I'm having quite an interesting debate with several Democratic supporters over at Steve Clemmon's blog, The Washington Note
. As a minority Bush supporter there, I have had the chance to engage with some thoughtful democrats who are interested in reforming the Democratic Party. We as Americans, and even as conservatives, need two strong parties in this country. Everyone benefits from the interplay of conservative and liberal ideas. With that in mind, here are some thoughts I posted here
in Steve's comment section:
"But reading through most of these comments, I am once again struck by the outright hatred that many of you have for conservatives. I see it in so many of the comments in which conservatives are automatically defined as stupid, ignorant, brain-dead, etc.
The problem with endulging in this caricature is two-fold. One, it allows liberals to vilify conservatives and attribute the worst possible human traits to their foes. If conservatives are defined as idiots right from the start, then no engagement of conservative ideas is needed, they can just be ignored. After all, idiots don't have ideas, right?
Conservatives, however, have to engage liberal ideas every single day. Our society is overwhelmingly secular, Keynesian economic solutions are in all the newspapers, Dewey's ideas still run the schools, and Chomsky seems to have acquired sainthood. As a minority conservative, I get to practice arguing against liberal ideas almost every time I speak out. Unfortunately, I'm usually shouted down or called a hatemonger right from the start, which kind of ends rational discussion. To sum up point one, what I'm saying is that conservatives are not idiots, we have ideas, and we have gained from being a minority in the battle of ideas.
Second, by casting conservatives as idiots, liberals are left with no explanation of Republican-won elections other than the tired, old security blanket of "stolen elections." Because conservatives are "vile" and "evil," they must have stolen the elections, right? That's what vile, evil people do.
Adding to this caricature that supposedly explains "stolen elections" is a strong sense of liberal entitlement. Since conservatives are vile idiots, liberals must be intelligent angels. I can't tell you how many times I have heard that whatever position Kerry took was the "intelligent" position. Intelligent liberals deserve to win because of their supposedly superior intellects. When they don't win, they don't get what they are entitled to. Please.
My point in posting all this is to suggest to those of you interested in reforming the Democratic Party some ways you might go about doing that. The "moonbats" need to be cut lose so they can go back to the Green Party or whatever fringe group they came from. The arrogant "we are intelligent, conservatives are stupid" attitude also needs to be dropped.
If these things are done, the Democratic Party can be viable again. And we, as Americans, need that. "