Liberals have lost their minds. Don't act so surprised. Cognitive dissonance caused by realizing the debt's direction and the insolence of global villains has turned psychology into action, best seen in how they've convinced themselves conservatives aren't just wrong but diabolical. If they are uncivil in an argument, try to be charitable and remember they're about to spend four more years justifying failure.
For one, you'll all feel bad when advocates of gun-limiting legislation announce how their beliefs would stop mass murderers. They're not telling yet just to build the drama. What's crucial is that they're ardent about their beliefs being the only possible solution.
It's not a simple matter of thinking only those who obey laws are affected by gun control: they've decided their political foes are at best indifferent to bloody classrooms. Try to explain that firearms don't cause crimes on their own and can actually be used to stop them, and they'll listen about as carefully as they did to details about Benghazi.
It's easy to demonize one's opponents when one convinces himself their beliefs mean that they're in favor of murdering children. Those who embrace firearms with their warm, alive hands believe that evil exists and won't be stopped with more laws about implements that actually enable human demons by disarming the virtuous. And that's why they must turn to shamelessly manipulative sob stories to make their case.
Gun control is like the stimulus: when it fails, proponents simply claim it's because there's not enough. There will not be a commonsense free will ban until Senate Republicans stop filibustering. In the meantime, at least they get to deny evil while demonizing their opponents, a lapse which provides entertaining levity during tense debates. That's the only reason that they condemn the NRA as evil but not the killers. After all, the former wants innocent people to be able to shoot back, which might scare nearby kids.
It's tough to endure professed worrying about children from those who simultaneously find abortion empowering. The difference between the NRA and Planned Parenthood is that one is actually profiting off bloodshed of children. Maybe we need to shriek to make people pay attention to the slaughter.
Who can dissuade the rabid fundamentalists that don't attend church? The secular governmentists claim it's a matter of conscience to subscribe to their views, which is a great way to frame a reasonable debate. When you don't have any empirical evidence that laws against big magazines or scary-looking rifles would stop anything from ordinary street crime to mass shootings, taking it on faith is the only option. Despising dissenters is the logical next step after subscribing to such illogical reasoning.
Also, factory owners would love nothing more than to off their ungrateful slaves, which is why unions are the only thing keeping working stiffs alive. Therefore, any concession is the equivalent of chaining children to coal-mining equipment. Owners and employees are apparently incapable of mutual dealing, which at least explains why labor gets so frazzled about governors who negotiate back.
Decline happens on purpose. Your president is not done shrinking the economy to a manageable size. The government needs to be even more relatively unwieldy, as you're not a trained political professional capable of meeting every American's needs. That's why all spending cuts are rotten: there can't be any other way to help seniors and students. And you naturally hate kids if you oppose entitlement spending that you think will just mire their parents and the rest of us in the muck.
They are determined to make a case for there being no case other than the one for ubiquitous welfare. The argument hinges on selflessly making other people suffer. Particularly, it takes the form of convincing voters that it's okay to reduce another's income if they can still pay bills after; having money and not spending it stands as the utmost bourgeoisie behavior.
Don't worry: tax hikes won't affect you, unless you want to be rich someday, are in one of those businesses that just happens to rely on a thriving economy, or are employed by someone in the low-to-mid-six-figure range. Also, you're in trouble if you're on a payroll.
The most ardent political faction is comprised of the sort of people who think there's profound wisdom found within Doctor Seuss books. Devotion to increased domestic subjugation and getting subjugated abroad becomes their religion even though pursuing the doctrine leads to the opposite of eternal well-being. Plus, they deride those who acknowledge more overt forms of faith in their lives, which is something else observers can identify as a rather sad form of projection.
Worshiping both crummy ideas and the prophets who promise clean salvation through Cash for Clunkers takes a great deal of energy. Mental gymnastics-provoked exhaustion explains why we can't have a discussion with people who are convinced their political adversaries chose an agenda precisely because it harms others. There couldn't be another reason to respect the successful, could there? We think their ideas won't help humans. Meanwhile, they think we're awful humans.
Those presiding over America's descent into financial and global irrelevancy have concluded that their views are so sound that reasonable people cannot disagree with them, which is how they are able to call themselves tolerant while shuttering themselves from the views of their opponents. It's a neat trick as long as you don't think about it. Their attempts to pull rabbits out of their hats remain as convincing as Obama's tries to pull a good economy out of his keister. Yes, it's a horrifying show to watch. Devotion to him keys a willingness to be tricked.
Anthony Bialy is a writer and “Red Eye” conservative in New York City. Follow him at http://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy. Download a free ebook of his 2012 columns at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270599.