The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. – Mark Twain
With the primaries going on today, it got me thinking about voting, and our last 2 Presidential elections. Here it goes: I DIDN’T VOTE. It really doesn’t matter, because I would’ve voted for Bush anyway. I have changed a lot since 2004. At the time I was easily influenced by my Conservative boyfriend. Before him, I didn’t follow politics at all, so I went from knowing nothing to lengthy rants about how the Liberals are destroying our country and long car rides listening to Sean Hannity. (Who can be quite convincing if you don’t know any better.)
In 2000, my co-workers (who are involved with international work) were against George W before the rest of US. By 2004, one of my co-workers even threatened to kill me if I voted for Bush. Man was I blind. However, by 2005 I was changing. The bf and I broke up, so no more Sean Hannity (although I still have the book he gave me somewhere) , and I was hanging around a lot of different people at community college (a “breeding ground for liberals” as it was called.). Dr, Clements, my teacher (my mentor) and I were discussing republican talk radio, and I commented on how angry those hosts get. (Rush Limbaugh , G. Gordon Liddy, Hannity, etc) She asked me to think about why they get so mad, what the reasons behind being beligerantly pissed off on national radio.
In a nutshell, I changed, and now I’ve got some making up to do. Yes, I am most definitely, voting this year. And it will be for one of those damn Democrats, with all their “unrealistic” plans. That is what most Conservatives can’t handle—CHANGING an idea that isn’t working. George W and all his minions wear blinders. After everything he has done, everything he has NOT done but could have, W’s supporters will still refuse to admit he sucks. Isn’t that scary? To stick by something that is a complete failure, just to avoid being wrong.
No, it does not make you un-patriotic if you choose to not follow blindly behind something W is doing. What’s unpatriotic is starting a war you didn’t even try to finish before you left office.
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. – John Kenneth Galbraith
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. – Woodrow Wilson
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution. – Hannah Arendt