Conservation of Inequality

It seems to me that for the past 70 years or so, conservatives , at least in the U.S., have opposed the demands for liberation and equal rights by Jews, blacks, women, and gay people. And now Republicans wonder why they don’t get many votes from these people. The good news is that once each struggle for civil rights has been clearly won, conservatives accept it and insist that they in fact never opposed it. After a generation of insisting that a mother’s place is in the home, conservatives spent 2008 declaring that the right place for a mother of five, one of them pregnant and one a new-born with special needs, is next door to the Oval Office. But the civil rights struggle of our own time is that of gay and lesbian people, and conservatives are still performing their traditional role of opposing it.

–David Boaz, Executive Vice-President of the Cato Institute


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