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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    that is as stupid as saying I got top grades because my professors awarded A grades to top students.
    That's exactly what happens. You enter a school built by someone else, learn curricula decided by someone else, taught by someone else, and receive grades from someone else according to standards determined by someone else - and the only reason your grade is based on your performance rather than how much money you or your parents pay the school is that it's public or subject to public accreditation.

    Sure, you could learn the same things without anyone's help, but it would be a lot harder to convince other people to hire you or invest in your ideas if all they have is your word or a worthless diploma you bought rather than worked for. You'll just have to come to terms with the fact that your accomplishments depend on the support of a social infrastructure, and that the price of that infrastructure is paying taxes at a level sufficient to support it in return.
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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny DooWop View Post
    How can liberalism be associated with a fear of change? Liberals promote change. Haven't you seen the conservative bumper sticker "You can keep your change, I'll keep my guns, money and freedom"?
    A bumper sticker, no matter the content, does not convince me that one group trumps the other. Again, more generalizing and the boxing-in one group you disagree with.

    We could argue the semantics here, but you would probably be afraid to change your mind.

    It seems to me when our President stands up and tells our Latino citizens not to vote for the Republicans that the real fear of change isn't stemming soley from conservatives.

    All change is not always good.

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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Dulcinea View Post
    All change is not always good.
    change for the sake of change sucks.

    one of the local politicians here has an add bashing the change motiff.

    he asks:

    "what is the change my opponent wants to make?"

    our taxes are among the lowest in the nation...does he want to change that?
    our economic growth is in the top 10 in the nation...does he want to change that?
    our schools are among the best performing in the region...does he want to change that?


    damn good campaign ad.
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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Troubadour View Post
    QED. You can pout and act like what I said is unfair, but I think we both know it isn't. I'm not saying any given conservative is necessarily a bad person, but conservatism is an ideology that arises from morally, emotionally, and intellectually crippled minds who would rather blame the people they step on than do something constructive.

    What is referred to as conservatism in America (not to be confused with the European version), is an ideology that recognizes certain fundamental facts: one of the most important being that nothing is free, especially government handouts; and that somebody has to pay for everything; and that the well of gov't freebies is only so deep.

    It's called reality.

    I'm terribly sorry if that rains on your parade.

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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    What is referred to as conservatism in America (not to be confused with the European version), is an ideology that recognizes certain fundamental facts: one of the most important being that nothing is free, especially government handouts; and that somebody has to pay for everything; and that the well of gov't freebies is only so deep.

    It's called reality.

    I'm terribly sorry if that rains on your parade.
    Tax cuts have to be paid for...
    Wars have to be paid for...
    Subsidies to those who don't need them have to be paid for...

    Everything costs something, if not now, then later.

    I would hope that conservatives and liberals both agree with that...
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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    The Liberal gene... yet another fascinating example of how harmful mutations can subsist in a species, contrary to the old Darwinian adage that "only the strong survive"

    So... It appears that liberals were correct all along in asserting and insisting that "Liberalism is NOT a mental disorder"... it's really more of a genetic disorder.

    High risk groups - women, blacks, and effeminate men - are all urged to get tested.
    LOL, wow, I spit my soda all over my monitor..

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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Moderates are smarter than you say....if it wasn't for people who can see good points in both arguments, we would be ruled by the extremists.
    It has been done, badly. You either think the way the govt tells you to think, or get sent of to re-education centers. If you are too vocal, and are thought to be a threat to the party running things, you might just disappear.
    Or would you like to see President Limbaugh and Vice President Beck running things?
    I doubt most moderates are the type that spend much time weighing arguments or thinking about issues. I expect most would describe politics as boring and would have trouble naming their Senators, much less their party affiliation. When it comes time to vote, the choices they make are not derived from knowing issues so much as picking up on general trends or the mood of the nation. Moderates are the type of people who are quick to point out how dumb O'Donnell is, but can't provide a single example why.

    Of course that's all just my opinion, based off personal experience.

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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    I doubt most moderates are the type that spend much time weighing arguments or thinking about issues. I expect most would describe politics as boring and would have trouble naming their Senators, much less their party affiliation. When it comes time to vote, the choices they make are not derived from knowing issues so much as picking up on general trends or the mood of the nation. Moderates are the type of people who are quick to point out how dumb O'Donnell is, but can't provide a single example why.

    Of course that's all just my opinion, based off personal experience.
    You are probably right, most moderates don't need to think about the issues. But it is because they have enough education to see the obvious, which is better than far left liberals and/or their conservative counterparts. People who make up the fringe of their parties are often loud and obnoxious, but lacking in good judgement.
    and I can't believe anybody thinks O'Donnell is smart. The things she has said over the years is proof enough that she ins't smart enough to keep her dumass opinions to herself...
    If she wins, it is just another indication of how low our standards have become since we elected BushLight. And I say we because I voted for him, twice. There is just no atoning for that, I will just have to carry the shame to my grave....
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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny DooWop View Post
    How can liberalism be associated with a fear of change? Liberals promote change.
    Yes, change for the sake of change.

    It doesn't matter what direction a Liberal heads, the arrow always points to "progress."


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    Re: Scientists Find 'Liberal Gene'

    I wonder if there's a gene that makes people want to argue in pointless generalizations and sweeping strokes

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