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Excellent - and answers to Kavity's questions
, June 7, 2009
This review is from: Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Hardcover)
First of all, PW's review is predictable. But Amazon's selective posting of the Washington Post review seems to be working - to make Amazon make more money. They certainly did not post it to deter people from buying the book, now did they? They're smarter than that, right?
Second, I'd like to address the questions in Kavity Killer's review...I think he might actually be talking about people who call themselves Republicans. Republicans and conservatives don't always have much in common (when a newscaster identifies a "conservative Republican" they actually don't know what they are talking about.). Kavity is making lot of assumptions, so his review is not terribly credible. It seems as if he is taking his marching orders from NYT and HuffPuff, but I'm not sure; he or she (I'll use he from now on) is not thinking for himself or doing his own reading and research:
So, how do conservatives feel about gays? Be honest now.
ANSWER: FINE - People should be allowed to enter into any relationship they like. Even gay marriage. Some Republicans may say they are against it, but the majority of conservatives don't care.
Questions like this make me think Kavity and his cronies don't know what a conservative is. Seems like he is depending on stereotypes and other people's thoughtless descriptions. So I'll tell him: Conservatives believe in freedom, liberty, individualism not collectivism, free markets (failure is a part of that, and cannot be successfully legislated away), and a small federal government that does not invade people's lives in every which way. We believe in states' rights - oh I know, how evil! We believe - horrors - in minimal taxes and the rule of law (something Obama has talked a lot about, BTW). We believe in the Constitution, but not as a living document - oh how terrible! Other than that - do whatever you want, have sex with who or whatever you like (just not a child - do liberals believe in man-boy or adult-child sex?) Just don't steal, commit murder, hurt a child, commit fraud, or be a bad neighbor. We do not believe in identity politics because is smacks of preference and racism. This definition, in the olden days, used to describe a classic liberal. How times have changed.
How do conservatives feel about immigrants? No excuses.
ANSWER: Okay, no excuses Kavity: We like them; they made the country great. We would, however, like to make it legal for those who come through illegally, so they can earn a decent wage, and we'd like to have them learn the national language, which is English, so they can make a really GOOD living. When in France you better speak some French. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Why can't we expect the same of those who come to America? What's s wrong with that? Why is it okay for Europe but not for us? We are a plural society, but we should all speak the same language and understand the same general social contract (a term I love that one of my lefty friends uses). And yes, it's the one that was here before my grandparents came and that still exists, although it's hanging by a thread.
How do conservatives feel about legislating "morality" (their version)?
ANSWER: Republicans may want to do it, but conservatives understand that freedom means freedom. We don't want much legislated, and we believe in the rule of law, and most of all individual liberty. We do want to legislate child abuse and child pornography, murder, theft, and fraud (how come liberal Eliot Spitzer never found out about liberal Democrat Uncle Bernie?). However, many conservatives believe that hate crimes are thought crimes, because, well, they are. Many conservatives feel that marijuana should be legalized. We are in agreement with many left wing vegan and vegetarians who do not believe abortion should be a common event. And chopping the head off of a 7, 8 or 9-month viable person in the womb should be illegal. If, as PETA says, a rat is a dog is a boy is true, then we should save the children who are in third trimester (and even younger fetuses) and get them into the adoption rolls once they are born. No reason for a mom to be burdened with a baby she cannot cope with. Many, many people would be overjoyed to help a needy mom and her baby and bring him or her into their lives. It's a wonderful thing. We have talked to moms who know they killed a viable 7, 8, or 9-month gestational person and they suffer for it terribly. It's an awful burden to bear that no women should have to live with. And if Dr. Tiller did not think these babies were people, why would the late doctor offer memorial services and funerals for the babies he has killed? We he sees them he certainly knows they are people and not "blobs." BTW, conservatives condemn the cold blooded murder of Dr. Tiller - we did not dance in the streets and shoot guns in the air as some other groups did when 3000 innocent Americans were killed.
How do conservatives feel about corporate interests vs. those of the individual? Not rhetorically, but in terms of voting behavior time and time again.
ANSWER: I don't know how Republicans feel, but conservatives favor the individual - that's why so many of us run our own businesses. If business becomes successful we can hire lots of people. If it gets so big we can take it public, are we supposed to close it down? When Hollywood actors make millions, and license their names to product after product, should we stop them? Or should they be stopped only if they are conservatives or Republicans; the liberal actors can pull in as much as they want because "their heart is in the right place?"
How do conservatives feel about the seperation of church and state? If left totally unchecked, would there be one?
ANSWER, first of all, I cut and pasted these questions and left them as is - Kavity misspelled separation, (check his original review if you think I'm kidding) - understandable when you are not an original thinker. Anyway, not sure about Republicans, but conservatives believe in that s-e-p-a-r-a-t-i-o-n. But we also believe that religious groups and institutions do a lot of wonderful community organizing and are often best positioned to meet the needs of the needy people around them. They should be supported. I do not know of a single religious charity that discriminates against people of other faiths. If they do, they must be an anomaly or not be a conservative church. They must be something else. We also feel strongly about the idea of freedom of assembly. We do not believe the government should tell people they cannot invite a group of friends into their home to pray. Government - stay out of religion! BTW, I am an agnostic.
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