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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
See.
This is a new paradigm in pop culture: Conventional liberalism is the old, rigid establishment. The antiliberals are brash, funny, and cool. Who would have thought?
See.
I don't think that this particular breed of conservative (of which I count myself) is a particularly new one, but I do believe that they are gaining more and more influence over the Republican Party. This is a good thing for many reasons. It forces the party to create a stronger philosophical base for its beliefs, as we SDCs aren't going to be swayed be appeals to the old way or religion. It forces the party to be innovative in the realm of foreign affairs. It forces the party to reassess itself and to be a stronger party for it. It forces the party to be more socially accepting. It forces a big tent, big ideas, strong philosophy, self examining party.

We SDCs grew up in interesting times. (This is an appeal to history argument) The Challenger blew up while we were in elementary school. Many of us still well up thinking about that. But we do not reject the space program and the dream that it holds within us. The Soviet Union fell before we were strongly politically active and we wonder why we do not celebrate V-SU Day. Why do the struggles of one generation get to be celebrated but not another? Surely, we think, the defeat of the red menace was as important (if not more so) than the defeat of fascism. We saw a brutal dictator invade another country and then watched liberal countrymen declare that we were going to war for oil. We saw a President ride a wave of economic bliss by following public opinion. We witnessed a 1993 WTC bombing treated as just another criminal act. We saw great atrocities in Europe and Africa ignored by the United Nations. We witnessed the dangers of not backing American troops with sufficient power in Mogadishu. We saw a President wag his finger in shame at us and then lie to us about infidelity. We listened to people tell us that it is difficult for a man of power to stay faithful. Many of us watched our parents stay faithful. We sat through an election in which one side gained votes by demonizing his opponent in class warfare with a superiority complex while the other preached innovative domestic policies. We watched four planes hijacked. We watched our nation under attack. We have been called to action.
That's what I'm saying.

posted by Rachel 11/19/2003
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Gah!

posted by Rachel 11/19/2003
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What a
nice thing to see. I would point out one additional fact: last I checked, it says right there in the catechism that married heterosexual infertile couples are allowed to have sex because their joy in each other will bring them closer to god. (Or something along those lines.) Granted, this was before the whole intrinsically/ objectively disordered revision, when I was studying ethics in college. Who knows, maybe they changed that too.

posted by Rachel 11/19/2003
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