Why is being a Conservative so popular, when it’s based on prejudice?
Don’t think it is? Read on…
Let’s keep these definitions in mind.
“Definition of PREJUDICE
1: injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one’s rights; especially : detriment to one’s legal rights or claims
2a (1) : preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
b : an instance of such judgment or opinion
c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics” -taken from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prejudice
Now let’s look at Conservatism.
“Definition of CONSERVATISM
a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party
b : the Conservative party
2 a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established
b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change; specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (as retirement income or health-care coverage)
3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change” -taken from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conservatism
Stay with me, I’m getting there.
Argumentum ad antiquitatem is a logical fallacy based on the idea that things should stay the way they are, because “it’s always been done that way.” -taken from: http://www.csun.edu/~dgw61315/fallacies.html#Argumentum%20ad%20antiquitatem
This means that Conservatism is a logical fallacy, because it is in favor of keeping old traditions simply because “it’s always been done that way” (even if it is a blatant lie, apparently *cough* “marriage has always been between one man and one woman” *cough*). Logical fallacies are not “just grounds” (remember the definition of prejudice) with which to form opinions.
Arriving at the opinion that traditions should be adhered to, just for the sake of them being traditional, is prejudiced, according to the 2nd listing for the definition of prejudice. Therefore, being Conservative is prejudiced by definition.
Don’t vote for prejudiced people and don’t vote with prejudice, just because you’re DEVOTED to the tradition of being prejudiced. Doing so makes you intolerantly devoted to your own opinions and prejudices.
“Definition of BIGOT: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance” -taken from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigot