The answer to that question posed by one of Thom's callers on Wednesday may be ... never. What the caller referred to was comparing Liberals to the hard-nosed rigid thinking of Conservatives. By their very nature Liberals are prone to seek compromise and cooperation. Only the most militant left-wingers are likely to be willing to fight aggressively against Conservative ideals. Cons, on the other hand have a very closed-minded "my way or the highway" attitude and are unwilling to compromise on much. Cons are into National Security, and guns, strict adherence to Old Testament "Fire and Brimstone" ideals of religion,and intolerance of people who are different. Liberals are more into preserving Peace worldwide, the Environment, promoting New Testament "Love your enemy" ideals, and religious and ethnic tolerance. As a result Liberals will always compromise further to the center and even go as far as allowing moderate right-wing results in order to avoid confrontation. Whereas I think a Conservative would rather fight than give in to any kind of even mildly socialist idea. I don't believe that's the way it's always been, but in the last 30 years or so Cons have gone so much further to the right. I don't believe all Cons are that extreme, but even the most moderate Cons offer little room for compromise.
When will Liberals get a spine?
re: When will Liberals get a spine?
MailMan Russ wrote: Only the most militant left-wingers are likely to be willing to fight aggressively against Conservative ideals.
Probably because those on the true left (vs. those calling themselves liberals) have a better understanding of the economic/social system. That makes them more militant in seeking change.
I liken the difference to those seeking New Structures vs. those seeking to tweak Old Structures.
Those accustomed to living in a dysfunctional family or nation, get so used to the dsyfunction, they can't see it. The militant left has stepped outside of that.. The first response when they look at it is holy s---. The 2nd is seeking change....militantly. The change in outlook is usually pretty sudden. An "aha" sort of thing.
Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"