H2O Man wrote:
Why are Conservatives So Mean?
Because they're pusillanimous, timid, insecure,
intellectually stunted atavistic throwbacks who fear change
and distrust those who are different from themselves? Am I close?
This post is false and ignorant (meaning uninformed).
U are close about the distrust
I voted for Reagan and for Barry Goldwater before Reagan.
I offer these credentials in proof of my conservatism.
Conservative means non-deviant
; it means orthodox
It means inflexibly
holding on to the terms of an agreement,
or to a statute or to any body of rules, refusing to be seduced
by arguments or supplications or threats or enticements to the contrary.
For instance, if a conservative mathematician
is asked how much are 2 + 2 he will answer 4
and he will not be dissuaded into amending his assessment to 4.3,
regardless of how sweetly he is begged. If he is sufficiently
intimidated or bribed into asserting that 2 + 2 = 4.3,
then by so doing, he is no longer a conservative mathematician.
If a man dresses very conservatively in black suits and neckties
and then begins to dress in colorful clown suits,
he is no longer a conservative dresser because he has DEVIATED
from the paradigm.
If a man rigidly adheres to the historical political principles of the US Constitution,
supporting laissez faire
free enterprize, Individualism and very limited government,
then he is a political conservative and libertarian.
In contrast, liberal means deviant
from the terms
thereof, corruptly misinterpreting them.
Without deviation from SOMETHING
, there can be no liberalism.
Conservative and liberal are both relative
having no meaning of themselves without reference to some criterion.
The emotional issue between American conservatives
and liberals, in its deepest essence, is this question:
if u r beset with an appeal for charity
do u have the freedom to choose whether to reject it or not?
If u reject the appeal, shoud government force u to grant it anyway?
(i.e., government ripping off your property by taxation
and begifting it to the beggars)
Conservatives know that, by their laissez faire
freedom under the US Constitution,
that choice belongs to them. Liberals wish to benefit the poor.
Frequently, the liberals ARE
who wish to use government as a weapon to rip off
the rich and the middle classes.
This was foreseen by Alexis de Tocqueville:
the poor woud use democracy as a weapon
to steal from the rich and middle classes.