Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM
DonViejo (11,760 posts)
The Conservative Spring
The Conservative Spring
It’s a good time to be a conservative dissident reformer. Dissidents, long persecuted by the conservative power structure, have been vindicated by the 2012 elections. Their stinging critiques of modern conservatism’s flaws and their urgent calls for reform have been borne out by actual events.
Now, as the GOP regroups from its electoral debacle, public criticisms of conservative dogmas have expanded beyond a small circle of dissidents. Prominent conservatives are saying heretical things that would have gotten them tarred, feathered, and banished a few months ago.
The long night of strict doctrinal conformity- a period when dissidents were condemned for the slightest deviations in the equivalent of media show trials, purged, and then airbrushed out of old CPAC convention pictures- shows signs of ending. The high priests of the conservative infotainment industry are both discredited and politically vulnerable. Their agenda has been exposed as a bankrupt fraud- a Potemkin village, a path to nowhere.
And with the conservative power structure reeling in disarray, thoughtcrime- on issues as diverse as immigration, same-sex marriage, economic policy, and taxes- is no longer being punished. A political and intellectual liberalization is occurring- a veritable Conservative Spring.
Ironically, Sean Hannity created the first breach in the ideological dike when he announced immediately after the election that his “evolving” views on immigration reform had led him to support a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Hannity’s statement might have been a transparent attempt to pander to Hispanic voters but in the context of conservative public discourse it was revolutionary.
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:46 AM
PATRICK (11,845 posts)
1. They had their chance
more so than any "liberal" ideology had with the Democrats. In fact the harm done to both parties was not rendering the ideological flags practical to the needs of nation or citizen. Piecemeal delivery, failures and economic crisis(the bottom line standard for most political judgment days but you'd never know it the way the government acts).
But especially the "intellectual" breakout of conservatism is plainly a fraud. It only is a PR and moral issue cover for corporate rule, lawless profit and a pyramid society with a heart of stone. it doubled down on its vices, supported its fringes, got carried by them on litters, the hands outstretched to grab money toward the abyss.
Ideas? Wisdom? Popular support? All profitable lies to such an opposite degree that surpassing long ago their trumpets of madness they can't even manage to sound insane anymore. it is a mindless babble and if the MSM or Dems think they can interpret this drooling speaking in conservative tongues they are wasting valuable time- while the reflexive grabbing, hating whining continues.