Yesterday I published a rebuttal to an item on George Rebane’s blog “American Progressivism: EPIC failure.” It was titled “Why conservatism fails”? by “Justin.” In short, it suggested that a staunch conservative ideology had sometimes become too intolerant, simplistic and inflexible in our complex and changing society — “dogma” that was just as naive as “Marxist utopianism.”
Our family has conservative values, but we are raising a 10-year-old in this complex and changing society, so we like to keep open minds.
Now Justin — who said he is no fan of ideological liberalism either — is no less known to America than “Rebane’s Ruminations,” but some sharp personal attacks followed on George’s blog — smacking of “limousine conservative” intellectual elitism.
Less than 24 hours later, however, comments by some hard-right conservatives to issues that confront us seem to suggest that Justin was onto something.
“Justin”: It is in social matters that conservatism most clearly seeks to “conserve” tradition and established norms. Often this effort at conservation is based not on any rational thinking, but on the perceived value of keeping tradition alive for its own sake. This idea is destructive and necessarily inhibitive of human progress.
One local hard-right blogger:
The support for Chick-fil-A has been extraordinary and (we) regret that we did not join the long line of supporters on [Chick-fil-A Appreciation day]. However, Chick-fil-A will our lunch spot the next time we are in Roseville. It is important continue the support over time. See you at the Chick-fil-A.
Funny how upside down and backwards our culture has become. Deviancy is now the PC norm and decency is considered intolerant.
Any ideology that sees free market capitalism as the sole requirement for human prosperity leads to a pie-in-the-sky faith in the free market and an excessively negative attitude toward government action.
Congressman Tom McClintock:
Thank you for contacting me regarding genetically-modified food. I appreciate hearing from you.
Over the last ten years, genetically modified crops have become more common in the United States. Farmers have used genetic modifications of plants and animals to improve growth rates and yields, create varieties resistant to pests and diseases, and infuse special nutritional or handling characteristics. These types of modifications have helped meet growing demand for agricultural products. The approval process for genetically modified crops is very extensive in order to ensure the safety of our food supply.
Each individual and family is free to choose what food they will purchase and consume. Imposing new government mandates to restrict this choice can only result in higher costs and fewer options for all consumers. Instead, we should allow the free market to continue to present products as demand warrants.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please don’t hesitate to do so again regarding any issue that concerns you or your family.
It seems Justin is wiser than “Rebane’s Ruminations” gives him credit for. There must be a middle ground in there somewhere.
Here’s an interesting comparison between how Marriott and Chick-Fil-A’s management wear their social values on their sleeve — or don’t. “God and Gay Marriage: What Chick-Fil-A could learn from Marriott,” from Business Week is here.