NOTE: My statements are not necessarily my opinions. I often post point-counterpoint essays in which I strongly take one side of an issue and later counter that with antithetical views. This intellectual exercise helps me see the merit in opposing opinions and augments my creativity.

Liberals who are like crabs

In response to another article, I received the following comment from a person I met on Facebook:

Kevin, I have treasured our friendship and have really missed you not being on Facebook.

I have witnessed first-hand the contempt the liberals have for you. I have read and combated many comments on liberal walls on Facebook. You are friends with none of these people but yet your name still comes up in discussion. They insult everything from your background as a MD, to your sheds, to your inventions. They character assassinate you because they can't debate you on your intellectual level. They are zero match for you so they start with the insults, then threats, then call you racist. It's a play I have seen many times by libs.

Shout racist when you're losing the debate

You had always clearly welcomed debate from both sides but libs don't feel comfortable talking about reality.

You have shown great dignity in the face of evil. When I go to these lib walls, it takes a few minutes for them to go through my profile and notice you are a friend of mine, and that's all it takes for the attack to begin.

I am a stay-at-home mom and wife, a Mormon, a non-smoker, married to my kids' father, Pro Lifer, Pro Capital Punishment, Conservative and being friends with you. All these things make me a target and I proudly take that on. I say “Bring It!”

If I have a debate issue, you are always helpful in giving me the ammo I need if the topic was above my head. I miss you but happy I can still come to your blog and find you :)

Love you always,
Misty

REPLY FROM KEVIN PEZZI: Thank you for your very kind comments, Misty! I miss you, too. :-)

Here's something to keep in mind when dealing with far-left libs:

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”
Euripides, Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC - 406 BC)

“An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.”
Eric Hoffer

“The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.”
Eric Hoffer

The rabid liberals who attack me don't realize that I purposely say provocative things to draw their attention. I used to be a liberal, so I know that smart, thinking people can change their opinions when presented with enough evidence in the correct way, over time—it took me a few years to wake up. I've met and interacted with people who persuaded me that my pro-liberal and pro-big-government opinions were wrong. While I no longer classify myself as a liberal, I strongly agree with some of their positions. For example:

The dumbbells who react without thinking and don't care what is right and what is wrong will never change their small minds, but some liberals do listen, realize they were either wrong or supporting policies that don't work, change their minds and stop voting for liberals. Thus, political discourse is often but not always fruitless. It doesn't have to work 100% of the time, or anything close to that, for it to achieve its intended effect: WINNING IN 2012, AND EVERY ELECTION THEREAFTER. Considering the generally small margin of victory in most elections, persuading just a few percent of liberals is all we need to ensure victory.

Misty, I commend you for having the courage to debate liberals. This is exactly what we need to do for the reason mentioned above: get through to the intelligent ones who will listen. David Horowitz is a shining example of a former liberal who realized he was wrong. I cannot think of a comparable example of a similarly intelligent conservative who now ardently espouses all elements of liberal ideology.

I am now working on a series of articles to explain my overall strategy so that other conservatives can draw the attention of many liberals, as I have, and influence some of them. If just one conservative in twenty succeeded in changing even one liberal's mind, that's all we need.

Millions of liberals have read my websites and books. If I changed the opinions of just one liberal in 1000, that's thousands of minds I've changed. I know I've changed minds because people have written to me saying that they previously held an opposing opinion, but I really made them think and presented unassailable logic, so they now agree with me.

Genius Eric Hoffer said, “A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend,” so I try not to be too harsh with liberals. However, they are manifesting exiguous intelligence and judgment by attacking me in the way they do. I'm not perfect, but most of the attacks are dead-wrong, as I am proving in a series of articles addressing the far-left smears. Future articles in that series will present even more ways they are wrong.

Incidentally, I don't blame them for one of the attacks, because the evidence Media Matters presented for one smear did seem pretty convincing, but even that was wrong, as I discussed in an article.

What really gets under the skin of liberals is that I've left them in the dust in terms of accomplishments. Not one of my critics could do even half of what I've done in medicine, inventing, or even building sheds. In fact, I'll give $100,000 to my first critic who has done even 10% of what I've done. No liberal will bother applying because they generally don't do much; they just whine.

The liberals who discuss me are showing what small people they are.

“A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business.”
— Eric Hoffer

“Small things affects small minds.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
— Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, quoting someone he termed an "unknown sage" in The Saturday Evening Post article "The World of the Uneducated" (November 28, 1959)

Frankly, I am not worth discussing. Perhaps some of my ideas, inventions, and accomplishments are . . . but me? Why would anyone bother when there are so many problems to solve?

Ultimately, that is my goal: proposing solutions, not just talking about problems. If liberals think they are so smart, let's see their great ideas. I thought of a way to ensure that welfare recipients would receive as much as they now do and potentially much more, while reducing the welfare burden on taxpayers.

I discussed an outside-the-box way to save energy, how we could leave China in the dust, and I gave proof that the rags-to-riches American Dream is still possible, offering to give some of my inventions to people to help them achieve their dreams. I asked nothing in return except that anyone I helped would agree to help others when they become successful.

I explained a proven example of how a bankrupt economy in total collapse can be quickly transformed. As countless Americans worry about our future and the possibility of a devastating economic collapse most experts now say is possible, I used that tidbit of history to show how we could recover from it.

I also wrote about the perfect way to kickstart our economy and put people back to work, in addition to other blog articles proposing solutions. I will write many future articles, including one in which I will discuss a solution to what is arguably our greatest current political problem.

Could my liberal critics, even collectively, offer better solutions? I doubt it, but I wish they would do something constructive. However, the ideas that most liberals have for improving the world are so unrealistic that they do little to nothing to help people, often resulting in net harm, so it isn't surprising why they are so threatened by me.

If liberals wanted to attack someone worthy of condemnation, they could have a field day with a nut on Facebook who wrote about shooting a specific Member of Congress a specific number of times in a specific spot—definitely a threat that Jared Loughner would approve of. After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, people who make such threats are viewed as lunatics, which that person is. But why discuss a person who favors settling disputes with bullets when they can criticize me and my sheds? It's what small minds do.

How some liberals act like crabs

Tall poppy syndrome: “A social phenomenon in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or criticized because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers.”

Crab mentality: “The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless "king of the hill" competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise. The analogy in human behavior is that members of a group will attempt to "pull down" (negate or diminish the importance of) any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, conspiracy or competitive feelings.”

Schadenfreude: “Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.”
“One of the problems when you become successful is that jealousy and envy inevitably follow. There are people—I categorize them as life's losers—who get their sense of accomplishment and achievement from trying to stop others. As far as I'm concerned, if they had any real ability they wouldn't be fighting me, they'd be doing something constructive themselves.”
Donald Trump

“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.”
Jaachynma N.E. Agu

“Remember … whoever is trying to bring you down is already below you.”
— Ziad K. Abdelnour in Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics

“A tiger never loses sleep over the opinion of sheep.”
Ziad K. Abdelnour (ibid.)

Small-minded liberals (and others—more about that in a subsequent article) excel in finding the negative in others, and delight in cutting people down to their level, whether or not those attacked are warranted. Other simple creatures—crabs—also like keeping others on their low level. Buckets holding crabs don't need tall sides or a top to keep crabs in their place; all it takes is at least two crabs. If one tries to climb out, another will pull it back down. Thom Singer correctly noted that many people “are so threatened by anyone else reaching for the stars, that they work hard to pull them back down to earth.

I am not the problem, but I hope to be part of the solution. By attacking me, liberals are helping me achieve my objectives, as I'll explain in an upcoming article. To prove how some liberals are ruled by emotions, not logic, I will clearly spell out how they are helping me combat liberalism. If they were smart, seeing that should make them stop, but I predict they are so incorrigibly impulsive and lacking circumspection that they will continue and perhaps escalate their petty personal vitriol. Small minds are easy to read and easy to defeat.

I typically eschew laughing at others, but I might make an exception in the case of the loony liberals who are so imprudent that they insist on continuing to do things that will ultimately help me defeat them.

He who laughs last, laughs longest.

UPDATE: In spite of my earlier achievements (e.g., becoming a doctor), I was on cruise control wasting most of my potential until the rabid libs stupidly attacked me, not realizing that I'm more liberal on some issues than they are. While their flak was petty hogwash, it motivated me to get in gear and led to me doing various things that will eventually help billions of people and save many lives. In one of my ER sites, I discussed this motivation tip that could propel you to greatness. Ironic, isn't it? Something so negative can lead to such a positive outcome.

Related articles:

Online incivility triggered by minor differences of opinion

Liberals claim to be more tolerant and civil—but are they?

Liberals who react, not think, and fall for smears that are obviously untrue

Ridiculing good new ideas

Not all liberals want more of your money

1. A new way to pay taxes: with a smile
2. How to slash welfare without hurting anyone

The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Reference: Imagining dialogue can boost critical thinking: Excerpt: “Examining an issue as a debate or dialogue between two sides helps people apply deeper, more sophisticated reasoning …”

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Comment #153 by Misty Hausmann
March 8 2011 09:24:51 PM

Locked and loaded

Thank you for your explanation on how to deal with liberals.

I feel more armed and ready to try to reason with these people. I have to say Kevin, some of them are just plain ugly in their opinions. I will try not to let that get to me.

I am going to link this article on my Facebook.

REPLY FROM KEVIN PEZZI: Thank you, Misty. Please also link to these articles:

(1) Liberals claim to be more tolerant and civil—but are they?

(2) Online incivility triggered by minor differences of opinion

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