Part 3 :
Goldberg is right in theory but misses some important points. First of all, most liberals and conservatives actually agree on the goals for America – freedom and prosperity – but disagree in part about what that freedom and prosperity imply and how to get there.
Forward vs backward involves direction, not final destination. Sometimes going backwards is necessary to get around an obstacle to going forward. The example Goldberg cites about throwing gasoline on a fire is bogus – backfires (starting a fire to block the advance of another fire) is one of forest fire fighting's most powerful weapons. Sometimes, fighting fire with fire isn't so stupid after all.