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|What's wrong with Liberals? Why, that's simple|
|08/25/00 at 16:45:08|
|What’s wrong with liberals? Why, that’s simple|
By Donald G. Smith
One of the more significant differences between conservatives and liberals is established long before they lock their philosophies into political positions. It is the running battle between simplicity (conservatives) and complexity (liberals).
When I am accused of being “simplistic,” I know that I am talking with someone who walks down the left side of the street. With liberals, “simplistic” ranks right up there with “judgmental.”
The bedrock foundation of conservative thinking is found the search fro simple solutions. Such thinking sis abhorrent to the liberal who worships at the shrine of complexity.
The flat tax rate, for example, is something that is popular with conservatives. The aren’t trying to get out of paying taxes but want to simplify the process” no deductions, no write-offs and no sliding scale. ‘Above all, there would be no forms that require and accountant to complete. Liberals want no part of this because they are suspicious of simplicity.
Most of our social problems have simple solutions. The answer to alcoholism for example, is to quit drinking. But this, say the liberals, isn’t that easy. No, it isn’t, but it is still the only solutions to a drinking problem
It is irrelevant if the problem drinker turns to a support group, a trained counselor or the church because they all lead to the same place. The only solution is to quit drinking, and the methods used are only different routes to the predetermined destination.
First lady Nancy Reagan was ridiculed maliciously when she offered “just say no” as a solution to the drug problem Liberals got a good laugh out of it but they failed to grasp the rather obvious fact that thee lady was right. The problem will never be solved until people say no.
Liberals seem to have a problem comprehending the difference between “simple” and “easy.” They assume that the person who presents a simple solution is saying that it is gong to be easy, which isn’t true at all.
It is extremely difficult to kick a drug or alcohol habit, but it is still simple. The heroin addict goes through hell on Earth in the withdrawal process, but there is nothing complex about it. Doing what has to be done is often difficult, but its is not always complex. In the Old West, they called it “bitting the bullet.”
It is the same with sexual promiscuity, habitual lying, eating disorders and kleptomania. No matter how one goes about solving these problems, the trail always leads to the same place. Stop doing it! Hard? Yes. Complex? No.
This does not mean that all problems have simple solutions. It does mean that simplicity is the place to start looking. If and obvious solution presents itself, there is no need to from committees, prepare bar charts and demand 1,000-page reports. It is the very core of conservative thinking to look for simple solutions first and add complexity only if there is no other way.
Liberals don’t see it this way at all.
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