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Conservatives wouldn't leap nearly so quickly to defence of themselves and their party, and wouldn't squawk so loudly if it weren't for the obvious fact that there really is an unmistakably clear connection between low functioning levels of intelligence and the racism bigotry and prejudice that is an integral part of conservatism.
Posted by alferdpacker
The term "conservative" has been bastardized by the right wing. I have known many true conservatives and they were highly intelligent and very tolerant. What passes for conservatives now days is a form of reactionary that wants to return to the gilded age of the 1880s before labor unions, government regulation of business and when Monopoly wasn't just a game.
Today's "conservatives" are a far cry from the conservative movement characterized by Wliilam F Buckley and Barry Goldwater. Goldwater may have voted against the civil rights act, but he was not against granting blacks the same rights as whites. He had some philosophical differences with the act. But the old southern racist Denmocrats supported him in 1964 and perverted his viewpoints. But Goldwater was wrong; it was necessary for the full weight of the federal government to bear down to guarantee civil rights to everyone, especially blacks.
The "conservatives" of the 1960s and 1970s welcomed immigrants as people who could help build this country regardless of where they came from. They believed in religion, but recognized that each person chooses how they express their religious views and that the government had no business in religion.
But that is not today's "conservatives". Today's conservatives seem to be overly religious and anyone who doesn't espouse their view of Christianity is a heathen (in the Moslem world, they are called "infidels"). Rather than see most undocumented immigrants as being here illegally and that most are working and contributing to the nation's economy; today's conservatives see them as lawbreakers and a convenient whipping boy.
What is coming from today's brand of "conservative" is nothing but intolerance, bigotry and selfishness. So yes today's beand of conservative lacks the intellectual heft of the movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It has become a hangout for those who harbor racist and bigoted attitudes as well as those who have the attitude that 'I've got mine and to hell with everyone else."