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RNC GOP Conservatives Failed to Remember Small Town Values

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Here's a funny clip from the Daily Show's coverage of the Republican National Convention.  In their various speeches, conservatives made a big point of trying to connect their Failed Conservative Values to Small Town Values.  Yes, they never give up on the values debate and always try to add a new wrinkle to their rhetorical  values debate arsenal.   However, this time the Daily Show's best darn news team on  the planet went out to investigate.   As you'll see,  the problem is that conservatives just can't  remember what those values are.


Hopefully conservatives will stop insulting people from small towns by trying to project their Failed Conservative Values onto them. Here are some suggestions from progressives about the values conservatives just couldn't remember. It's not hard they see why they are having a memory block.

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Fatally Flawed Conservative Value of  Hypocrisy

 Several people I asked about the failure of conservative values mentioned hypocrisy.   Michelle, Owen and Steve  brought up examples of conservative hypocrisy in;  family values, education,  finance, the economy,  the occupation of Iraq and in human rights. While we all may exhibit varying degrees of hypocrisy in our lives, it seems that the conservative movement has embraced and institutionalized this value.
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Failed Conservative Values: Norman Solomon on Dog Eat Dog Greed

 I interviewed Norman Solomon at the 2008 Democratic Party Convention in San Jose, California.  Norman  is a columnist and his book "War Made Easy"  was  recently made into a movie.  He talked about how he sees 'dog eat dog greed' as a Failed Conservative Value.
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Failed Conservative Values: Jim Dean on Corruption 

 I interviewed Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America (DFA) at the  Democratic Party Convention in San Jose, California. I asked Jim how conservative values have failed. He says current conservativism is like a despotic dictator and is about corruption, power and the rewarding of friends. 
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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 can 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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And  few comments about the alternative Progressive Values

Progressive Values Stories: Joe Brewer on Empathy

 I ran into Joe Brewer who was cleaning the streets of Oakland on Earth Day. Joe works as a fellow at the Rockridge Institute in Berkeley, California. He says empathy is the basic progressive value and tells a personal story about his experiences growing up in a small town and his visit to the squalor of India.
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Progressive Values Stories: Loni Hancock on Empathy and Caring

 This interview is with Loni Hancock, California Assembly member representing the 14th Assembly District: Serving Berkeley, Oakland, etc. Loni says that empathy and caring are the most important progressive values to her. She tells a childhood story about empathy and her visit to the zoo.
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 Progressive Values Stories: Attica on Caring

vstill-xMYO7lik6k0 I met Attica at a house party in Oakland, California. Attica talked about the progressive value of caring about our friends, our communities, our families, our country, the world. I enjoyed hearing her childhood 'funny moment' story of learning about caring from her grand
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Progressive Values Stories: Carol Dipple on Caring

  I met Carol Dipple at a street fair in El Cerrito, California. She told me about learning to care and have empathy  for people from her mother.

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Progressive Values Stories: Kimon Kotos on Caring


From my 100 or so video interviews of people to date, I find the progressive value with the greatest emotional impact is caring. People will often become emotional and tear up when recounting stories about caring, having been cared for, or how they offered care to others.  I find it is one of the most overlooked values mentioned by progressive leaders and politicians.  I interviewed Kimon Kotos in Los Angeles. He talked about the different ways caring manifests itself. 

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Failed Conservative Values
Assist us  in systematically building the arguments and telling the stories that reveal how Conservative Values have Failed. Join in our effort to create a documentary and book on the subject by contributing  articles, posts, chapters for the book and video clips. Check our website for more information and a growing outline of tasks that need to be done on this project. 

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