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  •  Jack-all to do with political conservatism (1+ / 0-)
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    What does political conservatism today mean other than "when our stuff fails, deny, spin, and give another tax cut to the rich"?

    Political conservatism means turning away from systems that worked back in the day, and risking the country's economy on Laffer Curves and Rosey Scenarios.

    Political conservatism means ignoring facts and intelligence and launching wars against best advice, and then pretending to be surprised when they explode in your face.

    Political conservatism means quashing internal dissent, and never saying you're sorry afterwards, and then going down the same bad road time after time.

    You'd think that engineers would be appalled.  But those I've encountered are the most jingoistic, nose in the defense trough and stick-it-to-the-poor folks I know.  Their sobbing after Obama won was painful to hear.  

    •  I might have misinterpreted your comment (0+ / 0-)

      I was looking at reactionary and conservative in design/hardware terms...and only slightly in political terms.

      I agree with some of what you are saying, but painting all aerospace engineers or even employees with that broad of a brush I don't agree with.  I've certainly met people of the types you are describing, but there are also many across the political spectrum, including liberals that are authoritarian and conservatives which are energetic consensus-builders.  I have worked with and for both.

      Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by SJLeonidas on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 03:19:05 PM PST

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