There is a process of gradual, peaceful development that occurs in nearly all social or economic structures or institutions known as evolution, and as a motion it is incomplete in itself, but when combined with coordinated motions produces a single action over time. Unless a society is isolated from outside influence and new ideas, changing sensibilities eventually contribute to a culture’s evolution over time and has contributed to both good and bad results. Conservatism, by its nature, is resistant to change and because conservatives’ deep-seated ideological beliefs are cemented in stone, they have serious issues adjusting to societal evolution. Unfortunately for America, conservatives have rejected the idea of the country’s progress into the 21st century and by their own admission, Republicans are devolving and attempting to drag the entire society backwards.
The announcement Thursday that South Carolina Senator and teabag hero, Jim DeMint, was resigning his Senate seat to take the reins at the Heritage Foundation was another bit of evidence that the American conservative movement is devolving into libertarianism. DeMint’s resignation was good news for the Senate and the country because, as a legislator, his mission over the past four years was obstructionism for the sake of hindering President Obama. Indeed, DeMint himself evolved over the course of a year into a Koch acolyte intent on crippling the government, destroying social programs, and government’s ability to protect the people. It is safe to say DeMint never met a social safety net he didn’t hate, or a tax cut for the rich he didn’t love, but it was the Affordable Care Act that brought out the monster in DeMint the Senate and country can do without.
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