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Posted: July 15, 2009 9:12 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2009 4:55 a.m.
“Don’t think, feel/ain’t no big deal/just make it real/and don’t think, feel.”

Those lyrics from a famous Neil Diamond song also represent the primary mode of argument among today’s liberals, and that goes a long way toward explaining the vast political divide that shows up daily on these pages of The Signal.  

Today’s progressive left is concerned primarily with feelings — how conservatives are mean, heartless, divisive (or even downright evil) and how our government should spend more, regulate more and tax certain people and businesses more in the interest of this or that special cause.  

In response, conservatives argue that liberal solutions have proven both ineffective and destructive — in every single case — but such argument falls on deaf ears because the hearer’s focus is entirely different.  

While conservatives are driven by cognitive appeals like limited government, liberty, history and actual results, liberals are driven by emotional appeals like equality, fairness, need and activism (“doing something” as an end in itself).  

The old saying goes, “If you’re conservative in your 20s, you have no heart; if you’re liberal in your 40s, you have no head.” But perhaps the Neil

Diamond summation is a bit more generous.


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