As I’ve mentioned several times before, I was raised in the extremely liberal conclave of Massachusetts. As a result, for years my opinion of Liberal ideals was exactly as Dennis Prager enunciates in his video at the bottom: to be “liberal” was synonymous with being kind, compassionate and open-minded. To be otherwise marked you as some despotic amalgamation of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns and Attila the Hun.
It wasn’t until after I graduated and escaped from New England (many years ago now) that I discovered what Conservatism even was, and that many, many people whom I knew were not, in actuality, liberal at all: they just thought they were.
I had the opportunity over a long career in sales to flesh-out this discovery, since during interviews the conversation would often come around to politics or current-events. It was then that I found countless folks who’d voted for liberals consistently, even though their own personal beliefs and values ran counter to those politicians’. Why? Because they’d been fed the same line that I had: liberal was “good” and “kind”, so to not be liberal meant the opposite…and who wants to think themselves NOT “good” or “kind”?
Most of us know why this occurs: the message is promulgated in the Media, where a constant drumbeat of Leftist propaganda is pushed daily. Newspapers and Networks are populated with true believing liberals and progressives, which is plainly evident as soon as we watch a news broadcast or open a paper. There’s no need to even refer to the now-famous study from UCLA Professor of Political Science and Economics, Tim Groseclose, which proves conclusively the Leftist bias inherent in today’s media.
What I then surmised (and both Prager and Groseclose back up my conclusion) is that if people actually were honest with themselves about how their values do/do not jive with the politicians for whom they vote, they’d be voting for the Conservative the overwhelming amount of the time. Additionally, according to Groseclose’s study, absent the bias from the Media, Americans would vote more along the lines of the average Texas voter…solidly Conservative.
So have some fun and, after watching the video, test yourself below (…I scored a Zero: surprise, surprise…). More importantly, test your allegedly Liberal friends or family members. They may be surprised to discover that, although they may not be a hardcore Conservative, they’re likely not nearly as “liberal” as they’ve been led to believe.
They’ll almost certainly need to be comforted afterwards, so be sure to have a Kleenex or two handy.