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The meaning of words is too important to ignore in politics, and there is one word that has been mutilated into something grotesque by the worst elements of our political discourse. Conservative. Its an idea that advocates trying to preserve things as they are by emphasizing stability and continuity. It is an ideology that does not fear change, but simply wishes for it to be managed well. Too many politicians identifying as conservative today are in fact reactionaries. Reactionaries oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were," a goal historically being both futile and self destructive; something the current Republican party is demonstrating with startling persistance. True conservatives are not concerned with trivial changes in our culture, but rather the long term continuity of the national spirit. The Reactionaries have been given their moment, and it is time to send them back to irrelevance where they belong.
Just my perspective on politics, a minority opinion as always.
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with your definition are of 'conservative' but what conservatives, or 'reactionaries' as you called them, are you talking about exactly that are in power?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Tea Party.
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Tea Party want government out of people's lives. They want the government to stop all of its spending on all these programs that aren't working. They want the government to get its mits out of the economy.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They can't govern, strike that, they refuse to govern. When they aren't taking more vacation days than any congress in history, they waste time trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They're a coalition of idiots elected by people who are scared of the way the world is changing.
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really. More like, there are like 5 tea partier politicians in the entire republican party of congress, elected by an explosion of millions and millions of tea partiers of all sexes and races that the government, including both the democrats and moderate repubicans, because they're tired of all the government spending and they're such a huge movement
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Artist
Well, I think Reactionary meant the so-called social conservatives. Correct?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda.
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
The only reason I am really really really really starting to lean away from being near this party is because the morals I've seen behind it.
For instance, there's too much anti-feminism, inequality, tax breaks on the rich, anti-homosexuality, .... etc. I've seen too many people like this, and having beliefs that believe in living more of a patriarchal, religious life is part of what makes up the modern party.
One other thing I've seen too much in that party is way to many naive and kinda arrogant arguments. Of course, this is only based on all the people I've seen, and every part has those people. I've just seen so much more and have it go farther on that side.
That's why I'm more not conservative than I am liberal. It's just from what I've seen while I was still neutral. But it doesn't mean I couldn't get through a conversation politely with someone on that side, as long as they could.
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WrathFan99 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Well , Liberal has multiple definitions . There are three main ones in the United States :

1 . Non-partisan ( I.e. When Faux News says " The liberal media " even though there are a multitude of famous Conservatives ) .

2 . Progressives ( A form of Social Democracy in favor of gradual changes aimed at the advancement of human progress , sadly over the years progressivism has been demonized due to closet Fascists , Statist opportunists and corporate sell-outs like Obama giving us a bad name ) . Come on , leave our unions alone , people .

3 . Anti-conservative snobs ( Another particular type of Democrat that gives the freethinking community a bad name ) .

I prefer the term Freethinker to Liberal myself . As a Socialist I`m not a big believer in partisan politics .
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
My problem is I'm not a clear cut of anything, so what I'm mostly trying to do is just match what I'm closest to and rule out what I'm not. I do have some conservtive beliefs and liberal beliefs (I guess this makes me non-partisan.) I suppose because of that, I'm more non-conservative than I am liberal. (Anti would be too strong of a word I suppose.)
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