There was a time when “conservative” meant something. It meant respecting tradition, it meant opposing sweeping and rapid change to society, it meant fearing the rise of materialism, it meant emphasizing the importance of community, it meant strengthening families and it meant preserving the environment. Today, conservatism is a series of dogmas aimed at enriching the already fabulously wealthy and strengthening existing power structures. It also means opposing literally any reform Obama proposes. I think Obama should just start proposing everything Republicans cynically put forward as an “alternative” and force them to admit that they despise the very idea of governing.