to day on borrowed money and cannot even pay the interest on its current loans without borrowing more money. What is even worse is that the federal government borrows money by the ton from countries that despise the United States.
Liberals will not like having these things they refuse to understand pointed out to them, but there are times when what you don’t want to hear is what you need to hear most. This is one of those times. Let us hope that liberals are listening.