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SHARE Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Failure of Center-Right Conservative Values, Principles, Ideology, Philosophy & Polices
In the face of a great defeat, conservatives have their new talking points. They are trying to make the case that America is really a Center-Right country. See this video from ThinkProgress of how conservatives are trying to make the case. What they are failing to acknowledge is that Center-Right Values, Principles, Ideology, Philosophy & Polices have failed and that the country is looking for a new direction.
SHARE Monday, November 3, 2008 Failed Conservative Values: Bill Honigman on Restrictive Intolerance and Porcupines
I interviewed Bill Honigman, who is the California State Coordinator of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He said conservatives are restrictive and intolerant like porcupines. While he doesn't think the values of individual conservatives have failed, he feels the values of the conservative movement have failed. I have to disagree with him there. I feel that individual conservative values have manifest themselves in...
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 26, 2008 Failed Conservative Values: Markos (Kos) Moulitsas on Self-Delusion
I interviewed Markos (Kos) Moulitsas, founder of the Dailykos.com and asked him about the failure of conservative values. For him, the conservative value of self-delusion was the greatest failure. He says conservatives value their ideology over actual reality and he pointed out a series of examples of how this ideology ignores reality.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 22, 2008 Progressives Blast Failed Conservative Values!
I've been asking people about the the failure of conservative values. Here are links to the latest batch of interviews that I just placed on Youtube. The failed values that come up are quite varied, but those sighted most often are fear, hypocrisy, conservative family values, division, rigidity, hyper individualism, self-delusion, etc. I also ask people to create a metaphor of what the Failed Conservative Values are like.
SHARE Saturday, September 13, 2008 Lipsticked Hydra at Failed Conservative 'Value Voters Summit'
This weekend conservatives are holding their annual Conservative Value Voters Summit 2008 in Washington DC. Last year I wrote an article about the Summit and called for counter rallies to challenge this conference as part of a progressive effort to Take Back the Values Debate. There didn't seem to be much interest or support of the idea among progressives. Progressives still miss the point.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Failed Conservatives Values: Jim Hightower on Grasping Greed
Every morning I can't get out of bed until I've heard Jim Hightower on my local NPR radio station. It's my inspiration to face another day. So, it was a real treat to meet him at the Netroots Nation Conference in his home town of Austin, Texas. I asked Jim about the failure of conservative values. He said the failure is the ethic of greed and the alternative to this are the progressive values of fairness, social justice and.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 7, 2008 RNC GOP Conservatives Failed to Remember Small Town Values
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 o
(28 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 4, 2008 Sarah Palin and the Same Failed Conservative Values
Like at past Republic National Conventions, there has been a lot of talk about conservative values. Nothing new there, but this time the convention has the feeling of a sinking ship. The conservatives are doing a lot of talking about the exact same Failed Conservative Values that they have been talking about for the past 30 years. It's the same Failed Conservative Values of indifference, incompetence and...
SHARE Monday, August 18, 2008 Video: Rallies & Protests in SF as McCain and Obama Rake in the $$
Barack Obama came to the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel for a fundraiser yesterday on Sunday, August 17. He raised 7.5 million dollars. Just 3 weeks earlier John McCain had braved being corrupted by the dreaded 'San Francisco Values' at a fund raiser in the same hotel.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 16, 2008 Progressive Values Stories: Gavin Newsom on Inclusivity and Noah's Ark
I interviewed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom about what he personally feels are the most important progressive values. He mentioned several progressive values, such as, Interdependence, Stewardship, Empathy and Tolerance, but focused on Inclusivity as the most important. He cautions progressives not to 'eat their young' and implode internally from all their differences.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 8, 2008 Failed Conservative Values: Gavin Newsom on Division & Schizophrenic Tasmanian Devils
The likes of Bill O'Reilly and Newt Gingrich have long railed against 'San Francisco Values' as a cause of America's ills. I sat down with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom at the Netroots Nation Conference in Austin, Texas to talk about conservative values. Gavin articulated the case for how the conservative value of division has failed. He listed case after case of failed results and finally likened conservative values to
SHARE Thursday, July 31, 2008 Melanie on Progressive Flying Monkey versus Conservative Snail Values
I attended an anti McCain rally at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. There I interviewed several people and asked them to create a metaphor for Progressive and Conservative Values and to create a dialogue between the two. In this story, Melanie sees conservative values as snails and progressive values as monkeys with wings. See how the snails and monkeys get along.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 27, 2008 Presidential Candidate Bob Barr on Failure of Conservative Values
At Netroots Nation in Austin, Texas, you can always tell when a VIP is in the room. Just look for the person with a deferential crowed gathered around them and follow the direction the cameras are pointed. - There was Bob Barr, the Libertarian presidential candidate. After patiently waiting for the other interviewers to finish asking their questions, I asked Bob, "Have Conservative Values Failed?"
SHARE Monday, July 14, 2008 Progressive Values Stories: Zeus Yiamouyiannis on Innovation and Caring
In this interview Zeus Yiamouyiannis talks about how innovation is a progressive value. He also sees caring and nurture as progressive values and talks about having learned these values growing up on an organic farm and tending to the animals. On one hand, conservatives talk about traditional values of self interest and selfishness, on the other hand, innovation, caring and nurture are some traditional progressive values.
SHARE Sunday, July 13, 2008 Progressive Values Stories: Jeremy Rothe-Kushel on Caring
In this interview, Jeremy Rothe-Kushel talks about the progressive value of caring. He recounts learning to care more deeply by being with his family at his great-grandmother's death bed. It's a learning process to expand your sense of care beyond just thinking of yourself - to caring for your family, community, nation and the world.
(13 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 6, 2008 Fatally Flawed Conservative Values; on Hypocrisy
Several people I asked about the failure of conservative values mentioned hypocrisy. Michelle, Owen and Steve brought up areas 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.