One of my ongoing themes here is the fact that I keep my conservatism very, very low key. Most situations in my life don’t involve politics, but when politics come up, I’m quite careful. I have no wish to be savaged. Jim Miller, who lives in and writes about an equally liberal environment — the Seattle area — used my attitude as a starting point for asking his readings “Do you ever conceal your political views?” With more than 100 comments, he got an earful in response, about secret views and public insults. Most seem to feel that, at least in the workplace, discretion is the better part of valour.
One commenter got angry about this:
Except for Ragnar Danneskjold, who I give credit for at least being thoughtful about the situation, the rest of you sound like cowards.
It is no wonder Republicans lose, they hide from what they think.
At the least you could support those of us who confront Liberals, whether they are Democrats or the leadership of the King County and Washington State Republican Party.
Posted by: Brian Thomas on March 7, 2009 05:28 PM
In a way he’s right. How can we ever win if we’re ashamed of ourselves? But it’s easy to feel shame if you feel isolated, or denigrated or disrespected. That’s why coming together, at conservative gatherings or public tea parties, is such a good idea. We find our voices by finding each other.