If Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone somewhere may be having a good time, then liberalism is the haunting fear that all the cool kids back in high school might have been right.
Liberals drank deeply from the well of “self-esteem” back in grade school. They are convinced they’re exceedingly special. Problem is, the world doesn’t agree. Kim Kardashian has a million Twitter followers, and they have three, because being good-looking trumps a perfect score on the SAT verbals every time. Statism is one life-long act of revenge for this sad state of affairs they can’t keep the quarterback from dating the head cheerleader, but they can make them both ride the subway to get to the prom.
Disclosure: My Twitter follower count and my score on the SAT verbal are surprisingly close for now.