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    I can't speak for anyone else, but my own situation is a long way from the narrative of that article. I grew up immersed in a right-wing evangelical environment (I even picketed Planned Parenthood as a child, with my parents of course) and I still have a lot of interaction with conservatives. Though, I don't consider myself to be a "liberal" (I'm not sure anyone knows what that term actually means anymore). On this forum, topics where I disagree with liberals come up less often than topics where I disagree with conservatives.
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    A lot of liberals move to cities to get away from the conservative towns where they grew up. I'd say they know conservatives all too well.

    I come from a conservative family myself. My parents are good, kind people. I've never known them to watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh. I think they focus on what's good in life and not store up grievances and anger like Fox News viewers and Limbaugh listeners seem to do. We'd all be better off if all conservatives were like my parents.

    But it does appear that Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to live in uncompetitive House districts.
    In this case it's deliberate. It's called gerrymandering; Republican state governments drew the district boundaries so that a few Democrats win with 70% of the vote while a lot more Republicans win with 55% of the vote.

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    I guess as of two months ago I just wound up were liberals are supposed to be.
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    I found this essay on the history and state of the conservative movement in America tremendously enlightening. I think a few of you guys might enjoy it as well, but it's crazy long so I'll just post a link.

    The Crisis of American Conservatism: Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road

    I think Kurth's grasp of the history (recent and more distant) is impressive, but his speculation on the future of conservatism seems a little less solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I found this essay on the history and state of the conservative movement in America tremendously enlightening. I think a few of you guys might enjoy it as well, but it's crazy long so I'll just post a link.

    The Crisis of American Conservatism: Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    I found this essay on the history and state of the conservative movement in America tremendously enlightening. I think a few of you guys might enjoy it as well, but it's crazy long so I'll just post a link.

    The Crisis of American Conservatism: Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road

    I think Kurth's grasp of the history (recent and more distant) is impressive, but his speculation on the future of conservatism seems a little less solid.

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    Thanks I'll read it and comment on it if I get a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Thanks I'll read it and comment on it if I get a chance.
    If you do, put on a pot of coffee...

    It's a long one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    If you do, put on a pot of coffee...

    It's a long one.
    So I see. I'm already spotting a few holes in his narrative though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    So I see. I'm already spotting a few holes in his narrative though.
    Once you've finished it and had some time to collect your thoughts, I'd certainly like to hear about it.

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