Politics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted on 2016 November 6



If a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested.  Tom Wolfe


Good things about American Conservatism

  • Respect for political foundations – separation of powers, limited central authority, strong defense, local control of local issues
  • Respect for the Constitution as amendable rather than re-interpretable
  • Recognition of government as defender of freedom rather than manager of society
  • Civility toward others, “live and let live”
  • Respect for success (rather than contempt for it)
  • Cherishing old things (rather than discarding them)
  • Cherishing family (rather than destabilizing it)

Bad things about American Conservatism

  • Difficulty accepting change
  • Reluctance to try new things
  • Failure to adapt old principles to deal with modernity
  • Failure to make room for “otherness”
  • Contempt for those who act or appear different from them
  • Over-concern with “purity”
  • Over-willingness to use force of arms to settle disputes
  • Over-dependence on an “honor code” to settle disputes
  • Over-concern with controlling the moral lives of others
  • Desire to install religious sanctions into governance
  • Moral absolutism

Ugly things about American Conservatism

  • Neo-conservatism (big government, imperial president, attack on civil liberties, invading other countries, free reign to investment banks)
  • Loss of moral compass when negotiating with the Left
  • RINOs (Republican In Name Only)
  • Fracking
  • Trump campaign
  • Kitsch

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Good things about American Liberalism:

  • Concern for the Little Guy
  • Respect toward the disenfranchised
  • Dissent against racism
  • Dissent against sexism
  • Dissent against corrupt wealth
  • Desire for amity among all peoples
  • Desire to reduce the dangers of war
  • Willingness to risk change

Bad things about American Liberalism:

  • Impatience with tradition
  • Difficulty taking personal responsibility
  • Tendency to blame their problems on rich people
  • Desire to avenge themselves on the wealthy
  • Sense of entitlement to other people’s money
  • Desire to have central government make all the decisions
  • Impatience with ideas and words other than their own
  • Uplifting the poor at the expense of tradition
  • Juvenilized constituency
  • Moral relativism

Ugly things about American Liberalism:

  • Willingness to turn against their own heroes (Wilson, Jefferson, etc.)
  • Willingness to turn against their allies (e.g., Israel)
  • Legalizing marijuana while criminalizing tobacco
  • Early support for eugenics
  • Early support for Communism
  • Speech censorship
  • Clinton Foundation
  • Nancy Pelosi

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One bastard goes in, another comes out! — “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”


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