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The Failed Conservative Values of James Dobson

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 Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.  Barry Goldwater 

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James Dobson

James Dobson is a major leader of the social conservatives. He is considered one of the more moderate of the 'Value Voters' leaders because he doesn't support spanking any child under the age of 18 months, while other conservative leaders do.

Dobson  is now attacking Barrack Obama for "deliberately distorting the Bible" and "dragging biblical understanding through the gutter." Isn't it time for progressives to start unmasking how the values of  the conservative movement have failed? Isn't it time to ask them some questions about their values? How about asking your family,  friends, neighbors, colleges, etc, "Have Conservative Values Failed?"

Let's raise the question. It should be easy for anyone to answer.  It's time for progressives to take back the  values debate and promote an open and honest discussion about values.  Document what you find out and share it with the rest of us. 

Here are some people who have taken up the challenge.

Failed Conservative Values: Elaine Charkowski on Patriarchy Family Values
Failed Conservative Values: Elaine Charkowski - Patriarchy Family Values
Elaine Charkowski talked with me about how conservative values have failed. She says, Conservative Family Values is about patriarchy and fear of authority. It’s about not using your own mind and woman are to be subservient to the man. The type of power used is random punishment and reward, which studies show is the best way to drive animals crazy.
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Failed Conservative Values: Louise Specht on Hierarchy Authoritarian Narcissism
I asked Louise Specht about the the failure of conservative values. She addressed the hierarchal and authoritarian nature of conservativism and how this can lead  to narcissism for the people at the top. Steven Colbert does a great job of imitating a conservative on the Colbert Report. I just saw him begin his show lately by saying, "Did I tell you I love me lately?"  He hit's the nail on the head, as does Louise.

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Failed Conservative Values: Dona Ridgeway on Authoritarianism
Failed Conservative Values: Dona Ridgeway - Authoritarianism
Donna Ridgeway is a blogger living in the Santa Cruz, California area. She was raised republican and was in the military, but then started questioning. 
 She says the Failed Conservative Value is authoritarianism, it's a lose lose situation because if the authoritarian fails, everything fails. However she sees a lot of problems with progressives as well. There's a lot of egos with progressives and herding cats is hard.
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Failed Conservative Values: Arianna Huffington on Family Values Hypocrisy
Arianna Huffington is a well know progressive speaker and activist.  She started the popular Huffington Post website and it seems you can't turn on a progressive TV show  without her popping up on it and taking a swipe at the conservatives. I saw Arianna at our local bookstore where she was promoting her new book, The Right is Wrong. During the Q and A, I asked her how conservative values have failed. She had plenty to say. 

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 Failed Conservative Values: They're Not Working - George Lakoff
George Lakoff is a linguistics professor at UC Berkeley and author of numerous books on metaphors, framing and politics. Howard Dean has called him, "one of the most influential political thinkers of the progressive movement." George was at our local bookstore talking about his latest book, The Political Mind. During the question and answer period, I asked him if he personally feels that Conservative Values have Failed and if so, how have they failed?
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Failed Conservative Values: David Sirota on Economic Darwinism
David Sirota came and talked about his new book, 'The Uprising' at the Oakland Democracy for America meet-up on June 11, 2008.  During the Q and A, I asked David how conservative values have failed and he talked about the failure of Conservative Economic Darwinism. The full video of his 70 minute talk and slideshow is now online.
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Attack of the Anaconda -  Failed Conservative Values Metaphors

Sometimes it helps to use a bit of  imagination and creativity to look at things in a different way to shake up the status quo and change mindsets.  I've been asking people to create a metaphor for the Failed Conservative Values.  For example, if conservative values were a type of machine, or land, or animal,  etc., what would they be like?    Here are some of the images people came up with; anaconda, meat grinder, quicksand and mud stuck elephant.
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Failed Conservative Values: Nancy Kops on Selfishness

I interviewed Nancy Kops and asked her about Failed Conservative Values and what are Progressive Values.  She feels caring is the most important liberal-progressive value.  She knows many conservatives and finds them to have good hearts and be very caring about the people around them. However, she can’t figure out why they can be attracted to the Republican Party. She thinks they just don't see the big picture.
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What is the worst of the Failed Conservative Value... by Edwin Rutsch on Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 10:43:48 AM
Failed Conservative Values: Louise Specht on Hiera... by steve scheetz on Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 12:42:21 PM
the underlying values from which it flows.  I... by Edwin Rutsch on Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 1:42:41 PM
For your poll to make sense, you would have to lis... by WML on Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 7:10:58 PM
1. smaller government;  far less governmental... by Edwin Rutsch on Friday, Jun 27, 2008 at 7:38:24 PM
Considered that way, I think Dobson has the same v... by WML on Saturday, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:27:21 AM
you have values, goals, policies, etc. all being u... by Edwin Rutsch on Saturday, Jun 28, 2008 at 12:51:32 AM
Corporatism is crookism.  When capitalism gro... by John Hanks on Saturday, Jun 28, 2008 at 11:05:02 AM


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