The Difference Between Conservatives and Progressives

Progressives believe we are a community, all in it together, taking care of each other, helping each other. Conservatives believe we should each be on our own, and responsible only for ourselves (“personal responsibility”).
There is a good articulation of conservative philosophy today at the conservative movement’s Townhall.com: It’s Time To Get Over Katrina Already. Some excerpts:

Two years after Katrina, everywhere you turn, there are people carping, whining, and kvetching. Just why hasn’t the pity party for the citizens of New Orleans run out of booze and chips yet?
… we’re all supposed to eternally sit around and weep tiny little tears of sadness for the people who really took it on the chin in a hurricane because they chose to live in a city shaped like a soup bowl on the coast. Let me tell all the citizens of New Orleans something that should have been told to them 18 months ago: it’s time to stop playing the sympathy card and get over it.
Nobody is owed a living for the rest of his life because he had a bad break two years ago…. How sad and pathetic is it that these shiftless people are still leaching off their fellow citizens?
… Guess what, buddy? You’re right; nobody does “give a s*** about New Orleans” any more other than a few saints and a lot of manipulative Democrats looking for a political issue they can exploit. That’s the nature of life. [emphasis added]

This pretty clearly shows how conservatives think about the idea that people should take care of each other – no?

So Many Lies

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Lies – a Republican character flaw. They pretend they are strong but really they lie because of weakness. Go read It’s All About The Lying,

The American public can forgive mistakes, so long as they are not done with some malignant intent. Apparently they can also overlook some incompetence, so long as they believe the President is working hard at his job.
But when the public begins to think they have been lied to — repeatedly — that love goes sour. Very sour. And lately, for the Bush Administration, it’s been all about the lying.

Go look at the post, it shows one lie after another after another, just in the last couple of WEEKS!

It’s all about the lying. No accountability, no taking responsibility, none. This President comes off as an irresponsible frat boy who is more than willing to blame anyone else to get his own ass out of trouble. That may work when you are 19 (although it wouldn’t have worked with my parents, I can tell you that), but one would think that the President of the United States would hold himself to a higher ethical standard on this. Especially given a situation where people lost their lives.