Go beyond labels and superficialities.
What is needed to preserve a culture?
Let me think–because these “conservatives” never conserve anything, not even girls’ bathrooms!?
Why I use the term statist or socialist.
This really shouldn’t be news to people.
Garrie said, “Liberalism is a belief that a state/government should stand back and let chips fall where they may. It is internal non-interventionism.”
While that may be a correct definition of (classical) liberalism, it is not non-interventionism. To think that government, who will send their thuggish goons to kill or imprison me for not giving my money to government, is in any way non-interventionism is simply insane.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Coming at Many ‘Conservatives’ Are Actually . . . from a somewhat different direction:
“The problem with American conservatism is that it hates the left more than the state, loves the past more than liberty, feels a greater attachment to nationalism than to the idea of self-determination, believes brute force is the answer to all social problems and thinks it is better to impose truth rather than risk losing one’s soul to heresy. It has never understood the idea of freedom as a self-ordering principle of society. It has never seen the state as the enemy of what conservatives purport to favor. It has always looked to presidential power as the saving grace of what is right and true about America.”
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The author is making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s quite reasonable that political terms don’t mean the same things that they did in Scotland in 1770. Who cares. Terminology drift in inevitable in any field of human endeavor, and more so in politics where terms are part of the fight.
It’s an active war, with notable successes.
Liberal. Usually identified with ineffective Democratic party politicians with a particular focus on bleeding heart policies. Michael Dukakis is the poster child. Today Dems object to being called liberals. Point: Right Wing.
Progressive. Current favored term of the left for themselves. Recalls era of Big Government far enough in the past that most Americans have no idea what happened. I like to remind “progressives” that Prohibition was the first great Progressive success, and set the tone for the rest.
Cuckservative. Humorous, and vulgar slur against establishment Republicans that compares them to weak men watching other men (“bulls”) screw their wife for them.
Conservative Inc.: I nicer way to say ‘cuckservative’, focusing on the personal benefit many pundits achieve selling something that always loses.
Others: RINO, Tea Party, Tea Bagger, Regressive Left, Reactionary, and of course Alt-Right.
All of the above are pretty well understood by everyone into politics these days. And everyone already knows that the “classical” in “classical liberalism” means … blah, blah, blah — Hume.
What a bore this author must be at cocktail parties.
Please grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
The courage to do the things I MUST
and the wisdom to buy some good NVG and body armor.
Not ‘conservatives,’ the GOP or the party cucks like Glenn Beck. What all of them fail to understand is when one side is willing to demonize, sue, jail, and eventually roll your ass up into whatever neat little labor camp or shower facility is the flavor of the day here, being ‘reasonable,’ ‘coming together and listening to each other,’ and doing the ‘I’ll just die and not resist cause it makes me a better person’ dance isn’t cutting the mustard. You don’t meet the would-be rapist of your daughter ‘halfway.’ What it takes to preserve a culture is for a segment of it willing to go further than those seeking to destroy it. Someone who can out-monster the monsters, and is willing to do it. Beck and his merry band of obese man-children couldn’t preserve a bag of Cheetos, let alone cultural institutions. The same goes for the rest of the commentariat and doubly for jerk offs like Ryan.
Yes, no doubt many of them realize, if only subconsciously, that the word is meaningless. And to use the word in its conventional or dictionary sense – obviously one can’t live in America as we did when there was only three million of us and a whole continent lay before, populated by stone age peoples who had no chance in hell against us. We proceeded to fall on them like a wolf on the fold. BUT even we couldn’t have defeated them without a lot of teamwork.
When the Jamestown Colonists, many of whom were the seedy adventurer types, stated pushing around the local band of Indians, the Indians sent out runners to other villages. And those villages to other villages. Within a week, there were a thousand warriors arrayed against Jamestown. Individuals? Nigga, please. They were up against the Powhatan Confederation, numbering around 20,000 people. It would take many years, with many reinforcements and reversals, before they were in any position to really take them on. But we got ’em! – because Libertarianism was still a dream unborn and men knew they needed each other.
Even some of the colonists were willing to admit the war was really their fault and the Indians just protecting their lands. Most aren’t that honest, then or now. There would have been no America without the conquest of the Indians. No me and no you. We owe everything we have and everything we are to these colonists, be they religious extremists, seedy adventurers, or just people looking for a chance or a new beginning. We can criticize but we must ultimately honor them. Ancestor worship if you will.
Jackson, dead bang on the money. This kind of argument about past definitions and the evolution of them and what’s current, blah, blah, blah, is horse shit on a cracker. Let’s get on with the funeral, and then on to the will. The will to fight for what is yours, and leaving everyone else alone is the basis for what ever it is we have here. We’ll have to band together to reach common goals, and after that, cooperate with each other to maintain them. But the end game is like the song,” Baby I love you, just leave me the fuck alone”.
It was a conquest. We ran ’em off, killed ’em, or assimilated ’em. And then we denied it. That gave the libs the opportunity to hit us over the head with it for decades. Face it. Accept it. We won that one. It’s ours in the win column. Now get the team out of the locker room and back on the field. We have more work to do.
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