As Long as Conservatives Have Any Kind of Power, This Country Will Always Struggle

paul-ryan-11As humans we naturally resist change.  Now that’s not true for everyone, but in general we’re creatures of habit and we often fear the unknown.

But when it comes to conservatives, they take this to a whole other level.  Conservatives cling to “the good ol’ days” like nothing I’ve ever seen before.  They fear change on such an extreme level that they’re literally trying to take this country backwards in time.  For many conservatives it isn’t about the promise of tomorrow, it’s about longing for yesterday.

There’s just one problem – their version of “yesterday” never existed.

See, the “good ol’ days” for most of these people seems to fall somewhere around the 1950’s and early 60’s.  But the issue they seem unable to understand is that during the 50’s and 60’s we had much higher taxes, unions were stronger and we built economic policies based on what benefitted the middle class to “trickle up” wealth to the richest among us through consumer spending, instead of letting the richest among us accumulate ridiculous sums of wealth while hoping that they’d “trickle down” some of it to the rest of us.

It’s impossible to “get back to those days” when your party’s entire economic ideology stands in complete contrast to the policies that were enacted during those times.

Pretty much every landmark thing we’ve done in our more recent history has been the result of liberal beliefs:

  • The New Deal
  • Social Security
  • The Civil Rights Act
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Putting a man on the moon
  • Women’s suffrage
  • Killing Osama bin Ladin
  • Passing health care reform

Every single one of those events was the result of a liberal being in the White House or liberal ideology trying to bring about real change in this country.

What has conservative ideology ever done for us?  Sure, conservatives will claim Lincoln, but while he might have been a Republican – he wasn’t a conservative.  He didn’t cling to tradition, sure as heck didn’t take the path of “small government” to free the slaves, he’s actually responsible for our nation’s first income tax and the Emancipation Proclamation was actually an executive order that bypassed Congress.

In fact, looking at our history the progress we’ve made has always come at a slower rate than it should have because we’ve constantly had to fight with conservatives who, generation after generation, do everything they can to impede progress and keep us shackled to the “good ol’ days.”

It’s why this November’s elections are so vital and why it’s so disheartening to see evidence showing Republicans possibly taking back the Senate, thus giving them complete control over Congress.  If that does happen, we all might as well just give up any hope of anything being done in this country until 2016 at the earliest.

Because it’s the same old story that we’ve seen play out like a broken record throughout history – liberals are trying to bring about real change and progress in this country and conservatives are just getting in our way.

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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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