The fact is that this is the way a large number of conservatives perceive the difference between conservatives and liberals. This view is justified as demonstrated by the following:
1- Howard Dean being the head of the Democratic Party.
2- Ted Kennedy.
3- Al Franken.
4- Hillary Clinton.
5- Nancy Pelosi.
6- Barbara Boxer.
7- John Kerry.
8- All of those people caught on film at www.zombietime.com
10- Michael Moore.
11- The New York Times.
12- The LA Times.
13- San Francisco.
14- The ALCU.
16- Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.
18- Planned Parenthood.
19- The Gay Straight Alliance.
20- The public school system.
21- Justices Suitor, Bader-Ginsberg, and Stevens.
22- Louis Farrakhan.
23- Al Sharpton.
I could continue, but you get the picture.
It is these highly visible examples of left-wing lunacy that give conservatives the view of liberals and liberalism that we have. Catastrophile posted a thoughtful article in response on his site called Red Think Versus Blue Think. I encourage you all to read it and post your thoughts on it. The best challenge that was raised to this here was by Dan Trabue who stated “Many liberals vote for the aforementioned but only because that is the best the Dem party offers.”
This raises a question for me.
If these are the best the Democrats have to offer why do you vote Democrat if you are so opposed to these people?
It seems to me that people are best served by voting according to their beliefs, not the party line. I, for example, did not vote for Lisa Murkowski for the Senate during the ’04 election. I didn’t vote Democrat either, I voted for an independent candidate who lost horribly, but was the candidate closest to what I think is right. It was the best way for me to vote according to what I hold dear.
So why don’t liberals have the same courage with their vote?
Sure they would lose a lot of power initially, but it could mean enormous long-term gains for them if it moderated the party line.
Then there is the matter of all of these left-wing organizations whoring themselves all over the media. People see these fruitcakes and decide that they must represent the core beliefs of the left. It is a justifiable perception based on the fact that these groups are what are perceived far more than more moderate people. Why? Because these are the people the MSM want us to see. Why? So they can influence into thinking like they do.
Which brings up another point; The MSM is not a friend to the liberals if liberals are truly not aligned with the groups and causes the MSM is promoting. However, some 96% of people involved in the MSM admit to voting Democrat during the last election according to a poll. The Democrats are the liberal party, the MSM votes overwhelmingly Democrat, you do the math.
This said, I am issuing a challenge to all liberals to stop supporting groups and people who you say do not reflect your views. Do this and you will truly change the way you are perceived. Do not do it and you reinforce all of the stereotypes that conservatives have of you.