1. The great strength of the American conservative movement is that, unlike European conservatism, it did not arise out of the legacy of feudalism, but instead took root in the Enlightenment principles of the American founding. So a true conservative agenda would — necessarily — be an anti-inequality agenda.

    Here’s how conservatives should fight inequality

    Who says this is only a liberal political issue?


  2. Well, let’s face it: Those who support austerity and inequality are not really about ‘trickle-down’ economics or ‘efficiency and equity.’ They are protecting the interests of the upper class.

    As Jonathan Swift warned, ‘It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.’


  3. A Christian who is also a conservative should also wince at cultural narratives, advanced by some conservatives, that constantly belittle, mock, or dismiss the perspectives of groups that have been historically or are marginalized.

    A Christian who is a conservative should at the very least be concerned about how a country with the mightiest armed forces in the world uses its strength abroad and at home.


  4. The American tradition is all about free speech, debate, and the marketplace of ideas. Bad ideas will die of their own accord, eventually, even if they don’t die quickly enough for some.

    Unfortunately, we then entered an era of political correctness — and have fallen back to the blacklist mentality once again.

    — Edward Morrissey, in Liberals’ new tactic: Blacklist your enemies!


  5. Upholding church doctrine and affirming it as true, in the style of conservative Catholics, is one thing. Fighting to change church doctrine, as my perhaps imaginary liberal Catholic reformers would want to do, is another. But treating doctrine as completely beside the point is something else entirely.
    — Damon Linker, in What do liberal Catholics want?

  6. Yunte Huang:

    If [young progressives] truly care about the left-wing ideals they espouse, they ought to mobilize for the man who — while hardly an ultra-liberal standard-bearer — is still likely to defend many principles held dear by progressives. The Republican, on the other hand, will dismantle them. Obviously, Obama has disappointed the Left. He is, after all, a politician. But he’s hardly the worst politician the Left could imagine. And come November, liberals ought to remember that.

    Read the full column.


  7. The GOP fears losing in a fair fight, so the party is trying to rig the game through voter suppression, plain and simple.

    Steve Benen, Washington Monthly

    A wave of new Republican-driven election laws will make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012. The most significant restriction requires Americans in several states to present state-issued photo IDs when they vote. It is estimated that 3.3 million eligible voters in the affected states — Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin — don’t have such IDs now. The GOP insists the new rules were needed to stamp out voter fraud. The Left maintains these laws add up to a coordinated effort to suppress the Democratic vote.


  8. Have conservative blogs gone ‘brain dead’?

    In a blog post about his reading habits, liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman acknowledged that he doesn’t habitually peruse conservative websites, because he can’t think of any “that regularly provide analysis or information I need to take seriously.” Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic says that Krugman isn’t alone, and that the “brain dead right” is “paying a high cost for its unholy marriage to Limbaugh-style rhetoric.”

    It’s a lose-lose situation, says Kevin Drum at Mother Jones. The only reason to read the “loony blogs” is “entertainment value.” And, while the “non-insane conservatives” on the moderate right can make interesting points, they’re “so out of touch with mainstream conservatism” (which won’t concede that cutting taxes reduces revenue, or that climate change is man-made) that they feel irrelevant, too.

    More opinion here.