Skip to comments.Is there a "conservative paradigm" in America?
Posted on 05/19/2006 11:01:21 AM PDT by RepublicanPatriot
Unless and until conservatives and Republicans start fighting for their country and culture with the same unyielding vehemence that the Left has pushed for its agenda for the past 40 years, America will continue down the same liberal path leading to socialism at home, weakness abroad, and the end of both the American Dream and the American Century.
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Poll after poll shows that Americans self identify as conservatives roughly 35% to 18%. What do you think?
Perhaps too many are naive members of a secret society.
Polls don't reflect reality. Americans might say they are "conservative" -- but then why do they consistently fail to support conservative policies?
Is that FDR? How appropriate, given the topic under discussion.
Yes the revolution of FDR has never been undone. There is little stomach for it. Even Reagan actually accomplished very little in terms of rolling back FDR era socialism.
At this point if you talk about ending Social Security (not means testing, or whatever else the liberals will do to continue it's transformation into a pure redistributionist program like all the others) you are a out on the radical fringe. Unelectable. Unpublishable (except on blogs and ezines).
"Conservative" means Bill O'Reilly. How would he answer if you asked him "should the Federal Government be reduced in scope to accomplish only those duties that are specified in the US Constitution". "No, of course not... that's just not realistic ... we need Medicare, etc.".
Many, probably most Republican politicians would answer the same. True Constiutional Conservatism, abiding Social Conservatism these are minority positions.
" the truth is that on the truly big issues on the ground, America is still in the grip of the liberal paradigm that came into existence under FDR. "
Yup. Hence my screen name.
And many here seem to actually cheer that liberal paradigm on - so long as the politicians in power have an "R" after their names.
The word "Conservative" has been "defined down" these days.
I don't read stuff if I see the word "paradigm". Or "synergy". Or "value-added".
You are correct.
--- because they harbor a delusion they are more conservative then their neighbor they hold fast to the fantasy they are holding down the line on Traditional Values.
Our 'traditional values' are enumerated in the Constitutions attempts to protect life, liberty, or property, with due process of law.
Far too many of todays self described conservatives, -- and all socialists, -- are convinced that the rule of law can be dictated by majority rule.
- Thus our Republic is being converted into a 'democracy', -- a tyranny of the majority.
Believe it or not even most Dems are socially conservative. But they've been brainwashed by the small percent of ultra-libs who control the media, education, and the entertainment industry. The leftist termites have taken over. Conservative talk shows, the internet, and Fox are basically in their infancy as far as fighting back. We have a long, hard fight ahead of us to take the country back.
most people don't understand "which" principles differentiate the two parties, they vote on personality. I live in a very blue state, and am amazed after questioning your average dem on specific issues, that they often fall to the right in the political spectrum. The republican are notoriously awful at explaining what it means to support republican ideas. The dems usually sit back, say nothing, and wait for the opportunity to emote on camera. I've never been able to get your average dem to explain what the democratic party stands for.
I once asked a Republican fundraiser (phone solicitation) if she could tell me what a repulic was. She didn't have a clue.
The Groton influence of Endicott Peabody showed in a speech Roosevelt gave at the People's Forum in Troy, NY in 1912. There he declared that western Europeans and Americans had achieved victory in the struggle for "the liberty of the individual," and that the new agenda should be a "struggle for the liberty of the community." The wrong ethos for a new age was, "every man does as he sees fit, even with a due regard to law and order." The new order should be, "march on with civilization in a way satisfactory to the well-being of the great majority of us."
In that speech Roosevelt outlined the philosophical base of what would eventually become the New Deal. He also forecast the rhetorical mode by which "community" could loom over individual liberty. "If we call the method regulation, people hold up their hands in horror and say un-American,' or dangerous,'" Roosevelt pointed out. "But if we call the same identical process co-operation, these same old fogeys will cry out well done'.... cooperation is as good a word for the new theory as any other."
WHO'S AFRAID OF ENUMERATED RIGHTS?
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