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  •  I've actually resorted to reading NRO, WSJ, and (14+ / 0-)

    Weekly Standard looking for quotes from "respected conservative thought leaders" (how many oxymorons could we parse out of that string?!?).

    They quibble nonetheless, insisting that I've taken something "out of context," as if they had a clue what "context" is :-|

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    by 1BQ on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 06:11:10 PM PDT

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    •  Minds closed to learning (5+ / 0-)
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      SarahLee, marina, Blaarg, 1BQ, yaque

      1BQ, I applaud your efforts to help these conservative friends and acquaintances expand their horizons and learn something.

      It seems to me that sometimes people who cherish their closed minds can only learn through experience. I recall the anecdotes about dyed-in-the-wool opponents to HCR who changed their minds when they lost their insurance coverage.

      Here's a quote from C.S. Lewis, who was a pretty devout Christian:

      “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”

    •  The American Conservative Magazine... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...often has views that are what I call true conservative, or old school conservative.  it is worth looking at their website: amconmag.com

      •  Yes, I've used quotes from there as well (0+ / 0-)

        There seems to be a rift between old-school conservatism and the various new school flavors (neocons, theocrats, and teabaggers have a lot in common but aren't synonymous). Some of the people I deal with aren't big on amconmag. Go figure ~:-|

        "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

        by 1BQ on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 10:32:46 AM PDT

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