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  •  No, the RR aren't on their deathbed yet. (2+ / 0-)
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    This diary's been up well over 12 hours now, so I doubt anyone will see my response. Nevertheless, here 's my take on all of this.

    Yes, the fringe tea party/religious reactionary elements are losing steam; Obama and the sane majority of the country have outlasted them. Yay us, right?

    But if you think this means that the Religious Right are giving up the fight, think again. They've been at this since the late 1970s, and entire religious empires have been built and sustained by engaging in the culture wars. They aren't going to walk away from that.

    Why? Why aren't they acknowledging that their dreams of turning America into a voluntary (or not-so-voluntary) theocracy just aren't resonating with the general population? Why are they refusing to see that no one wants their idea of paradise on earth? It all boils down to one reason: they still believe that they're right and we're wrong. Nothing that's happened thus far has convinced them of otherwise.

    All this means is that, eventually, they're going to change tactics. But, believe me, the overall strategy remains the same because they still believe they're right. Until they stop believing that, they will continue to act on their beliefs, one way or another.

    Of course, you can only beat your head against a brick wall so many times before you notice that you're leaving bloody marks on the uncaring bricks. I have no doubt that their tactics will change and (dare I say it?) evolve. It's a truism that, once you take the worms out of the can, you need a bigger can in order to put them back.

    At this point, there are many possibilities and few data points to guide our guesses. Continuing defeat might fracture some of the more fragile alliances within the RR coalitions. Groups might splinter off and try something (anything!) new in order to accomplish their goals. Or the groups themselves might shift and reform with different, if overlapping, memberships and goals. We might see a rise in culture war-related violence. We might see stagnation, malaise, and depression on an institutional level. This might lead the RR to turn inwards, leaving the World to its own devices for a while. They might decide they need to just double down and force cultural change through the strength of their righteous, God-fearing will.

    There's really no way to predict the actions of these groups; I think it's likely that we'll see different groups and sections of the RR go through differing processes and come to differing conclusions. But they won't stop being what they are until they themselves decide that they are wrong.

    The whole point of society is to be less unforgiving than nature. - Arthur D. Hlavaty Shop the Kos Katalogue!

    by Alice Venturi on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 10:49:38 PM PST

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