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Failed Conservative Values: Dona Ridgeway on Authoritarianism

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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: Dona Ridgeway - it's Authoritarianism

My name is Donna Ridgeway.  I live in the Santa Cruz area.  I’m a blogger.  I go by the name of Momma Donna on all my sites.

Conservative values to me are one of conservation.  We are conserving and learning from the past, planning for the future, and living in the present.  That’s a good conservative to me.

Edwin:  And that would be what present conservatives are?

 Donna:  Well, I’m not sure where a present conservative is.  I think there are a lot of people that cloak themselves in that kind of multi-colored coat, but they each have their own flavor of conservatism.  From what I can see now, they are spreading into the military conservative -- strength, power, progress through power, Pax Americana. 

Economic conservatism, which I believe in, which is a good thing to go for, and then social conservatism, which I think are a bunch of really not very knowledgeable people.  They aren’t really into going out and finding out new facts about life.

 Edwin:   And what are their values, the social conservatives?

 Donna:  Again, there are many flavors of it, and it all depends on what group they are powerful in.  Basically, I think it has a lot to do with power over women’s bodies.  For some reason, they just have an absolute anal fixation on power over women’s productive parts. 

Not men.  They never concern themselves with sperm, which to me is very unusual, since it takes two.  They are always concerned about women and the egg -- what happens to the egg.  Who handles the egg.  Where it goes.  Everything.

They believe that their way is Daddy knows Best.  And if anything fails, that’s because you didn’t follow my plan.  You didn’t follow through. 

It’s all in perception.  Once you have authority over something, that means that you have to be completely responsible and accountable for it.  It – whatever you have authority over – has no power of its own.  All the power rests in the authoritarian.  If the authoritarian fails, everything fails.  It’s a lose-lose situation.

Believe it or not, I was raised Republican.  First of all, my father, he was a good Goldwater Republican.  We had many talks about it.  I felt the need as a good soldier, daughter, to be a Republican.

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