Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Are You Smarter than a Leftist? 24 Quick Questions to Help You Find Out!

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.

You might be a Leftist if… you think that Keith Olbermann is a genius, Jon Stewart the coolest, President Obama the greatest, and Glenn Beck unhinged.

You might be a Conservative if… you think Glenn Beck is the coolest, President Reagan the greatest, Rush Limbaugh a genius, and Keith Olbermann unhinged.

That last one’s a trick, actually – EVERYBODY knows that Keith Olbermann is unhinged!

Enough joshin’… let’s get down to business. What follows are 24 quick questions you can ask your Left-leaning friends, so they can determine if they REALLY are Leftist. Especially if they’re under 30, they might just be suffering from residual Leftism clinging to them from their college years. Open their eyes with this quiz – you might just win them over from the dark side.

For each question, choose the response closest to your own viewpoint:


1. Man is:
a. perfectible
b. flawed with great capacity for both good and evil
(Note: Leftists believe that because man is perfectible, utopia is possible, which is why in their minds, America stinks, because it cannot compare to the fantasyland in their minds. And it is only in their minds, because as history painfully teaches, Leftist societies create nothing but misery.)

2. I believe that:
a. a belief in absolutes is foolish at best and dangerous at worst
b. absolute truth does exist

3. The absolute pinnacle of values is:
a. tolerance, even more than equality, or love, faith, hope or reason
b. “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (the Golden Rule)

4. The ends:
a. justify the means
b. do not justify any means


5. I believe that:
a. some of us, being better equipped by way of educational, intelligence or even financial advantages, should mandate decisions for lesser equipped people, by force of government (taxes, regulations, laws, etc.)
b. government exists to serve and protect individuals from each other, not from themselves

6. Whatever rights we have are granted to us by:
a. the state (and thus can be taken away by the state)
b. a Creator (sometimes called natural rights)

7. I believe that:
a. equality is to be sought above almost anything else, and that if some have to be “brought down” (or taxed more heavily) so that others can be “brought up,” that’s only fair
b. fairness mandates striving toward an equality of opportunity, but individual achievement and earning one’s own way is superior to handouts for both the handout giver and receiver

8. I believe that:
a. government-controlled markets or collectivism of any type (socialism, communism) is a morally superior method of “spreading the wealth,” and that government involvement provides more fairness to the poor
b. free-market capitalism puts the consumer in the driver’s seat, provides personal economic liberty, incentivizes innovation, and creates greater wealth for all including the poor (as evidenced by the relative affluence of American poor vs. poor in other nations)

9. I believe that:
a. judges sometimes need to create new precedent, in the interest of fairness
b. the branches of government each have their function and should not be doing each other’s jobs

10. I believe that:
a. a strong centralized federal government is to be preferred, along with federal input on virtually every aspect of life and governance
b. states’ rights are to be highly respected as per the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, and that state and local control are both more effective and more accountable to the taxpayer

11. The function of the press (the Fourth Estate) is:
a. too important to be left to private enterprise; government-supported media (as NPR head Vivian Schiller pushed) would be more balanced
b. to act as a government watchdog (perhaps its most important duty), which it cannot do if it IS government


12. America:
a. basically stinks – we could do a lot better
b. represents unprecedented liberty, prosperity and opportunity on a scale unmatched in human history

13. America is:
a. no better and in many cases inferior to other countries and cultures that are more open, less provincial and less imperialistic
b. the greatest experiment in human governance ever conducted, reaching new heights of human liberty and prosperity, and providing the world with hope and opportunity

14. I believe that:
a. America holds no special place in the world, has no special allies, and should not pursue a strong defense, but seek peace through diplomacy and accommodation
b. a strong defense is the federal government’s most crucial role, that longtime and faithful allies like Israel should be rewarded with staunch loyalty, and that because America is the greatest nation ever conceived, it has a role in leading the world

15. America’s borders:
a. are of little consequence, as the global community trumps national concerns
b. must be respected, as should national sovereignty, for the good of all

16. I believe that:
a. Islamophobia represents one of today’s most pressing problems
b. Islam represents one of the world’s most dangerous threats

17. Western civilization and culture:
a. have no particular claim to greatness and have been widely over-promoted
b. represent the pinnacle of human achievement and learning; its philosophy, literature, science and art is worthy of study


18. I believe that:
a. dissension from “facts that we all know” should not be tolerated (example: global warming skeptics)
b. we should remain open to all viewpoints as long as necessary, since some things we once thought were facts were later disproven

19. “Hate speech”:
a. should be squelched
b. is, for the most part, an ugly reality of free speech that must be tolerated

20. I believe:
a. that skin color must be considered in all decisions of significance including employment, and that all public policy must be viewed through a racial filter with preference given to people of color
b. in a color-blind philosophy by which merit, character, experience and skill are the primary factors

21. Men and women:
a. are really no different in any meaningful way that isn’t artificially imposed by society
b. are inherently different and tend to thrive in different types of roles

22. Children do better:
a. in an institution setting at as early an age as possible – the state can do a better job of raising, nurturing and educating children than the so-called traditional family
b. in a stable home with one mom, one dad, and plenty of family time

23. Human life begins:
a. whenever we agree that it begins, whether that is during pregnancy, at birth or even a bit later
b. at conception

24. I believe that:
a. life, whether human, animal or plant, is of equivalent value, and that the human species does not have an inherent right to use any of the earth’s resources
b. humans are meant to be stewards (and users) of the earth’s plants and animals

If you circled mostly or all B’s, you’re probably a pretty staunch conservative. If you circled a few B’s, then there’s hope for you yet. If you circled all A’s… you’re Keith Olbermann. You just might be the worst person in the world!

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