A few days ago Glen Dean
made a post about fiscal economics and concluded with the following paragraph:I realize that you liberals normally take your emotions and your ideas and then you build your arguments around those two things. A conservative though, is much different. A conservative looks at the facts and how effective his proposals have worked in the past and then he crafts his ideas around those facts. That is why I have that line "providing news and commentary based in fact, rather than emotion" at the top of my blog. Most liberals think that means I can't ever show anger or use exclamation points. That line is actually just a knock on liberalism. Your comment was based on your feelings. My very long rebuttal was based on facts and statistics.
Brittney over at Nashville is Talking
...this post and it set off debate in the comments section, which I guess I'll add onto here.
For what it's worth, center-right/conservative/liberatarian that I am, here's my opinion on Glen's observation, which, boiled down, is that the arguments of conservatives are facts and reason-based while those of liberals are emotion-based: he's wrong, at least in terms of this alleged black and white dichotomy.
I'll agree with the notion that there is a lot of feel-good mushy-headed emotion-based "thinking" on the political port side, but if Glen thinks that the left has a monopoly on that, he's sorely mistaken. Just what intellectual, "facts and reason"-based arguments can he give me in support of a constitutional amendment banning flag burning? Don't tell me that's not about emotion. The vast majority of arguments I get into with a lot of self-styled "conservatives" regarding anything having to do with homosexuality quickly devolve into emotional "arguments" from their end (I can't tell you how many times these discussion end with something along the lines of their saying "look, I don't care what you say...what they do is just gross!" Wow. There's some facts and reason for you.) And don't even get me started on Terri Schiavo.
I do think that what Glen's assertion would have held more water in the past. But not anymore. More and more on the political right, hearts are trumping heads.