A quick clarification, the hate / compassion thing is consistent because hate is an emotional response. The entire premise of my belief is simply that liberalism is elicited first in emotion and then in logic. As a conservative, I see my process as fact first then logical analysis and finally emotional attachment.<quoted text>
What's especially interesting to me is that Kranky, in an earlier post, maintained that liberals were hateful. But in the later post, which I responded to, he suggests that liberal's compassion (their 'inner need' or something) is what gets in the way of their intellect.
So, he's a bit confused.
Let's see if it was the conservative or liberal leaders in our country who have brought us the most positive change, through history. Did their hearts overwhelm their minds and force bad decisions?
Lincoln was a republican and was as liberal as you can get. He freed the slaves, which upheld social justice over the property rights of slave owners. He fought the Civil War, which upheld the nation over states' rights. He used his compassion AND his mind.
Teddy Roosevelt, a republican, was, in today's world, an extreme liberal who fought for worker and union rights, instituted our national parks, and fought the big money people by busting monopolies. He was a heart AND mind kind of guy.
FDR, a democrat, inherited the Great Depression from pro-big business Hoover, and initiated work projects that not only helped our infrastructure but also put millions to work. Despite republican opposition, he helped get our country out of the Depression. He started Social Security, something even our most ardent conservatives know to not attempt to eliminate now. He got a bill passed to limit the powers of the Big Banks, the Glass-Stegall bill.
Dwight Eisenhower, our republican president after WWII, was considered a moderate at the time but would certainly be called a super-liberal by tea partiers today. His heart AND his mind called for him and his all-republican congress to spend stimulus money, lots of it, for our freeways and for helping our vets with the GI Bill. Eisenhower was very pro-union, and also warned us of the military-industrial complex (today it's much wider, it's the government--Big Money complex).
Each one of these presidents helped our country to progress, both in social justice, and with improving our economy.
This is the inner continuum that interests me on how and why people are motivated to react the way that they do. Please don't think that I attribute hatred to only liberals, there is enough hatred on both sides. I will tell you that I have had spirited debates about non political issues with other conservatives and found that we could agree to disagree. My experience with liberals in this regard has been much different. This is why I want to see if we can maintain a spirited but civil conversation, all kidding / insults aside.