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Conservatives are winning battles, but losing the WarBy Daniel Johnson, Associate editor, Salem-News.com
There will be no return to the bad old days, for which many conservatives still pine.
(CALGARY, Alberta) - For those conservatives who argue that the future belongs to them, a look at the bigger picture—history—will be informative, if not discouraging.
Conservatives were, indeed, in charge a century or more ago. But the forces for progress and human rights have continued to evolve and expand. Slavery, although condoned in the Untied States wonderful (LOL) Constitution, no longer exists although its effects still haunt the nation.
In the teeth of opposition from conservatives, human progress is being made and is front and centre. Sure, guys like Walker appear and win a battle, but they are losing the War—the continuing struggle for human rights.
If we take a longer view of history, we need only go back a few hundred years to see the extensive examples of man's inhumanity to man. If we go back to the Roman Empire, we see that for most people life was indeed, nasty, brutish and short.
Over the last thousand years or so, the human race has made demonstrable progress.
There will be no return to the bad old days, for which many conservatives still pine. It makes me wonder why conservatives don't see that, over time, they cannot win. They are fighting against an insurmountable tide. What stops them from acknowledging this reality and joining the human race? Then they can win, too.
Note: Prospects are even brighter over the short term here in Canada. Prime Minister Steve Harper has won by a narrow majority, but he and his regressive party cannot prevail against the inexorable march of progress.
Daniel Johnson was born near the midpoint of the twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. In his teens he knew he was going to be a writer, which is why he was one of only a handful of boys in his high school typing class — a skill he knew was going to be necessary. He defines himself as a social reformer, not a left winger, the latter being an ideological label which, he says, is why he is not an ideologue. From 1975 to 1981 he was reporter, photographer, then editor of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that he worked with Peter C. Newman, Canada’s top business writer (notably on a series of books, The Canadian Establishment). Through this period Daniel also did some national radio and TV broadcasting. He gave up journalism in the early 1980s because he had no interest in being a hack writer for the mainstream media and became a software developer and programmer. He retired from computers last year and is now back to doing what he loves — writing and trying to make the world a better place
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