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Remember when conservatives were crazy-smart guys with big vocabularies, an ivy-league education and a dapper bow tie? Yeah, me neither:

The larger point is that Fox News is simply not conservative.  The fact of the matter is, I find NPR and even News Hour more conservative than Fox – but in a different sense, I suppose, than the standard boiler plate conservatism that has so infested American politics.  What I mean to say is that the conservatism of Fox News tends to be wrapped up in loud, divisive, trashy television that is cheap and ugly and reactionary and essentially all things distasteful that conservatives should look at with scorn and antipathy.  The measured, reserved, thoughtful and culturally sensible tone of NPR is far more conservative.  I’d rather my kids listen to it than watch Glenn Beck.  I’d rather they listen to Fresh Air than Rush Limbaugh.  Why have conservatives let go of the high culture war?  Why have they conceded defeat there – in the arts, in literature, in music – trading it instead for trash television and cheap rhetoric?

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One Comment

  1. Let’s look at the two terms that define modern day politics:

    Conservative-

    From the Latin verb conservare meaning to save or preserve. Apparently the current meaning of conservative is to conserve the Consitution by destroying the Constitution through things like the Patriot Act, aggresive foriegn wars and privitizing business gains and socializing business losses.

    Liberal-

    The word “liberal” derives from the Latin liber (“free, not slave”), and is associated with the word “liberty” and the concept of freedom. Apparently the current meaning is freedom of the “have nots” to pillage the “haves” through taxation, and freedom of the “well connected haves” to pillage the rest by privitizing business gains and socializing business losses and freedom to tell the rest of the world what to do with continued agressive wars.

    Just an idea, but how about “conservative liberialism” that would actually mean conserving the rule of law while treating us as free men, not slaves.


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