I say not! But others like columnist Leonard Pitts only hopes so.
The following is his editorial and below, my response. Feel free to add yours!
Pitts: ‘Are you liberal or are you conservative?’
By Leonard Pitts Jr.
“Are you liberal or are you conservative?”
I said, “Yes.”
I wasn’t trying to be a wiseguy. OK, maybe a little. But I was also
trying to convey my impatience with our bipolar political discourse,
with the idea that I was required to pick a team. I was trying to
preserve for myself the right to think a thing through and come to
my own conclusion regardless of ideological branding.
But at the same time, I knew what I was being asked. When they said,
“Are you liberal or are you conservative?” those words had concrete
meaning, embodied real political concepts.
But that is no longer the case — at least where the latter term is
Once upon a time, when a person identified as conservative, you knew
the ideas he or she meant to convey – low taxes, small government,
resistance to social change. But a word that once encoded a definite
set of values and beliefs now seems utterly bereft of internal
cohesion, less a name for an ideology than for a mood: surly, nasty
They don’t like the rest of us. Nor do they seem to like each other
all that much, feuding with a bitterness and constancy that would
make even the Hatfields and McCoys tell them to tone it down. Yes,
ideology still gets lip service, but its importance has become
secondary, if that.
How else to explain that people who once considered Christian faith
their foundation stone have coalesced behind a candidate who can’t
name a Bible verse? Or that people who once valued a grown-up,
clear-eyed approach to foreign policy support candidates who want to
“carpet bomb” the Middle East and pull out of NATO? Or that people
who once decried “a culture of victimization” now whine all day
about how they are victims of biased media, bullying gays and
How to explain that people who once vowed to safeguard American
moral decency from the nefarious irreverence of liberals – think
President Bush chastising “The Simpsons” in the era of “family
values” — now put forth candidates who tell penis jokes?
A few days ago New York Times, columnist David Brooks professed to
be excited by this act of self-immolation — “This is a wonderful
moment to be a conservative,” he gushed — because after this
debacle, conservatives will be able to reinvent themselves,
unencumbered by “existing mental categories and presuppositions.”
Like when a comic book or movie franchise gets re-booted, I suppose.
One had the sense of a man desperately painting lipstick on a pig.
The right is rotting from within, putrefying on its own grievance
and rage. It seems bereft of core values and beliefs unless you
count its determination to always oppose anything the left supports,
up to and including motherhood and sunshine. That’s as close to
principle as conservatives come these days.
Given the way they have spurned their party’s 2012 election
“autopsy” report, which called for greater inclusion and a gentler
tone, one wonders if these folks are capable of, or even interested
in, the reinvention Brooks predicts. Conservatives do not need to be
“liberal-lite” — no ideology has a monopoly on good ideas. On the
other hand, when your base is the Ku Klux Klan, Ted Nugent and
people sucker-punching strangers at rallies, it’s a sign that a
little self-reflection is overdue.
“Are you liberal or are you conservative?”
I had a smart aleck answer 20 years ago. But it occurs to me that if
they asked that now, I’d have to request clarification. My worldview
But I no longer have any idea what “conservative” means.
Read more here:
From me: Ann Ubelis
It is obvious from Mr. Pitts's rants that he is a highly biased
Progressive Democrat. No wonder he fails to
understand what a true
Conservative is comprised of in values and beliefs.
Query to the @BeaufortGazette @IslandPackett , why do you continue
to print his racist tripe?
Mr. Pitts is wrong when he stated that Conservatives are resistant
to "social change" when it was Conservatives/Republicans that fought
for Abolition of Slavery, Civil Rights legislation in 1865, which a
Democratic Congress repealed in 1895. We fought again for Civil
Rights in the 1940's, 1950's & 1960's forcing a former Senator
(who filibustered against it), now President to accept and pass.
Gee, wasn't that a Democrat by the name of Lyndon Johnson?
Mr. Pitts's claim that Conservatives are "surly, nasty and put-upon"
hold very little water, when it is Bernie Sander supporters who
crash the Republican Candidates events shouting slurs, committing
violence and being generally disruptive. I have not seen any
instances reported in the media of the reverse being true. I am sure
had such an instance occurred it would be front page news worldwide!
The "right" is not rotting from within, rather growing in scope and
breadth. While Donald Trump claims to be a Conservative, I would
argue he is not, as he lays out his ideals. Republican, yes, but
most assuredly, not a Conservative. This is a good thing, since he
has helped to attract independents and libertarians into the
Republican fold. Is this race highly contentious? Yes, but it is not
the first time there was such a vigorious battle between candidates
within the Republican Party. Jefferson/Adams or Douglas/Lincoln are
two races that come to mind.
In fact, Republican voters in primary far out number Democratic
Voters, in some areas as high as 4 to 1.
As to LBGT issues, I challenge Mr. Pitts to throw his accusations
into the faces of the Log Cabin Republicans. Far better than I can
they respond to his aspersions!
Finally, the allegation that Republicans embrace Ku Klux Klan values
is despicable! Need I remind Mr. Pitts that the party he embraces an
espouses gave birth to the KKK? The racist neo-Nazi values of the
KKK is more closely aligned to Socialism, which the Democratic Party
has become. It was the Democratic Party that created the Red Shirts
in the 1870's for voter intimidation, which included lynching and
other acts of terrorism.
Mr. Pitts, you were a smart aleck 20 years ago, and you haven't
changed one bit! You never knew what a Conservative is, and you have
yet to learn.
Freedom Of Speech
- Come'ya Conservative
- People can wrap themselves inside the Constitution, spew anything they choose to say, stick their tongue out in your face and declare you can't do anything about what they said. They have Freedom of Speech. Right? Yes! However, Freedom of Speech, comes married to the responsibility for ones own actions. If you say it, write it or draw it, be ready to defend it. Cower in silence, you abdicate your freedom and allow the bullies and censurers to win.