Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Most Recent Article: Ellen Goodman 10/16/04
|This site centers around the constant war between right and
left, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican, which is as much
about framing the questions as it is about crafting the answers. Our media
culture (Hollywood and the mainstream press dominated by the liberal poles
of the New York and Los Angeles Times) gives liberalism the
edge because it largely sympathizes with left-wing views. Let me whet
your appetite (or whet your blade, if your thinking is liberal) by exposing
a few liberal or politically correct myths:
- Conservatives are opposed to progress. False. For
example, winning the
Cold War was progress, and at every step liberals opposed the conservative
efforts that achieved that end.
- Conservatives are opposed to change. False. Cutting
taxes is a change that conservatives are always more eager to make than
- Liberals are better described as "progressives."
False. They want to be described that way because they understand
that "liberal" has come to be a bad name, and despite all their efforts to
demonize every conservative idea, most voting Americans identify
themselves as "conservative." If liberals can get everyone to call
them "progressive," they will have already won the first point in the
argument by implying that anyone who opposes them opposes progress.
What they fail to understand is that it is their views that made "liberal"
a bad name, and no one has a monopoly on the desire for progress.
- Tolerance is a good thing. False. Tolerance of evil is a very
bad thing. We have to make distinctions between things that are good or
neutral, and those that are evil. Good and neutral things are to be
tolerated, evil things are to be opposed. (Look for future
discussions on SoothSeeker.com of the definitions of evil, human rights,
Pages linked on the left are pages devoted to individual liberal
politicians and columnists, collecting their factual, philosophical, moral,
or intellectual gaffes (and on occasion linking to a deconstruction of an
entire column, speech, etc.).