5 Reasons I’d Never Make it as a Conservative

Jason Healey
2 min readJul 22, 2023
Photo by RDNE Stock project

Twitter is rife with stories of Democrats who switch teams. The most noteworthy being those who were elected before changing parties.

I wondered what it would take for someone to switch lanes in such a dramatic way and ran myself through a set of prerequisites to see if I could make the conservative cut.

  1. I’d need to believe that somebody or some thing is always out to get me.
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    Lefties, the government, the deep state. I’d need to see a threat behind every door.
    > I’d need to be a victim.
    > It’s a fridge too far.
    >> Compatibility Rating: Fail.
  2. Intense, sustained and voluminous outrage.
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    That looks like a lot of effort. Imagine how much energy it takes to shoot up a case of beer, film it, distribute it and go out on a grievance tour. I don’t have time for that. I’ve got a dishwasher to unload.
    >> Compatibility Rating: Fail.
  3. It’s always somebody else’s fault.
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    Whatever it is that happens, there’s always someone to blame for it.
    > I’m kind of impatient. If I spent my life waiting for people to get out of the way, take the fall or accept responsibility for whatever happened to me, I’d be waiting a long time.
    > I failed the outrage test and looks like I’ve failed this one too. I may be too pragmatic to be a conservative. I think it’s enshrined in the conservative bylaws: Pragmatism is the enemy of conservatism.
    >> Compatibility Rating: Fail.
  4. I’m no good at poker. At least at having a poker face.
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    I’m bereft of hubris.
    > Even if I could keep up with the rapidly changing grievance position of any given moment, I couldn’t make the requisite claims with a straight face — day is night, black is white, this happened even though we saw that — the creator deprived me of a pretzel brain. I naively thought 1984 was a warning, not a roadmap.
    >> Compatibility Rating: Fail.
  5. You need to care about stuff I’m not motivated by.
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    The Barbie movie is a secret plot to kill off the patriarchy!
    > I don’t want to take notes when I go to the cinema.
    > I don’t want to make grievance videos in my car.
    > I don’t want to go viral for foaming at the mouth at the local Kmart.
    > Lord, spare me a life of perpetuity, bouncing around the echo chamber.
    >> Compatibility R̶a̶g̶i̶n̶g̶ Rating: Fail

Maybe I’m focused on the wrong initiation goals?

Maybe it’s not meant to be.

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Jason Healey

I split my time between writing about music, leadership, management & organisational culture articles. Digital Agency Operations/Record Collector/Parent/MBA*