Here’s Why Some Conservatives Aren’t Ready for a Tea Party

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Michael Gerson, a columnist for the Washington Post, on Monday wrote about the destructive effects of conservative political groups with more “unremittingly hostile” viewpoints of the U.S. government’s function. According to Gerson, some Tea Party members, libertarians, and constitutionalists give conservatives a bad name. Gerson simplifies liberalism down to a constant, good-hearted green light on policy, and libertarianism down to an unceasing red light.

He credits conservatives with being more complex but eventually labels them with a cautious yellow light for policy making. He emphasized that conservatives “set the table for private action and private institutions” so as to remedy problems in society. However, Gerson criticizes today’s conservatives, saying they don’t have a clear understanding of what’s become of equal opportunity.

“Economic mobility has stalled for poorer Americans, resulting in persistent, intergenerational inequality. This problem is is more complex than an income gap,” Gerson wrote in the Washington Post, citing differences in the type and extent of parenting, education, and unemployment for blue-collar workers, as well as family disruption.