May 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Although the controversies dominating political headlines eventually might undermine President Obama's standing with voters, a longer-term reality - a declining number of people who identify themselves as conservatives - could cause much more trouble for his Republican opponents. Republicans won big in the 2010 midterm election, taking control of the House and numerous state legislatures. That victory corresponded with a significant increase in the percentage of Americans calling themselves conservative, particularly on economic issues.
April 1, 2012
With so many scientific issues becoming battlefields in the culture wars - from climate change to stem-cell research to evolution (see above) - we hardly needed a new study to tell us that scientists have become a favorite target of the right. Yet a paper written by University of North Carolina doctoral fellow Gordon Gauchat and published last week in the American Sociological Review also contains a highly counterintuitive finding. Common sense, as well as past research, suggests that distrust of science correlates with lack of education; the less education a person has, the more likely he or she will favor traditional beliefs or religious dogma over scientific evidence.
July 26, 2013 |
When liberals expand the reach and cost of government, we conservatives label them "knee-jerk. " However, conservatives have shown themselves to be enthusiastically knee-jerk in one area: criminal justice spending. For more than 40 years, conservatives have blindly supported a vast expansion of criminal laws and appropriated billions of dollars for new prisons to hold the inmates convicted under those laws. Now, the weight of those costs is sinking California's budget, siphoning off dollars that could go to schools, roads, hospitals or tax cuts.
September 5, 2013 |
Despite the fact that there have been many brilliant thinkers through the centuries who called themselves conservatives, it does seem that, when we look at things through the rearview mirror of American history, it is conservatives who are left stuck in the mud. Today's conservatives may call themselves tea partiers, but the original bunch that tossed boxes of tea over the side of British ships was a gaggle of radicals, not conservatives. In 1776, it was conservative people who thought the Declaration of Independence was a traitorous document.
September 29, 2010 |
For decades, the U.S. debate over drug legalization has pitted conservatives on one side against libertarians and some liberals on the other. A few conservatives have publicly opposed the drug war (e.g., National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr.), but most conservatives either endorse it or sidestep the issue. Yet vigorous opposition to the drug war should be a no-brainer for conservatives. Legalization would not only promote specific policy objectives that are near and dear to conservative hearts, it is also consistent with core principles that conservatives endorse in other contexts.
January 15, 2006
Re "The right divide," Opinion, Jan. 11 Todd Gitlin's questioning spirit can only do conservatives good. Among the questions they might consider are: Does the "word of God" trump the Constitution? Is faith more reliable than reason? Should abortion be a crime? Are presidents free to violate statutory law, in wartime or otherwise; and if so, are presidents also free to determine when we are, or are no longer, at war? To what extent do we have the right to inflict casualties on other peoples to enhance our security?
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October 15, 1987
In response to Nelson's angry diatribe against "high-minded moralizing liberals," might I suggest that the biggest differences between liberals and conservatives would seem to be their views on two crucial points--personal freedoms and big business. Conservatives would reduce personal freedoms (through limits on abortion and civil rights, Judge Robert Bork, etc.), but allow big business to operate with a minimum of restrictions (resulting in such debacles as the Iran- contra affair and the Wall Street insider trading scandal)
August 8, 2009 |
A hard-line group demanded Friday that Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad obey the country's supreme leader or risk losing the confidence of lawmakers from his own conservative political camp. The Front Loyal to Imam and Leadership, a group of 14 conservative political parties and organizations led by prominent hard-liner Habibollah Asgaroladi, demanded that Ahmadinejad consult with his supporters before making appointments to his Cabinet, which he must submit for approval within 12 days.
January 17, 2014 |
Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants - and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them, a new study finds. The study, slated to be published in the American Journal of Sociology, tackles the “puzzling paradox” of why divorce is more common in religiously conservative “red” states. If religious conservatives believe firmly in the value of marriage, why is divorce especially high in places like Alabama and Arkansas? To figure that out, researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Iowa analyzed county divorce statistics against information from an earlier study of religious congregations.
September 20, 2009 |
The main problem with American healthcare is too much government. Let's reduce government control and let real competition create better services and lower prices. The shortest explanation of conservatives' approach to improving the best -- albeit still imperfect -- healthcare system in the world is: Do the opposite of what President Obama wants. I see four key components to the conservative approach. First, it's time for honesty from Democrats, Republicans and the health profession.