Conservatives Have an Answer
I have written and spoken about the liberal agenda beginning with the civil rights movement a half century ago. While I push for that agenda, I am impatient. I want change to occur yesterday or at least today. In addition, I do not understand the conservative agenda of glorifying the past, which is filled with mistakes. Why can't they see the light?
Name any critically important social movement in America over the past several centuries that was started by the radical right or even ordinary conservatives. There have been some social movements started by the conservatives. We can start with the Salem Witch Trials, which took place over three centuries ago. Killing witches was not a liberal notion.
Then we got into slavery, which liberals did not back. However, liberals pushed for ending slavery.
When Jim Wheeler, an assemblyman from Nevada, was asked if he would vote for slavery if the people in his district wanted it, his response was, "Yeah, I would."
After ending slavery, the conservatives moved to segregation for another century. Name a conservative involved in the civil rights movement.
Which group, the liberals or conservatives, did not want women to vote?
The answer to that question is the same group that did not want equal pay for women or the group that did not want women determining their reproductive health issues.
Todd Aiken explains legitimate rape. He also explains how legitimately raped women can stop conception.
Richard Mourdock explains how God intended the unfortunate rape to happen.
Prohibition was a 13-year attempt by conservatives to sober-up America. Conservatives, especially religious conservative, pushed for prohibition of alcohol.
Conservatives also wanted to teach creationism in the public schools. The case went to trial in Dayton, Tennessee. The Scopes Monkey Trial took place in the summer of 1925.
Winton Churchill once said, "Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains." Well, Winnie was half right...the first half of his statement. However, as an old man, he and the Conservative Party lost the election in 1945. That election was at the end of WWII. Why did he and the Conservative Party lose in a landslide? Answer: He wanted to go back to the good old days of the British Empire.
Member of Congress, Joe Barton speaks on science and global warming. He said "the Great Flood is an example of climate change. And that certainly wasn't because mankind overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy."
Barton also apologizes to BP for the oil spill in the Gulf, which BP caused.
The issue of same-sex marriage is another area where the conservative wax poetic. This comment comes from Congressman Louie Gohmert. He stated, "When you say it's not a man and a woman anymore, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal?"
Rick Santorum explains our American society by questioning us having a middle class. "The middle class. Since when in America do we have classes? That's Marxism talk."
Healthcare reform in America goes back a century in America. President Teddy Roosevelt attempted to provide for America a universal healthcare system. The conservative Congress did not go along with his idea. While Congress was dissing universal healthcare, Norway in 1912 passed the first universal healthcare program in the world.
Nonetheless, President Obama was able to get Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act into law.
President Obama said, "Since Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform nearly a century ago, we have talked and we have tinkered. We have tried and fallen short, we've stalled for time, and again we have failed to act because of Washington politics or industry lobbying."
America became after 98-years of trying the very last Western nation to get a universal healthcare bill passed...even though Norway and the US started that journey nearly a century ago. The Luddites and the rest of the conservatives once again were wrong.
John Stuart Mill was arguably the most important Western philosopher in the 19th century. He wrote on social, political, and economic theories. This is what he thought about conservatives.
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