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Time to Grow Up, GOP

martian Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:30 AM
"It's only in the legacy institutions -- newspapers, the broadcast networks and most especially academia and Hollywood -- where conservatism is still largely frozen out." The worst part about that sentence is the word 'only'. It is those institutions listed above where the vast majority of the general public get bot their news and their attitudes influenced. It is the institutions listed above that CONTROL this nation and how the average person thinks and feels. It is those institutions that created and now support Barack Hussein Obama and his dastardly crew of criminals and cheats. It is those institutions that will insure the destruction of the greatest nation in the history of mankind. Somehow the word 'only' just doesn't fit.
SD3 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 10:47 AM
Trends in dress are not established by reason; they are established by imitation. What people see on TV and in the movies is what they adopt as fashionable and what they accept as normal. Watch TV or the movies any day and you will see conservative values portrayed as uncool and old fashioned. On the screen everyone has a delightful homosexual neighbor or two, everyone has children that thrive with one parent, every businessman is evil. That's what people imitate.

It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...