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            Monday, December 8 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Frames of reference, 7

Liberal
Conservative
Fascistic ("bring us together")
Pluralistic (honor diverse worldviews)
Promotes racial and sexual diversity Promotes worldview diversity

I've listed two (rather than one) of the rows of our Liberal-Conservative camparison table today because, 1, all of these items were at least touched on in Friday's Jonal, making it possible to hurry along now, and 2, these are all reflections of the same distinction between today's liberalism and conservatism.

In a sense, these characteristics can be seen as endemic in the two ideologies. The basic idea in the word "democracy" is "majority rules." And if that's pressed to the wall, it means that any group able to get 51 percent support can impose its will on everyone else. So when I say the liberals want to tell the rest of us how to think, they're just doing what they think is not only their right, but their "calling." "Bringing us together" is the liberals' strategy for getting and consolidating their power.

The flip side is that at its basic meaning a "republic" is a government of laws. Every citizen is allowed the opportunity to speak his or her piece, have his or her day in court, and have his or her "rights" (as in the Bill of Rights, the first through tenth amendments of our Constitution) protected from any "majority" that may want to run roughshod over them. Giving "minorities"—especially "worldview minorities" rather than the racial, ethnic, and "sexual minorities" that are mainly voter-bloc "interest groups"—guaranteed places to stand and be free of oppression in doing so is endemic to the republican idea.

A republic is a nation of permanent cultural ideal groupings, structured by law to prevent them disenfranchising, exploiting, or denigrating one another. The conservative side, standing on Jesus' golden rule of doing for others only what we would want them to do to us, respects this tradition; the liberal is dedicated to mitigating it in as many ways as possible, including constantly trying to redefine the laws that define our nation, the most recent example of which is the "gay marriage right" just discovered by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, acting on strictly liberal presuppositions. This distinction no doubt sheds some light on why the majoritarian Democrats constantly talk against the electoral college (a republican bulwark in our Constitution) that elects the American President and why Republicans continue to fight for its preservation.

Sexual diversity is, I believe, the most facile or bogus edifice the liberals (prodded on for years by the gays and straight libertines and pornographers like the now 50-year-old Playboy and all its offspring) have erected. As a "minority," unlike racial and ethnic minorities, gays have only their own testimony about their "difference" to support their claim for special civil rights (like the "right" to marry members of their own rather than the opposite sex, for example), yet the liberals led by public media gurus like Phil Donahue over several decades of dominance in daytime television talk, have adopted all that the gay movement of the 1970s was proposing and have already taken it even farther than their leadership expected (many gay activists were very surprised by the US Supreme Court decision legalizing sodomy in all states earlier this year, for example).

The flip side of this is the conservative preference for "worldview" diversity, which would prefer that the political battles be fought on idea, philosophical, and even religious grounds rather than skin-deep and gender (one could even call them "genitally-defined") distinctions.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Quick reference for this series: First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh. twelfth.

Fun facts (or "facts," so it says, but take with a grain)

Gum bands last longer when refrigerated.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

—Sent by Trudy Myers 

Thought for today - Advent

A soldier asked the monk Abba Mius if God accepts repentance. After the old man had taught him many things, he said, "Tell me, my dear, if your cloak is torn, do you throw it away?"

"No," the soldier replied, "I mend it and use it again."

The old man said to him, "If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about his creature?"

— Sent by Christopher Haas

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