In Honor of CPAC, Here’s Why Being a Conservative is so Terrible

ted-cruz-cpacI’ve never quite understood why anyone would brag about being a conservative.  To me, being a conservative means you’re afraid of change, you oppose that which is different and you resist progress.  These people tend to long for the “good ol’ days” and staunchly oppose almost anything different.

This is how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines conservative:

Conservative: believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society; not liking or accepting changes or new ideas.

Now, tell me, how could a society ever advance if all they ever did was value “tradition” while “not liking or accepting changes or new ideas”?

I hate to break it to these conservatives, but this nation was founded because our Founding Fathers opposed “tradition” and embraced “change and new ideas.”

Slavery was ended because we opposed “tradition.”  Women were given the right to vote because we ushered in “new ideas.”  Segregation was ended and civil rights laws were passed because most of us didn’t fear “change.”

Things like the automobile, flight, space travel, sending a man to the moon, computers, the internet, smartphones – these are all things that were brought to you by people who bucked “tradition.”  People who embraced change.  Individuals who were always open to new, better ideas.

You know, the exact opposite of what it means to be a conservative.

So, why in the hell would anyone want to be a conservative?  The resistance to change, and longing for the “good ol’ days,” are probably the reasons why most conservatives are older.  It’s why the Republican party has such a hard time attracting young voters.  It’s probably why there’s an indisputable correlation between those who are often less educated and those who are more likely to be conservative.

As former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum once said, “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

That’s not saying that all educated people are liberals, but stats often show that the majority of those with a college education often tend to be liberals while those who have a high school education or less are often conservative.

I just don’t get why anyone would want to call themselves a “conservative.”  To me, that’s essentially bragging that you’re afraid of change, oppose progress and don’t value education.  Because those values are found in the majority of conservatives.

And “conservative values” sure as heck didn’t found this nation – liberal ones did.  Our Founding Fathers sought change, ignored tradition and forged new ideas.  You know, the complete opposite of what conservative ideology stands for.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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