Sunday, June 08, 2008

Liberals and dishonesty

According to an excellent article by Peter Schweizer in the Examiner, there appears to be a strong correlation between liberals and dishonesty. According to numerous surveys and studies:

“57 percent of those who described themselves as “very liberal” said it was OK to cheat on your taxes, “compared with only 20 percent of those who are “very conservative.”

86% of conservatives said it was “morally wrong’ to cheat Uncle Sam compared with only 68 percent of liberals.

“Those who were very liberal were much more likely to say it was all right to get welfare benefits you didn’t deserve.”

Those on the left were “much more likely to say it is OK to buy goods that you know are stolen.”

“Those on the left were more likely to say it was OK to drink a can of soda in a store without paying for it”

“Political liberals were two and a half times more likely to say that they illegally download or trade music for free on the Internet.”

Conservative students take “the issue of accounting scandals and tax evasion more seriously than their fellow liberal students.”

Liberals who “reject the idea of absolute truth’ were more accepting of cheating at school”

“…stronger beliefs toward ‘conservatism’ translated into ‘higher levels of ethical values.’
There is a “link between “political liberalism” and “lying in your own self-interest,”

“Liberals were more willing to “let others take the blame” for their own ethical lapses, “copy a published article” and pass it off as their own, and were more accepting of “cheating on an exam,”

Finally, “Sixties organizer Saul Alinsky, who both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton say inspired and influenced them, once said the effective political advocate “doesn’t have a fixed truth; truth to him is relative and changing, everything to him is relative and changing. He is a political relativist.”

I would argue that the same thing is true of morality. Conservatives are generally more inclined to affirm or defend Judeo-Christian views of morality while liberals are much more inclined to flush those valuse down the hopper.

Of course this doesn’t mean that all conservatives are honest and moral or that all liberals are dishonest and immoral (as St. Paul says, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God")—but it does make me wonder why it seems like more and more Evangelical Christians are supporting liberal politicians.

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