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originally posted by: deadlyhope
I realize the term "conservative" should make the answer to this question obvious, but I'd rather have a conversation about this rather than just assume. I realize this may be painting with a broad brush but...Do conservatives/right-wingers believe in adaptation?
Decades ago, America thrived in its capitalistic ways - We took risks, we made advancements, we pushed forward and progressed on so many issues and in so many ways. There's arguments that today's advancements are minor compared to this time - A lot of things are basically the same, most technology is just built upon technologies made decades ago, rights for minorities, women, and the like have almost halted in progress when they made huge leaps and bounds back then, or take much, much more time to make any progress on.
My question is - The old ways that pushed us forward, are they now holding us back? Is it as if the mentalities of decades ago.. Are meant to stay there? Should we learn from their exact ways, or rather learn from their desire to push forward, be better, make this nation a better place?
Would America be more successful if we say implemented Switzerland-style socialism - Or is our path to greatness a different path, and not the emulation of others - Regardless, it seems the very definition of "conservative" would mean we would have a large number of people against advancements, against progression, against achievement and becoming better as a nation - No, instead they focus on what used to be and insist on focusing on nostalgia rather than reality?
Would America progress more on the issues if we had a forward-thinking plan, rather than idolizing the golden years? It seems conservatives focus on how things "used to be" without realizing that it was "progressive" mentalities that brought us to greatness in the first place.
Am I over-generalizing, or is it as if they cannot adapt, and cannot realize that adaptation is what made America great?
Just curious. I'd like to hear from anyone on this topic, whether you agree with me, disagree with me, or any other stance.
Thanks for reading.