http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/11/conservatives-always-on-the-wrong-side-of-history/ CONSERVATIVES: ALWAYS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY: 1) Conservatives opposed the American Revolution Conservatives vehemently warned us that it was unnatural to rebel against our Sovereign Lord, King George III, and that doing so would plunge the colonies into disorder. They assured us, as the father of conservatism, Edmund Burke echoed, that social stability would only come from the small group of wealthy aristocrats ruling over the poor majority. Conservatives reiterated that it was the duty of the poor to obey their âbetters.â Their rewards, after all, will come in Heaven. 2) Conservatives opposed freeing the slaves I know, I know. Hereâs where the sophomoric CONS, lacking the ability for complex thought, will whine that Lincoln, a Republican, freed the slaves. But as Southern historian Al Benson, Jr. wrote in his article, âThe Republican Party, There are NO conservative roots there,â âIt is interesting to note that, in 1860, the Democrats were the real conservatives, while the Republicans were the left-leaning radicals.â The Republican Party of the 1860âs, as evidenced by their platform, was a progressive party that rose in opposition to the entrenched power structure. It called for protective tariffs, Besides emancipating the slaves, Lincoln was in favor of progressive taxation. The Revenue Act of 1862 levied a 3% tax on people making between $600 and $10,000 a year, and a 5% for those making over $10,000. As Andrew Belonsky wrote for Death and Taxes, âLincoln believed that rich Americans should pay more than their less wealthy friends and neighbors.â But, because they are CONS and want to rig the system in their favor, they only considered slaves âpeopleâ for purposes of counting them in order to increase the slave-state representation in Congress. Conservatives warned that freeing the slaves, believe it or not, was an affront to liberty â as well as an evil government plot to force hardworking business owners to release their property. After all, as the Bible tells us, and as Rush Limbaugh later reminded us, âsome people are just born to be slaves.â 3) Conservatives opposed womenâs suffrage Conservatives warned us that women just didnât have the mind, much less the disposition, for politics. They would, of course, get all hysterical â and if theyâre having their periods! Well, look out, men! As Limbaugh cautioned again, uppity women might put testicles in a lock box and upset the ânaturalâ hierarchy. Even today, in 2012, CONS (such as, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, tea party activist, Fox News contributor, and founder of an organization where Sean Hannity serves as an advisory board member) lament that the worst thing that ever happened to America was that women were given the right to vote. 4) Conservatives opposed minimum wage and child labor laws, the 8-hour work day, weekends, sick leaveâ¦ etc. Conservatives warned us that the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which established a national minimum wage, guaranteed âtime-and-a-halfâ for overtime in certain jobs and banned child labor, was going to collapse the economy. But President Franklin Roosevelt countered at the time, âDo not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, â¦tell youâ¦that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.â What a surprise! He was right and conservatives were wrong. 70 years later, CONS are still trying to undo the minimum wage and get those kids out of the classroom and back into the factories of Republican campaign contributors.