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.
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
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
And few comments about the alternative Progressive Values
Progressive Values Stories: Joe Brewer on Empathy
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
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.|
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.
Failed Conservative Values
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