Risk Taking…

There is a big portion of our population who are just risk averse. They shutter at the very idea of risk or almost any other change for that matter.¬† Risk to them is to be avoided at all costs.¬† Most of these risk averse people are conservative in nature and politics. When I was in the corporate world I worked for such a company. They stated “We want you to take risks but just don’t ever fail!” I could never understand how they could not see the absurdity of that statement? Trying something¬† new is basically going against the grain … Continue reading Risk Taking…

Are You Conservative Enough…

It seems that the GOP presidential wannabes are constantly arguing that their opponents just aren’t conservative enough to be president. Of course, they wrap their radical ideology in the American flag and somehow that gives it legitimacy.¬† If any of them were to even hint of compromising on any issue they are quickly and firmly put down as not being conservative enough.¬† Are they winning votes when they do that?¬† Just how conservative is the electoral population vs the “conservative”candidates?¬† That is the general topic for this post. But first let’s look at the conservative vs progressive divide a little. … Continue reading Are You Conservative Enough…

Now That I Notice It…

I don’t know when it first caught my attention but since then I have seen it again and again. It seems that whenever you get a conservative and a progressive across the table from each other with a moderator in between the same thing happens. ¬†When it is his turn the conservative spends as long a time as the moderator will allow giving his opinions about whatever the topic at hand is. ¬†The progressive sits by waiting for his turn. When it is his turn he gets no more that a couple of words out of his mouth before the … Continue reading Now That I Notice It…

Paul or Plato – Part II…

This is a continuation of the post about two distinctive worldveiws so prevalent in our society today. Let me say up front that even with violating my self imposed 500 word limit on posts this will only very lightly touch on the matter of good or evil. Lets pull a couple of quotes from yesterday’s post to concentrate on here. Still, the distinction is real and important ‚ÄĒ and its implications touch on areas of our cultural life far beyond criminal justice. It helps to explain, for example, the very different ways that¬†Platonic liberals and Pauline conservatives¬†approach sex ‚ÄĒ with … Continue reading Paul or Plato – Part II…

About Conservatives…..

  I am have been thinking about the word ¬†“conservative” lately and how I thought it defines me as far as fiscal things go and how it seems to define many of my friends as a general philosophy. ¬†I know ¬†like everything else you can’t put all conservatives in the same box but there seems to be some common traits I assign to that label. ¬†Let’s start out with the basic definition: con‚čÖserv‚čÖa‚čÖtive¬†/k…ôns…ú:v…ôtiv/ ¬† ¬† noun a¬†person¬†who¬†is¬†reluctant¬†to¬†accept¬†changes and¬†new¬†ideas adjective resistant¬†to¬†change having social or political views favoring conservatism unimaginatively conventional avoiding¬†excess¬†‚Äʬ†a¬†conservative¬†estimate¬† conforming¬†to¬†the¬†standards¬†and¬†conventions of¬†the¬†middle¬†class In the past I have identified myself as … Continue reading About Conservatives…..

With Teeth & Compassion….

“Can we make legislation with enough teeth in them for conservatives and compassion for liberals?” I heard the above phrase, or at least something close to it, from a news commentator recently. I wish I could cite the source but I really don’t remember who it was. ¬†But the phrase struck me as maybe a primary difference between these two groups. Conservatives seem to be much more concerned about “law and order” than about being altruistic. They want to make sure that no one gets anything that they haven’t worked for or at least earned in one way or another. … Continue reading With Teeth & Compassion….

The Slippery Slope…..

 


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I am totally sick of the “slippery slope” that my conservative friends so often cling to!!

If I hear another person give me a slippery slope story I just might punch them. The idea of the slippery slope consumes so much of their lives. It is the center point for their current stands against gun regulation. It is the center point for their current stands of excluding anyone from their religious circles who don’t totally align with them. ¬†It is the center point of their current stands on taxes.

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Being Broad Minded….

Nothing makes a man broad-minded like adversity ¬†– ¬†Will Rogers I can certainly understand this quote from Will. The adversity in my life, although coming more frequently than I would like, has certainly made me more broad-minded. Coming from humble beginning has made me sensitive to the daily plight of the homeless and financially challenged around me. Going deaf in mid-life has made me more aware of the challenges others face with handicaps every day. Being asked to leave a church because I didn’t have the “right” beliefs has made me aware of all those who are gun-shy about anything … Continue reading Being Broad Minded….

My Conservative Friend….

I just visited the blog of one of my Conservative friends. Like so many others he claims he is an independent but everything on his blog ¬†has a VERY right leaning slant. My friend is currently ranting about the Wall Street protests. He claims they are a vast conspiracy with a collective mentality. That is someone other than them is telling them everything to do and say. They have no mind of their own or they wouldn’t be protesting against these things. He evidently has spent hours and hours studying the dialog and transcripts of each the Republican presidential debates … Continue reading My Conservative Friend….

About Fox News….

sen¬∑sa¬∑tion¬∑al¬∑ism¬†[sen-sey-shuh-nl-iz-uhm] ‚Äďnoun 1.¬†subject¬†matter,¬†language,¬†or¬†style¬†producing¬†or¬†designed¬†to produce¬†startling¬†or¬†thrilling¬†impressions¬†or¬†to¬†excite¬†and please¬†vulgar¬†taste. 2.¬†the¬†use¬†of¬†or¬†interest¬†in¬†this¬†subject¬†matter,¬†language,¬†or style:¬†The¬†cheap¬†tabloids¬†relied¬†on¬†sensationalism¬†to increase¬†their¬†circulation. When I ran across this definition the absolutely first thing I thought of was Fox News. ¬†I also admit that after thinking of it a bit MSNBC also came to mind. The reason this thought came up is because of discussions with my conservative friend about the Fox News article referenced in the last post. ¬†Fox News seems to be the only national news organization to report it, especially with such drama. ¬†The next day, as expected, the judges words were overruled by a higher court. ¬†So now it is a waiting … Continue reading About Fox News….

Paying Taxes….

This post is going to start a new category for me entitled “My Conservative Friend”. It will be about some conversations I have had with some of my conservative friends. It will also be about some of the conversation I have yet to have with them. Yes, even though they deem me a liberal I still have some conservative friends; in fact some of them are very conservative. So the posts in the category will be put all of them into the persona of “My Conservative Friend”. Their real identities will remain¬†anonymous to protect the guilty (ha). One thing that … Continue reading Paying Taxes….