From Darleen Click, at Protein Wisdom, discussing the left's idea of morality vis a vis the right's.
Is it possible that Lakoff, et al, really do not understand why so many people reject the collectivist, statist principles of the Left? Certainly we are treated, yet again, to another “Tax the RICH” spiel from Robert Reich that can be boiled down to You people don’t spend your money the way WE think you should, so WE, Big Government, will take it and spend it the correct way!
Say what you will about Beck’s non-partisan, religiously themed, rally last Saturday (predictably the Left is … now moving to attack his Mormonism, but they’re not bigots of course), but no where was there any call for top-down, Big Government solutions. There was no demand for theocracy, only an urging for individual responsibility.
If one were to point out the major difference between, in Lakoff’s words, Progressive and Conservative morality, is that Progressives believe in controlling people (via Big Government) for their own good and Conservatives call for people to control themselves as individuals for their own good.
Now which is really the foundation of Liberty?
The left, as I've noted before, likes to pretend that they're operating on a frictionless plane or, if you prefer an alternate metaphor, that they can drop a rock in the pond and create no ripples. Creating easy credit for those with limited ability to repay the loan was simply right and just, because isn't home ownership good? And that easy credit would of course not inflate home prices and lead to foreclosures. And paying for 99 weeks of unemployment is the right thing to do because those out of work need the money, even if sometimes they delay looking for work because of it. And increasing business taxes has no effect at all on prices, business investment, employment, or even where a business decides to locate.
Conservatives are wary of the ripples. And the reason this upcoming midterm election is shaping up to be a sea-change for the public is because a good chunk of independents, and even some democrats, are now also both aware of, and wary of, the ripples.