Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Reb Bradley: A Nation of Liberal Crybabies
WorldNetDaily has been advertising a new book by author Reb Bradley called Born Liberal, Raised Right: How to Rescue America from Moral Decline – One Family at a Time. In it, he makes a pretty convincing case about why our nation is in such straits. He was on Fox and Friends this morning to chat about it. In essence, we can thank liberals for the way our nation is turning into a country of whiny crybabies who are incapable of governing themselves. Here's an excerpt from the WND article on this book . . .
America is increasingly lacking in-self control, says Bradley. He says adults no longer restrain themselves from destructive actions and behaviors, because they have not been taught to do so as children.
"A few decades ago, people were just as human as we are in this decade," he writes. "Like us, they got angry, they lusted, they coveted, and they drowned their grief by one means or another. But in one important way, they were different from us – they had greater self-control. Because they were more self-restraining, they did not allow themselves to be ruled by their anger; hence the murder rate was markedly less. They lusted, but they had greater sexual self-restraint, so had sexual contact with fewer people and contracted fewer STDs. They coveted other people's money and possessions, but they had the ability to not act on their covetousness; hence fewer were compelled to steal. In the last 40 years we have lost the virtue of self-control. No longer is our society populated by individuals who can restrain or 'govern' themselves. To lack the capacity to control one's urges or passions is to lack what our nation's Founders called personal 'self-government.'"
Bradley contends that liberalism is the natural condition of the human heart and for people to be capable of self-government, they must be trained against their own nature.
"In this age of technology, one might say that liberalism is our 'default' operating condition," he writes. "Throughout our childhoods, our parents must work hard and change our settings to keep us from operating in our default mode. If parents are successful, we enter adulthood with our new settings fully locked in. Left untrained, all children would grow up liberal in their outlook."
"Liberals are merely inadequately trained children who grew up and now lead using principles they gleaned from their upbringing," he says.
All people are born liberal, Bradley writes, meaning they are ruled first by their emotions and passions.
"We come into the world determined to survive, and we vehemently express ourselves to get what we need: 'Waaa!' and Momma feeds us," he writes. "'Waaa!' and our diaper is changed' 'Waaa!' and we are put down for a nap. As infants, our strong will can keep us comfortable and alive – the more outspoken we are, the more our needs are met. However, as we start to grow, we no longer cry for our necessities – we crave pleasure, too."
These ideas are not really new, explains Bradley. They are just in need of rediscovery.
I couldn't have said it better myself. Interesting how the liberal mindset and instinct seem to go hand in hand with an unrestrained sin nature.