Mon Jan 2, 2012, 07:35 PM
MrScorpio (67,149 posts)
The Right Wing is always saying that America should be more conservative
…And America is already an incredibly conservative nation. I use "incredibly", because in many ways it still continues to function IN SPITE of how conservative it is. Despite our collective conservatism, on the liberal side of things, you really don't hear that we need to make America "More Liberal". It comes right down to basic differences
Put liberal and conservative politicians side-by-side, and the level of discourse is quite remarkable between the two camps.
Take the most liberal of pols like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, He's not's saying that America isn't "liberal enough", he says that America has to work for everyone. This is typical for most so-called "liberals":
When you listen to Republican conservatives, you hear remarks about compassion for poor people being akin to some kind of evil deed. Take South Carolina Lt Governor Andre Bauer, for example. His remarks are quite amazing and at the heart of conservative thinking:
The basic language difference between liberals and conservatives couldn't be more striking.
While liberals usually make references of inclusivity and equality, conservatives are always finding ways to separate people. Separations between race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, religion, sexuality, age is always featured in the language of conservatives. Differences which are always depicted as something to fear and hate.
Basically, they're afraid of EVERYTHING, even each other:
When listening to conservatives, one gets the idea that America can NEVER be conservative ENOUGH. That no amount of cruelty can ever be enough to be heaped on those unlike themselves…
Gays and the sick should just die, non-Christians should be thrown in jail, the poor should starve and their children should be sent to Dickensian orphanages and so on and so on. And many Americans, living desperate lives and fearful of their own futures and their familys' future fall for this hateful and violent rhetoric again and again. Even if it's too their OWN detriment: People who vote to restrict some perceived "liberal" evil, like voting rights or "excessive" lawsuit awards find out that those votes are against THEMSELVES.
Conservatives depend on using fear and hatred as the impetus for getting Americans to shoot themselves in their own feet. Voting for Conservatives may always be depicted as "holding the line" but it's always invariably moving twenty steps back.
Any decent person should be appalled when they listen to all the conservative Republican presidential candidates talk about what they want for America if they ever regain total control of the Federal government. The last time that had that kind of control, we almost destroyed ourselves and yet, they claim that the excesses of total Republican control were not conservative enough.
Anyone who cares for the future of America, Americans and the fate of the world around us should take care when dealing with any kind of conservative idea. They should all be rejected out of hand as nothing more than radical and destructive to all of us.
Making America "more conservative" than it is already is nothing more than an exercise in self destruction.
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