Liberals Don’t Understand Conservatives
Liberals absolutely, positively do NOT understand conservative thinking.
Nor are conservatives gifted liberal mind-readers.
Liberals should stop telling everyone what conservatives think. They don’t know. They never get it right. A phalanx of references could be cited as proof.
Today’s latest example is this op-ed in the New York Times:
“Natural Born Drillers” – Paul Krugman, New York Times, 3/15/2012
What Liberal Democrats Think Conservatives Believe
To be a “modern Republican in good standing”, op-ed columnist Paul Krugman writes that they must believe in “two miracles”:
- “More tax cuts for the rich“
- “More drilling for oil“
This particular NYT op-ed piece is on the editorial page, but Paul Krugman is most famously known for his NYT blog called “The Conscience of a Liberal” where he often posts many times daily.
Krugman is one of the most widely read liberal thinkers on Earth in both the print media and online. He also owns a Nobel Prize in economics.
Tax Cuts For The Rich
Conservatives do not… and NEVER have… believed in “more tax cuts for the rich”.
Liberals, like Krugman, and the liberal media have repeated that old, worn out line back and forth amongst themselves so much that they actually might believe it.
Krugman, as smart as he is, is so ideologically blind that he can’t dismiss his own written absurdity.
Conservatives believe in less government, lower taxes, less government infringement on individual liberties and self-reliance. Liberals mistakenly conclude that must mean conservative Republicans necessarily believe in “tax cuts for the rich”.
More Drilling For Oil
Krugman does, however, have the oil drilling part partially right. However, as a liberal limited thinker, he corners himself onto the down side of a purely economic issue.
In this economy and energy climate, conservative Republicans believe no clear thinking individual would suggest that this country should not use every resource at its command to accomplish these two goals:
- Make energy affordable to stimulate the economy
- Do everything possible to free us from foreign oil as an economic and national security concern
That means invest in green energy: wind, solar, nuclear, hydroelectric, hydrogen, etc.,etc. And, yes, even invest in battery and/or hydrogen powered cars.
But at the end of the day, those technologies can’t do it alone. Even combined they aren’t cost effective enough to replace oil and gas and won’t be for decades.
Internal combustion gasoline isn’t going away any time soon. Its ubiquitous in today’s world.
Conservatives believe that continental oil and gas energy resources could tide us over for near a half century while alternative energy sources are economically perfected and the infrastructure to support them is put into place.
In partnership with two friendly neighbors, Canada and Mexico, we could free ourselves from foreign oil sources long enough if we just cooperated and developed resources right here in North America. It would maintain and strengthen the economy of the entire continent.
The only Republican concern about drilling is this… that it be done safely and preserves – long-term – an environmentally clean ecosystem. Man-caused global warming is part of their concerns.
There are legitimate worries about “fracking” as a safe technology for extracting oil and gas from deep underground. It is being closely scrutinized by geologists, hydrologists and earth scientists. It could still prove unsafe or environmentally damaging, but science supports it is safe right now.
But what about stuff I’ve heard on talk radio, you ask? Its way early to say the sky is falling, Chicken Little.
There is a simple lesson to take from all this.
Never let a liberal define for you what a conservative thinks. Never let a conservative define for you what a liberal thinks.
More often than not, in both cases, they are dead wrong!
Do your own thinking. Decide for yourself.