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"What is a conservative?" District 13's July 2010 meeting, Part II

Uncle Sam stands proud in a local store
Uncle Sam stands proud in a local store
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  • Steve Wylder 5 years ago

    Ronald Reagan, who read neither Marx nor Lenin, assumed they were one and the same. While a Marxian society is unworkable, it would be a far more humane endeavor than the Leninist one that existed briefly in the pre-Stalinist Soviet Union. Strangely enough, Marx thought there would be no need for government after the class struggle was eliminated.
    And what's with the tea party folks quoting Paine? They need to take a look at "The Age of Reason" to learn what Paine thought about religion. Paine was no conservative, either in politics or theology.

  • Gregory Gusse 5 years ago

    Quoting Paine is an interesting way to end this, as was quoting Reagan at the beginning. I best think this quote of his best describes what these folks are up to: "All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."

  • James 5 years ago

    I think this is very straight forward definition of a conservative. I think that Thomas Paine's quote succinctly defines the fears the tea partiers have. Our founding fathers believed in individual rights and had a fear of a huge federal government. We somehow abandoned those ideas and built a huge federal government that is no longer there to serve the people but to rule over them.

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