Why do people hate Liberals?

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    The one thing about this board that most baffles me is the incredible depth of hatred and contempt for liberals.

    The amount of comments from people suggesting all liberals are stupid, anti-patriotic, dumb...you name it. One even suggested liberals don't know what paragraphs are.

    I don't get it. And I don't see anything the like the contempt expressed by liberals towards conservatives.

    Firstly, the term "liberal" could be used to describe about half of the planet. Like "leftist", it's a fairly cliched catch-all adjective that have little real meaning. It's just too general to be much use.

    Secondly, I've met extremely intelligent people from right across the political spectrum - and as many idiots. I've talked to brilliant facists, idiotic conservatives, intelligent communists and brain-dead centrists. I don't see a pattern there at all.

    And lastly, why hate liberals when many of the most successful and celebrated administrations have been liberal ones? Were the governments if Clinton, Wilson, FDR, JFK and Truman really so much worse than conservative governments of similar eras?

    The constant attacks on liberals seems to me (as an outsider) just a sign of incredible arrogance and conceit - and I would consider attacks on conservatives the same way.

    If there is a REAL reason, with facts, for hating liberals - let's hear about it.
     
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    Their economic theory's are destructive.
     
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    I don't want to get into detail because then I would be accused of being hateful toward cons. But while liberals view the world with shades of gray, conservatives view the world as black vs white,us vs them,good vs evil.
     
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    Now Mathew, you really think that the economic theories that resulted in the First Great Republican Depression were not destructive? And that the deconstruction of the regulations that were put into place because of that Depression, leading up to October, 2008, and a very near brush with the Second Great Republican Depression, were not destuctive?
     
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    I don't see there is any evidence of that at a theoertical level.

    Some of the world's most succesful governments have been liberal.

    In fact, I think you'd struggle to mount a case that conservatives have a better economi record in government that liberals. In any country.
     
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    The weird thing is - there seems to be some truth in that.

    I just don't see a lot of more left wing posters going on about "typical conservative mindset" or claiming "conservatives are so stupid".

    I'm glad we don't see that, but still...
     
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    A liberal is willing to recognize that there are many areas in life where there is neither right nor wrong, just a range of choices, choices which will not solve the whole of the problems, and are not good or bad, but more effective or less effective. This does not set well with conservatives, who prefer definate right and wrong.

    Also, liberals accept reality far better than conservatives. They do not try to bend the real world into "the way things ought to be". That is why 'Conservatives' deny the science of AGW, in spite of all the evidence of a warming world around them, and the solid science behind the reason why. And when a major poltical party embraces this lack of recognition of reality, as the GOP has, there is no way that I can vote for them.
     
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    Surely you jest.

    Liberals are just as black and white, right and wrong on issues as cons are. Dont kid yourself into thinking that liberals are any more or less flexible.
     
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    I don't hate liberals. BTW they are progressives. They just stole the liberal moniker when people realized how nuts progressives were.

    I just want them to stop taking my money and interfering in my life. That's all.
     
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    I am judging from what I have seen in nearly 70 years of life.
     

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