Well, Wisconsin, what did you expect? This is what happens when you elect a tea party toady governor.

There are so many things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful I don’t live in Wisconsin. I’m thankful that conservative Republicans don’t dominate here in Connecticut and never will. I’m thankful the good, decent, educated citizens of Connecticut see through that tea party madness. In fact, I rejoice when I think about it.

Conservatism, as it’s practiced today, is a response to terrorist-generated fear. The old standards of conservatism have been pushed aside by the modern reaction to terror. Look at the record.

I’ve read that we’re supposed to become more conservative as we get older. That hasn’t been the case with me. When I was a young man in my twenties, I was much more conservative, mainly because I was afraid I couldn’t handle the responsibilities of husband, father and homeowner I’d taken on at such a young age. As I was able to meet them and conquer them, I became more confident in myself.

Conservatives always come off as being heartless, cruel, hypocritical and selfish dogs-in-the-manger. Now, the governor of Wisconsin, who wants to change a deal already made in good faith, and is refusing any sort of compromise, is adding a new one. Contemporary conservatives are without honor.

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