Conservative First

August 29, 2009

How Can You Tell If Someone Is Liberal?

Filed under: Politics — Sofie @ 1:06 pm

My 16-year-old nephew is jointly enrolled in high school and college classes, including U.S. history.  I warned him that he needs “to be particularly careful in a U.S. history class because a lot of faculty members are liberals and let their political bias influence their teaching.”

In reply (in a private message in Facebook), he asked me, “Do you know how to tell if they are liberal?”

I thought I’d answer him here and send him a link to this post.

Generally, you can tell that someone is liberal if he or she

  • believes that government is or has the solution to social problems (i.e., big government)
  • believes that a woman’s convenience is more important than the life of her unborn baby (i.e., abortion)
  • believes that you should not be able to own a gun
  • won’t have anything good to say about Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, or capitalism
  • won’t have anything bad to say about Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michael Moore, Jimmy Carter, any of the Kennedys, or communism
  • believes that the Constitution is a “living, breathing document,” which changes with the times
  • believes that religion has no place in schools or the “public square”
  • believes that the 9/11 attacks were our fault
  • supports higher taxes and more government spending
  • believes in evolution–except when applying “survival of the fittest” to businesses
  • supports unions
  • believes that humans are causing global warming and destroying the planet
  • believes that animals have rights
  • uses activist judges to get around bills and laws they don’t like
  • believes that the Founding Fathers were racists
  • believes that he or she knows better than you do how you should live your life
  • believes in special treatment for minorities (i.e., affirmative action)
  • believes that the end justifies the means
  • believes that the government can make better economic decisions than the market
  • engages in ad hominem attacks and emotional appeals instead of reasoned, logical arguments
  • believes that you exist for the benefit of society or the government rather than the other way around

Just because a person demonstrates one or a few of these characteristics on rare occasions doesn’t make him or her a liberal, but if he or she frequently demonstrates several of them, he or she is probably a liberal (i.e., socialist, communist, progressive, Marxist).

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