Are Conservatives Stupid or Evil?

ExpectantlyIronic

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Liberals tend to think that conservatives are either stupid or evil. They see George W. Bush as a buffoon and Dick Cheney as a nefarious architect of doom. These two options strike liberals as the on1y possible explanations for why someone would adopt a conservative agenda. Conservatives must be either be confused about what morality demands of us in the political sphere, or they must recognize the demands of morality and simply ignore those demands, in pursuit of power or lucre. Conservatives have no more a flattering conception of liberals. For their vantage point, liberals either look hopelessly naïve (read "stupid") or dangerously corrupted (read "evil"). Liberals are either tree-hugging fools or calculating agents of moral degeneracy. Why is this?

One answer is that liberals and conservatives each make the same false assumption about the other side: they assume that their opponents share the same basic moral values. Suppose you and I share the same basic values, but you advocate some policy that I oppose. That means one of us is either making a mistake about what our shared values entail or willfully pursuing something we know to be immoral. One of us is stupid or evil. But there is another possibility: perhaps we have some different basic values. Perhaps we are both pursuing exactly what our values demand of us, but, since those values differ, we are pursuing different political agendas.
Are Conservatives Stupid or Evil - Psychology Today

I've long thought that political differences were due to ingrained differences in values amongst people; as opposed to one side of the political spectrum being universally flawed in some way. Would you agree, or do you think the other side is stupid or evil?
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
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I think both sides are overpopulated with half-brained wolverines high on angel dust that enjoy the smell of their own socks. But that's just one guy's opinion.
 

Stab-o-Matic5000

Cutting Edge in Murder
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I would say that there are stupid some stupid conservatives, but not that all conservatives are stupid. The same can be said for liberals as well. It's not a problem with conservatives or liberals, it's a problem with people. Stupid people.
 

BigBob

Registered Member
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All Politicians, Stupid and evil politicians. They will do whatever they want, say what they think you want them to say and stab you in the back.
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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Stab-o-Matic5000 said:
I would say that there are stupid some stupid conservatives, but not that all conservatives are stupid. The same can be said for liberals as well. It's not a problem with conservatives or liberals, it's a problem with people. Stupid people.
Sure, but the posted article attempts to explain why intelligent conservatives and liberals disagree.
 

Bananas

Endangered Species
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Would you agree, or do you think the other side is stupid or evil?
Slightly off-topic but I find party politics stupid and evil!

It is only in recent years (especially since being on GF) that I have seen how divided the USA is. What I hate most about it is the generalisation, the name calling and complete lack of individual thought. It seems that political allegiance is more important than the subject in question, all too often it comes down to "you liberals" or "right-wingers" as a more important attribute than the objectives those people propose. Everything is us & them, blue & red, left & right, liberal & conservative....from an outside perspective looking in it does get kind of tiresome after a while.

Sorry to hijack your thread.
 

ExpectantlyIronic

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Bananas said:
Slightly off-topic but I find party politics stupid and evil!
How do you avoid it, though? I'm not so sure I see a way out, given the obvious benefits of coalition-building in the American political system.
 

MenInTights

not a plastic bag
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well, if you want an honest opinion, like Dr. Savage, I think that Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

There are certain contradictions that I cannot explain else wise. Keep in mind this does not apply to all liberals, but many that I have met:

  • Fervently against the death penalty and fervently for open abortions.
  • Belief that global warming is real and caused by man even with the climate graphs of the past 5, 10, 20 and 100 years tell another story.
  • Care for the situations of women and children in countries where we have no military presence, but do not care for the advances made by women and children in middle eastern countries where our military is.
  • Belief that animals have rights, trees have feelings
Definitely not all liberals, but like I said, there's some political thought I will never get.
 

Stab-o-Matic5000

Cutting Edge in Murder
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  • Belief that animals have rights, trees have feelings
Only gonna point out this one, because the others are political beliefs of quite a few liberals. Trees have feelings? That's not a political standpoint. Trees are important to the environment is a common thought among liberals, but trees having feelings is more or less only held by the craziest of liberals.

I could point out a few contradictory or unnecessary political viewpoints of conservatives, myself.