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  • Tradition

    23 29.87%
  • Hierarchy

    1 1.30%
  • Elitism

    10 12.99%
  • Populism

    2 2.60%
  • Individualism

    15 19.48%
  • Other

    26 33.77%
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Thread: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    1. Small government - until Wall Street needs a bailout then that whole "socialism" thing reappears
    2. Anti-union
    3. Pro-life but then declare they need "personal rights"
    4. Deregulation ... because big business always does what's right for the small man
    5. Anti-science (which is bad enough) then religious (which is worse)
    6. Somewhat imperialist
    7. Anti-homosexual
    8. Somehow the wealth will "trickle down"
    9. Hypocrisy
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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Different people get different impressions, no?
    Wow! It did not take long for the liberals to become hysterical. Nothing new here.

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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolwalker View Post
    Moderation or caution should have also been on the list, but then whoever started it wanted it slanted in a particular direction to attempt to drive home some strange concept...like brain washing...but that only works on weak liberals.
    Perhaps, but in terms of intellectual history, it worked rather well in covering the bases. Again, one has to take seriously the concept of elitism or hierarchy, and perhaps see some of its virtues in conservative thought. It wasn't always populism that ruled the gut impulses of conservatism.
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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    Different people get different impressions, no?
    Out of the choices, "tradition" seem to jump out at me the most.

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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Traditional. When I think Conservatism I think Edmund Burke.

    Of course....I'm slowly starting to think Michele Bachman which is scary.
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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolwalker View Post
    Moderation or caution should have also been on the list, but then whoever started it wanted it slanted in a particular direction to attempt to drive home some strange concept...like brain washing...but that only works on weak liberals.
    I was going to list caution, but caution comes in many varieties, so I chose to list elitism, populism, and individualism instead.

    Elitism is caution in being on top of the rat race.

    Populism is caution in being safe in the crowd.

    Individualism is caution in making your own decisions.

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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    The first thing that came to my mind was Religious Right. They have almost completely taken over the Republican party and most people in politics relate Conservatism with the Religious Right.

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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Conservative= Fascism, small minded, close minded, tightfisted, arrogant, hypocritical in the extreme. Having a form of Godly devotion but proving false to it's power. Amen
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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Conservative = pragmatic









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    Re: When You Hear "Conservative", which Idea First Comes to Mind?

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Traditional. When I think Conservatism I think Edmund Burke.

    Of course....I'm slowly starting to think Michele Bachman which is scary.
    Excellent choice in Burke. I also recommend reading Russell Kirk who is a disciple of Burke's. An excellent read is The Conservative Mind by Kirk.

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