Wednesday, March 16, 2005

A moment of utter generalizing

Something that occurred to me in class, and had occurred to me before - last November:

With all these articles we've read this week on how conservatism gained its foothold in the American political landscape, and how they manage to keep it, very few of them actually touched on what I think of as being the real crux of the matter; conservatives are in power because of a fervent, goal-oriented, ruthless desire to be. Liberalism certainly desires a return to power - this is obvious after the last presidential election - but there's seems to be a widespread fear of ruthlessness, of playing the game the way the opposition does.

It's my opinion that a political "coup" in Washington is unlikely to occur until liberals become more willing to treat it as the war conservatives have long considered national politics and culture to be.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

I believe Will brought up the concept of "teamwork" when considering the difference between liberals and conservatives. More specifically, the fact that conservatives seem to have this sense of solidarity that allows them to do whatever it takes to win. Liberals, however, seem to be lacking this sense of solidarity. I can't pinpoint the reason for this, but it's clear that liberals will need a more concerted effort if they intend to regain power.

Linda said...

I filmed virtually all of the anti-war protests two years ago and noticed that many protesters were not holding anti-war signs, they were a mixed bag of liberal causes - gay rights/women's rights/animal rights, including PETA, etc. I think it sent a confused message about what the marches were about. I overhead one very conservative looking guy comment that he was against the war but couldn't join in the protest because he was against gay marriage and abortion. It's too bad that liberals have so much trouble sending one clear message at a time, like the conservatives know how to do.