Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts

The conservative movement and Republican Party seem to be imploding with infighting over Donald Trump. Less than four months after Donald Trump took office, at least two Republican members of Congress are floating the idea of Trump's impeachment (Source:  Others are fantasizing about President Mike Pence. Conservative discussion boards are fraught with infighting, criticism of … Continue reading Conservative/Republican Angst Is Just Desserts

American Conservatism Falls into Reactionary Defensiveness

Conservative columnist Charlie Sykes nails the dilemma of modern conservatism, which is abandoning principles in favor of a reflexive, reactionary defense of Donald Trump only because he annoys liberals. Ad hominem attacks have replaced logic, principles, and commitment to eternal values. This "anti-anti-Trumpism" is ultimately a dead end, he writes. "Conservatives will care less about governing … Continue reading American Conservatism Falls into Reactionary Defensiveness

‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Ruy Teixeira is optimistic about a progressive triumph against Trump and the Republicans. "Liberals Will Beat Trump in the End," he wrote in Washington Post: "The dominant ideology in the United States is one that combines 'symbolic conservatism' (honoring tradition, distrusting novelty, embracing the conservative label) with “operational liberalism” (wanting government to take more action in … Continue reading ‘Trumpism’ May Be Temporary Setback

Are Liberals Helping Trump?

Conservative voters feel assaulted by "moral Bolshevism," a belief that the liberal vision is the only right one. SABRINA TAVERNISE in the NYT asks if liberals are helping Trump by expressing such intolerance for conservative beliefs, and pushing people who aren't comfortable with many of Trump's actions into his camp. She reports on interviews with … Continue reading Are Liberals Helping Trump?

Anger and Mourning on the American Right

In "Strangers in the Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right," sociologist Arlie Hochschild probes the emotions of America's conservative base, to understand those who see government as more of a problem than solution, to "build the scaffolding of an empathy bridge." "We, on both sides, wrongly imagine that empathy with 'the other' … Continue reading Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Straw Man Arguments from Dennis Prager Offer False Choices Between Extremes

I have asked some of my conservative friends who rail frequently against "liberals" to define what a liberal is. They have trouble doing so, aside from a silly "good/bad" dichotomy, or to repeat memes such as "liberalism is a mental disorder" -- certainly not something that could ever be used in a classroom to try … Continue reading Straw Man Arguments from Dennis Prager Offer False Choices Between Extremes