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So just yesterday I read in John Rennie’s bog (he’s the editor in chief of Scientific American) that It’s Over In Dover . It turns out that the slate of school board members in Dover PA that were trying to put Intelligent Design into the science curriculum there were voted out of office by the people of Dover.

Unfortunately only a day before Rennie wrote about unfortunate state of eduction in Kansas: Kansas, Where "Ignorant" is the New "Educated" .

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Is “NeoCon” now a pejorative terms in our society?In response to saying that the term "Liberal" has been turned into a dirty pejorative word I have heard acquaintances on the right say the Liberal-Left has done the same thing to the term NeoCon.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:Neoconservatism in the United States

Neoconservatism refers to the political movement, ideology, and public policy goals of "new conservatives" in the United States, who are mainly characterized by their relatively interventionist and hawkish views on foreign policy, and lesser emphasis on "small government" and restrictions on social spending, when compared with other American conservatives such as traditional or paleoconservatives.The prefix "neo" can denote that many of the movement’s founders, originally liberals, Democrats or from socialist backgrounds, were new to conservatism, but can also refer to the comparatively recent emergence of this "new wave" of conservative thought, which coalesced in the early 1970s from a variety of intellectual roots in the decades following World War II. It also serves to distinguish the ideology from the viewpoints of "old" or traditional American conservatism.

Unfortunately I think a lot a lot of these new Neocons act and behave like pit bulls fighting dogs (Ann Coulter comes to mind) and are more interested in being rude, insulting, and fighting with you (meaning us liberals) so the term does has developed a derogatory tone. I was saying just the other day that I this guy who’s a senior fellow (an economist) with a well known conservative think tank and I love talking with and listening to him (even though I don’t always agree) and I always learn something from the process. The key thing I noticed about him is he’s always courteous and shows respect for your opinions so I listen to him and think about what he has to say. Whereas by contrast there’s a neocon contractor I know and often cross paths with in the online trade forums such as the Journal of Light Construction and FineHomeBuilding’s Breaktime who is so extreme, insulting, and rude that you dismiss everything he has to say and your only choice since you can’t dialog and discuss issues with him is to fight back using the same inflammatory rhetoric

I think the neocon attack dogs have hurt conservatism and certainly helped create the extreme partisan stalemate we are in in this country.

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I’ve been thinking alot lately of how the neo-con pundits on the extreme right have taken the word “Liberal” turned it into a dirty swear word. I was then reminded of a website I visited a while called liberalslikechrist.org (yup you read that one correctly) and it had this little essay called A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican Conservative which was written by John Gray of Cincinnati, Ohio origionaly as a TvNewsLIES Reader contribution.

A Day in the Life of Joe Middle-Class Republican Conservative:

Joeseph gets up at 6:00 am to prepare his morning coffee. He fills his pot full of good clean drinking water because some liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. He takes his daily medication with his first swallow of coffee. His medications are safe to take because some liberal fought to insure they are safe and work as advertised.

All but $10.00 of his medications are paid for by his employers medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance, now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs this day. Joe’s bacon is safe to eat because some liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

Joe takes his morning shower reaching for his shampoo; His bottle is properly labeled with every ingredient and the amount of its contents because some liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some tree hugging liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

Joe walks to the subway station for his government subsidized ride to work; it saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees. You see, some liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day; he has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation days because some liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe’s employer pays these standards because Joe’s employer doesn’t want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed he’ll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some liberal didn’t think he should loose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It’s noon time, Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe’s deposits are federally insured by the FSLIC because some liberal wanted to protect Joe’s money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae underwritten mortgage and his below market federal student loan because some stupid liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his life-time.

Joe is home from work, he plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive to dads; his car is among the safest in the world because some liberal fought for car safety standards.

Joe arrives at his boyhood home. He was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers Home Administration because bankers didn’t want to make rural loans. The house didn’t have electric until some big government liberal stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and demanded rural electrification. (Those rural Republican’s would still be sitting in the dark).

Joe is happy to see his dad who is now retired. His dad lives on Social Security and his union pension because some liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn’t have to. After his visit with dad he gets back in his car for the ride home.

Joe turns on a radio talk show, the host’s keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. (He doesn’t tell Joe that his beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day) Joe agrees, “We don’t need those big government liberals ruining our lives; after all, I’m a self made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have”.

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