Sunday, April 14, 2019

Liberals Have Accommodated Conservatives From Our Beginning

From the first immigration to what became the USA, immigrant liberals accommodated fellow immigrant conservatives in their belief systems.  Non-religious liberals tolerated those wanting to practice a religion.  They tolerated those who wanted to convert the original occupants of the land we began to annex.  They tolerated taking those original residents land and in some instances, killing them for it.  They tolerated herding indigenous Americans into isolated and unresourced territories and violation of agreed upon treaties.

As the colonies matured, liberals participated in debates that argued for the creation of organized governments in the colonies.  Liberals wanted to create a new country and conservatives wanted to continue affiliation with England  The Constitutional Convention was a classical face off between liberals and conservatives; the latter wanting to continue with some form of monarchy governance.  Liberals wanted to create a new system of governance that was actually not so new, dating back to the Greeks and Romans called a democracy.   Liberals argued for governance by ordinary people, conservatives wanted educated elites to rule in a modified version of democracy.   The liberals accommodated the conservatives in forming this democratic republic.

Conservatives wanted to continue slavery as a means of building an economic system.  Liberals acceded to this demand in maintaining slavery while its continuation was being hotly debated in Europe.  Further demands of giving slaves a partial identity for purposes of population count to accommodate conservative concerns about the power of smaller colonies, later becoming states.  Some liberals questioned why women were not given participation in governance in the colonies, later to become states,  observing that even in some indigenous American cultures, women were recognized as government leaders. 

And so it goes through today.  Liberals accommodate conservatives who wish to practice religion, even though many liberals find this magical thinking, including ;positing that men are deigned to rule over women in life, making all the rules for them. This includes limitations on the power of women to make their own choices about parenthood and pregnancy termination.

Liberals accommodate conservative support for basically minimally or unregulated commerce in public policy today.  Liberals accommodate limiting funding government through taxation in order to enable some to become quite wealthy through investment and corporations, leaving the bottom 40% near or in poverty. 

Liberals support a conservative world order of USA military and commercial domination across the planet, though they'd prefer to focus on domestic needs.  Liberals have accommodated unnecessary and immoral war advocated by conservatives over humanitarian resources and diplomacy.

Liberals accommodate those conservatives that prefer to shun association with people of differing racial background and country of origin, as long as those shunned are able to maintain their civil liberties and obtain citizenship. And liberals support conservatives who prefer not associating with those of differing sexual preference, while resisting their efforts to limit their civil liberties.

And so it goes.  One accommodation after another resulting in this  very dysfunctional society and resulting in conservatives enabling the election of a very flawed and ill equipped President Trump who now interprets his political success as an endorsement of leading our governance into a fascist paradigm.

What more do you want, conservatives?  When is it time to recognize that the conservative model for the U.S.A. has mostly not worked for most of us?   For a very long time. Conservatives claim to value taking personal responsibility.  When are you going to take responsibility for the factual reality that while much of this has worked for you. a minority of our population, it is not working for most of us.   Or, under conservatism, is all that counts what works for you ? This is the core principle of conservatism; what works for you.  We're tired of accommodating.