I resisted the temptation to snap back the infamous Van Jones answer, even though I felt it might have been more applicable than when Van Jones used it. But I realized that "because they're assholes" said far more about the anatomical geography of the guy who said it than the guys he was talking about.
Instead, I took a long sip of wine, reached for another vanilla wafer, and said, "Hmm. Let me think about that for a minute."
I thought about it while I was washing the luncheon dishes and while I was checking my early afternoon email and Annie was curled up in her favorite chair with her Kindle. And I thought about it as I was taking the dog for her afternoon walk.
Why do liberals think the way they do? Is it hereditary? Cases like Al Gore Jr. would seem to lend credence to that theory. However, in my own case, while both my parents were virulently Democrat, I was quickly converted to a Republican by less than six month's exposure to Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Is it environmental? The case of Hillary Clinton would seem to point in that direction. Hillary Rodham was raised in a very conservative family. She worked to uncover voter fraud in Illinois against Richard Nixon in 1960, and she campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964. But in 1965, she entered Wellesley College, where she was so inundated with anti-American propaganda that by 1968 she declared herself a Democrat. Her senior thesis at Wellesley was on the tactics for inciting civil disobedience as outlined in Saul Alinsky's book Rules for Radicals.
So one can be indoctrinated with liberalism, but why does it stick? Eisenhower and Reagan were both Democrats who became Republicans, so it is possible to learn from your mistakes and improve yourself. Why do so many liberals find it impossible to do the same?
Then it hit me.
It seems my wife threw me a trick question. "What makes liberals think the way they do?" There is no answer. Because liberals don't think! They just don't think! At all!
If they did, they couldn't be liberals.