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A Brief History of Conservatism
1095-1291: The Crusades.
1633: Galileo arrested by conservatives for sharing his scientific observations.
1692: Women tried and executed by conservatives in Salem as witches.
1861: Conservatives fight Civil War war to continue slavery.
1865: A conservative assassinates Abraham Lincoln.
1914: The conservative Harrison Act criminalizes recreational drugs, defying "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" promised by the Declaration of Independence.
1918: Conservatives finally lose the battle to keep women from voting.
1919: Conservatives convince Congress to pass prohibition of alcohol.
1920-present: Conservatives fight to prevent sex education in schools.
1934: The conservative Hays Code enforces censoring sex in movies.
1938: Conservatives lost the fight to keep children working, even in coal mines, when liberals passed The Fair Labor Standards Act.
1939-1942: Conservative Nazis gas millions of Jews and homosexuals.
1947: Scores of film writers and actors blacklisted by conservatives and even jailed as communists.
Only a conservative could believe that the solution to the gun problem is yet more guns.
1949: President Truman nearly doubled the minimum wage from 40 cents per hour to 75 cents. The business lobby screamed it would kill jobs and cause inflation. Instead, unemployment was cut in half to 2.6 percent, inflation didn't rise, and we enjoyed two decades of unprecedented economic prosperity.
1965: Conservatives finally lose their battle to keep birth control illegal. (THIS fact-based article proves conservatives wrong.)
1967: Conservative laws barring interracial marriage in the US overthrown by the Supreme Court.
1967-present: Conservatives try to ban teaching evolution in schools.
1968: Conservatives murder Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
1970s: Conservative thinking forced math students to use slide rules, even though affordable scientific calculators were much better.
1983: Conservative Republicans tried but failed to prevent making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday.
1980s-2000s: Conservatives succeed in passing tort reform limiting citizens ability to sue for rightful damages.
1996: After lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Conservative US Representative Jay Dickey (R-AR) authored a bill forbidding the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from even researching the causes of gun violence.
1998: Matthew Shepard murdered by redneck conservatives for being homosexual.
2003: Congress approved a landmark program to help seniors buy prescription drugs, but conservative Republicans added a provision barring the federal government from negotiating cheaper prices for those drugs. When Democrats tried to change that in 2007, Republicans again blocked the proposal keeping the cost to taxpayers high in order to give drug companies a gift.
2004: Larry Hooper murdered by a conservative for being an atheist.
2016: Conservative lawmakers vote to overturn a Labor Department rule that requires financial advisers to act in the best interests of clients when advising them about retirement accounts. Thankfully, President Barack Obama had the sense to veto this bill, yet conservatives are now passing it again under Trump.
2016: Conservative lawmakers vote to remove the restrictions that prevented mentally ill people from buying guns.
And these are the same people who claim to champion personal freedom and liberty, and argue for less government intervention in our personal lives. Did you ever read about liberals banning books or burning Beatles records? What I find most infuriating about modern conservatives is their hypocrisy. Listen to Sean Hannity and those like him. Every day he thumps his chest, and proclaims America is great for its freedom. Yet his kind of thinking puts harmless drug users and prostitutes in jail. If we are not free to take drugs in the privacy of our own homes, or pay a willing partner for sex, then we are not free at all.
Does anyone believe these protesters are liberals?
Not all conservatives today are not racists or homophobes, but many are. Even if you're not a racist, your predecessors probably were. And their predecessors either owned slaves or were not opposed to slavery. Does anyone believe that Stalin was a liberal? Bin Laden? Hitler? You may find misguided hippies checking their daily horoscope, or arguing that cell phone towers cause cancer, but pure evil is a conservative practice. Voter suppression - which is incredibly un-American - is a purely conservative pursuit. And nobody ignores facts like conservatives. Lyndon Johnson's Presidential Commission on Pornography was soundly rejected by conservatives in Congress and the Senate because it found no evidence of harm. The Shafer Commission Report on Marijuana and Drugs was also rejected by conservatives because it found no justification for imprisoning offenders. [Additional link] And now (in 2015) they're still at it:
Most of the points above address social issues such as interracial marriage and sex education, but conservatives have also been consistently wrong on economics and foreign policy as explained and proven with facts in this detailed expose:
Perhaps the single worst things conservative politicians do is voter suppression, which is incredibly un-American. In their minds, if you can't win fairly then it's okay to cheat.
The ultimate proof that some conservatives are intellectually challenged derives from recent research at Brock University, as explained in this summary. However, research has shown that while most people with limited intelligence are conservative, that doesn't mean that most conservatives have low IQs. I believe the main issue is misinformation, though new research shows a possible genetic contribution.
Many conservatives watch Fox News, which has been shown to lie and distort facts intentionally. So if you believe Ronald Reagan was the greatest US president ever, and Barack Obama was the worst, it's not that you're stupid but simply misinformed:
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