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Bleak Future for Conservatism

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Submitted by Ali Baba (United States), Jan 12, 2013 at 00:48

I can't say that I agree with Dr Pipes' assessment. Conservatism, as a winning ticket, is on the wane. Yes there will always be individuals and even well backed groups espousing the core fundamentals of conservative thought. But as a movement capable of winning the popular vote in national elections, its unfeasible for many reasons. Unless the fundamental character of the present day conservative movement shifts drastically towards the left of course.

Firstly, conservatism is barely veiled corporatism. Wall street fat cats will make a killing regardless of which party controls the white house or Congress. However conservatives have a done a great job of alienating the majority of the electorate. Romney's fourty-seven percent comments may have been foolish, but they were an honest representation of where conservative priorities lie. In a society where a family of 4 with a household income of 100k is struggling, conservatives managed to alienate a lot people. Tax cuts for people who don't need them is every bit as much a "gift" as healthcare for people too poor to afford it.

Secondly the demographics are changing. White Christians make up an ever-shrinking percentage of the electorate and that trend will only continue. Conservatism is essentially politicized Christianity with its support for prayer in schools, Creationism as a science, and unabashed zionism. The overwhelming majority of non-white Americans live in urban areas. Because of their cosmopolitanism, urbanization facilitates the erosion of stereotypes, prejudice, and bigotry and the embrace of liberal ideals such as multiculturism, cultural relativism, and compassion for those who have a different or less fortunate way of life. This is why every single city in the United States is located in a blue county. Conservatism preaches victimhood (eg. the "war" on Christmas), fear mongering (Shariah law is taking over America), and self-righteous selfishness (the rich are more entitled to their salary than the poor).

Thirdly, conservatism, as it is now, cannot possibly reach out to those who aren't white and aren't Christian. How will the conservative reach out to gays by opposing gay marriage? How will the conservative reach out to young women by reducing their access to reproductive healthcare? How will the conservative reach out to Hispanics by questioning their immigration status and their contribution to America? How will conservatives reach out to blacks by refusing to allow any compensation for centuries of brutal exploitation?

In conclusion, conservatism's base are older, white people who regard the days of Strom Thurmond as the good ole days. A significantly larger percentage of the younger white voters were raised in the era of multiculturism and less unequal rights for women and minorities.

As Dr Pipes said, with all those negatives weighing him down, and with the most polished and eloquent Republican candidate in recent memory against him, Barack Obama still emerged victorious.

It probably won't be that close next time.


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Republican not = conservative [81 words]Yosi DermanFeb 28, 2013 14:21203936
Alternative For Conservatives [25 words]Clifford IshiiJan 26, 2013 15:13202815
Denying Evil [169 words]Mike FranklinJan 19, 2013 16:49202674
ignorance prevails..... [61 words]TomJun 10, 2013 14:17202674
The sin of the despondency [60 words]BenJan 13, 2013 16:05202587
3Bleak Future for Conservatism [475 words]Ali BabaJan 12, 2013 00:48202573
2Proverbial foolishness at its best [415 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGEJan 17, 2013 12:34202573
1Typical response of the Ultra-Conservative [628 words]Ali BabaJan 18, 2013 00:52202573
Amazing analysis [48 words]NickJan 19, 2013 06:04202573
Way to go Ali Baba!! Love it [64 words]NickJan 19, 2013 06:23202573
1Keep following the red bricked road [356 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGEJan 19, 2013 19:07202573
Apologies [297 words]Ali BabaJan 19, 2013 21:42202573
Thanks Nick! [12 words]Ali BabaJan 21, 2013 04:17202573
1Funny thing about God [145 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGEJan 22, 2013 17:13202573
Enough of your lame propaganda "Ali Baba" [528 words]ShishirMar 12, 2013 07:56202573
defining element of us political culture [197 words]mythJan 8, 2013 01:40202511
1The Future of Conservatism May Be Its Past [796 words]SigmundJan 6, 2013 15:12202465
2High marx [29 words]JoelJan 8, 2013 00:57202465
Good News [131 words]SigmundJan 9, 2013 07:32202465
Marx brothers [25 words]JoelJan 14, 2013 06:00202465
What is the future of Conservativism in the Wake of the 2012 Election. [170 words]AnneJan 6, 2013 08:24202448
Stupidity of the electorate [198 words]WillJan 7, 2013 02:34202448
1There would have been a difference in philosophies. response to Will [173 words]AnneJan 7, 2013 22:44202448
I agree, but... [147 words]WillJan 9, 2013 04:39202448
Changing philsophies from that of Big Government can do alot for the people. response to Will. [134 words]AnneJan 10, 2013 18:41202448
It's not just the culture... [150 words]HomefrontJan 5, 2013 19:30202437
Charles Johnson? [30 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
GabrielJan 5, 2013 13:05202434
Blog [6 words]GabrielJan 7, 2013 03:03202434
1A liberal's responds [286 words]Gunther SchiffJan 4, 2013 13:41202418
Partial Response to Gunther [204 words]Straight_Talk_LuigiJan 5, 2013 12:48202418
1Liberal La-la Land [312 words]WillJan 6, 2013 17:40202418
3Stop the liberals lying and destructive freight train ... [94 words]NuritGJan 4, 2013 03:04202404
The Cost of the American 2012 Election - And Was It Worth It? [678 words]M. ToveyJan 3, 2013 12:50202377
5It Wasn't About Conservatism [193 words]Gene TagliaJan 3, 2013 12:25202375
Election results [293 words]Straight_Talk_LuigiJan 5, 2013 12:38202375
And then some [221 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGEJan 8, 2013 22:57202375
Culture versus Romney [66 words]Dennis SchneiderJan 3, 2013 11:55202372
yes, "politics is downstream from culture" - I wrote as much a few yrs ago: [585 words]MarkJan 3, 2013 11:41202370
6Government schools create liberals [278 words]SusanJan 3, 2013 10:37202366
But Wait Until These Same Children Become Adults And Get Out Into The "Real World" [48 words]AnneMJan 4, 2013 07:17202366
1the need of adulthood [250 words]Mary H. StewartJan 3, 2013 08:30202363
Conservatives optimistic, yes—but convincing? [59 words]WillJan 3, 2013 06:46202361
4Liberalism appeals to all the baser appetites [702 words]KeithJan 6, 2013 00:36202361
2A Centrist Catholic's Response to the truly dangerous Christofascists pretending to be "Conservatives" [1432 words]rob the guyJan 29, 2013 18:29202361
1Todays "Conservatives" are a contradictory mix of fearful and spiteful groups with competing agendas ... [1138 words]GWFeb 4, 2013 14:03202361
Further comments [158 words]GKFeb 5, 2013 10:56202361

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