The Arrogant Bastards

In society, it is very important to remember its not just what you do that makes you a better person, but how you treat others. How you treat others is essentially how you are treating yourself. For most of America’s history, the emphasis has been on individual character and individual actions. The definition of what kind of person you were didn’t hinge on what government program you were fighting for. No one said you were a better person because of what you thought government should do. No one cared what government thought when George Washington chopped down the cherry tree. And, it turns out, that attitude is reflected in how people act in their everyday life.

Overall, people who reject the notion that “government forced redistribution is charity” give FOUR times more than people who accept that proposition. If you go to church, you’re twice as likely to volunteer. The further you move away from the “cradle to grave” social democratic mindset and towards personal obligation, you’re more charitable, giving and caring. When it comes to being charitable, Ralph Nader, running for president in 2000, said: “A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.” We know this is the Lefts attitude towards personal charity because Americans give far more to charity than Social Democrat countries. In the case of Germany, we give 7 times more in charity. 14 times more than Italy. We also volunteer more. Conservatives also give more than liberals. Not just in time and money. They are 18% more likely to give blood.

So does that mean if you want government to do those things for you, you’re not good? Well, yes it does. In general.

Reading the recent study by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, “Do Green Products make better people?” one begins to understand that the Lefts impulse to replace personal responsibility and ethics with socialistic impulses doesn’t lead to better human beings.

For the Left, “the greater good” has been about replacing micro personal character with macro values. “Well, I believe in global warming so I care more about the planet.” “Well, I believe in lifetime welfare so I care more about the poor.” “I believe in reducing the military so I care more about peace.” This leads them to live day in and day out feeling superior to people who don’t agree with their statist views. They drive around with bumper stickers on their cars that say things like “Better a Bleeding Heart Than None at All,” “The Moral High Ground Is Built on Compassion,” “Arms Are For Hugging,” “Jesus Is a Liberal,” “God Wants Spiritual Fruits, Not Religious Nuts,” and so on.

While mere exposure can activate concepts related to social responsibility and ethical conduct and induce corresponding behaviors, purchasing green products produces the counterintuitive effect of licensing asocial and unethical behaviors by establishing moral credentials.

Basically, the psychologists set up a series of tests and observations whereby the people who made green purchases were examined vis a vis those who made conventional purchases.

Those who made green purchases were 6 times more likely to steal and lie than those who made conventional purchases.This may have something to do with why those who practice macro social goods end up feeling so superior excuse their individual bad behavior so easily. I mean, we’ve all seen the neighborhood wacko who won’t donate because the bottle of water comes in plastic. Or shuts the water off on their roommate because they’re taking a shower too long. We all know them.


Many of the more conservative mindset have known for years that leftists are more immoral and indecent. Americans soldiers coming back from making sure Afghanistan doesn’t fall back under the heel of the Taliban are given a hero’s welcome. German soldiers find it difficult to even find someone who’ll hire them. Ann Coulter found out just how tolerant and open minded the left is in Canada recently. And name one leftist who gives speeches who needs a bodyguard. Not even the leader of Iran had much to worry about. But if you disagree with a leftist, its open season. Can anyone honestly argue they are more worried about driving around with a liberal bumper sticker bashing religion than they are with a bumper sticker that says “Keep the change”? Who gets keyed?

The most important aspect of life in your job if you’re European is how many weeks of vacation you get. Equality ranks at the top of priorities for Europeans, while Americans value freedom and liberty higher. That means the poor in Europe feel they are not being “given” their fair share, while poor in America know being poor today means the opportunity to be rich tomorrow. Thus, being poor has little affect on center to right Americans, while for leftists its a license to steal and riot.

Leftists abandon individual morality a little at a time because they value social morality more, and hate having it pointed out what kind of people they are. Anyone who seeks to remind society that we should constantly aspire to good personal behavior is automatically the target of leftists screaming “hypocrisy!” if the messenger falls short anywhere in their own lives.

A little aside. Anyone who uses the word “hypocrisy” in situations where people talk about high individual standards but don’t reach them themselves, has no more appreciation for the word   “hypocrisy” than Alanis Morrisette does with the word “ironic”. Everyone can and should aspire to high individual standards. No one ever reaches them all the time. That’s no reason not to try. The ancient greeks understood that aspiring to something that is never quite reachable was the highest moral good in society.

We will not make perfect the enemy of the good.

But hey, buy the recylable green bag for your groceries, and you’re just swell!

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