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  •  But cons see the last part from a Calvinist meme, (1+ / 0-)
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    or more correctly neo-Calvinist, i.e., that poverty etc. is God's judgment on the moral worthlessness of the poor.  That is, the fault is their depravity, so that the only proper response is to punish them (and conversely reward the 'virtuous', i.e. rich and right-thinking aka Thugs and cons).  Anything else, especially liberal or Democratic policies, are not only doomed to failure and merely punish the rich and right-thinkers because of this, but are rejections of God and thus eeeeevil!

    Now you see where so much of their rhetoric comes from, eh?

    •  Don't give cons the intellectual credit (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think most cons cite Calvinist thinking in their views of God and the wealthy. That's just too deep for most conservatives to connect. You are way too smart to try to understand the cons.

      It's much simpler than that.

      It's more like "Jeebus don't fund the Wel-fare queeeeenz and their ill-a-get-a-mate kidz".

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