From Pine View Farm

What Is a Conservative . . . 0

. . . in today’s discourse?

Used to be, there were pretty clear differences between liberals and conservatives. Frankly, I think there still are.

But I don’t think those differences are ruling public discourse. Rather, I think that, for the more strident members of the right wing (and also of the left wing), George Bush has become the defining factor. I think Unclaimed Territory has it right; I urge you, whether you consider youself liberal, conservative, or independent, to follow the link and read the entire post from which this excerpt is taken:

Now, in order to be considered a “liberal,” only one thing is required – a failure to pledge blind loyalty to George W. Bush. The minute one criticizes him is the minute that one becomes a “liberal,” regardless of the ground on which the criticism is based. And the more one criticizes him, by definition, the more “liberal” one is. Whether one is a “liberal” — or, for that matter, a “conservative” — is now no longer a function of one’s actual political views, but is a function purely of one’s personal loyalty to George Bush.

(Thanks to Phillybits for introducing me to this site.)


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