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Really, conservatives?!

I used to identify myself as a conservative. Growing up, I studied the ideas of limited government and personal choice, which I considered to be the pillars of the conservative movement.

However, when I read articles like this in The Slate, I’m reminded why I’ve stopped calling myself a conservative. Here is the money quote:

From the National Review to NewsBusters and InstaPundit, some of the country’s most prominent conservative opinion journals and news sites have published stories and blog posts denouncing Google for subtly pushing a liberal worldview in its doodles (that appear within the company’s search engine logo) while steadfastly refusing to commemorate patriotic or religious holidays.

Conservatives have moved away from the rational views of freedom. They now judge the values and beliefs of a society. I have a problem with this way of thinking… beliefs are so subjective and personal, and I’ve meet plenty of good people that have varying belief structures, regarding subjects that include religion and politics.

As a result, I care less about what a person believes… what’s most important is why a person chooses those beliefs. Since conservatives seem to insinuate “believe in our values, or you’re against us”, I can no longer associate myself with conservatives.

And, I totally understand that this isn’t endemic of conservatives. I’m not calling myself a liberal, either. Extremists on both sides of the coin make stupid proclamations.

That said, I wouldn’t expect the National Review to publish stuff this myopic, as I wouldn’t expect the New York Times to take a blanketed swipe at Christianity.

In the end, arguments like the ones made against Google aren’t about finding truth… they’re meant to further careers of biased, opinionated journalists.

Bi-Partisan Philosophy from the Democrat’s Best B-Baller…

Here is a quote from Bill Bradley’s new book, The New American Story. It may not be ground-breaking thought, but I like its simplicity and context in today’s politics:

“Because (special interest groups’) agendas dominate, what rarely gets addressed comprehensively is what most people want: affordable health care, excellent schools, adequate pensions, a clean environment, and an economy that generates more and more well-paying jobs. Instead, an inordinate amount of attention goes to issues such as abortion, gay rights, gun control, medical marijuana, the display of the Ten Commandments, the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance, or the subsidy desires of a particular corporation or industry — issues that don’t motivate the majority but are all important to the activists.”

The book seems interesting, and I might get to reading it if I didn’t take me a month or two to finish a single book. I much prefer articles… I have a short attention span and want to learn about as much as I can all at once.

However, I am reading a book called Wikinomics I enjoy a great deal. I may or may not blog about it when I am finished.

Here is a link to a review of this book in the New York Times…