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At the beginning of every April I do a sermon on Baseball. Having been a Cub fan since 1960 or so, it's just what I do. So this year I dusted off one that I've done before and pulled out the reading that goes along with it. Lo and behold it was written by George Will. Blergh. Just about the ONLY thing we have in common is that we are both Cubs fans. But we come at it very differently. So here are a few not so bon mots from George (they are from a book called The Cubs Reader edited by David Fulk and Dan Riley):

"A reader demands to know how I contracted the infectious conservatism for which he plans to horsewhip me. So if you have tears, gentle reader, prepare to shed them now as I reveal how my gloomy temperament received its conservative warp from early and prolonged exposure to the Chicago Cubs.

The differences between conservatives and liberals are as much a matter of temperament as ideas. Liberals are temperamentally inclined to see the world as a harmonious carnival of sweetness and light, where goodwill prevails good intentions are rewarded, the race is to the swift, and a benevolent Nature arranges a favorable balance of pleasure over pain. Conservatives (and Cub fans) know better.

Conservatives know the world is a dark and forbidding place where most new knowledge is false, most improvements are for the worse, the battle is not to the strong, nor riches to men of understanding, and an unscrupulous Providence consigns innocents to suffering. I learned this early."


Where to begin?

I hate to use dictionary definitions, but it is a starting place to refute the pathetic prose that Will pumps out trying to redefine words that some of us care about.
The American Heritage says:

a liberal is a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

A conservative is
a. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change, b. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit. c. Moderate; cautious.


In this context, neither term is deemed negative. Both have redeeming characteristics, but not so with Will.

You know , come to think of it, I think Will defined today's conservatives to a tee. They have made the world in his image. So much so that the President dares not show his face to throw out the first ball on
Opening Day.

George Will reminds me why it is the liberal/progressive path that is true and worthy.
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