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How did progressives let conservatives turn "liberal" into a dirty word?

#1themastahPosted 8/30/2013 7:50:03 PM
Does anyone know where this started?
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#2Barenziah Boy ToyPosted 8/30/2013 8:25:09 PM
Does anyone know where this started?
It's been a dirty word since they associated progressives with commies in the 1940-50s, and hippies in the 60s
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#3mizukage2Posted 8/30/2013 8:29:22 PM
Liberal politicians come in two flavors

1# Ones that are really bad at politics

2# cynical jerks that aren't actually liberal but see political convenience in claiming to be so.
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#4treewojimaPosted 8/30/2013 8:34:52 PM
themastah posted...
Does anyone know where this started?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw
#5Master CilanderPosted 8/30/2013 8:42:45 PM
It's kind of like the term white Christian male. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but if you hear something spoken with subtle invective enough times it sticks.
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#6atmasabrPosted 8/30/2013 9:54:16 PM
It was not the conservatives who turned liberal into a dirty word. It was the moderates. Back then, conservatives did not exist in any great numbers or influence.

I believe the story is that progressivism fell out of favor over progressive social and economic policies leading to urban decline and a squeezing of the middle class both socially and economically in the 1970s and '80s. The War on Poverty. Inter-district school busing (I don't really get why on that one, though). Rising welfare rolls. The crack epidemic. Gas lines during the Carter administration. New York City nearly going bankrupt during the Ford administration. White flight. Police brutality.

The politicians who became successful were those who portrayed and practiced being tough, especially tough on crime. But they were not the ones who were discontent. It was the average Joes of the country.
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#7theSMITHSPosted 8/30/2013 10:10:38 PM
themastah posted...
Does anyone know where this started?


When "All in the Family" became popular and Archie Bunker became an icon.
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#8Barenziah Boy ToyPosted 8/30/2013 10:13:01 PM
Back then, conservatives did not exist in any great numbers or influence.
Yes, because McCarthysm never existed
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#9NoAmnestyEverPosted 8/30/2013 10:18:58 PM
It started when liberals started robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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#10Magus1947Posted 8/31/2013 6:56:12 AM
For Baby Boomers, this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Democratic_National_Convention_protest_activity

Is still the sort of thing that comes to mind when they hear "liberal".
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