A serious question for "conservatives"

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  1. VaYank5150
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    I have seen more than a few self described "conservatives" on this board make statements to the effect; "The government has done nothing to help me be successful", or "I made my own money with no help from the government", or "I owe my success to no one but myself". While I think I understand the underlying concept these folks are speaking of, do they/you truly believe that our government has had no hand in creating the landscape that has allowed them/you to be successful and to have the things that you have? Just asking for clarification.
     
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    One can wiki the term conservative, along with all it's subcatagories, which are rather lengthly

    ~S~
     
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    VaYank thinks that if you drove on a public road to get to an interview for a job that means you must depend on government for your very existence.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.
     
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    And some people STILL don't think you are far right wing...:cuckoo:
     
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    For one those roads were built with my tax dollars, the government did not "give" them to me.
     
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    I am not referring to the roads!!! You two are taking "landscape" entirely too literally, and as I suspected, dodging my question.
     
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    No I don't think that is what he is saying at all.

    This technique of amplifying what people actually wrote into some extremely absurd statement they clearly did NOT say is intellectual dishonest.

    What doing that really tells us is that the argument that was made cannot be debated by the person who created a straw man to mock.

    Mad Scientist, try responding to the post instead of the strawman you've invented.
     
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    Conservatism is about Government by the Consent of the Governed, that implies limits to Power and accountability. Think Impartial Referee.
     
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    Let's see you mean the landscape where i have to pay thousands of dollars a year in licensing fees, where I have to pay an increase in unemployment tax even though I laid no one off, where the fucking IRS crawls up my ass almost every year, where one state agency after another tells me I have to comply to their idiotic standards?

    That landscape?
     
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    You aren't referring to anything actually said either.
     

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