UNDERSTANDING LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE THINKING

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought we might listen in on one father’s explanation to his daughter about the differences in thinking between people with opposite political/philosophical viewpoints.

A young co-ed was about to finish her first year of college.  Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal.  Along with other liberal ideals, she was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs; in other words, whether  she realizes it or not, that is redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply alarmed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed.  Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years felt a somewhat selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.  He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go off and party like other people she knew.  She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by.  All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA.  She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast.  She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0?  That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea!  How would that be fair?  I’ve worked really hard for my grades!  I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work!  Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree.  She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.  If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.  A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.  Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.  A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it or may choose a job that provides it.  A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it to his friends.  A liberal will delete it because it is “offensive.”

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5 responses to “UNDERSTANDING LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE THINKING

  1. A conservative relies on one anecdote to make his narrow minded point; while a liberal studies all sides before forming an objective, open minded, accurate viewpoint.

  2. Art Schwartz

    As usual Jay, you’re full of horse hockey

  3. Art, I feel you are greatly over simplifying the differences between conservative and liberal ideology, using stereotypes to paint liberals (and conservatives) with a single stroke.

    I offer an alternative perspective to qualify the difference between the two ideologies. One side sees themselves as being separate and distinct from other people. The other side sees themselves as interconnected and interdependent.

  4. Gary W.

    After 8 years of failed liberal policies it’s hard for me to believe that any thinking person can still be a liberal. But I guess it’s time for me to abandon reason and accept the fact that in spite of so much failure they continue to believe. All I can say is I’ve enjoyed the last 500 days of winning and look forward to another 6 1/2 years.

  5. Art Schwartz

    Glenn, you’re 100% right. My entire post is an oversimplification

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