I always thought it was because they are unhappy and don’t care who knows it, and are trying to bring the rest of us down. Gerard Alexander was interviewed by Dennis Miller this morning, and he has written his thoughts in the Washington Post. Gerard and Dennis had a lot of fun with this topic – good radio.
American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension.
I don’t discount liberal’s arrogance either.
UPDATE: a short primer on happiness from the podcast Stuff You Missed In History Class. Starts with the Greek philosophers. (podcast is dated 6/8/9)