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  •  Moral Majority dissolved in 1990 (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, radarlady

    The Moral Majority was formed in 1979, though its roots go back to 1976. Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

    Balmer is referring to Falwell (and Dobson), though D. James Kennedy was also in at the start of the Moral Majority. I encourage you to read the link.

    Again, the Christian Right has existed for a very long time, and has always had ties to reactionary politics. What differentiates the rise of Falwell & Co. from other Christian Right movements is that they represented a hyper-politicized form of the Christian Right. Until relatively recently, many fundamentalists regarding politics as polluting, and avoided it.

    •  Moral Majority was just a rubric they adopted (3+ / 0-)
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      RockyMtnLib, a2nite, radarlady

      MM did not actually "dissolve" in 1990 but rather was rebranded.  I think of it as equivalent to  Big Tobacco's move to "light" cigarettes when the SG first began criticizing them as harmful.  Moral Majority just changed its name a bit and soldiered on.

      In the south at least, while fundamentalists claimed to avoid politics as " worldly" and "corrupt", they also used the political system to their advantage whenever the need arose, for example the passing and enforcement of "Blue Laws" to this day or localities going dry even though surrounding counties were "wet".  I would say their disdain for politics was more cosmetic than anything  

      •  I think you're confusing different things (2+ / 0-)
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        Musial, radarlady

        First, it's true that the people in the Moral Majority didn't just disappear. They moved on. But it's my impression that Jerry Falwell lost influence, while Dobson gained influence over Republican politics. So the end of the organization reflected an actual shift in the character of Republican politics. It was in the 1990s when the party became radicalized and sociopathically destructive through the rise of Newt Gingrich. I don't think the two events are separate.

        Second, it's certainly true that fundamentalists have influenced politics for a long time. But they did not engage in it. It's a whole different thing to have a Jerry Falwell acting as  a ward heeler for Ronald Reagan than to have Pat Robertson running for president. The old line Republican politicians gave the Christian Right what they wanted on social issues, but ran business as directed by the corporate elites which controlled the Party. Now the crazies run everything. Big difference.

        •  why Honduras, or Iran Contra, (1+ / 0-)
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          what role in military and imperialism?

          •  The right is a complex web of interests (3+ / 0-)
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            Musial, ScienceMom, radarlady

            Michael Lind, in Up From Conservatism, captured the extent to which the right is a coalition of people who hate one another and are held together mostly by common financial interests.

            Abortion politics was a way of bringing in conservative Catholics. In Latin America, the oligarchy is the slumlords who make it possible for American oil companies, gold mining companies, agribusiness, and so on to make superprofits. The Catholic Church is a major player in the oligarchy.

            I hadn't mentioned Iran-Contra. However, the Latin American end of Iran-Contra was about suppressing a non-existent threat from communism. The Catholic Church is a major player in that, of course, having actually suffered under communism (and having participated in committing serious crimes against communists/socialists in Franco's Spain). But more importantly, hysterical anti-communism is part of the glue that holds together the right.

            It's counterproductive for the US to have intervened in Honduras (as it was counterproductive to have intervened in Central America 30 years ago). But foresight and wisdom was never a hallmark of the right. It is indeed a confederacy of dunces.

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