Liberalism is right, conservatism is wrong

  • Article by: DAVID M. PERLMAN
  • Updated: July 3, 2012 - 1:42 PM

Despite Republicans' putting extreme conservatives on the Supreme Court, the constitution of the court itself (pun intended) has a tendency to move to the left.

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akamurphJul. 2, 12 8:49 PM

Where is the intelligence in making citizens pay "taxes" for not having something? What next, we have to pay "taxes" if we don't workout X number of times per month? We pay "taxes" for not buying Life Insurance? Where is all the money going to come from to pay for the 40 million people with no health insurance? Lets just keep going in debt right? That is the 'liberalism' way? We'll see where we are at in 10-20 years!

matt5mn01Jul. 2, 12 8:54 PM

I can say that I do not categorize myself as either a conservative or a liberal - but rather a person of sound mind. The fatal flaw with your opinion is that it goes to the core root of why politics are so divise. People either have to say that they are Republican or Democrat. The voice of the middle has no say. Politically, I was not for the decision to pass the recent ACA bill. However I do agree that every person in the country should have access to affordable healthcare. So what is the solution? Tax the wealthy or corporations? Provide incentives for healthy habits? Tax soda or fast foods? The problem is more than what lies within the passing of this bill as it is systemic across all participants in the healthcare system. Justice Roberts made the right decision based on the values of conservatism in that he did not challenge the constitution while others did. One could argue that conservatism was right for this cause.

kris2003Jul. 2, 12 9:03 PM

Arrogant, indeed. "It is true that most college professors are liberals, but I don't think it has anything to do with bias. It is because college professors are intelligent people, and intelligent people tend to be liberal.". Oh, of course it doesn't have anything to do with bias' said the retired PROFESSOR.

jk3333Jul. 2, 12 9:17 PM

"intelligent people tend to be liberal"...and modest, you forgot modest and open minded and non-judgemental and .....oh......nevermind.

nordeastguyJul. 2, 12 9:18 PM

"intelligent people tend toward liberalism." Wow, this says it all. Mr Perlman needs to get outside his comfort zone and open up his mind a little.

goferfanzJul. 2, 12 9:19 PM

It's hard to tell if this is a faux column played for "wink and nod" laughs, or if it a real attempt at analysis. One would think after the last 6 years of liberals mostly running the lawmaking branches-->ie two war surges, 5 million jobs lost, warrantless droning, a mighty 8 Trillion in new federal debt, a health law that does nothing to control costs, etc etc that in lib world up really is down and left is right........>to get in the spirit of the author? If the author is serious, then the answer may be that: liberals want life to be fair, and will spend any and all of other people's money to make it "fair." As we now see both here and worldwide, soon more people are in the cart than pulling the cart. Then, the money tree wilts..............(from global warming no doubt ;o)

vlombardyJul. 2, 12 9:19 PM

Orthodoxy has been the basis for conservatism over the last 2000 years. But orthodoxy teaches compassion for the poor, respect for your neighbor, and promotion of the common good. Today's conservatives are actually members of the neoliberalist movement that is interested in promoting and protecting the self above all else, the exact opposite of true conservatism. I suspect Justice Stevens is beginning to understand this.

nightriteJul. 2, 12 9:34 PM

Ah yes...the brilliant professor enlightening all the simple-minded, biased folk.

kleindropperJul. 2, 12 9:35 PM

So this guy can add a few numbers together and thinks he's an expert on everything in the universe? Has he ever performed heart surgery? Laid a concrete slab? Hand sketched a graphical representation? Laid out a business plan for a company employing 10,000? Fabricated a sheetmetal part? Played a guitar? Hit a 9-iron 200 yards within 10 feet of a hole? Piloted a 100,000 ton freighter into dock? Landed a jet fighter on an aircraft carrier? Produced a cancer fighting drug? Talked on the radio for 3 hours every day without a script? Climbed a tree and taken it down to a stump with nothing but a chainsaw? We "dumb" conservatives realize the world is bigger than a little clique holed up in an ivory tower and like to try and keep it free so people can do what they do best to make it better.

alaskanredJul. 2, 12 9:37 PM

The conclusion of this article is why I have the theory that the Rich, who want to control the masses, have been fighting the war against education. While it is true that everyone will not have the same intelligence... logic can be taught to everyone on some level. Critical thinking isn't taught anymore, creative thinking isn't given room to prosper and even with a hyper focus on the basics for learning... we have people who want to starve school systems to death. It is to create an army of parrots repeating talking points without thinking. It is to create an army of sheep to go into action without thinking.


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