Monday, January 23, 2012

It's Now Liberalism's Job To Articulate Conservatism's Vision

O.k., so I've been thinking about this a long time, and mentioned it here and there, but can't get it right, so I'll just blurt out the idea:

Now that the American right has gone insane, it is the job of liberalism to try to articulate and defend their position(s) for them. Liberalism and liberals are, in general, just plain better at being objective than conservatism and conservatives. When our friends across the aisle are at their best, they're good to have around. When they're at their best, they're certainly better than we are much of the time. But they're not at their best these days, to say the least.

Now's not necessarily the time for this's the time to be working for Obama with every fiber of our collective being...  But if/after we win in November, it's time to face this project in earnest. The probability that they are right and we are wrong about some things is 1. It's a certainty. They, currently sunk in their fever-swamp funk, can't clearly articulate even the sensible parts of their vision. If liberals were more like the far right or the far left, then we'd not be interested in figuring out the truth, but just in running with any advantage we could gain. But that's not us, is it?

So, fairly soon, we need to sit down and think hard about which parts of conservatism are the right parts.


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