Been puzzling over this one..conservatives tend to be misnamed lately, as they often appear to me to be more extremist than liberals. In the old days it was possible to respect the conservative viewpoint, but now? Not so much. I've run into too many members of the Christian Taliban, too many misogynists, too many unwilling to allow the needed separation between (their) Church and (our) State. Too many are also on the take from the Koch brothers and their ilk to be representing anyone but the Koch brothers and their ilk. For many it's a pose now to appeal to their base, not their true convictions. this can often be seen clearly by looking at the way they live their lives, rather than listening to the worlds they say.
There was a time when I could respect conservatives as honorable opponents. There used to be such a thing as conservative intellectuals (William Buckley, et al). Not any more. The more I see of today's crop of conservatives, the less I find admirable.
"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."
"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)
"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)
I would not agree that "personal responsibility" is solely a conservative aspect and I'm not even sure some who use that term even know what it means but I certainly believe in the basic meaning of it; take responsibility for what you do.
What are some aspects of conservatism that truly DO belong to them that are "good"?
I know, a totally leaning left question if ever there was one but I am actually interested in your answers.
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