posted on Jun, 26 2005 @ 02:58 PM
There is a respectable conservative side to ATS. The problem is that the Bush administration has really let down certain elements of the conservative
movement. Being in power necessarily causes a party to upset part of its constituency unless that constituency is perfectly homogenous. For example if
you have to make policy on stemcells, you are going to have to make a choice between upsetting religious conservatives and upsetting more moderate or
On the other hand, being the opposition party naturally unifies a group (in this case liberals) behind a platform of disapproval. They don't get to
do anything about stemcells, so they are far less able to upset constituents on either side of the issue since they can't do much about it and people
tend to focus on whatever individual issues which they feel the ruling party is wrong on, drawing them closer to their party. This is why you don't
usually see back to back two-term presidents.
Therefore if the demographics of ATS were 50/50 conservative/liberal, you'd probably see a 55/30/15 ratio of opinion towards the administration
(negative/positive/indifferent) as a small percentage of conservatives spoke up with the liberals even though they remain conservative, a few remain
diehards or simply pay more attention to the things they feel are being done right, and a few just don't want to talk about it because they're
either happy that there is nothing to complain about or because they don't want to speak out against their own party.
As for me, I am a conservative for all intents and purposes, but that's not what I would call myself. I would call myself "a liberal by conservative
means" or in jest "a recovering neocon". I want the same things liberals want, and in some respects I've come around to their way of thinking on
certain issues, however I believe that the conservative way of achieving these things is often better.
For example I'm very much for the working class but I believe that spending to expand business opportunities and thus create jobs is better than
spending on handouts.
I would like to see "internationalist" and diplomatic solutions to conflicts, but I believe those only work when backed up by the CREDIBLE threat of
force, which necessarily will mean USING force, sometimes unilaterally, until people start coming to the bargaining table with a sincere desire to
I think we should schedule a pullout from Iraq, but I think we should do it by publically setting specific goals for the capability of Iraqi forces,
not by setting a date.
And the list goes on.