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Liberals are utilitarians in ethics, while conservatives are traditionalists. By their lights, liberals are behaving ethically if the goals they are advancing are (in their eyes) beneficial. If they played fair and lost, that to them would be unethical behavior. One giveaway is that, depending on the occasion and the particular goal, liberals will use contradictory arguments (because, to them, the truth of the argument is irrelevant: it's merely a means to an end). For example, on abortion they borrow the libertarian argument that "the government must not interfere between a woman and her doctor" -- and then turn around and ban silicone breast implants!
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Coulter Defends Romney

Taras Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 1:26 PM
Robert Heinlein, a socialist (and naval officer) who became a classical liberal or libertarian as he matured, had a great line that crushes isolationists: "The best place to defend your country is on somebody else's real estate."
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A Moral Question for the GOP

Taras Wrote: Aug 18, 2012 10:36 PM
I ran into a similar situation some years back: two engineers from Ukraine in their early 40's, a married couple without children, couldn't get into the U.S. -- while we're urged to give amnesty to uneducated illegals. This falls into place when we think of the Democratic Party as promoting an immigration policy for the benefit of the Democratic Party, not the country. Educated, middle-class immigrants, you see, might vote Republican; poor, illiterate immigrants are sure Democratic machine voters who will vote as they're told. I'm old enough to remember when the Democrats were "anti-immigrant", outraged by Pres. Ford's admission of Vietnamese refugees in 1975 and 1976. Because they might vote Republican down the road.
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