Is to create a dynamic tension of necessarily opposing forces. This tension defines the overall moral character of a place. In balance: Conservatives provide cohesion with tradition, patriotism, following authority and defense of borders. In balance: Progressives provide introspection, conscience, and doubt. Working together (by working against each other) they create a structure strong enough to hold together but flexible enough to admit change. Meeting in the middle is sort of irrelevant, the goal is achieved by opposition. And if either side has no pushback from the other, it becomes a political autoimmune disorder, digesting itself alive as it strives for purity.
Progressives: You know at some level that those asshats are holding the line for you, right? They are throwing themselves into battles in far away places because they will actually do that when it has to be done (and also when it doesn’t). And they hold down a certain kind of solid decency in a lot of places.
Conservatives are the base note. Conservatives are the ones prepared to homestead on the goddamn prairie all over again if they have to. They are representing the basic voice of humans organizing for survival, they like things predictable and familiar and they don’t like all those weirdos sniffing around. If humanity was an inchworm they’d be the reluctant back end. And if you are picturing a bunch of southern white americans you aren’t exactly wrong but you aren’t sufficient, either. You better picture the same type in Belarus and Uganda, and Helsinki because they all have them and they all think the other conservatives are a bunch of weirdos sniffing around because of their funny ways and dumb clothes. Highly suspicious.
And Conservatives: You know that these self important, holier than thou jerkoffs are right once in a blue moon about things like buying people and whether or not we should kill your daughter for being a lesbian (yeah, I heard). And they may be a bunch of insufferable ninnies for thinking that the world could ever really change, but I mean kids think that way, and we always say kids are the hope of the future so maybe…No. Fuck ’em. Progressives are the high hopeful note that may or may not be true. Progressives are a hand feeling around in the dark for the future.
Anyway, like it or not you guys actually need each other. Progressives need conservatives so they don’t give away the goddamn candy store to them weirdos who’ve been sniffing around. And conservatives need progressives so the rich people don’t start actually selling them one of these days.
Meanwhile you might as well hate each other, I don’t see why you shouldn’t. You’re both pretty goddamn annoying.