“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts muses as to how conservatives and leftists view the past and the present:
Or not, depending on your point of view. A basic difference between a more progressive spin on America and a more traditional spin is that progressives tend to believe America can be a great nation despite the evils of its past, while traditionalists tend to believe that America has been a great nation despite the evils in its past. Likewise, those who swing to the Left tend to see the changes happening as positive, while those who are more conservative will obviously see many changes as negative, especially if they’ve changed important characteristics of their society. That Americans are divided along political lines over wanting America the way it used to be or not shouldn’t be surprising. Nor should we assume that when people say they want the past, that they necessarily want the evils of the past. An interesting, but hardly surprising, survey.