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  •  Because true conservatives have been marginalized. (3+ / 0-)
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    Here's what the dictionary has to say about the word "conservative":

    ...disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
    Conservatives in the Burkean "stick with the tried and true" sense are slightly above the Socialist Worker's Party in terms of their influence in contemporary American politics.  They're allowed to show up at Republican party events so long as they keep their mouths shut, upon pain of being labeled a RINO.

    The people who define what "Republican"means don't look to the recent past, say the 40s or 50s or 60s, to decide what works.  Instead they look to an idealized past, before either Roosevelt, indeed before the Civil War or at least the 14th Amendment.  They aren't interested in preserving anything that has been established by long American tradition; they're for throwing it all out and starting over.

    Trying to re-establish a romanticized past, long before living memory is not the hallmark of a conservative. That's a radical's habit of pig-headed oversimplification at work.   My old college history teacher called it: socialism will never take root in this country; it's too alien.  Fascism, on the other hand, is a real possibility.

    The Republican party is dominated by racists, reactionaries and authoritarians.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:39:15 AM PDT

    •  Yes, back in the '50s I used to think of "true (1+ / 0-)
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      conservatives" as a kind of sea anchor that served the purpose of keeping liberals from going too fast or tipping over.

      But though there were some realistic conservatives then, the GOP was the home of Birchers, the Red Scared loyalty testers, the "fluoride in your drinking water", the "government knows the cure for cancer but is keeping it a secret" people.

      In Georgia, acting the fool with a gun is not only legal, it is encouraged by the governor and the state legislature.

      by Mayfly on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:20:33 AM PDT

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