Liberal soul-searching in the Trump era

We’re going to see columns like this for the next four years.

The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans believe people are fundamentally bad, while Democrats see people as fundamentally good,” said Mr. Watts, who was in the area to campaign for Senator Rand Paul. “We are born bad,” he said and added that children did not need to be taught to behave badly — they are born knowing how to do that.

“We teach them how to be good,” he said. “We become good by being reborn — born again.”

He continued: “Democrats believe that we are born good, that we create God, not that he created us. If we are our own God, as the Democrats say, then we need to look at something else to blame when things go wrong — not us.”

Mr. Watts talked about the 2015 movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La., in which two people were killed. Mr. Watts said that Republicans knew that the gunman was a bad man, doing a bad thing. Democrats, he added, “would look for other causes — that the man was basically good, but that it was the guns, society or some other place where the blame lies and then they will want to control the guns, or something else — not the man.” Republicans, he said, don’t need to look anywhere else for the blame.

I’m not sure where to start. I haven’t even quoted the Robert Leonard bits where he laments the fiction of city liberals spending money on roads and computers while rural America — the bedrock of all that is good and fine in America — watches its roads turn to gravel.

First, Homo sapiens is an animal. Like any animal, homo sapiens must be trained. Homo sapiens is neither fundamentally good nor evil.

Secondly, Donald J. Trump should frighten these Iowans to death. He hasn’t shown much patriotism. He doesn’t go to church (he doesn’t even know who or what the Corinthians were). He’s been married three times. He treats taxes as if they were Paul Ryan — an annoyance to be ignored.

Thirdly, who cares what J.C. Watts thinks?

Finally, teenagers are stupid.

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One Response to Liberal soul-searching in the Trump era

  1. jonolan says:

    Actually, for most commonly held definitions of “good” and “bad,” Man is born “bad.” Man is born completely self-centered and social only to the point of getting what he can out of a group. He has to be taught not to be anti-social and to limit his desires or, at least their fulfillment, when necessary for the common good.

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