franco b wrote:People are conservative in the sense that what they consider too radical a change scares them. Just like Ayn Rand the logic is too brutal to what they have been accustomed to. The reasoning too alien to what they have been hearing. The promise excessive. It can't be true. Goldwater was painted as an extremist and Paul as a loony. If you have conservative values you are a tool of the rich.
Logic comes into play in a political campaign only after emotion decides who to pick and then logic is used to further that emotional choice.
If the above are all truisms, then:
People have absolutely no clue what it means to be conservative. The Founders were radically liberal, and those who believe in their legacy are thereby conservative.
If logic is somehow brutal (to realistic and matter of fact and true), then false and irrational emotionalism and fantasy must be the proper means to all ends.
Due to the above, reason and logic are truly the product of the devil (and are thereby truly to be alienated). Thus the Religious Right's licking the boots of the Neocons.
LBJ was a non-extremist (whatever that might be), and roughly 60,000 soldiers died as a result of his being non-extreme.
Goldwater was tagged as an extremist because the Republicans were on the verge of abandoning the Constitution. His defeat justified their means to that end.
Paul is a loony because he is the embodiment of Goldwater + The Non-Aggression Principle.