150 Achievements Of Liberalism That Conservatives Seek To Destroy

Author: May 12, 2012 12:00 pm

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According to virtually any conservative today, the government has been just one big liberal establishment. The current extremists that own and operate the GOP are hell bent on destroying anything and everything that even has a hint of liberalism or progressivism in it, even if Republicans helped pass it. So what would America be like without liberals and progressives? Here is a list of programs, legislation, and achievements that we would not have if extreme right wingers had their way. Some items on this list were indeed passed or created by Republicans, but that doesn’t make them conservative achievements. It only means that at one time, Republicans favored liberalism and progressivism or that they were willing to work with Democrats for the common good.

1. The 40-hour work week.
2. Weekends
3. Vacations
4. Women’s Voting Rights
5. The Civil Rights Act of 1964


6. The right of people of all colors to use schools and facilities.
7. Public schools.
8. Child-labor laws.
9. The right to unionize
10. Health care benefits
11. National Parks
12. National Forests
13. Interstate Highway System
14. GI Bill
15. Labor Laws/Worker’s Rights
16. Marshall Plan
17. FDA
18. Direct election of Senators by the people.
19. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Workplace safety laws
20. Social Security
21. NASA
22. The Office of Congressional Ethics. Created in 2008.
23. The Internet
24. National Weather Service
25. Product Labeling/Truth in Advertising Laws
26. Rural Electrification/Tennessee Valley Authority
27. Morrill Land Grant Act
28. Public Universities
29. Bank Deposit Insurance
30. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
31. Consumer Product Safety Commission
32. Public Broadcasting/Educational Television
33. Americans With Disabilities Act
34. Family and Medical Leave Act
35. Environmental Protection Agency
36. Clean Air Act
37. Clean Water Act
38. USDA
39. Public Libraries
40. Transcontinental Railroad and the rail system in general
41. Civilian Conservation Corps
42. Panama Canal
43. Hoover Dam
44. The Federal Reserve
45. Medicare
46. The United States Military
47. FBI
48. CIA
49. Local and state police departments
50. Fire Departments
51. Veterans Medical Care
52. Food Stamps
53. Federal Housing Administration
54. Extending Voting Rights to 18 year olds
55. Freedom of Speech
56. Freedom of Religion/Separation of Church and State
57. Right to Due Process
58. Freedom of The Press
59. Right to Organize and Protest
60. Pell Grants and other financial aid to students
61. Federal Aviation Administration/Airline safety regulations
62. The 13th Amendment
63. The 14th Amendment
64. The 15th Amendment
65. Unemployment benefits
66. Women’s Health Services
67. Smithsonian Institute
68. Head Start
69. Americorps
70. Mine Safety And Health Administration (This has been weakened by conservatives, resulting in recent mining disasters.)
71. Food Labeling
72. WIC
73. Peace Corps
74. United Nations
75. World Health Organization
76. Nuclear Treaties
77. Lincoln Tunnel
78. Sulfur emissions cap and trade to eliminate acid rain
79. Earned Income Tax Credit
80. The banning of lead in consumer products
81. National Institute of Health
82. Garbage pickup/clean streets
83. Banning of CFCs.
84. Erie Canal
85. Medicaid
86. TARP
87. Bail Out of the American Auto Industry
88. Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
89. Wildlife Protection
90. End of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
91. Established the basis for Universal Human Rights by writing the Declaration of Independence
92. Miranda Rights
93. Banning of torture
94. The right to a proper defense in court
95. An independent judiciary
96. The right to vote
97. Fair, open, and honest elections
98. The right to bear arms (Do you really think extreme right wingers would allow anybody besides themselves to have firearms if in power?)
99. Health care for children and pregnant women
100. A stable and strong government established by a Constitution
101. The founding of The United States of America
102. The defeat of the Nazis and victory in World War II
103. Paramedics
104. The Brady Handgun Act
105. The Glass-Steagall Act (It has since been repealed and we’ve been paying the price for it.)
106. Oil industry regulations (The Gulf paid the price after conservatives tore many of these regulations down.)
107. The Affordable Care Act which makes insurance companies more honest and fair.
108. Woman’s Right to Choose
109. Title IX
110. Affirmative Action
111. A National Currency
112. National Science Foundation
113. Weights and measures standards
114. Vehicle Safety Standards
115. NATO
116. The income tax and power to tax in general, which have been used to pay for much of this list.
117. 911 Emergency system
118. Tsunami, hurricane, tornado, and earthquake warning systems
119. Public Transportation
120. The Freedom of Information Act
121. Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery
122. Antitrust legislation which prevents corporate monopolies (These laws have been savaged by conservatives, which is why corporations are getting huger and competition is disappearing leading to less jobs and high prices.)
123. Water Treatment Centers and sewage systems
124. The Meat Inspection Act
125. The Pure Food And Drug Act
126. The Bretton Woods system
127. International Monetary Fund
128. SEC, which regulates Wall Street. (Conservatives have weakened this regulatory body, resulting in the current recession.)
129. National Endowment for the Arts
130. Campaign finance laws (Conservatives have gutted these laws, leading to corporate takeovers of elections.)
131. Federal Crop Insurance
132. United States Housing Authority
133. Soil Conservation
134. School Lunch Act
135. Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act
136. Vaccination Assistance Act
137. Over the course of nearly 50 years, liberals contributed greatly to the eventual end of the Cold War.
138. The creation of counterinsurgency forces such as the Navy Seals and Green Berets.
139. Voting Rights Act, which ended poll taxes, literacy tests, and other voter qualification tests.
140. Civil Rights Act of 1968
141. Job Corps
142. Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
143. Teacher Corps
144. National Endowment for the Humanities
145. Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966
146. National Trails System Act of 1968
147. U.S. Postal Service
148. Title X
149. Kept the Union together through Civil War and rebuilt the South afterwards.
150. Modern Civilization

It is safe to assume that if the current breed of Republicans had their way, ALL of the above list would have never happened. The fact is, the people need government. Government protects the people from the greedy power hungry hands of the wealthy, especially when liberals are in power. The corporations and extremists that own the Republicans today will always only do what is profitable to themselves, and would also get rid of most of the things on this list. So, the next time a conservative complains about all those “socialist” liberals, remind them of what liberals have accomplished. Any conservative that claims anything on this list as a conservative achievement would be a hypocrite. Conservatives would lead us back to the Dark Ages. Liberals and liberal ideals have time and time again, led the way to a brighter future for everyone.

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42 Comments

  • Adrian Malacoda

    While I am thankful for most of these things, isn’t it a bit outlandish to claim that conservatives are out to destroy the CIA or the military?

    • And putting the TARP bankster bailout and the Fereral Reserve on the list as a liberal “accomplishment” jades the entire list. You should add the Unaffordable Deathcare Act to the list of falsehoods. What leftist tripe.

  • Joel S Henderson

    wow, shocking that this site would post even MORE straw men…you may be talking about fascists or statists or neocons but as far as that list is concerned you wouldn’t find many REAL politically-conservative people who opposed every item (or even the majority of them).

    Also, just because politically-conservative people oppose giving your power over to the federal government to (hopefully) accomplish good things such as social justice, etc does NOT mean that they are against those good things, only that they don’t feel that the federal government has the right or the capability to accomplish them.

    I KNOW that it’s a subtle nuance but you should try to understand this concept before continuing to try to further divide the country…unless of course you are in the employ of the massive corporations that WANT to keep us divided?

  • Saje Williams

    Conservatives have opposed every single advance in human society, from the Enlightenment onward. Not to say that liberals haven’t made mistakes, but they abandon those things that don’t work… which the conservatives scoop up and pretend they invented and cling to with the desperation of a drowning man.

  • List of Liberals involved in sex scandals while in office: Anthony Weiner, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Edwards, David Paterson, Marc Dann, Paul Morrison, Eliot Spitzer, Tim Mahoney,Antonio Villaraigosa, Roosevelt Dobbins, Neil Goldschmidt, Jim McGreevey, Bob Wise, Paul E. Patton, Gary Condit, BILL CLINTON (also involved in a number of suspicious deaths via “suicide or accident” w/ people who knew too much about him and Hillary’s scandals), Mel Reynolds, Brock Adams, Chuck Robb, Barney Frank, Gary Hart, Gerry Studds, Fred Richmond, John Andrew Young, Allan Howe, Wayne Hays, Gavin Newsom, Sam Adams, etc.

    • This is going to be REALLY fun. Here’s a list of Republican sex offenders;

      Tom Ganley, former Republican Congressional candidate, and current “Family Values” hypocrite, is facing three felony charges of gross sexual imposition, and single counts of kidnapping, abduction, solicitation, and menacing by stalking, according to Ryan Miday, a spokesman for County Prosecutor Bill Mason. No arraignment date has been set. Mr. Ganley allegedly groped a woman in his car dealership and attempted to insert his fingers in her vagina after sticking his hands down her pants. See the original complain here.
      Alan David Berlin, 40, a longtime staffer for a Republican state lawmaker, was charged on May 29, 2009 with a first degree felony for unlawful contact with a minor. He is also charged with criminal attempted sexual exploitation of children, criminal solicitation to commit sexual abuse of children, all second-degree felonies, and other offenses. authorities say Berlin suggested dressing up in animal costumes during online sex chats with a 15-year-old boy. During a search, agents found wolf- and cat-type costumes in his home.
      Republican sex offender & former Regent University law school assistant dean Stephen L. McPherson, who was indicted June 7, 2008 on 13 felony sexual assault charges involving two girls, has entered a guilty plea to two counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of object sexual penetration. He is set to be sentenced May 22. There was no agreement on a potential sentence, except that prosecutors will recommend a cap of 18 years and six months.
      Republican sex offender and former North Country assemblyman and current state Parole Board member, George “Chris” Ortloff, 61, was arrested on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 on federal charges that he used the Internet to solicit sex with minors. He was arrested following a sting operation at a Colonie motel and had allegedly arranged for a date with a minor he met on the Internet. ” The New York Post reports that he had child pornography and sex paraphernalia in his possession when he was arrested. State Police reportedly searched Ortloff”’s home in Plattsburgh and a computer had been seized from his Lake Placid real estate office, officials said. Ortloff, married with two sons, retired from the Assembly in 2006 having represented the 110 th District. ” He was appointed to the part-time position on the Parole Board, a six year term which expires in 2012, a position paying him $102,000 a year.
      Republican sex offender & Missouri State Rep. Scott Muschany, (R)-Frontenac, was indicted today, Aug 6, 2008, in connection with a reported sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl on May 17, the day after this year’s Legislative session ended. The alleged victim is the daughter of a state employee. The girl’s mother and Muschany, a married father of 2 children, were romantically involved, the woman said. (Aren’t “Family Values” a wonderful thing?) In a morbid twist of irony, Muschany was a co-sponsor of legislation that toughened sex offender laws in 2006. According to his legislative biography, Muschany and his wife were licensed as foster parents with the Division of Family Services.
      Republican sex offender & longtime stalwart Republican operative Peter Hong was arrested July 23, 2008 for solicitation of prostitution. Police spokesman Peter Panos said that the arrest came during the first day of a two-day sting operation during which “johns” and prostitutes responded to ads placed on the Internet and in print. Thirty-five people were arrested Wednesday and Thursday, Panos said today.
      Republican sex offender & candidate for Mineral County (W.Va.) Commission Wilton Frederick Bland, 30, of Bayberry Place, was arrested March 23, 2007, after police received a complaint concerning a juvenile boy who said Bland had wanted him to appear nude on the Internet. Bland charged last year with 136 counts related to sexually based crimes against children has been sentenced to a possible total of 85 years after pleading guilty in both Grant and Mineral counties. was charged at the time with 73 counts of possession of child pornography, 45 counts of sexual assault in the first degree for allegedly having sex with a child under age 11, nine counts of use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, seven counts of display of obscene matter to a minor and two counts of employing a minor to do sexually explicit conduct, according to the West Virginia State Police.
      Republican Delegate Robert McKee, known as an advocate for children’s rights, is the focus of a child pornography investigation after officers searched his Hagerstown, Md home. McKee is not facing any charges right now, but as of today, Feb 15, 2008, he has resigned his position as both a state delegate and as executive director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Club of Washington County. In a statement, McKee said he is entering treatment to, “get well and stay well.” Shock waves echoed through Hagerstown, as the news that he was being investigated for child pornography spread like wildfire.
      **We will be keeping an eye on this story for further developments** ***UPDATE*** – Robert Mckee entered a guilty plea of possessing child porn on September 6, 2008. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison on November 21, 2008. McKee’s journals document that he simultaneously printed images of child pornography from the Internet and printed stories describing sexual acts between young boys and other young boys or adult men. Someone from McKee’s home called the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to tip off authorities and provided them with printed images from a computer.
      Republican sex offender & Department of Children & Families press secretary Al Zimmerman, 40, was arrested Friday, Feb 1, 2008 and charged with eight felony charges of using a child in a sexual performance. According to an arrest report, Zimmerman offered two teens money in exchange for photographing them in sexual acts. The victims were ages 16 and 17 at the time of the crime, and at least one may have been in the care of DCF at one point, according to the report. Authorities believe some of the images date back to December 2005, the arrest report showed. Zimmerman is suspected of taking photos as recently as Friday, the report showed.
      The Republican Mayor, who is also the Pastor of the Temple Lot Church in Collins Missouri, a town in St. Clair County, is accused of trying to convince someone whom he thought was a teenage girl to meet him for sex. Diamond police say Allen D Kauffman is charged in Newton County with four counts of enticement of a child after an online investigation that began in mid-November.
      Diamond Police Detective Jim Murray says he posed as a 13-year-old girl named Cindy and was approached by a man who used the screen name duke dukeadk on Nov. 15 about noon in an online chat room.
      Murray says Kauffman discussed meeting her to take nude photos and to have sex. Over the course of seven conversations during the past two months, transcripts show each chat was sexually graphic. Murray say Kauffman recognized the girl’s age, and even showed some hesitation, teasing the girl about whether she could be a cop.
      Police say Kauffman repeatedly asked the girl to use a webcam, and didn’t wait long to use his. The detective saved some photos from a webcam on Kauffman’s computer in his home in Collins.
      Republican Party Chairman Donald Fleischman, 37, of Allouez, Wisconsin was charged last month with two counts of child enticement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and a single charge of exposing himself to a child for allegedly fondling a 16-year-old Ethan House runaway and providing the boy with beer and marijuana late last year.
      Republican U.S. Justice Department official John David R. Atchison, 53, an assistant U.S. attorney from the northern district of Florida, has been arrested on suspicion of traveling to Detroit over the weekend to have sex with a 5 year old child. An undercover officer posed as a mother offering her child to Atchison for sex, according to police. In deposition, detectives said Atchison suggested the mother tell her daughter that “you found her a sweet boyfriend who will bring her presents.” The undercover detective expressed concern about physical injury to the 5-year-old girl as a result of the sexual activity. Detectives said Atchison responded, ” I am always gentle and loving; not to worry, no damage ever, no rough stuff ever. I only like it soft and nice.” The undercover detective asked how Atchison can be certain of no injury. He responded, “Just gotta go slow and very easy. I’ve done it plenty,” according to detectives.
      **UPDATE: John Atchison has killed himself. Detroit police confirmed Atchison’s suicide death at 10:14 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Good riddance, scumbag!
      Republican city councilman John Bryan killed himself after police began investigating allegations that he had molested three girls, including two of his adopted daughters, ages 12 and 15.
      Republican Homeland Security deputy press secretary Brian J. Doyle , 55, was arrested Tuesday night, April 4, 2006 and charged with trying to “seduce” a 14-year-old Polk County girl with graphic talk over the Internet. On March 12, Doyle contacted a 14-year-old girl whose profile was posted on an AOL Web site, according to the Sheriff’s Office release. Initially, detectives thought Doyle was posing as someone working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But they soon learned otherwise when he sent a picture to the girl over the Internet wearing an official “DHS tag”, Judd said.
      The former head of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans, Michael Flory, admitted Tuesday that he sexually abused a colleague during a national convention in Cleveland last summer
      Republican legislator Ted Klaudt was charged with raping girls under the age of 16.
      Republican city councilman Joseph Monteleone Jr. was found guilty of fondling underage girls.
      Republican Township Supervisor Robert Holland stepped down amid accusations that he sexually assaulted a 92-year-old nursing home resident in 2006. Holland, a 77-year-old Republican, pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault and related charges and is now serving a two- to four-year prison sentence in Bucks County.
      Republican congressional aide Jeffrey Nielsen was arrested for having sex with a 14-year old boy.
      Republican County Commissioner Patrick Lee McGuire surrendered to police after allegedly molesting girls between the ages of 8 and 13.
      Republican prosecutor Larry Corrigan was arrested for soliciting sex from 13-year old girls.
      Republican Mayor Jeffrey Kyle Randall was sentenced to 275 days in jail for molesting two boys — ages ten and 12 — during a six-year period.
      Republican County Board Candidate Brent Schepp was charged with molesting a 14-year old girl and killed himself three days later.
      Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after “sexually explicit” emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.
      Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.
      Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.
      Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting sex from an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.
      Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
      Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.
      Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.
      Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano pleaded guilty to fondling a 14-year-old girl.
      Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
      Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.
      Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
      Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the internet.
      Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.
      Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
      Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
      Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
      Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
      Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.
      Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
      Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
      Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
      Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
      Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
      Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.
      Republican fundraiser Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
      Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
      Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
      Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
      Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.
      Republican campaign chairman Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child and was arrested again five years later on the same charge.
      Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
      Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter, Susan Smith, who later drowned her 2 children by strapping them in their car seats and plunging them into a lake in South Carolina and blamed it on a black man. Beverly Russell admitted abusing Smith when she was 15 and continuing an incestuous relationship with her until shortly before she drowned her children in John D. Long Lake.
      Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer.
      Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
      Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
      Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. “Republican Marty”), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
      Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
      Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
      Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced prison after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
      Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
      Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
      Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
      Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
      Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
      Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
      Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl.
      Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.
      Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.
      Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.
      Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.
      Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
      Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.
      Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
      Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
      Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
      Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
      Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.
      Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.
      Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
      Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.
      Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.
      Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner’s report here and his full report here.

  • Peace Corps is on there twice! That’s cheating! Anyway, I jest, but it really is on there twice.

  • This is a ridiculous article written by an imbicile. The only thing an article like this does is increase hatred between the two parties. We should support positive debate instead of this drivel. Let’s stop throwing stones at each other. We need to each look at our own parties faults, and start from there.

    • Technomancer

      It’s a bit difficult for debate to take place when one or more sides of any debate refuse to compromise.

    • “We” do support positive debate. It’s the radical nuts that don’t. WE admit our faults, the GOP NEVER does. We’ve always been the ones backing down, giving in, even when you’re totally wrong, because you never stop barking. I’m tired of ‘respecting’ the Right’s intrasigience and flat-out bone-headedness. They’ve been wrong enough, often enough, that they don’t deserve to be taken seriously any more. You want to be respected? Rein in the crazies on YOUR side, show that you can tell the difference, and bring some civility to the conversation.

  • Just because a Republican helped pass the bill or signed it into law doesn’t mean that Republican is a conservative. There used to be liberal minded Republicans you know. The founding of America was itself a liberal action. The conservatives in America at that time were the Tories and they didn’t support creating a new nation. And as I recall FDR and Harry Truman were liberals. Liberals were very much in charge of nearly every branch of government during WW2 and they mobilized the country and made many of the calls throughout the war included the decision to drop the atomic bomb. And for those who want evidence that conservatives want to destroy this list, just look at their platform and the bills being passed by the House Republicans.

  • There are things I question on this list, and it makes we wonder what your definition of “liberal” is.

    I.e. The US military. What liberal designed this?

    You also forget “The Prison System” created by Quakers, a bunch of peaceniks. Again, were they liberal? Compared to many Christian sects, they are liberal.

    The main idea is to love liberalism, and you don’t need to convince me.

    You also need to add “Unions” from whence came much of the top of the list: 40 hour work week, weekends, minimum wage (did I miss that) and so forth.

    You could also for fun add “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” but now I’ve gone to far. Also, Prog Rock and Punk Rock come to mind.

    Peace,
    Tex Shelters

  • My question is: Where is your evidence? You say you know that the Conservatives would abolish these things if they had a chance, then why haven’t they? We all know they have had many chances in the past to do so. Also, the one that REALLY stood out to me was “Women’s Voting Rights” If that was the case, then Conservatives would never have endorsed a female vice presidential candidate. Conservatives would never elect women into office at all. This entire article is the purest example of why many people don’t care about stating fact, not backing up any claims. Unless you are willing to show your evidence for each and every one of those claims, then you have no credibility nor any responsibility.

  • The name of this article is a misnomer. That seems more like a list of liberal achievements and not necessarily things the right would want to get rid of. Weights and measurement standards? Come the fuck on… No way… That’s something they’d keep because it is part of the economy.

    The founding of the USA? The defeat of the Nazis? Get real.

  • ray engvaldsen

    @ Andrew, What are just facts?. You have not stated any facts . That list is a fact . I am a progressive. I don,t like everything on the list but without the majority of those “facts” this nation would not be America as we know it. No one with a lick of sense would want to live in the America of 1800 ,slaves, no vote unless you owned prop.limited civil rights , no womens suffrage, no public education, Every little hamlet had their own laws, You ,and all your kindred spirits remind me of the bronze age idiots in the middle east. Lets live like they did six thousand years ago

  • Catherine Mosier

    Sad. When I look at the list I think these are things of which we should be proud. Who cares if you’re liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, or a Tea Partier. The only label that should count is “American” and doing what is right for America NOT big business or big money. Get the priorities straight and stop the bickering. Just do the job for the living, breathing, tax paying American people.

  • You truly set this article up as self serving and leading when you said some things were passed by conservative parties, but doesn’t make them necessarily a conservative achievement, they are really lib/progressive. That is how our gov’t works, through a system where nothing can be passed without everyone’s approval, its called democracy. You just listed nearly every, bill, system, or act that’s been passed, which is very easy to do. If a lib/progressive voted ‘yes’ on something, you listed it, if a conservative voted ‘yes’ on something, you listed it… So, in all actuality, you just showed how we need both parties to work together and great programs/bills/acts will passed. I have never seen such hatred for conservatism in this nation. If we (we being registered voters of this great nation) all stopped looking for what the ‘other party’ is doing wrong, and look towards what we can accomplish, amazon things can happen in a bipartisan gov’t.

  • Dave Smartt

    It’s scary the number of those achievements were of Republican administrations – particularly the Nixon administration :-P

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    The very definitions are outdated, but Andrew the Troll clearly has the Republican methodology diwn – lie about your position, then state – That’s a fact! This is what the Bully Party has been doing since Bush – state a problem they have created, and blame without any justification or evidence, whoever they decide to demonize this week. A well-known destabilization tactic straight for the School of The Americas playbook.

    It’s not ‘conservative’ vs. ‘liberal,’ it’s ‘all mone’ vs. ‘may i have a tiny bit’…

    The story is told about a CEO, a Tea Partier and a Democrat seated at a table with a plate of 13 cookies. The CEO takes twelve of the cookies, points to the Democrat and says to the Tea Partier, “Hey, that guy is trying to steal your cookie…”

  • troublecauser

    You really should post links to stories explaining how the neo cons are trying to undo those things. And in those stories, you should probably show who fought for those achievements.

    As it stands, it’s just a list you made and you don’t show any proof to back it up.

  • simon templar

    Excuse me what party has chipped away at individual and states rights, has no clue about the Patriot Act and the safeguards inside the act that adheres to constitutional amendments, and basically want’s to tear away the constitution? What brilliant party decided to ignore Al Queda’s rise and dismiss them as a terror organization leading to 911? How many corrupt politicians how this party produced meanwhile they gave every excuse in the world to protect them while the GOP dismisses and gets rid of their problem childs? What party uses the media as their outlet for their insane theories and meanwhile condemns anybody else that thinks differently? Let’s take a guess…the liberals!

    • proudliberal

      So by your logic, editing the constitution to give women, children and people of other races rights was a bad thing? To give disabled and the elderly a chance at an affordable life is destroying the united states? And the fact that republican politicians can openly talk to the public ABOUT the public regarding their hatred and bigotry TOWARDS the public is right? The GOP is not only sexist, but incredibly racist and aggressive. Studies actually show that diehard republicans are more likely to use their Amygdala quicker and more frequently than the average person. In case you didn’t know, the amygdala is the part of your brain that controls fear and aggression. Which is probably why most republicans, when faced with a world wide problem, resort to war quicker than anything else. And plunge us into an inescapable debt all for the sake of a war on “terror”. Look at whats going on right now and tell me that we’re fighting a war on terror. It looks to me like there are other reasons. And all of this can be traced back to republicans and their pro-birth and pro-war contradicting mindset. Liberals have done great things for this country and they will continue to do great things. The united states is beginning to realize exactly how much conservatives have tried to do to mess us all up. Furthermore they are not shedding truth on any matters, all they do is set out to make people fear liberals by calling us communists when half of them dont even know what true communism is.

    • I’m going to ignore all the other crap and just point out then when al Qaeda was really on the rise Clinton was in office. He had stronger counter-terrorism policies than any other president, but did not implement them because he was nearing the end of his second term and decided to allow GWB to do it… so that we weren’t in the middle of war when we changed administrations… Bush didn’t do anything, hence 9/11.

      • You ARE aware that Gore and Clinton BOTH were appraised of the OBL situation and BOTH did the DAILY briefings? Bush grew bored by them by all accounts. Clinton tried to make it an urgent point when leaving office that OBL and al Quaeda would be the #1 threat…Bush sat on his hands simply because the bin Ladin family was friends. Same reason why he flew bin Ladin’s whole family out of America after September 11 on the taxpayer dime

    • rocknrollsteve

      “What brilliant party decided to ignore Al Queda’s rise and dismiss them as a terror organization leading to 911?”

      Who the hell is Al Queda and what does he have to do 9/11?

      Also, despite the fact that “Liberals” is not a political party, we get what you’re saying.

      Does the phrase “No war for Monica” mean anything to you? Clinton was doing a fine job bombing Al Qaeda’s (the proper spelling) training camps when the republicans started yelling the above 4 words. This allowed Al Qaeda to get to the point where they could plan and execute the terrorist attack that happened on 9/11. What party ignored ALL intel that said it was gonna happen? We don’t have to guess…the republicans!

  • I think there is a misunderstanding about what Conservatism vs Liberalism is. The author is clearly using the European definition. In the United States, if you favor adherence to the Constitution, you are a Conservative. If you believe that the Constitution is a “charter of negative liberties”, or you hold the view that it is somehow out dated… you are a Liberal.

    Liberals generally have to lie about who they are. They won’t openly oppose the Constitution, but at the same time they refuse to adhere to it. Obama is a perfect example. Everything that has happened in the last 2 years is completely by design. In fact, he freely admits that he intends to double down on his policies… yet, he will never run on his record! And, he would have never explained the intended outcome in his last campaign…

    These are just facts!

    • Cow A. Bunga

      How much do you get paid to post such dreck? I’m 47 years old, a Liberal my whole life and pretty fucking proud of it- I don’t have to lie about it. It’s Right-wingers who try to make “liberal” a dirty word. You’re projecting, troll, it’s the Neocons who want to wipe their collective asses with our beautiful constitution…

    • Where did you get the stupid idea that liberals need to hide?
      Conservatives/Republicans are the ones trying to repeal parts of the Constitution. Trying to deny citizenship for somebody born on this soil. Than wanting not for us top pay our debt, when by law we must. This and more. Conservatives are the most hypocrite, mean people I know. They think Liberal are stupid, when liberal are the ones open to new ideas.

    • dan balchen

      Conservatives adhere to the Constitution???? What party spied on innocent Americans after 9/11? What party tapped the phones of innocent Americans, read their e-mail, looked at their snail mail, looked into their bank accounts, investigated people who who didn’t follow their point of view, planted softball throwing “reporters” in the press room who were also gay prostitutes, outed a CIA operative, raised the terror alert A LOT for no reason around election 2004, lied to get us into a war??? Shall I go on? What party did this and backed this? I too am a Liberal, very PROUD liberal, have been for 35 years, I tell people straight, who I am. You sir, are delusional, and what you typed are not facts, but your opinions. Big difference.

    • A fact: George W. Bush called it “that g*** piece of paper.”

    • now that is complete shyte….those are not facts, just your ignorant assertions…

    • Andrew wrote: “yet, he will never run on his record!” Really? One name will prove you wrong: Osama bin Laden.

    • You, sir (small ‘s’), are an idiot! You have listed NO facts, only an idiotic opinion. Yes, IDIOT. That word has a definition just like the word Liberal or Conservative! We do NOT get to define those words to our liking as the so-called Conservatives are idiotically fond of doing! Basically speaking Liberal means MORE and Conservative means LESS and you certainly have made that point with your Conservative education!

    • That is an enormous pile of crap! You, sir, are a douche-nozzle.

    • The problem with that concept of course, is the Republicans are in fact not conservatives, they are exploitative libertarians. Basically they have become the party of psychopaths and narcissists, who have no regard for the future they create beyond attempting to sate their insatiable greeds and lusts, even if it denies their own grandchildren a liveable future.
      They behave like toddlers attempt to grasp and claim everything in reach with no thought of sharing and no understanding of the future, they are out of control and by no stretch of the imagination be considered conservative in any of their actions.
      With the GOP greedy, selfish, criminal, corrupt, treasonous, all spring to mind far more quickly than the continued abuse of the word conservative, how can they be considered conservative when they seek to exploit everything and conserve nothing, neither resources, finances, the environment or the people.

  • Peace Corps appears twice. Sorry. Liberal with OCD…

  • Peace Corps is on here twice. Sorry. Liberal with OCD…

  • The Platzner Post

    It’s hard to believe!!! “…at one time, Republicans favored liberalism and progressivism or that they were willing to work with Democrats for the common good.”

  • Michael Wylie

    The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is a program of the United States government to purchase assets and equity from financial institutions to strengthen its financial sector that was signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubled_Asset_Relief_Program

    • That’s true, but Republicans opposed it, the Democratic majority pushed for it and got Bush to go along with it. Although probably not the best example of things that liberals have done, this is a long list.

      • It was originally W’s and Hank Paulson’s plan (all 3 pages of it) and it was Democrats who opposed the original 3 page version which basically said: “give us 700 billion and you can’t ask any questions or impose any accountability”. TARP was re-tooled so to speak by Democrats to require accountability and repayment of the money (which has mostly been repaid as of this date). The US government even made a little profit from it due to the interest imposed.

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