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Why Conservatives Always Win

Updated on November 11, 2009

Let us pray.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the oxygen starved, I shall fear no stupid.

Though lies surround me, though I am told to fear everything, though the hysterical screams of 'Muslim terrorist' echo in my ears forever, I will not yield to senseless panic.

I will not become a tool of a war machine.

I will not grow pig eyed and pointy haired.

I will not send my children to die for oil, bolstered by a false sense of patriotism.

Or will I?

I've recently begun writing 'polarizing' material for a debate based site and it's made me realize more than ever that conservatives and liberals are actually different beasts. I mean, almost to the point where I reckon a few hundred years of breeding conservatives with conservatives and liberals with liberals would give you two distinct species of human being. (If anyone wants to build a secret lab and engage in centuries of a specialized breeding plan, give me a call, I'm sure it would be wildly popular.)

I'm not splitting the two groups by political affiliation here, I am splitting them by the way they see the world and how they approach debate and change.

Liberals seem to have a more hopeful outlook on the world. Take the American liberal, who suffered through eight years of conservative rule, largely getting by on snarky comments and soy lattes and the occasional protest which was ignored.

Now take the American conservative, who, after less than a year of Obama, was stockpiling weapons and filling internet message boards with plans of insurrection.

Both of these are wild generalizations of course, but they represent the overall tone of each camp. Even when it came out that Bush had lied, there were no WMD's in Iraq and no evidence for going to war in Iraq and never was, the most liberals did was huff and snuff and make terse posts. If conservatives ever uncovered proof of deep corruption and lies in the liberal camp, I'm pretty sure there would be a riot.

Now that liberals are in power, they're having trouble getting basic things like a public option for health care passed. Seriously. Let's look at that again. They are in power, but they can't even provide public health care for everyone. Yes, the health care bill passed, but it did so in a way that almost defeated the purpose of the bill in the first place, though it was undeniably a step in the right direction.

A conservative government send the country to war against Iraq on the back of hysterical fear mongering, but a liberal government can't manage to pass a public option on health care that would ensure health care for all. It is literally easier to convince the country to go into massive debt to kill people overseas than it is to try and save those at home.

Aside from being tragic, it shows us that conservatives are just better at getting things done. They rely on pure angry emotion, on stirring up fear, on taking aggressive action. Liberals, on the other hand, with their need for diplomacy and for making nice, and without the constant sense that there is a sword of Damocles over their heads, just don't take the same sort of aggressive action, and unfortunately, in the USA at least, they are losing even when they win.

Watch this clip from the Daily Show, you'll be glad you did


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      9 years ago

      "Effective" is, I think, too fluid a term. How liberal of me!

      The fact is, the "conservatives" simply ride roughshod over the national will, where "liberals" seek at least to know it.

      Take heart though, Hope. We're seeing "Change," whether we can believe in it or not. Fifty-eight percent of the American people don't want to buy more war in Afghanistan. No matter! We're getting it anyway, just like we did under DimLeader. We're not getting universal single-payer healthcare, even though a nsignificant plurality wants it and doing so would save at least forty-five thousand American lives per year. A bunch of men in lace dresses (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) has dicated healtcare policy to the U.S. House of Representatives, even though everyone isn't Catholic and their dictates relate to womens' healthcare and they, by their own rules, aren't women.

      It is well to remember that Al Capone and John Gotti "got things done," too. They were thugs. So, too, are the leaders of the "conservative" movement.

      Finally, it is, I think, worth realizing, for folks accustomed to responsive/responsible government, that the nature of the U.S. constitutional structure is NOT to "get things done," but rather to maintain the status quo, whatever that status quo might happen to be. As such, the "conservatives" long ago trumped the "liberals" by recognizing this and working with dogged, single-minded determination to drag that status quo to somewhere just to the right of Genghis Khan.

      It won't be getting any better any time soon, but the slide to either right or left in the U.S. is a glacially-paced one, and the American Left is working quite diligently.

      It is, to say the least, quite sad and frustrating, as it is more than obvious that should the "left" achieve its goals, the slide rightward will begin again.

      One step forward, two steps back. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    • Hope Alexander profile imageAUTHOR

      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      I say that conservatives get things done because, in the USA, at least, conservatives have managed to be much more effective than liberals. Now, in other countries, such as New Zealand, it's more the other way around. I'm not saying that conservatives are better or worse than liberals, but I do think that the American liberal needs to step up a bit more because at present time, the climate is still being determined by conservatives to the detriment of the country as a whole.

    • Michael Cosgrove profile image

      Michael Cosgrove 

      9 years ago from France

      Interesting and original read. Thanks.

      I am not personally persuaded by the "Conservatives get things done whereas Liberals don't" thing, but I do appreciate your overall message.

      Hey, know what? You wrote that "Both of these are wild generalizations of course..." but sometimes I begin to think that that's how things are actually going.

      They are both such caricatures of themselves these days......


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