Thursday, July 13, 2006

It's the Conservatism Stupid - Part 2

Conservatism is the ideology of the past—a past we don’t want to return to.

"Liberals need to embrace the culture war, because we’re winning. The story of American history is that of conservative ideas and prejudices falling away as our society grows more progressive and thus more true to our nation’s founding ideals. Conservatives supported slavery, conservatives opposed women’s suffrage, conservatives supported Jim Crow, conservatives opposed the 40-hour work week and the abolishment of child labor, and conservatives supported McCarthyism. In short, all the major advancements of freedom and justice in our history were pushed by liberals and opposed by conservatives, no matter the party they inhabited at the time.

Conservatism is Bill Bennett lecturing you about self-denial, then rushing off to feed his slot habit at the casino. It’s James Dobson telling you that children need regular beatings to stay in line. It’s a superannuated nun rapping you on the knuckles so you won’t think about your dirty parts. It’s Jerry Falwell watching “Teletubbies” frame by frame to see if Tinky Winky is trying to turn him gay. Conservatism is everyone you never wanted to grow up to be."

[From Paul Waldman. For the entire article go here.]


Oilfieldguy said...

Liberals are winning the culture war? Well, I'm a liberal, and until I see evidence manifested by winning elections, I'll refrain from up-is-downism. I watch the current round of teevee ads by racists like Bode proudly announcing her intention of illeminating "anchor baby" citizenship for "illegal immigrants", and wonder if there is a market here for that. Of course there is. What I don't see is someone saying we don't have an illegal immigrant problem, but we do have an illeagal employer problem. It's just so much easier to beat up on the powerless and terrified, and the fact that they are brown, sorta like 9/11 and the Iraqistan terrists.

Recast the dialogue into liberals want more freedom; not less. Liberals want more rights; not less. Liberals want more privacy; not less. Liberals want open Governance; not closed secret and secretive.

James Nimmo said...

The story by Waldman, "It's the Conservatism, Stupid", posted by Lisa, leaves out one very liveley area of civil rights controversy and that is equality for America's gay/lesbian citizens.

Much progress has been made in the areas he did name, while sadly with the three court decisions made this week in NY, GA, and NE, as well as the many state ballot questions to be decided this November, the legal recognition of gay/lesbian's inherent citizenship would appear to be stymied.

On the horizon there are court decisions upcoming in NJ and WA as well as a good fight brewing in CA where a strong Demo-controlled legislature is going to push against the GOPer Governator.

CT has a strong civil-union law to match the one in VT.

A slight majority of Fortune 500 companies now have gay/lesbian protective policies. AR's Supreme Court recognized the stability offered by gay foster parenting.

Slowly, with backward and forward decisions--made by legal entities and private recognitions--gayl equality will be a part of the Democratic Party's success in the future.