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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:44 pm

Interesting hypothesis

Filed under: Odds 'n' ends — Lex @ 8:44 pm

… offered by DougJ at Balloon Juice, although I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it elsewhere:

Never lose sight of the fact that conservatives are mostly motivated by the desire to piss off liberals. It explains almost everything they do.

Sweeping generalities alert:

Obviously, not all conservatives believe what they believe and do what they do specifically to piss off liberals, and vice versa. But I think it’s true of some conservatives (and liberals), and of proportionately more conservatives than liberals.

That’s only a guess. But I think it’s a fair one because, in general, liberals tend to worry about what’s fair and what works more than conservatives do.  That happens, I think, for a number of different reasons that stem from both theological (God of Law vs. God of Love) and secular roots and from the fact that conservatives tend to be more authoritarian in nature and more willing to accept authority (often favoring scriptural “authority” over, say, science) than liberals.

That notion of fairness also helps explain, I think, that to the extent sociopaths and the malicious have any political philosophy, they tend to show up more often among conservatives than among liberals. Liberals might not mind that achieving a policy objective pisses off conservatives, and some of them may even celebrate that fact. But they tend to see pissing conservatives off more as an incidental benefit than as a motivation, whereas conservatives really do sometimes seem to get into pissing liberals off. Maybe it has something to do with wanting to make the heathen rage because they think that if they do that, then God is smiling down from Heaven. Or maybe they’re just jackasses. Either way, it’s not real attractive.

It’s also wrong if anyone does it, but wrongness has levels and shadings. For someone with privilege and power to treat the less fortunate this way is orders of magnitude worse than the other way ’round, just as humor flows, and satire races, uphill.



  1. Simple projection. Liberals projecting what THEY are doing in an attempt to understand the motives of those they disagree with. Happens constantly.

    Conservatives are the ‘silent majority’ type. They would rather be taking care of their families, building their buisnesses, minding their own damn buisness than being agent provocatuers. However, as one woman put it succinctly in the Arlen Specter town hall: ‘ You’ve awakened a sleeping giant’……

    Yes, and the simple minded assertion that liberals ‘worry more about what’s fair and what works’ is as big a load as my child ever left in her diapers. Unless you define ‘fair’ as ‘equal outcomes’. You know, no matter how little or how hard you work, you get just as much candy as your friends. That kind of ‘fairness. Which of course means you have to have a ‘big brother’ to divide up the candy, and less candy because you are killling incentive to work for both parties. Brilliant. That REALLY works……..dumbass pointy head intellectual!!!

    As to the authority point….yes, I think you do have a point here. Our founders also felt ( as do most ‘conservatives’ ) that scriptural authority trumped secular authority when they made that litlle point about ‘inalienable rights…….oh, here it is. I’m sure you have NEVER read this in your public school system so I will post the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence (when they were REJECTING the TYRANICAL AUTHORITY of a DICTATOR) here for you:

    ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”

    As to the socio-paths and malicious…..look no further than the LEFT. Hitler, Mussolini, Marx, Mao, Che, Castro, Kim Jong Il…..these men are the men of big governement, which is the essence of the Left’s idea of the nature of good and ‘farir’ government…and are responsible for MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of outright MURDERS of their citizens and untold misery for those who they let live…….and you want to call small government, fiscal conservatives MALICIOUS? SOCIOPATHS?

    Did you enjoy pissing me off? Your ignorance is unfathomable and your conceit is beyond measure.

    Comment by ncnative — Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:32 am @ 7:32 am

  2. Ah, yes, the heathen rage. Why, yes, I did enjoy pissing you off. But as pointed out above, that was just incidental benefit, not motivation. Anyone who thinks I do what I do specifically to piss them off is the one who really has the level of conceit beyond measure (speaking of projection).

    Run along, pseudonymous chickenshit, the grownups are talking.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, August 18, 2011 8:49 am @ 8:49 am

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