The Mindset of The Modern American Liberal and How It Will Impact You

The Mindset of The Modern American Liberal and How It Will Impact You

The Modern American Liberal (MAL) functions within a framework of assumptions. At the core of the MAL is the bedrock concept that you as an individual cannot care for yourself as well as the government can care for you. The Modern American Liberal loves you and frets over you constantly, but understands that you are a helpless infant at heart. While this applies to the American, European liberals also generally follow the same thought processes. Filmmakers portray Americans in different ways; in the archetypal American western, people would fend for themselves; much has changed since the rise of the MAL in modern history.

Also referred to as a Progressive or Liberal Democrat, the Modern American Liberal emanates an aura of peace and love toward fellow humans. They encourage and support any activity as long as it doesn't hurt others. They adhere to this credo until they decide the government can do it better, which is pretty much everything except chew your food for you.

Smoking? MAL Henry Waxman (D., California), a bastion of Modern American Liberalism, endeavors to legislate the tobacco industry out of existence. Evidently the individual cannot decide for herself that a cigarette is unsafe. No irony gets lost; abortion should be a choice, smoking should not.

Property Rights? Sorry, a migrating turtle takes precedence over your planned community. "Urban Sprawl" is any dwelling built in the last 100 years.

Public Housing

Public Housing is a hallmark of the Modern American Liberal. It has been determined in the progressive brain that humans are not capable of securing their own shelter. The government is obligated to step in and build human warehouses, stifling the spirit of unfortunate residents who no longer have even the freedom to choose what color to paint their porch.

"You can live here for free because we care about you."

The actual message is more insidious:

"You're not smart enough to earn your own place to live. Please live here for free and eventually you will lose all incentive to care for yourself."

Free School Lunches

The Modern American Liberal actually feels the need to buy lunch for your kid at school. The demeaning nature of their favor is completely lost on them. They configure a system so easy that all you need do is fill out a form, file it in the school office, and your kid eats free. Self-respect takes a back seat to peanut butter and jelly.

At the highest level of Modern American Liberal thought is the germ of an idea that you aren't even capable of feeding your kids during the Summer when school is closed. Their dubious solution involves keeping the school cafeteria open even when classes are not in session, just to provide a heaping helping of soul-crushing fruit cups for your kids.

Building the Dependent Underclass

MAL strategy sneaks up on the less fortunate and shackles them under the guise of care. MAL political leaders understand that a culture of government dependency creates a block of Democrat (not democratic) voters. Citizens live in fear of losing their free house, gratis food, subsidized telephone, cable TV, air conditioning, and transportation. They vote for candidates that promise to perpetuate the government cocoon.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

Very interesting perspective, gives one something to ponder.

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trinaruth 7 years ago

Very interesting, though I disagree with your main premise.

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@trinaruth : Thanks for your comments. I don't see any other explanation for the behavior of Modern American Liberals. They obviously think they know better than everyone else, or they would support individual freedoms.

Madame X 7 years ago

Nice hub nicomp. I would go one step further. I'd say that liberals want govt to decide all this stuff for everyone because THEY need the govt to decide it for them and if they need someone to decide for them, well, then you must also. After all, we're all "equal" aren't we?

Great hub!

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Madame X: yep, some of them just don't want to put out the effort.

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Nicomp, This is a very uncaring attitude you are espousing. Have you ever met a person who genuinely needs public assistance? Do they not have school lunch programs in Ohio? Not all public housing is giant cinderblock towers. I know plenty of people (often women escaping abusive husbands) who get "Section 8" apartments.

Sad to say, I do think we go overboard with the "free" stuff. It would be so much better for everyone to be independent. I wish all Americans got the education needed to be self-sufficient and had the access to well-paying jobs that will sustain them and their families.

And yes, motivation is important, too.

Even though I am a Democrat (somewhat right of a real Liberal) I understand from reading thoughtful writing like this what irks the "other side" about the Bleeding Hearts.

Wish I had a better solution. Generations of people on public assistance is NOT what America is about. I know that. So what do we do?

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Mighty Mom: Thanks for writing. I take offense at your characterization of my attitude. My hub makes no mention of plight of those who are unable to help themselves. I think another common thread running through most Liberal/Progressive/Democrat thought is that conservatives "don't care". I think they want to believe such because it requires no additional thought and it provides a ready-made reason to dislike the other side of the aisle.

The public school lunch program in Ohio is a disaster. They keep schools open in the Summer to provide breakfast and lunch for way too many kids. Don't you agree that providing peanut butter and jelly for your children is an absolute priority for parents? How in the world can parents let themselves sink so low that they are willing to let the government feed their kids 2 meals a day? What kind of home life must those kids have?

Of course, I'm not impugning the infirm or those who are otherwise physically or mentally unable to care for themselves or their kids. That should be obvious, but I'll keep repeating it.

thecactus 7 years ago from San Diego + Bay Area, California

Wow, this article is one giant straw man argument. You are arguing against a point that NOBODY IS MAKING. Most intelligent people that you label as "liberal" don't actually think like this.

I understand the importance of social satire, but only when it is done well. Nice try, though. Maybe next time.

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@thecactus: Stomp your feet and hold your breath, it won't change the definition of the liberal/progressive/Democrat. Y'all voted in BHO and he's delivering the goods to your side of the aisle. Stay tuned for a hub on the Straw Man argument; I'll set you straight on that also.

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egiv 7 years ago

As it turns out, you are not the one who controls the definition of a liberal. Not even if you write mindless articles like this in which you give false characteristics to a group of people who may or may not agree on a given topic. I know it makes you feel better about yourself to write things like this, but it's pretty weak stuff bud, maybe some day you will actually have to start coming up with your own ideas.

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@egiv : Thank you for your feedback. Please give us your definition. :)

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egiv 7 years ago

You obviously missed the point. There is no definition. And even if you tried to come up with a loose definition of what most liberals believe, it doesn't include anything mentioned in your "framework."

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I came up with my definition by observing their behavior. I'm more interested in their actions rather than their words.

bobaugustitus 7 years ago

Well all I see is another conservative who seems to forget this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@bobaugustitus: I agree with your premise. Unfortunately most Liberals want to include "to the people" because they are certain they know better than certain sectors of society. They hold some groups of people to a lower standard, thereby building in an excuse to create dependencies on government.

Anyone who looks to government to pay for something is sorely misguided.

bobaugustitus 7 years ago

Well there are certain situations where people do need help, and the government you pay taxes to should help you in your time of need.

It seems to me you are being stereotypical by implying that all people who are poor or on welfare are liberals just looking for free hand outs. That is not the case. Do people abuse the system? Absolutely. But, people abuse all different types of things all of the time.

Thats the problem with this country now a days. No one cares. Everyone is out for themselves. Back in the old days if your neighbor was having problems the community helped them out, they didnt beat them down. Which leads me to another belief about conservatives. They only see in black and white, there is no gray.

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nicomp 7 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@bobaugustitus: Thanks for writing. The typical liberal is unable to differentiate between providing a hand-up and a hand-out. The typical liberal is unable to understand the huge difference between a private organization or an individual providing assistance to a person in need and the government attempting to do the same.

There is no nobility or altruism in configuring a government to confiscate income from a successful citizen and fund the sloth of able-bodied citizens; it's simply spending someone elses' money.

A liberal thinks the government 'knows best'; a conservative knows that self-determination is the right of every American.

Human rights have to be free. The conservative understands that. Look at the Bill of Rights.

ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

My child came home from school one day with a letter. It informed my wife and I that since we were below the poverty line our child was eligable for free lunch. Utill then we did not know we were that poor.

My wife voluntereed at the school as a playground assistant because we did not want our kids thinking there is ever a free lunch.

I agree with your comments 100%

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@ruffridyer: How in the world did he school know your income level?

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