Thursday, May 24, 2012
The liberal cocoon
Michael Barone has written a wonderful opinion piece about how liberals insulate themselves from opposing views and thereby are ill-prepared to argue their positions. It reminded me of a political argument I got in a long time ago with my (very liberal) brother. The sands of time have washed away my memories of the specifics of the argument, or even what the general subject was. However, one thing stuck in my mind all theses years. Every source he cited in support of his position, I had read. Every source I cited in support of mine, he had not read. I welcome opposing views and I love a well reasoned argument. The same cannot be said for most liberals I meet, however. They would never be caught dead listening to Rush Limbaugh instead of NPR (which I will from time to time tune in). They would never think of watching FoxNews instead of MSNBC (which I watch), and Heaven forbid they read the Wall Street Journal instead of the Boston Globe (I just got done with it). I suppose I should not push them to broaden their horizons, though. It is too much fun watching their shocked and stupefied expressions when their liberal champions go down in flames at the polls. After all, everything they read, everything they watched and everyone they spoke with supported their causes.