Source: John Green

There’s a famous saying often attributed to Edmund Burke: “If you are not a liberal at 25, you have no heart.  If you are not a conservative at 35 you have no brain.”  Youth is attracted to liberalism because its ideals sound good — they really do.  You’d have to be some kind of monster not to want to save the planet, lift up the poor, correct past injustices, and share equally in Earth’s bounty.

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The problem with liberals is not their ideals; it’s their actions — which never accomplish their intended purpose.  That’s because liberals are emotional, rather than rational, animals.  They make decisions with their hormones, not their brains — just like children.  Try debating one, and you’ll see.  I’ve tried.  It can’t be done.  You’ll be treated to an endless word salad of leftist talking points, followed by anger and a personal insult. 

As one matures (not ages), one moves from emotion to wisdom.  With that wisdom comes the realization that the laws of nature and economics do not bend to our will.  The world is as it was created by our maker, not as we wish it to be.  I’ve been on this earth for only about six decades.  I don’t claim to be a wise man, but I’ve learned a few truths along the way.

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