"If you are not a Liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you are not Conservative by 40, you have no brain."-Winston Churchill
I love this quote, so I started to research it. Can you believe something as simple as this statement actually draws a lot of attention, and a lot of ire? The first attempt to respond to this, apparently by a liberal, went like this...
"We are quite taken with our celebrities and sports stars, I'm surprised anyone has time for a cigar-smoking British politician?"
Now I thought that was kind of petty but I continued my research and found, oh so much more....
"First of all, this is becoming very cliche-ish."
I guess this remark is really getting under their skin, but wait there is more....
"Do people that quote Churchill understand what context he made the remark? And that the British political view of liberalism is very different than the American view? Most importantly the demographics of American voting patterns do not bear this out. It really isn't clever anymore." (Author's note: they misspelled American I corrected it)
So they first attacked the person, note this is a perfect example of liberal tactics, discredit the opposition. Then they proceed to go into the liberal playbook to deny it authenticity......
"According to research by Mark T. Shirey, citing Nice Guys Finish Seventh: False Phrases, Spurious Sayings, and Familiar Misquotations by Ralph Keyes, 1992, this quote was first uttered by mid-nineteenth century historian and statesman François Guizot when he observed, Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head. This quote has been attributed variously to George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Disraeli, Otto von Bismarck, and others.
Furthermore, the Churchill Centre, on its Falsely Attributed Quotations page, states "there is no record of anyone hearing Churchill say this." Paul Addison of Edinburgh University is quoted as stating: "Surely Churchill can't have used the words attributed to him. He'd been a Conservative at 15 and a Liberal at 35! And would he have talked so disrespectfully of Clemmie, who is generally thought to have been a lifelong Liberal?"
The point of the whole quote is lost in this barrage designed to alter the discussion. Liberals prey on the youth, whether those liberals are young or old, they need to be naive. I believe it was Lenin that called them, "useful idiots," but they'll likely say he never said that, or never existed. The quickest cure for liberalism is a job and a tax bill. All of a sudden, when money starts to flow from your pockets, your world view changes.
There was recently a study at a major University where a group of students were asked in the best liberal light, if their grade point average, GPA, could be "redistributed" throughout the whole college. It seems the ones who'd worked hard to achieve a 4.0 and above took exception. After all they had worked hard and studied for that recognition, and those who'd achieved lower GPA's, not so much. Apparently raising the whole University's GPA to a average passing grade was too much of a sacrifice for even the most devout liberal student. Instant conservative thinking!