She wasn’t always like this. She was raised in a middle class home by educated parents – both of whom are lifelong self-described liberals. They loved her and cared for her. But they also gave her some poor advice, which largely accounts for her downward spiral over the course of the last several years.
Trouble began for Allison when she was in junior high school. A boy named Barry fell in love with her and started asking her out on dates. She wasn’t interested in Barry. She did not even think she was old enough to start dating. But Barry was persistent to the point of making Allison nervous. So she talked to her parents in the hopes that she could get some good advice.
Because Barry was black, Allison’s parents urged her to go out with him at least once. As old 1960s hippies, they had marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. They wanted to make sure Allison gave Barry a chance and that her initial rejection of Barry wasn’t due to latent racism. “Who knows? You might end up liking him,” they told Allison. So Allison went on the date. It was an unmitigated disaster.
It should go without saying that Allison had a much more difficult time with Barry after agreeing to go out on a date with him. But she firmly and steadfastly rejected his advances even as they grew more assertive. When things started to overwhelm her, she did what she always did: she talked to her parents.
Both of her parents urged her to go out with Barry a second time. This time, however, the point of the meeting would be to negotiate the intensifying conflict between the two of them. “Let him know how uncomfortable he is making you and, above all, make sure he knows it’s just a matter of personalities. It has nothing to do with race. There’s no conflict that cannot be resolved by free and open communication.” Allison went on that second date. The evening concluded with Allison being sexually assaulted by Barry.
It took her several weeks, but Allison eventually told her parents. They reluctantly alerted the authorities. Because Barry was only 13, he was tried as a juvenile. He was adjudicated to be delinquent in Illinois, the first state to create completely separate juvenile and adult justice systems back in 1899.
Prior to the disposition hearing, Allison’s parents pleaded with the juvenile court officer. They asked him not to recommend incarceration for Barry. Instead, they urged him to recommend probation and intensive counseling. The juvenile court officer complied with their request. And the judge affirmed the juvenile court officer’s recommendations.
Five years later, Barry sexually assaulted a second woman. He was tried in adult court for second degree rape. As a result of a negotiated plea, he was sentenced to just four years in prison. Upon graduation from high school, Allison took a job working in a topless bar.
Allison paid her way through college with the money she earned doing lap dances in The Alchemist, a local gentlemen’s club. Her degree in Women’s Studies was supplemented with a minor in African American Studies. She used the degree to get a job working as an intake counselor for Planned Parenthood. Two years into her tenure with Planned Parenthood, Allison told a pregnant teenaged woman (of African extraction) that abortion was “not a big deal.” She went on to say that, “Most black babies are aborted anyway.” Planned Parenthood fired her for sharing that well-kept secret with a non- white client. So Allison moved back home with her parents. Today, she works for billionaire George Sourpus as a paid commenter on various conservative websites.
Her story is a sad one. But it is also educational. It teaches us four important lessons about the liberal mindset:
1. For liberals, group judgments supersede the judgment of individuals. In their zeal to make certain they are not engaging in racism, liberals often take race into consideration – even when it is simply irrelevant. This means they often form relationships they would not have formed by merely judging an individual as an individual – rather than evaluating the individual as a group representative. This happens most often in the context of employment relations. It is not always confined to race.
2. For liberals, faith in negotiation is more important than concerns over personal safety. When it comes to avoiding war or violent confrontation generally, negotiations sometimes fail. Liberals understand this. But the threat posed to their own physical safety must be weighed against other threats. When it comes to faith in the inherent goodness of man, evidence is often deemed irrelevant. The view of the “good man” corrupted by “bad society” is the lynchpin of the liberal worldview. It cannot be disturbed by anything, “facts” included. Additionally, a liberal’s confidence in his own capacity to negotiate differences is often central to his self-image. His preoccupation with his self-image explains his constant search for “solutions” to societal “problems.” When he appears to be fixing “society,” the liberal is often trying to fix himself.
3. According to liberals, crime is simply a disease that only man can cure with the benefit of science. The notion of sin has no place in the liberal worldview. The only solution to sin is a Savior. Liberals prefer to use disease terminology – whether they are talking about sociological or psychological maladies. This allows them to step into the role of savior. It also provides them with government employment opportunities.
4. Liberal ideas are not only emotionally driven but also emotion driving. Liberals eventually realize that man isn’t good and that the world does not operate according to liberal principles. But the emotionalism that draws them into liberalism never dissipates. The naiveté simply congeals. Usually, it hardens into anger. In some cases, it permanently confines the liberal to a life of anonymous posting on conservative websites.
The story may be a simple one but that is okay. Liberalism is a simple way of viewing the world. It lacks the complexity and even the nuance of conservative thought. Although simple, this story is not actually true. It is an Ally-gory meant to show the depth of the divide between conservatives and liberals in America today. It is a divide so deep that it simply cannot be negotiated away. Barry can only get what he wants by forcing himself upon us all. Right-thinking people judge him according to his merits and not according to his race.