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Richard Cohen Explains Conservatives

Earl29 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 12:49 PM
Evidently, many people here are not aware of a definition of conservatism. Always desirous of increasing the wisdom of the Left, I will repeat the answer I gave to agitator. Conservatism is: "The paradigm of essences toward which the phenomenology of the world is in continuing approximation." Richard Weaver. I'm certainly glad that's settled.
goldilocks Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:04 PM
it is not settled!

that defines nothing.
Earl29 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:13 PM
Which is another way of saying that you don't understand it. You obviously don't understand that when I wrote "I'm certainly glad that's settled", I was eliciting just such a response from just such as yourself, either.
goldilocks Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:21 PM
E, define yourself and conservatives.

It is not my place to define you and conservatives.

It is not your place to define me and liberals et al.

Whigs, Free Soil and Know-nothings formed the Republican Party.

Republicans are still know-nothings.
Earl29 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:28 PM
It isn't your place but you do it anyway? Cheeky, aren't you?
So A. Lincoln was a know-nothing? I'm not his biggest fan, but you go a bit far there.
goldilocks Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:32 PM
Earl29 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:37 PM
Uh, no. The Republican Party ran its first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont, in 1856. Its second was A. Lincoln in 1860.
goldilocks Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:41 PM
true. I am glad you know that.

But Lincoln was the first elected Republican.
On the last day of 2012, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen inadvertently clarified two huge matters regarding the left.

The first was the ignorance about conservatives and conservatism that permeates the left. The second was the primary reason decent people identify with the left: the effective caricaturing and demonizing of the right. Were it not for caricature and demonization, most otherwise intelligent and decent people would not be on the left.

This is what Cohen wrote in his column, "Republicans Adrift:"

"It is conservatism that is both intellectually exhausted and nearly indefensible. It is the movement of the ideologically ossified,...