Amendment…

The quote on my sidebar from Norman Thomas needs amending. I read the other day that the word “liberalism” has such negative connotations these days, that now liberals choose to call themselves “progressives“. So it probably should be amended to read “…But under the name of progressivism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened”. Beware of change-ing terminologies used to disguise true liberal ideologies that have never worked and are designed to hide those facts. It’s liberal codespeak.

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9 thoughts on “Amendment…

  1. You’re exactly on the mark with this. “Progressive” has such an innocent and positive sound to it; who wouldn’t want to consider themselves “progressive”? But it is codespeak, and I’m glad you pointed this out.

  2. “Conservative” has such an innocent and postive sound to it: I mean, who wouldn’t want to “conserve” the good things in life?

    But it’s codespeak, of course, for folks who lean toward fascism…

    See how that works?

    Maybe you should lay off the beck for a while.

    Peace.

  3. Hello QuakerDave, I’m glad you came by. Is that a quote from someone about the word conservative? I am wondering who it is by. I am sorry to hear that you believe conservatism is akin to fascism. I suppose in some extreme instances it has led to that. I may be naive, but I honestly do not know what the beck is you speak of. I’m glad you expressed your opinion, but since this is my blog, I doubt that I will lay off the “beck”, whatever that is.

  4. Hi Kathy, and hello to Quaker Dave.

    I guess Quaker Dave was talking to me in his comment above. I know other people who think of conservatives as “fascist”. But I re-read the definition of “fascist” just to make sure that I wasn’t one, and since it describes a fascist as someone with “an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader and a strong demagogic approach”, and since a “demagogue” is defined as ” a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument; a leader who espouses the cause of the common people”, I felt much better, and reassured that I indeed was not a fascist.

    I don’t feel this way about any political leader, though I saw some of this in the recent election we had. Quaker Dave, most of us conservatives actually want LESS government intervention in our lives, rather than “total obedience to a powerful leader”.

    Jonah Goldberg, who writes for the LA Times, wrote a very good book called “Liberal Fascism”, which discusses this in better detail than I can. I highly recommend it, Dave.

    Kathy, do you think he meant “beck” as in Glenn Beck? I don’t listen to him, but have heard good things about him.
    Pup

  5. Ah, lightbulb moment…maybe it was Glenn Beck QuakerDave was referring to. If he had capitalized it, I might have caught on. Thanks for writing, Pup, and thanks for looking all those words up. I think I will blog about that soon. After all, that’s what this blog is…a forum for discussion.

  6. Hmmmm… I always thought of conservative as being one who avoids extremes, is traditional, prudent. That’s why I use the term to describe myself. Politically, I believe in less government, more independence, self-determination. Whenever possible, I want to take responsibility for my own existence, and I sure don’t want to be the sucker who pays for others to enjoy theirs, when they are capable of doing it for themselves!

  7. Hi Judy, I found traditional in the dictionary definition of conservative…wanting to keep the status quo. I am preparing a post defining some of these terms. Hope to have it ready soon. I think all those things you said are traits of most conservatives.

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