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Saturday, April 11, 2009

What Does a Conservative Look Like?

It really irks me when the Associated Press has headlines like this.

The Headline reads: Blogger’s Prison Death Rallies Iran’s Liberals

Iran’s Liberals
Iran’s Conservatives

Guess who the Associated Press says they are.

The role of Iranian bloggers as liberal opinion-shapers could intensify ahead of June 12 elections that will decide whether arch-conservative President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad remains for another four years.”

Iran’s Liberals = freedom loving people who want less government control over their lives.

Iran’s Conservatives = Ahmedinejad and his oppressive, freedom-squashing government.

In this country, it is the Conservatives who want more freedom and less government intervention in their lives. Bush, the semi-conservative president was wary of Iran and other countries like it and didn’t believe diplomacy was the answer to keeping them in line.

Obama, the ultra-liberal is the one who wants to hold hands and sing Kumbaya with Iran, North Korea, Venezuala, and every other third world dictator, despot or Communist ruler.

The liberals are in control in this country now, and they’re talking about more government, more socialist programs to make more people dependent on government, more control over the Internet, suppression of religious freedom, suppression of Constitutional rights, and a Civilian Security Force (i.e.: Obama loyalists seeking out Obama dissenters to report to authorities).

Yet the Associated press insisted on dividing Iran into “liberal” and “conservative” and making the “conservatives” the bad guys.

I’m sure it wasn’t intentional.
Yeah, and I’m sure Bill Clinton is a faithful and doting husband.

Here's a quick test. See how quickly you can spot the true conservative from the choices below.



If you guessed #2, you are absolutely right. This man is a true conservative.
If you guessed #1, you are absolutely wrong. You probably work for the Associated Press, don't you?

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At 9:48 PM, OpenID 4simpsons said...

Great catch, Ms. Green! I'll be they didn't even realize their bias. After all, everyone knows that conservative = bad.

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Mark said...

(sigh) when will the stupidity end?

At 11:11 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

"when will the stupidity end?

When Jesus comes back?

I doubt it will be before then.

At 2:51 PM, Anonymous Herm said...

Ms.Green, Language and communication are certainly an interesting topic. Since God first communicated with Adam and Eve in the garden, and Eve communicated with the Serpent, languages have undergone immense changes throughout history. Like your example of "conservatism and liberalism" light can now mean darkness, pure can be impure, truth can be fiction. Only language and communication rooted in God's truth can remain pure and undefiled and have accurate meaning and purpose. All else is merely chatter and Godlessness.
God Bless, Herm

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Dan said...

I agree with you Mrs. Green that the AP would not miss a chance to trash conservatism, and perhaps they loved calling these blood thirsty tyrants conservatives. That said, as I clicked to the article it didn't surprise me that they referred to those who oppose Ahmedinejad as liberals because technically they are. Conservatives within the context of their on political system try to preserve or "conserve" traditions and long held values. As you know, freedom is not a long held value in Iran. Just something to think about.

Just wanted to say again that I really like your blog and am glad to discover it as well as your links to other blogs. I also have added a link on my own blog. Hope your week is as blessed as your Sunday.

At 1:06 AM, Blogger Marshall Art said...

Hello Ms. Green and Happy Easter to ya,

I was going to say the same thing Dan said about the terms from the Iranian perspective. I think that's how it must be viewed.

So instead, I'll talk about it from our perspective. Lib media and bloggers like to call those of us on the right fascists. Glen Beck described the terms in a way I think works best. Of course I always thought it didn't fit conservatives, but what he said was that the left wants more gov't and the right wants less. So the extremes of each would be fascism for the lefty and anarchy for the right-winger. When you look at the definition for socialism, communism and fascism, they all conatain the same elements and are really just degrees of the same thing.

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

"what he said was that the left wants more gov't and the right wants less. So the extremes of each would be fascism for the lefty and anarchy for the right-winger."

Excellent analogy, which proves my point - the AP is purposely distorting what constitutes "liberal" and "conservative". Iran is run by extremists - but they are on the left, not the right. Iran is anything but an anarchy.


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