Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Conservatives Learn to Fight Like Liberals

See Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal "Evolving Tactics, Conservatives learn to fight like liberals" by Brendan Miniter Tuesday, August 23, 2005

"It's hard to know when this began. But on a variety of fronts conservatives are using arguments and tactics heretofore under patent protection by the left, including:
- pushing for activist judges
- filing lawsuits
- launching boycotts
- arguing for free speech and "diversity" in education."

"With "diversity" a worthy goal in education, why not present students with "both sides"? That way no one is left out and everyone is included."

"The National Rifle Association called recently for a boycott of ConocoPhillips Co. over the energy giant's attempts to stop its Oklahoma employees from keeping guns locked in the trunks of their cars while at work."

"A cattleman turned the tables on an environmental group to win a massive settlement, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The group, the Center for Biological Diversity of Tucson, is known for suing over ranching practices and for posting photographic ‘evidence’ on the Internet that cows are destroying otherwise pristine habitat. But rancher Jim Chilton fought back with his own photos showing a vastly different picture of the 21,500 acres of federal land where he has the right to graze his 450 cows. Mr. Chilton sued for defamation of character and won a $600,000 judgment against the center."

"Opening up federal grants to faith-based groups, the president was putting religious organizations on equal footing with predominantly liberal secular groups that had come to think of federal charitable dollars as exclusively theirs."

"Creating private accounts for Social Security, Medicare or other large entitlements. The Ownership Society is scary to the left precisely because it is meant to change the face of the culture. Republicans are now starting to realize that like in war, winning often means adopting your opponent's best tactics."


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