Why Must We Pretend?

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Why does the media always insist on pretending that modern conservatism has any serious policy designs? The last eight years and John McCain and Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh tell us all we need to know about the right's intellect. They are for war for no good reason, covering up said war when it goes bad, torture, tax cuts for the wealthy, economic and educational disparity between the rich and poor, racial and sexual discrimination, immoral smearing of political opponents, speaking in the language of moral superiority while engaging in immoral personal behavior, neglect of government's role as a watchdog and instead use it to enable corporate crime and the resulting economic malaise, and above all else the elevation of the intellectually uncurious over science and the advancement of knowledge.

Calling conservativism anything else is playing pretend.