Talk to a conservative for a few minutes and you will hear them lie about something. I wish I could say that they don’t know that they’re lying but it’s getting harder and harder for me to give them the benefit of the doubt. Here’s a good example:
“Equal at the starting line?” Would this be why conservatives are so against food stamps, Medicaid, desegregated schools and affirmative action? Because everyone knows that if you’re born into crushing poverty, you clearly have the same chance of succeeding as a rich kid. Or even a middle class kid. Sounds legit!
The reality is that conservatives, who are overwhelmingly white, hate hate HATE the idea of a level playing field. Anything that might create such a thing is anathema. Also, anything that suggests that the playing field isn’t already level is an outrage. This is why they get so berserk when liberals bring up White Privilege. The very idea that conservatives have any kind of advantage over minorities undermines their deeply held belief that they are the superior
This deep seated fear of a level playing field is why the right wing is currently freaking out so badly. The closer the country gets to being a minority majority (meaning that white people will make up less than 50% of the total population), the closer white people get to losing the many unearned perks they get just for being white. It’ll take more than that to end White Privilege but it will signal an inevitable end.
The problem is, for conservatives, is that it’s really hard to admit, even to themselves, that they are quite happy with the status quo of minorities getting the shaft. Well, some of them have trouble admitting that. Others pretty much revel in that inequality. They tend to fly Confederate flags and pine for the “good ol’ days.” But don’t call them racist. They hate that.
The solution for the rest is to lie through their teeth. Or at least sink so deeply into cognitive dissonance that they can claim to want everyone to be equal at the starting line while doing everything humanly possible to make sure that never happens. Who do they think they’re kidding? More and more, the answer seems to be: No one. Not even themselves.