Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
Imagine the crime we would eliminate, the tax dollars we would save, the prison cells we would empty, and the human misery we would prevent, if only we could rid the country of addictive substances such as crack cocaine, oxycodone, crystal meth, and heroin. Otherwise law-abiding and productive members of society often resort to crime and self-destructive behavior in order to feed hellish addictions to such drugs. But there is a drug which is much more addictive and leaves an even wider swath of societal and economic devastation in its path. Its street name is liberalism.
Addictions are complicated diseases. Most traditional addictive drugs contain chemicals that tap into the brain's communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells send, receive, and process information. Physical dependency results. Liberalism is far worse. Early theories proposed that traditional drug use led to the practice of liberalism. But more recent studies have shown that some people literally have a "liberal gene" which physiologically predisposes them to an addiction to liberalism and explains why users of the drug think the way they do.
In 2010, scientists at the University of California-San Diego and Harvard University discovered that people who carry a variant of the DRD4 gene are more likely to become liberals as adults. The 7R variant of DRD4 is a dopamine receptor gene which is associated with novelty-seeking and which researchers believe is related to openness, a psychological trait that has been associated with political liberalism. Users of liberalism exhibit a more pronounced amygdala - a primitive part of the brain associated with emotion. Consequently, users of liberalism are known on the street simply as "bleeding hearts."
The regular use of liberalism brings on extreme mood swings and emotions, including intense feelings of guilt and neurosis. Addicts must "do good" in order to get their fix, no matter how irrational or harmful to society their "good" actions are. they develop a sense of victimization and frantically seek to satisfy childish feelings of entitlement, indulgence, and compensation - even at the expense of others and society as a whole. Users are often overwhelmed with feelings of envy and guilt, and are easily identifiable by tell-tale yellow ribbons, bumper stickers, hybrid vehicles, and ponytails. The drug itself induces an irrational fear of guns, even to the point of blaming them for the acts of other liberals. Its users become self-loathing and develop an all-consuming hatred of Christianity, traditional values, the military, corporations, and even the human race. If a lion eats a gazelle in the wild, they blame the lion. Their drug use leaves them empty and with little initiative or drive, leading them to soft occupations such as being a professor, social worker, community organizer, or government employee. It even affects simple motor skills such as the ability to properly throw a baseball or football. Regular use of the drug can even lead to a loss of moral absolutes and religion in their lives, eventually resulting in the need to adopt a cult-like code of political correctness which trumps all else in their lives.
Users of liberalism seek greater and greater highs to feed their drug-induced need for "purpose", and they must eventually turn to government and the money of others to help them assuage their extreme guilt and an emotional need to be relevant - to matter. Simple acts of societal goodness such as helping an elderly person across the street or picking up trash on the roadside eventually give way to the need to expand entitlements, welfare, and other government programs or to implement expensive, impractical and inefficient light rail systems which do not pay for themselves and nobody uses. They insist on making every intersection a roundabout. They must reinvent history to fit their new world view, inventing villains where none exist. Over time, the need to do "good" becomes so overwhelming that they must create elaborate hoaxes such as man-made global warming, and they develop a "God complex" which leads them to believe they can do anything, including the ability to change the climate on an entire planet by changing the type of light bulbs they use and saving earth itself from a never-ending parade of manufactured and ever-changing crises.
In his book, "Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness", Professor Lyle Rossiter explains that the users of liberalism all exhibit the same characteristic - insecurity. They project this insecurity on others, resulting in their promotion of the primacy of government over individual will and liberty. They rationalize their behavior and are often self-deluded into claiming that their destructive policies and programs are "for the children." Their desperate need to matter causes liberalism addicts to claim to be the voice of the imaginary powerless against the imaginary powerful - unless the powerless happens to be an unborn infant. Bullying becomes a national crisis and the American flag becomes "divisive." One moment they claim half of American children are starving and the next, obese. Hard-core addicts create "speech-free zones" on campuses where free speech they don't like is restricted. They claim to be racially intolerant but routinely launch racist attacks against minorities who don't agree with them and refuse to march and shout through loudspeakers when the victims of a brutal rape and murder is committed by a "person of color." They want to dictate to law-abiding Christians who they can hire and what insurance products they must buy, but then pave the road across the U.S. border for violent criminals and drug cartels. In the end, without help, political insanity ensues.
You can tell when somebody is using liberalism because they will claim to embrace reason, but when faced with facts which disembowel their political hallucinations begin to shout loudly and resort to name-calling. In extreme cases they will support the brutal murder of infants, even after they are born, while calling the death of convicted psychopaths, terrorists, and cop-killers "brutal" or "barbaric." Hard-core addicts even demonize and vilify America itself, while extolling the nirvana of places like Cuba and referring to Islam as a religion of peace. In short, they become emotional, illogical, and completely reactionary.
The initial decision to take any drug is voluntary for most people, but the changes in the brain that occur over time challenge an addicted person's self-control and hamper the ability to resist intense impulses to take more and more. The same is true for liberals. some liberalism addicts receive their first injection of the drug at home, usually where an entire family is already using and is hopelessly addicted. Others stay clean until they reach college, where liberalism is widely-used, especially among college professors who are frequently caught on cellphone videos encouraging young people to try the drug for the first time. And because rationalization is the second-strongest human drive, these casual users of liberalism in college soon find themselves hard-core addicts defending their choices in the face of all reason and logic.
America is currently facing a national epidemic of liberalism. Far too many U.S. states do not follow the example of Texas, Alabama, North Dakota and Montana and outlaw the use of the drug. Despite its destructive tendencies, states such as California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Hawaii have actually legalized its use and have become economic wastelands as a result.
Thankfully, there is hope. Dr. Rossiter suggests that the cure of liberals is simply for them to "grow up." Much like the treatment of traditional drug abuse, if the liberal is forced to confront reality, it is possible to recover. Adults whose psychological addiction to liberalism has been entrenched since childhood may require stronger treatment than the newer addict. Still, every year, millions of liberalism addicts get off of food stamp programs, unemployment compensation, and other government programs and transform into productive and eloquent conservatives.
If you have a family member or friend who is addicted, you must be very firm in your approach. Mention "God" and keep both an American flag and a copy of the U.S. Constitution handy. Explain to them the working parts of a handgun and the difference between a clip and a magazine. If possible, take them to a gun range and let them witness first-hand that guns will not fire unless a human being wants it to, and explain that guns prevent 2.5 million rapes, murders, and violent crimes a year in America. Expose them to a Washington Redskins' football helmet - from a distance at first - and as you bring it closer, remind them that the 90% of Native Americans are not offended by the name and that the team logo was actually designed by Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a source of pride and honor. Make sure they realize and understand that liberalism addicts become hyper-sensitive and easily-offended by virtually anything, especially mere words. Use Christians as an example - constantly attacked and ridiculed, they refuse to become bitter, claim victimhood status, or organize protests.
If you're not a professional economist, ask one to sit in with the two of you as you explain the carnage resulting from our national debt and the simple fact that if you triple the deficit and then cut it in half, it is not a good thing. Lovingly explain that there was ice a mile thick over the Midwest 10,000 years ago and then ask them where it went. Keep it simple. Produce a list of failed "green energy" companies who have received and squandered over $500 million in taxpayer dollars and ask them to explain why the companies failed. Take an early morning trip with them to Wal-Mart, when the chances of being seen are slim. Hammer home concepts such as freedom, the individual, states' rights, the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, and the arrogance of an all-knowing and ever-expanding federal government. Explain that America didn't invent slavery, but it did abolish it. Ask them to close their eyes and imagine a country without victimized classes or special interest organizations with the words "green" or "justice" in their names. But above all, show them love. Hug them and softly ask them, "What kind of change?"