Pity the oppressed conservatives

Conservatives suddenly see themselves not as adherents to a political ideology but as a besieged minority, which speaks volumes about the deterioration of that ideology since the days of Ronald Reagan

modern conservatism is defined by an Alice-through-the-looking-glass incoherence: small government except when it is growing larger than ever, fiscal restraint except when we are spending like Michael Jackson in a Disney gift shop, foreign policy pragmatism except when we are trying to transform the Middle East.

Indeed, sometimes it feels as if it is no longer defined by principles at all, nor by energy and ideas, but rather, by a limitless ... Full Story »

Posted by Dwight Rousu
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Walter Cox
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by Walter Cox - Jun. 18, 2009

Rather an incoherent opinion piece with barely sustainable logic--especially since those Americans who define themselves as "conservative" are more numerous than any other ideological/political group (please see link). The author seems to miss that fact that most conservatives were quite disappointed with George W. Bush's LACK of fiscal conservatism, and they also disapproved of many of his policies. And, has he ever heard of progressive conservatism? Yes, I know,liberals have claimed the term "progressive" as uniquely their own, but that doesn't make it so.

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Jun. 19, 2009

…I believe the rules are different for comedians, that a good comic can get away with saying things you and I could not. More »

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James Staley
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by James Staley - Jun. 19, 2009

This is quality journalism. Mr. Pitts offers us a thoughtful analysis of what does and does not qualify as hateful oppression and who does and does not qualify for the status of victim. His quintessential summary of failed conservatism is trenchant. I highly recommend this example of fine, judicious writing.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Jun. 18, 2009

Pitts provides some insight into victimhood and faux outrage.

victimology … : a) feels good, b) demands deference, c) relieves them of any responsibility for their own fouled-up condition. Victimology is as addictive as crack ... More »

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