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  •  "Conservative" is ill defined. (1+ / 0-)
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    I might call me and my family fairly "conservative," in that we are to a great extant a traditional and tradition following family. Fairly traditional forms of patriotism and religion (Catholicism) play a role in the family fabric.

    However, we are fairly hard-line on labor rights, want taxes raised in the wealthy and the big businesses, and while personally am pro-life in the sense that I think abortion is bad I feel my solution to that is to not get one (Though as a male that issue I feel will likely never arise anyway :D )

    So I think polling should be done to find out just what is a conservative.

    •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

      Clowns who support the most liberal energy (drill, baby, drill) and economic (free markets) policies call themselves conservatives.

      Battleground Wisconsin: Fascism has come to America

      by jhecht on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 08:30:03 AM PDT

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    •  In my experience, Conservative is... (0+ / 0-)

      ...short hand for "I agree with mostly everyone else."

      "Conservative" can be interpreted as a desire  to maintain the current state of affairs. And to be honest, taking a hatchet to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is not Conservative.

      Change is scary to begin with. Add to the prospect of change a chorus of well-funded, narrowly self-interested screamers who have profoundly emphasized the downside of our collective view of "change" and minimized the dangers of their largely hidden, nefarious motives, and it becomes even scarier.

      It's not daunting to me that only 20% or so of us self-IDs as "Liberal." Out task really is to demonstrate and insist that much of what is being championed as "Conservative" is in fact change of a different sort: a change guaranteed to create even more uncertainty, dislocation and discord.

      The so-called "rising tide" is lifting only yachts.

      by Egalitare on Mon Aug 01, 2011 at 09:01:35 AM PDT

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