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  •  First. What is with the number signs? (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

    or are they hash tags and do they have a meaning other than quantitative indicator or tweet meme?

    2nd. Unfortunately while today's Tea Partiers or their progeny may evolve on current issues, there will always be room for conservatives in the future standing athwart new frontiers of history. That's what they do. That's what they've always done.

    They may not be clinging dearly to Feudalism, slavery, sexual discrimination, white economic entitlement and fossil fuels. But there will be fossil politics forever.

    You may find yourself, one day, pining for the good old days of the early century as a new generation's imagination and social comity presses you to evolve on taboos you take for granted now.

    I like to see progressivism as your diary seems to invision. Perpetual change, improvement; the ability to discard worn out policies that have run their course, even "liberal" ones.

    Progressive policies should be designed to end or they are not solutions they are structures and the clinging to historical social, political and economic structures is conservatism.

    Conservatism has it's place in stabilizing a safe productive society and maintaining traditions that give a great deal of meaning to our existence. Unchecked "enlightened" social engineering and change is often untested and has devastating, even catastrophic potential.

    Conservatism is necessary and will always be. It's grandma telling you to be careful on your first date. She knows something you don't. But the free spirit will test all boundaries and push forward regardless, discovering new beauties and new dangers.

    The founders built a government in order to form a "more perfect union" of human beings. There is no expiration date on that. No finality.

    •  Yes hashtags. I Tweet as much as I blog (2+ / 0-)
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      anymore, even started the DKos group (DKos TWEETers).

      Shorthand and takes less typing, also stands in for more old-fashioned grammar tricks to "spice up" written prose, for emphasis.

      I'm not so sure I buy your theory on designing policies to have what amounts to a "use by" date. Or that long-term, boundless policies amount to Structure instead of policy. But I think I get your point, nonetheless.

      I too think humans need more flexibility in their thinking, which reflects the overall political basis of "progressivism" to a T, and mirrors most of my own ideas about politics - which is that without the ability to evolve and meeting changing requirements with new and inspired ideas, any sort of group or organization is doomed to eventually fail and fade into history.

      In addition, I don't believe necessarily in the idea that conservative societal mores tend to be stabilizing or safe. Sometimes they are bear-traps that keep our society stuck in a former era's restrictive ideology, without any escape path.

      I really like that final thought though.

      The founders built a government in order to form a "more perfect union" of human beings. There is no expiration date on that. No finality.
      Live long, and prosper; in other words.


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

      by Angie in WA State on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:03:50 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I must assimilate to the tweet (1+ / 0-)
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        Angie in WA State

        Conservatism must be broken again and again. But the founders also feared mob rule. A notion that gains my respect as I get older. Which is hopefully a sign of maturity and gaining insight into our world and not the growth of cynicism in very challenging world.

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