Uncommon Sense

March 30, 2013

Oh Where, Oh Where Have the True Conservatives Gone, Oh Where, Oh Where Can They Be?

Conservatives, real ones, not the milquetoast ones we have today, were supportive of society’s institutions as bulwarks against chaos and the animal natures of the people. Where, oh where, have they gone?

Today’s conservatives are for just one thing: making money for their wealthy paymasters. Societal institutions be damned. For example, the police are for policies taking military style weapons (and high capacity magazines full of “cop killer” cartridges) out of the hands of criminals. Conservatives are against this and for the NRA, front man for the $6 billion annual sales firearms industry.

Here’s another: conservatives used to strongly support public schools as a mechanism to socialize immigrants (turn ’em into ’Mericans). Now, corporations want to make profits teaching our school children, so teachers are pigs at the public trough with their greedy little fingers and overly generous pensions.

Conservatives (Our Country: Love It or Leave It!) used to be supportive of government, at least in its role of keeping the unwashed hordes in their place. Not any more. They have their armed closed communities now, so government has outlived its usefulness. (“I want to shrink its size until I can drown it in a bathtub!”)

Conservatives used to support our military, but now they would rather gain campaign contributions from military weapons systems manufacturers than accede to what the Pentagon says they want. (“You say you don’t want this weapon system, but trust us, you really do.”)

If we can’t bring the old, the true conservatives back, it is time to just do without them. They aren’t serving our institutions. They aren’t serving the people. They are serving corporations to lower their taxes. (Corporate taxes are now only 9% of federal tax receipts where they used to be about 50% in the not too distant past. Yet, conservatives are still whinging about corporate taxes being too high.) They are serving wealthy people to be able to declare their yachts as vacation homes to save on their property taxes and to declare their stock market income as “special” so it only gets taxed at a 15% rate.

I want the old conservatives, the useful ones, back. This current crop isn’t worth the powder to blow them to Pittsburg.


  1. Perhaps it’s time to expand and evolve beyond these boxes too small for real people’s minds and values to live in. To paraphrase: Neither a conservative nor a liberal be. ( I call this attitude “post-political”.)


    Comment by Invisible Mikey — March 30, 2013 @ 9:36 am | Reply

    • Post-political would refer to a state of being in which people did not engage one another to solve collective problems. Possible “post partisan” might do. I don’t care how people identify themselves but they do seem addicted to collectivizing themselves. Can’t see that changing soon as evolution has taught us there is trength in numbers (the herd instinct).


      Comment by stephenpruis — March 30, 2013 @ 10:03 am | Reply

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