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Old 06-23-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Conservatism... was rooted in reality. Unlike the abstract theories of Marxism and socialism, it started not from an imagined society but from the world as it actually exists. From Aristotle to Edmund Burke, the greatest conservative thinkers have said that to change societies, one must understand them, accept them as they are and help them evolve.

Watching this election campaign, one wonders what has happened to that tradition. Conservatives now espouse ideas drawn from abstract principles with little regard to the realities of America's present or past. This is a tragedy, because conservatism has an important role to play in modernizing the U.S.

Read more: Party Politics: How Conservatism Lost Touch with Reality - TIME
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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He hits the nail on the head. Of course he has an arab sounding name and works for Time and is part of the liberal media. So its not like you can expect the conservatives to listen.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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He hits the nail on the head. Of course he has an arab sounding name and works for Time and is part of the liberal media. So its not like you can expect the conservatives to listen.
I certainly assumed as much when I posted it
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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I certainly assumed as much when I posted it
^^^^^^This is as close minded as the "conservatives" in your post article.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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He hits the nail on the head. Of course he has an arab sounding name and works for Time and is part of the liberal media. So its not like you can expect the conservatives to listen.
Time magazine will not exist in five years, so enjoy.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:50 PM
 
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I also anticipated the "thoughtful" critiques of Mr. Zakaria's commentary.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Default dress him up but can't take him out... FZ Obama mentor

FZ's thought process sees the only problem as being conservative, whatever conservative means in his world. Give up your position and you can keep your label.

Like a benign despot telling the 'filthy', in a consescending way,that they have a role to play in society and if they change their position to agree with the consensus their ideas will be welcome.

FZ counters the sound advice your mother gave you when she said, "if your friends jumped off the bridge are you going to jump too?". We should embrace euro socialists to feel part of the global community?

Seems that if the USA didn't exist along with its dusty old constitution, the sophicated world made up of Disneyesque pavilions of Euro countries run by the world's foremost forward thinking intelligent leaders would be in chains and speaking the fluent language of their conquerors.

The world which FZ encourages us to mimic is missing a sense of responsibility to the global community other than to send ineffective rhetoric to assauge the pain of local conflict. The threshold is set mighty low for knowledge of global events when Belgium, reading about events in Germany, can now claim awareness of world events.

Everyone has something of value to share, you just have to sift through the chaff to find it.

FZ might do well to help his alama mater, India, into the 21st century. Oops he wants to understand and help them evolve into, what was that?, their own destinty? or was it what he feels is their destiny should be?

FZ writes and speaks in the language of elitest political confusion that passes for intelligence as he falls short of the ability to communicate ideas. He discourages abstract thinking while dealing in words that beg for subjective interpretation that resembles abstract art. Quite like the 'tangible' concepts of hope and change.

Aristotle disliked his teacher, Plato, for his abstract thinking. That Plato guy was a real slug.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: NC
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Fareed Zakaria http://thankyoubasedgod.com/forum/images/smilies/agreement6.gif (broken link)
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