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April 5, 1986 | By Martin Kilson
There is a pathetic and disturbing lesson in the apologetic posture of American conservative leaders and intellectuals toward the crisis of white authoritarian rule in South Africa. The lesson simply put, is this: American conservatives find it hard if not impossible to support viable equality of status for blacks. At no point in the 20th century have claims by black people - whether here or in Africa - for political and social parity with whites gained support or sympathy from American conservative leaders and intellectuals, whether religious or secular.
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July 30, 2004 | By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge
John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge are writers for the Economist One of the secrets of conservative America is how often it has welcomed Republican defeats. In 1976, many conservatives saw the trouncing of the moderate Gerald Ford as a way of clearing the path for the ideologically pure Ronald Reagan in 1980. In November of 1992, George H.W. Bush's defeat provoked celebrations not just in Little Rock, where the Clintonites danced around to Fleetwood Mac, but also in some corners of conservative America.
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December 22, 1987
So the Moonies are financing the hard right, pouring millions of dollars into the movements of such prominent conservatives as Richard Viguerie, and into organizations like the National Conservative Political Action Committee and the Christian Voice lobby. A first reaction to Frank Greve's intriguing and disconcerting report in Sunday's Inquirer is: How ironic! Here are conservative all-American organizations that wrap themselves in the flag accepting money from a Korean- based church.
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January 14, 2001
Maybe it's Harrisburg's version of compassionate conservatism, the way House Majority Leader John M. Perzel (R., Phila.) has taken on former Rep. Joseph M. Gladeck Jr. as a consultant. Mr. Gladeck stands to earn nearly $110,000 a year at the monthly rate of $9,166. This comes after the Montgomery County Republican's 22-year Harrisburg career unraveled following a decidedly ungentlemanly - not to mention, uncompassionate - shoving session with his girlfriend in 1999. The GOP managed to hold onto the House seat when Mr. Gladeck decided not to run again, and now a grateful party will seek his advice on redrawing congressional and legislative districts.
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October 28, 2005 | Jonah Goldberg
Jonah Goldberg is a nationally syndicated columnist The bile accumulating on the right toward the White House has reached China Syndrome proportions and is starting to melt through the floor. Suddenly, conservatives are starting to question whether George W. Bush is one of them at all. One of my heroes, Robert Bork, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that "George W. Bush has not governed as a conservative. This George Bush, like his father, is showing himself to be indifferent, if not actively hostile, to conservative values.
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February 8, 2010
IT'S BEEN A banner moment for conservatives. Naturally, the earthquake in Haiti elicited some thoughts. Rush "Mr. Compassion" Limbaugh enlightened us about the mistake we'd be making by contributing money to the victims. We couldn't be sure that any money contributed via a White House Web site would ever reach the victims. No doubt he was referring to the notorious band of villains ("Pelosi's Plunderers") who've been known to rob the penny jars from orphanages and transfer the funds to their secret campaign to resurrect FDR. Pat Robertson, that paragon of Christian values, displayed the actual document signed by Haitians and the devil.
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May 19, 2006 | By DEAN BAKER
THE EXPERTS tell us that our main political choice is between conservatives who want to leave things to the market and liberals who want the government to redistribute income. The experts are wrong. In fact, both liberals and conservatives want the government to intervene to redistribute income. The difference is the direction of the redistribution and that conservatives are smart enough to hide their role for government. The conservatives' role for government can be seen in almost any policy they support, once we look a bit below the surface.
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December 3, 2007 | By HOWARD LURIE
THE RECENT announcement that Mayor Street has agreed to preside over a same-sex commitment ceremony is likely to please local liberals and anger local conservatives. While I join my fellow conservatives in opposing abortion and affirmative action, I disagree with them in their opposition to gay marriage - and for the same reason that conservatives usually trumpet in other situations, namely, limiting government intrusion into people's lives. Like most people, I always just accepted the fact that a couple needed a license from the government to get married.
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August 7, 1993 | By ROGER E. HERNANDEZ
Most positions that make sense to me coincide with conservatism. I believe that the culture of the street, not racism, is to blame for crime and poverty in the inner cities. I want more tough cops and sterner judges. I loathe the cult of victimization. I oppose affirmative action and all forms of patronizing condescension with which liberals view Hispanics. And I think the best setting to bring up a child is the traditional family - dad, mom, the kids, and a grandparent or two. So I have always felt more comfortable with conservatives than with liberals.
NEWS
July 6, 2004
I have to laugh at all the conservative crybabies whining because you endorsed John Kerry before his official acceptance at the Democratic Convention. We all know it's a foregone conclusion and I applaud your choice. The idea of a liberal media is a myth. Conservatives like to label any network or newspaper liberal that dares to question the Republican Party, the president, the present government, or religion. They froth at the mouth whenever a view different from theirs makes it into the media.
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August 3, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The new Mormon Temple on Logan Square may be the most radical work of architecture built in Philadelphia in a half-century. Clearly, that's not because the gleaming classical tabernacle offers a fresh, 21st-century take on architectural form-making, or because the designers inventively use new materials, or because they stretch the limits of technology. It's radical because it dares to be so out of step with today's design sensibilities and our bottom-line culture. There have been, of course, plenty of classically inspired designs in Philadelphia in recent years, most of them insipid.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Maeetta Hardy did not have the resources to replace the furnace of the Germantown house where her family has lived for nearly four decades. "God knows that stove was old," she said. So Hardy welcomed a Philadelphia Gas Works contractor who recently installed an efficient, new gas furnace and hot-water system in her 116-year-old house, at no charge. "I wished I had the money to fix the things, but I don't," said Hardy. Hardy, 69, is among about 2,100 PGW low-income customers who received weatherization and efficiency improvements in the last year.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's large industrial power users are quietly lobbying for an exemption from state energy-efficiency mandates that would save them millions of dollars they now pay to utility-administered conservation plans. The Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania, whose 19 members are some of the state's heaviest users of electricity, say that allowing them to opt out of the mandates would make large customers more competitive with their rivals in other states. Large industrial customers, who account for about a third of all electricity consumed in Pennsylvania, say their energy expenses are so high that they have sufficient incentive to maximize efficiency without a government directive.
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June 23, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
The Fairmount Park Conservancy has named Rick Magder as its new executive director. Magder's post leading the nonprofit that raises funds for and preserves more than 10,200 acres of city park land is effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Kathryn Ott Lovell, who is now Philadelphia's Parks and Recreation commissioner. Magder has spent the past 16 years as a leader in the Groundwork movement, a network of organizations created by National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency to focus on the relationships between urban open space, waterways and community renewal, according to the conservancy.
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May 18, 2016
Blaming President Obama for the rise of Donald Trump is popular among Republican leaders. They don't want to take responsibility for the choices made by their own voters or their complicity in tolerating and even encouraging the extremism Trump represents. They also don't want to face the fact that many Trump ballots were aimed at them. It should be said that many conservatives are resisting the blame-Obama-first temptation by trying to come to terms with what has happened to their cause.
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May 5, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Donald Trump no longer has any rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, but he could struggle with the first order of business for any standard bearer: party unity. Namely, about a quarter of GOP voters have said they would never vote for Trump in November, according to exit polls of recent primaries. "We want to bring unity to the Republican Party," Trump said Tuesday night after his convincing Indiana victory made him the likely nominee. "We have to bring unity - it's so much easier.
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April 26, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
George A. "Frolic" Weymouth, 79, a prominent conservationist and artist who founded and chaired the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, died Sunday morning at his home in Chadds Ford, the conservancy said. He had been hospitalized recently for pneumonia, said Andrew Stewart, a spokesman for the organization. Mr. Weymouth, a member of the du Pont family, was a seminal force in preserving tens of thousands of acres of picturesque scenery around the Brandywine River in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
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April 13, 2016
The 2016 election is transforming the religious landscape of American politics. It's hard to imagine a Democratic presidential candidate receiving a mid-campaign invitation to speak at the Vatican. But on Friday, Bernie Sanders put out word that on April 15, he'll attend a gathering of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, his front-running rival, have regularly praised Pope Francis. And on the day of Sanders' announcement, Francis released "The Joy of Love.
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March 23, 2016
There's a reason beyond garden-variety partisanship that Senate Republicans resist even holding hearings on President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Their gambit evades a full and open debate of the conservative judicial agenda, which is to use the high court in an aggressive and political way to reverse decades of progressive legislation. The central irony here: The very conservatives who use "judicial activism" as a battering ram against liberals are now the aggressive judicial activists.
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March 16, 2016
By Bob Williams Today our natural resources are being loved to death with a hands-off preservation approach to actual conservation. More than 100 years ago, folks like Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, started a movement that brought true conservation of natural resources to the forefront of our environmental concerns. Over the last 40 years, our country has lost its conservation land ethic and abandoned it to an extremist preservation culture founded in political correctness.
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