Monday, December 1, 2014

No More Mr. Nice Guy About The Party of Lies

It occurs to me today that most people are afraid to confront people who are wrong on their ideological fallacies and illogical behaviors. The result? The party of lies and liars (to themselves as well as others) has never been properly confronted. The problem we face is the fact that government officials, especially candidates for office, of any kind, know better than to disillusion the delusional. Republicans are the party of conservatives, no matter how wrong they are, for fear of losing votes.
People who call themselves today's "conservatives" lie to themselves and others constantly rather than face reality. When you ask them what "being conservative" means, as so many of them are quick to tell us,  they reply that it means, "...that we have 'a different opinion" about how things 'should' work."
This isn't black and white or logical thinking. This is the thinking of people who have to lie to themselves in order to keep from admitting to themselves that they were and are still wrong. Conservatives aren't the only ones to do that. Not accepting reality is NOT having a different opinion, it is an attempt to have a different reality, and that condition on earth doesn't exist. No one wants to tell them this because then you would have to completely prove that everything they believe in, including their religious texts, are is not real, althought one part of their beliefs being real and therefore, that one real fact making all the rest real is called a which can be done, but takes a long time because they have been taught to believe in the ad populum fallacy. In teaching the blocks to critical thinking, in my opinion, this should be right up there with cultural conditioning and egocentric thinking.
The definition stated in "The Skeptic's Dictionary" says, 
"...The ad populum fallacy is the appeal to the popularity of a claim as a reason for accepting it.
The number of people who believe a claim is irrelevant to its truth. Fifty million people can be wrong. In fact, millions of people have been wrong about many things: that the Earth is flat and motionless, for example, and that the stars are lights shining through holes in the sky."
When confronted with this illusion by conservatives, the proper and confrontational reply should be, "Ask yourself, "When the majority of people thought that the earth was flat, did that make the earth flat?" ." But we never ask that question.
"Listen to the rest of the definition.)
"...The ad populum fallacy is also referred to as the bandwagon fallacy, the appeal to the mob, the democratic fallacy, and the appeal to popularity. The ad populum fallacy is seductive because it appeals to our desire to belong and to conform, to our desire for security and safety. It is a common appeal in advertising and politics. A clever manipulator of the masses will try to seduce those who blithely assume that the majority is always right. Also seduced by this appeal will be the insecure, who may be made to feel guilty if they oppose the majority or feel strong by joining forces with large numbers of other uncritical thinkers."
If anyone with a brain looks logically at conservative thinking, they come to realize that conservatives us fallacy logic reasoning on themselves to get themselves to believe anything and therefore get themselves to believe fantasy instead of reality. Most of this starts at a young age with people who don't want to take the time to think, study, read, or investigate anything through to it's actual real conclusion.
In fact, I would hasten to defy anyone that is reading this to look at the list of "informal fallacies" and ask yourself which one you haven't heard yourself say or think, before you started thinking critically. But with the conservative person, critical thinking is supposedly "liberal" and wrong minded, so they don't allow themselves, or others like them, to investigate anything purposely. As in the case of the earth being round, that was a long drawn out fight and when it comes to global maps, some still contain pictures of sea monsters and other disasters that one would face when they fell off the edge of "Flat World Earth". 
In the case of mainstream conservative religions, when someone, even as a child, questions anything they are being told to swallow whole, that they are the ones who are in mortal danger and spiritually UNFIT if they don't HAVE FAITH and COME TO BELIEVE in something that logically doesn't have any proof or evidence and then they fall into using the logical fallacy that something that can't be proven to NOT EXIST therefore exists. 
I might as well say, "Well you can't prove that there aren't fairies and unicorns just because YOU haven't seen one."
Also, ...
Some people who call themselves "liberals" are just as guilty of being idiots and that makes everyone who uses open minded critical thinking, the actual liberals, to be colored as idiots by conservatives, who comparatively consider themselves on a higher ground.
If you can't use facts and logic to prove your point, then you have no point. No matter if you call yourself liberal or conservative, make sure your facts are straight or you will make everyone who actually is liberal or conservative look like an idiot, because by declaring your taking their side, you have made yourself a representative of what they believe in. We probably, in critical thinking, should not even use labels like that but so many do.
Now, let's look at the difference in the definitions of the two personal character contexts.
First, the actual definitions of what liberal and conservative mean.
As per the dictionary;
[lib-er-uh l, lib-ruh l]
1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: (e.g. a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.)
6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: (e.g. a liberal attitude toward foreigners.)
14. a person of liberal principles or views, especially in politics or religion.
15. (often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics,especially of the Liberal party in Great Britain.

And now for the polar opposite:
[kuh n-sur-vuh-tiv] adjective
1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: (e.g. a conservative estimate.)
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
4. (often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.
5. (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.
6. having the power or tendency to conserve or preserve.
7. Mathematics. (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar.noun
8. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
9. a supporter of conservative political policies.
10. (initial capital letter) a member of a conservative political party, especially the Conservative party in Great Britain.
11. a preservative.
And I beg you to ask yourself, "Which one defines the people who surge ahead with ideas and help the world, not just themselves, and which self-centeredly deny the rest of the world an inch of compromise, not looking to a possibility of their own selves maybe being wrong? 
So, when you go out there into the world with your knowledge of facts and are confronted with someone else's ignorance, especially when their argument is that their ignorance matches facts, we must not walk away without saying WHY they are wrong, so we must arm ourselves with the truth. 
It isn't easy being smarter, but it is more internally peaceful. I dare say, when you know what you base everything on  is based on facts and you can prove through sources you found the information at that you are right, sleeping at night and not wondering isn't always as easy as it could be initially, but it is better than sleeping like a baby based on blissful ignorance. 

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