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Bush - the new definition of conservative

February 18, 2006

Great post on Unclaimed Territory about our president’s role as the new definition of ‘conservative’:

People who self-identify as “conservatives” and have always been considered to be conservatives become liberal heathens the moment they dissent, even on the most non-ideological grounds, from a Bush decree. That’s because “conservatism” is now a term used to describe personal loyalty to the leader (just as “liberal” is used to describe disloyalty to that leader), and no longer refers to a set of beliefs about government. Link

The terms ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ have never had much meaning but now they just mean “who you march behind”.  For those of us who don’t like to march, these are lean times indeed.  Republican Kool-Aid has its Democratic counterpart, and neither makes a healthy drink. This would be a good article to forward to anyone who self-identifies as either ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ and seems to take delivery on the whole package.

(from Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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  1. February 18, 2006 at 13:13 | #1

    Yep. The left wing calls me a heartless capitalist because I believe people should be able to keep a majority of what they earn and detest the idea of taxation for income redistribution. But the right wing says I am a godless commie because I believe in freedom of and from religion as well as support equal rights for monorities, gays, and women.

    The intellectuals of the universities call me a bigot because I call the Muslims, who have sworn to destroy my country and me, ragheads. And, of course I am a bigot when I speak out about a sub culture created by government welfare. Of course the right wing doesn’t like it when I talk about corporate welfare and government support of business and then the left wing gets upset when I point out the unions are virtually screwing themselves out of jobs by extorting the companies they work for. I reckon that I don’t fit the mold of either liberal or conservative but I do figure that I have a lot in common with the new libertarian movement.

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