Skip to main content

Here is your Conservative heritage:

So you want to be a Conservative? Let me tell you something about your heritage.
   When Conservatives had a choice between tax cuts for the top 1% of Americans and the middle class, they chose the super rich.
   When Conservatives have had a choice between tax-cuts for the super rich and funding for the National Institutes of Health, which supports the development of cures for cancer, heart disease, and other serious illness, they have cut funding for the National Institutes of Health.
   When Conservatives had the choice between tax cuts for the rich and body armor for American troops dying in Iraq, they chose tax cuts.
   Every time working people have asked for a rise in the minimum wage, Conservatives have opposed it, saying that wealthy businesses can't afford it-even as they gave huge bonuses to their CEOs.
   When scientists discovered that research on fetal tissue transplants and stem cells might help people with Alzheimer's disease or quadriplegia overcome their illness, Conservatives blocked it, saying that God was against it.
   When Congress proposed a national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Conservatives opposed it, calling him a Communist on the floor of the United States Senate.
   When people in wheelchairs, including World War II veterans who lost their limbs defending our nation, asked for accessible sidewalks and buildings, Conservatives opposed it, saying it was too expensive.
   When Franklin Roosevelt tried to create a safety net for senior citizens, Conservatives opposed it, saying we couldn't afford it, and they have been trying to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid ever since.
   When Bill Clinton proposed a law that would allow any new mother to take three months of unpaid leave from her job without fear of getting fired for having a baby, Conservatives opposed it, saying it would be too costly for business.
   When half of the people who were going bankrupt every year where doing so after a catastrophic illness that wiped out their life savings, Conservatives changed the law to make it impossible for them to file for bankruptcy, so that credit card companies could expand their profits.
   When oil profits soared beyond all previous heights, and the price of gas at the pump doubled from $1.50 a gallon to $3 a gallon, Conservatives pushed through the Congress a taxpayer-finances multibillion-dollar "incentives package" for oil companies to keep up the good work.
   So you want to be a Conservative? That's your heritage. Stand tall.

The previous piece was an excerpt from Drew Weston's The Political Brain. The ideas presented above need to be read and re-read by us all. Then, more importantly we need to repeat them over and over.

We need to turn the above ideas into emails mailed out to all of our friends (with the request they forward them along). We need to turn these ideas into letters to editor of our local newspapers. We need candidates for office repeating these ideas. Short high-impact videos to go viral and longer documentaries. Insert these ideas into music and then people will be literally humming our counter-narrative tune.

We need to break down the Conservative brand. This is where we can begin.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site