Maybe you'll listen to Joe Farah? Because I'm tired of gettin' nowhere.
I've said that if there's any group I hate more than Democrats, it's Republicans. If there's any group I hate more than liberals, it's conservatives. I've called conservatives weak, and I've said that they are not willing to act to save anything. They're always looking to the next guy to take up the cause.
As if to prove my point, Jim Malberg wrote a piece on BloggersBase recently in which he decried the fact that both his daughter and his niece have encountered liberal professors at different schools who have chastised the women for their conservative beliefs, and perhaps even mocked them and encouraged others to scorn them.
So what did Jim do? Well, he expressed proper indignance at what his family members had experienced and then… he called for… nothing. That's right, he called for something that amounted to NOTHING!
So I suggested that he might have had a better story if he told us how his daughter stood up to the creep and told him to stuff it. Oh no, says Jim, he's daughter wants to be a lawyer and she doesn't need her student "career" jeopardized by some unilateral and futile act.
I told him that he sounded just like our Founding Fathers might have. I forgot to add the NOT!
So here's what Farah has to say today:
The conservative mantra about the Republican drubbing in the midterm congressional elections is: "Conservatives didn't lose, Republicans did."
With all due respect to my conservative friends, this is the kind of thinking that will take them the way of the Whigs.
Don't get me wrong. I love conservatives. Some of my best friends are conservatives. But being "conservative" is not a bold vision for the future. Being "conservative" will never inspire Americans to reject socialism and immorality. Banking on this word, this wholly inadequate, timid ideology is, instead, a sure-fire recipe for political defeat for the foreseeable future.
That's a pretty good start. What else does Joe have to say you ask?
There are three fundamental problems with conservatism:
- It is a defensive movement rather than offensive;
- Its exclusive field of battle is electoral politics;
- It lacks the vision of a better future
Take the gay marriage issue. No rational person would accept such a preposterous idea. Two people should be able to make a contract to cover particular needs, but marriage? between two men? There's a term for that - sick!
You would think that amendments simply declaring marriage to be an institution between one man and one woman would garner at least 90 percent support among Americans. Yet, even in four states in which the amendment passed, opposition exceeded an astounding 40 percent of the vote.
Conservatives look at those numbers and see victory. I've got news for you: So do the same-sex marriage activists. I look at those numbers and see inevitable defeat. It might be in 2008 or 2010 or 2012. But the die is cast. There is no question that the American view of marriage is changing.
Conservatives simply can't sit back and expect to settle issues rationally in the voting booth. I saw on Drudge yesterday that some "tea party" had a big turnout in Florida. it turned out to be 3000 people. America is rapidly disintegrating before our eyes and 3000 people is gonna more a liberal politician is gonna change course?
Farah puts it this way…
Imagine American politics as a tug of war. One side in the battle is actually playing to win – to pull its opponents into the moat. The other side, though, is simply trying not to get pulled into the moat
Like it or not, the very nature of the word "conservative" defines the ideology. It is not a radical movement to expand freedom and economic opportunity. It is not a radical movement to restore justice and morality. It is not a radical movement to achieve victory over evil. Instead, it is a "conservative," defensive movement that is merely content standing still.
And Woody Allen likens that to a shark – it has to keep moving forward or it dies. "And what we have here," he says, "Is a dead shark."
Now Farah says his is a two-part column, so I'm anxious to read his prescription for victory tomorrow, because it if doesn't involve jeopardizing "careers" to win America back, it won't be any better than Jim's call for de-funding universities that do not respect conservative ideology. Hell, I don't respect conservative ideology, so DE-FUND THIS!
Conservatives love to blame liberals for what's happening. It's all very convenient. I blame both – and maybe I blame conservatives more – maybe a lot more. If you don't get the point, just ask a conservative to put something on the line, and you'll see how busy he is for the next few years.
Let me put it this way – conservatives are an army of Timothys.
Edit: No sooner had I posted the above than I read a column by Neal Boortz who had this to say…
OK .. I'm going to make some people mad with this one, but would you folks please put this asinine "tea party" idea to rest? … you think we're going to turn this thing around by mailing tea bags… "Hey, we're in a jam, but I DID something! I mailed a tea bag to my congressman! When the history of the 21st century is told I'm going to be right there because I mailed a tea bag!"
Over two hundred years ago young patriots dragged their naked feet down icy roads – leaving a trail of blood – to fight for independence. And you're sending tea bags. Put a tea bag in the mail and your job is done.
Unfortunately, Boortz is not much good at recommending any solutions – he wants you to go register some voters. He forgot that those young patriots weren't interested in registering anything but KIAs.