Three observations:

  1. The very meaning of “political conservative” has greatly changed over the past three decades. Time was that conservatives were not so hidebound to party dogma, truly valued diplomacy and the necessity of good government, and would have viewed with horror how most self-proclaimed “conservatives” are supporting Trump’s embrace of Putin and Kim while at the same time insulting our closest allies. They would never have allowed themselves to follow such a demagogue no matter how much they didn’t like Democrats. John McCain is one of the few remaining real conservatives. Perhaps another example is how CPAC used to disallow the John Birch Society from attending because of how off-the-rails its stands were…and now JBS is a sponsor of CPAC. The Right moved the metaphorical goal post not just a few yards back, but over to the hotel across the parking lot so that Obama’s 2012 party platform was decried as hopelessly socialist…never mind that in many ways it wasn’t much different from the 1956 GOP party platform under Eisenhower.
  2. It doesn’t matter how much the author insults or sucks up to his audience, for the number of minds he’ll change is probably precisely zero. Why? Because few people’s minds are changed by argument, but more so by experience and emotion…which is how I changed from a strong conservative (voted for Reagan and Bush 41) to a strong liberal.
  3. You engaged in not only hyperbole but even unsubstantiated claims, to wit:

For example, three likely Democratic presidential candidates, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders are running on an absurd “jobs guarantee.” The far-left of the Democratic Party is so hostile to natural gas and nuclear that they would actually increase greenhouse gas levels.Most Democratic presidential candidates are running on nationalizing healthcare which would make healthcare worse, to say nothing of its astronomical costs.

On the “jobs guarantee”, at least we’re wanting people to work, to have the opportunity to earn their livelihood. Last I recall, that’s something that conservatives liked…but then I recall that it’s conservative dogma that liberals want people to be lazy and sit at home collecting welfare.

On the “hostility” of the Democratic Party to natural gas and nuclear, no, our hostility would not result in higher greenhouse gas levels (full disclosure: I like nuclear power and was a qualified watchstander in Reactor Dept. on an aircraft carrier). If you’ll check, it’s now cheaper to build and operate renewable energy sources than it is to simply operate coal or nuclear power plants. It’s now only America that is not party to the Paris Accord. If the Paris Accord was such an anti-American boondoggle as most conservative pundits claim, then after Trump pulled us out of the Accord, then it should have fallen apart…but it hasn’t. All the world, ally and enemy alike, is remaining committed (if to varying extents). In other words, the only real reason Trump pulled us out was because it was Obama that made the Paris Accord happen.

“Most Democratic presidential candidates are running on nationalizing healthcare”? Really? “Nationalizing”? Either you’ve been stuck too long within the right-wing media echo chamber, or you’re not really aware of what what the word means, and what we stand for. “Nationalizing” means “government-operated”, whereas what we want is “government-regulated”. There’s a very big difference between the two. And that’s what the ACA was: government regulation of health care. What’s more, even before the ACA, health care was already regulated by government, but just not as efficiently and effectively as it could have been. But just about every “conservative” voter out there bought into the new dogma about “government takeover” of health care, “death panels”, and “out-of-control socialism”.

Yes, we do have the very best health care on the planet…but only for those who have access to it. There’s several other nations whose health care systems are more effective overall and whose health care costs are much, much cheaper than our own. The only reason the Right refuses to consider such systems has nothing to do with cost or effectiveness, but because it’s become unquestionable right-wing dogma that we. can’t. do. it. It’s like Henry Ford used to say: “Whether you say you can or you can’t, you’re right.” We can make our health care system better by learning the lessons from those nations whose systems are more effective than our own…but our Right simply refuses to even consider learning those lessons.

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