: to think about or describe something (such as bad behavior) in a way that explains it and makes it seem proper, more attractive, etc.
It is a common human failing.
Liberals just think they are effectively immune to common human failings and their preferred policies require an absolute belief that their politicians do not suffer common human failings despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
So all they do is spend all their time rationalizing their policy failures. I think that's part of the reason conservatives on average are happier.
Scholars on both the left and right have studied this question extensively, and have reached a consensus that it is conservatives who possess the happiness edge. Many data sets show this. For example, the Pew Research Center in 2006 reported that conservative Republicans were 68 percent more likely than liberal Democrats to say they were “very happy” about their lives. This pattern has persisted for decades. The question isn’t whether this is true, but why.
Was Jim climbing the hill really a call for help?
Whether religion and marriage should make people happy is a question you have to answer for yourself. But consider this: Fifty-two percent of married, religious, politically conservative people (with kids) are very happy — versus only 14 percent of single, secular, liberal people without kids.
The liberals actually know this. They practice this in their own life. If only liberals would preach what they practice. Jim, Dude, BDD2, etc. They are all basically living the conservative ideal for obvious reasons, but is that what they preach to help those they view as helpless adults that cannot make it with out their paternal care in the form of government handouts and mandates? Why? I guess they get so much joy of being parents, they want to add millions of minorities and "disadvantaged" white adults under their care and not set free from the nest to become responsible successful adults like them and their actual children.