But I hope you will start critically analyzing the misbehaviors of Conservatives in the same way you do for liberals.Now, for one thing - I do analyze conservatives already. I've criticized what I regard as the abundant flaws in social conservative over at What's Wrong With the World and on this blog. I've lodged my criticisms against what I consider to be the blind spots of economically conservative, I've defended Pope Francis' new approach to social conservative issues, and more. But I'm going to interpret Lothar's question to me in the way I think he ultimately meant it: shouldn't I be fair? Shouldn't I find, highlight and talk about the flaws in conservative views and approaches and arguments, just as I highlight and talk about the flaws in "progressive" views and approaches and arguments?
But here's the trick. Why should I do that? More to the point - since when do "progressives" engage in this kind of critical (and public) self-examination? Why should I regard myself as having any onus to play critic to the conservative points of view?
Is that an appeal to fairness? Because what... this is the standard held by the "progressives" when it comes to their own? Gosh, they're just lining up to highlight Obama as the biggest monster in town, aren't they? After all, he originally ran his campaign in opposition to same-sex marriage, and as the Eich situation demonstrated, even if you purport to change your mind after the fact on that topic your past position is still enough to run you the fuck out of town. And yet that's not happening. Call me crazy, but I suspect it won't happen for any politician with a flip-flop history who happens to be a Democrat running for re-election in the US. Or for any others of the situationally important.
But I should be fair, right? With 'fairness' defined as 'at least attack the conservatives SOMEtimes'.
Funny how that works.
Ultimately, it's moot. I'm not really on the "conservative" side - I am, intellectually, on a team with exactly one member at the end of the day, two if you count the Church. I know who I have something in common with, I keep tabs on the groups and people I can discuss things with, but I have little interest in mindlessly carrying water for the GOP, or "conservatives" or just about anyone else. But when it's suggested to me that I should at the very least gun for the conservatives now and then if I'm going to gun for the "progressives", rhetorically speaking, I somehow suspect I'm being played.