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OPINION

The Misery of the Liberal Mind

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The liberal mind, writes Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr. in his book, "The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness," views the world through the prism of "pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice" for people who are "poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised and exploited."

Of course, these "victims" bear zero responsibility for their plight, have no control over the rising waters of their circumstances, and must sit on the rooftop of their despair waiting for their government savior to rescue them. Liberals believe any malady known to man has nothing to do with poor choices, bad judgment or weak character. Instead it's the fault of capitalism, discrimination, global warming, white people, conservatism, big corporations, Christianity, the wealthy, Bush 43, Reagan....and so on.With that kind of hopeless mindset, it's no wonder that I've yet to meet a happy liberal. More compelling is how easily once-normal people find themselves caught in Liberalism's spell which settles like a fog over the mind, and suddenly everything is turned upside-down. Right becomes wrong, wrong becomes right.

Consider the accomplishments of which liberals boast: Banning school prayer, legalizing abortion, secularizing society, replacing God with government and personal charity with social justice, substituting reason for religion and blurring the lines between the roles of men and women. And what do we get for this? We get a broken education system, destruction of the nuclear family and self-serving people with a moral compass lacking a true north.

America's founders fully understood that a man-made entity like the federal government can never do for us what we should do for ourselves. There is only one Savior and his name is not the Federal Government. Sorry, liberals, no matter how big you grow it, your government god cannot perform miracles nor does it walk on water or lower sea levels.

As I write, while warming my feet in front of the fireplace in my cozy Alaskan home, one heck of an ice storm is chugging across the Lower 48. Liberals can regulate us to the point we need written permission to relieve ourselves, but none of it will do anything to relieve the climate. As the Psalmist wrote, "The earth is the Lord's," so maybe it's time for liberals to relinquish control over it.

Liberals put their faith in a government created by imperfect people, but the more they do, the worse things get. The war on poverty declared by Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 is all but lost. A growing number of children fall asleep hungry, waking up without a place to call home. Teenage kids can't learn what responsibility feels like, because they've lost the ability to land that first job. Welfare has not fared well for middle aged men, who'd prefer the privilege of providing for their families on their own. Healthcare legislation to help the uninsured helped more people become uninsured. Gun control does nothing to control the underlying problem, the depravity of the human heart.

At some point this house of cards liberals have worked hard to build will come crashing down -- around all of us. And hard working men and women across this country will be forced to roll up their sleeves and rebuild, not wait on the government to show them how.

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