To be a liberal requires an absence of critical thought.
...Reminds me of childeren.
Funny you say that, as I believe that to be a liberal requires a person to view the world in an adolescent, juvenile manner, irrespective of reality. And when reality intrudes, the liberal must screen and filter the images entering into their brain. It is willful ignorance, but writ large as a worldview. It colors everything they see and experience.
That, coupled with a perpetual rebellion against your dad, which is then transferred to any convenient authority figure.
Example: "Those toll booths, man, always oppressing me by making me stop and pay 75 cents. They're keeping us down, dude. We oughta just not pay; they can't arrest us all, man!"
Reality has little to do with it, and in picking the brains of probably hundreds of leftists/socialists/liberals/democrats, I have never EVER hear a cogent, valid argument for supporting their side of an issue that did not ultimately revert to feelings and emotions: "Ban guns; it's for the children!"