View Full Version : Commentary - Peter Schweizer: Conservatives more honest than liberals?

06-02-2008, 03:00 PM
The headline may seem like a trick question — even a dangerous one — to ask during an election year. And notice, please, that I didn’t ask whether certain politicians are more honest than others. (Politicians are a different species altogether.) Yet there is a striking gap between the manner in which liberals and conservatives address the issue of honesty.

Consider these results:

Is it OK to cheat on your taxes? A total of 57 percent of those who described themselves as “very liberal” said yes in response to the World Values Survey, compared with only 20 percent of those who are “very conservative.” When Pew Research asked whether it was “morally wrong” to cheat Uncle Sam, 86 percent of conservatives agreed, compared with only 68 percent of liberals.

Ponder this scenario, offered by the National Cultural Values Survey: “You lose your job. Your friend’s company is looking for someone to do temporary work. They are willing to pay the person in cash to avoid taxes and allow the person to still collect unemployment. What would you do?”

Almost half, or 49 percent, of self-described progressives would go along with the scheme, but only 21 percent of conservatives said they would.

When the World Values Survey asked a similar question, the results were largely the same: Those who were very liberal were much more likely to say it was all right to get welfare benefits you didn’t deserve.

The World Values Survey found that those on the left were also much more likely to say it is OK to buy goods that you know are stolen. Studies have also found that 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 and to avoid the truth while negotiating the price of a car.

Link (http://www.examiner.com/a-1419425~Peter_Schweizer__Conservatives_more_honest _than_liberals_.html)


06-02-2008, 03:27 PM
Fascinating article but it didn't really tell me anything I didn't know from years of reading DU. :)

The honesty gap is also not a result of “bad people” becoming liberals and “good people” becoming conservatives. In my mind, a more likely explanation is bad ideas. Modern liberalism is infused with idea that truth is relative. Surveys consistently show this. And if truth is relative, it also must follow that honesty is subjective.

I think that's the main reason certain people gravitate towards liberalism. Of course, Bill Clinton is the prime example of this, with his infamous: it depends of the what the meaning of "is" is.

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.”

Just like Obama and and his relationship with Trinity Church. First he couldn't disown them anymore than his grandmother and now they're about as useful to him as a used tissue.

Constitutionally Speaking
06-02-2008, 03:27 PM
This should not be suprising to anyone. Liberals have been lying to get elected AT LEAST since I have been able to vote - and I'm not a spring chicken anymore.

06-02-2008, 10:48 PM
Its no surprise. Look at how they piss on certain values then embrace those values for political gain.

They are children.