It takes zero courage to be a modern liberal these days. That goes for “progressives” or Democrats as well, in so far as one might argue that there are differences between such.
Every aspect of life is breezy for the modern day liberal, be it your social life, work life, leisure or entertainment. Liberals love to yammer on about their theory of “white privilege.” They ignore the indisputable fact of “liberal privilege.”
Chances are if you live anywhere within a major population center or major city, you are surrounded by your fellow liberals. Work for a large corporation outside of the energy industry or the Koch Brothers? Then your co-workers are much like you. They think like you, hold the same beliefs and are on the same page with you politically. Ditto if you’re a teacher, educator, professor or student. You need not worry that your politics or values will be viewed as offensive. No need to be “in the closet”. You’re among your comrades.
Want to kick back and watch a movie, TV show, documentary, etc.? No worries, the chances are that many of them will be peppered with dialogue right up your alley. The same goes for “news.” Every media and press outlet, entertainment firm and sports organization (except for FOX) are on your side of the aisle. Every product they manufacture is catered to your world-view. All of them have your back.
Modern day liberalism is easy because it makes no demands on its adherents whatsoever.
Liberalism’s answer to the enormous problems in two of the most important issues facing this country, healthcare, and higher education, is to make them “free”. Problem solved.
Conservative politicians get hammered for not clearly explaining the details of their plan to repeal and replace the god-awful Obamacare program. The truth is, it won’t be easy. It will require a lot of work and planning. When Bernie Sanders is confronted with the problems inherent in Obamacare, he offers no knee-deep analysis of those problems. He simply frames healthcare as a “right”, stating that it should be “universal” and “free.” Simple. No need to get granular as to the specifics.
One of the easiest jobs in our nation is being a liberal politician. All you have to do is mention a problem, blame it on George W. Bush or the evil Republicans and then offer another government program to solve it. Try and name one issue facing our country today that the Democrat party addresses without more government intervention. Name one problem where liberals make any demands on the citizenry to solve it.
Conservatives remind us that many social problems that beleaguer our society today can be solved by embracing the idea of an intact family unit and sacrificing personal desires. Liberals just offer more government to replace the role of the family. Why be responsible and wait for marriage to have sex or use birth control? Just do as the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah states: get someone knocked up and then get an abortion.
While watching CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during the “Brexit” vote results, I was reminded of my posit. Amanpour is an openly biased pundit that CNN pawns off to their viewers as a respectable, “objective reporter.” Rather than attempting to offer up a thoughtful analysis of why over 17 million people in the UK voted to leave the EU, she just stated that it is was because they were bigots and “xenophobes.” Easy Peasy. Why delve deeper?
The conservatives’ remedies and approach to solve the major issues plaguing our nation is much like selling Kirby vacuums. They have to go door to door. They have to prove that quality is not always cheap in the short run, but that it offers greater value in the long term. They have to work hard to convince you. It is by no means easy.
Liberals offer cheap plastic vacuums with built-in obsolescence that break into pieces days after they give it to you….for free.