If only conservative voices could be heard.

Friday, February 5th, 2010 @ 10:46 pm | Clueless Conservatives, Economy

Ah, those arrogant liberals are at it again! Looking down their noses at real Americans and trying to force their political correctness on all of us. It’s as if they think we’re fucking retards!

Gerard Alexander affirms
what all conservatives have internalized in their heart of hearts already: that conservatives and their ideas are reflexively maligned because elitism and condescention are innate, unique qualities possessed by liberals. You’ll never go broke if you’re getting paid to tell right-wingers that they’re being victimized and imposed upon by Volvo drivers who think that they’re smarter than them. It’s their bread and butter.

This condescension is part of a liberal tradition that for generations has impoverished American debates over the economy, society and the functions of government — and threatens to do so again today, when dialogue would be more valuable than ever.

Because, you see, conservative ideas weren’t able to make it to the surface over the past eight years because they were drowned in a sea of domineering liberal discourse.

These four liberal narratives not only justify the dismissal of conservative thinking as biased or irrelevant — they insist on it. By no means do all liberals adhere to them, but they are mainstream in left-of-center thinking. Indeed, when the president met with House Republicans in Baltimore recently, he assured them that he considers their ideas, but he then rejected their motives in virtually the same breath.

This works if you ignore the fact that Obama responded to their proposed ideas using logic and reason. The president didn’t stand up in front of them at the House Issues Conference for an hour and a half and merely reject their motives. During that time Republicans got exactly what Alexander is suggesting they didn’t receive; a reasoned debate over their suggestions for fixing a broken economy. Not only that but it was face to face on live television on their own turf. I don’t know how much more open and accommodating to Republican suggestions the president could have been.

Like a lot of right-wing think tank groomed intellectuals, it doesn’t matter to Alexander whether “conservative” ideas can be refuted by sound reasoning or logic. We need to implement them anyway because they’re “conservative” and if we don’t we’re condescending ideologues who refuse to take them seriously. Here’s a fresh, new idea; instead of spending your time whining about how arrogant liberals don’t respect you why don’t you concentrate on developing more cohesive arguments.


This is one of my favorite demonstrations of what Gerard Alexander would refer to as “liberal condescension”. Daniel Ellsberg eviscerating the Very Serious ideas of great conservative thinker William Kristol.

Isn’t it a tragedy that liberals routinely brush aside the sage advice of this wise and humble man? Perhaps someday in a more civilized future, conservative greats like Kristol, Krauthammer, Broder, Kaplan and Hanson can have a platform from which to speak freely and have their ideas heard.


One Response to “If only conservative voices could be heard.”

  1. jeromy Says:

    You beat me to that post…

    That was a classic piece of conservative whining. I’m sure he’s as concerned that actual liberals have been all but silenced for the past several decades as un-American tax-and-spenders who will destroy Our Way of Life. I’m sure he’s spent quite a bit of time perplexed that all those who were right about Iraq are still ostracized while most members of the Bush administration have been employed by the MSM and interviewed with great curiosity and reverence.

    The thing is, everything he wrote in that article still allows for everything liberals say about conservatives to be true. Of course, we’re told “surely some liberals believe some crazy things” but the point is that it’s the leaders of the GOP who are saying the crazy, and the followers are rampant. We’re supposed to regard all this birtherism and screaming about Mao as something worthwhile because every once in awhile conservatives happen to be right about something. Well, many conservatives still are, but they’re being silenced and attacked by the teabaggers and other movement conservatives. Did Mr. Alexander bother asking Andrew Sullivan, Bruce Bartlett, or Charles Johnson how much respect they get from “conservatives” nowadays?

    This guy ignores every sin of the right and them plays the concern troll about perceived condescension from the left. This is just more of the “You may be able to demonstrate that I’m wrong and insane, but I’m just going to rally my posse and get madder!” shtick we’ve been deluded by from the right, and it’s got nothing to do with good governance.

    For the centrist Obama to be pushing the heavily compromised HCR bill and to be lectured by this guy about how we don’t listen to conservative ideas is rich. The health care reform bill is a Republican plan already. How about trying to get the Republicans to listen to it?