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  •  I think people are conservatives for different (2+ / 0-)
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    whl, RockyMtnLib

    reasons. There are perfectly sane - but wealthy - conservatives who believe that the Republican party has the best platform to keep them wealthy. They're probably right about that. They tolerate many of the other kinds of conservatives so the Republican party will remain in power and they'll hang on to their wealth. Ronald Reagan is a good example: He rarely stepped foot in a church himself, yet cultivated the Christian extremist voters, very successfully.

    Which brings me to the Fundie Religious Conservatives, who, IMHO, aren't entirely sane - or at least rational. I don't mean to disrespect people of faith; many of them are good people. But if someone can suspend rational thought to the point that they believe there's an old man floating in the sky up above who created everything 6,000 years ago, well.... then I think they're prepared to believe just about anything. This is why there's a Creation Museum, and a war on science and teachers, not to mention the anti-choice crowd. I think this group of conservatives is almost impossible to reach. Most are poor and consistently vote against their own best interests because they've somehow arrived at the conclusion that Jesus was a gun-toting capitalist.

    Then there are the racist, homophobic conservatives. Look at a few editions of Kos' Saturday Hate Mail-A-Palooza for some dandy examples. Almost every email he shows us has a homophobic and/or racist slur. Many of these conservatives are in denial about their racism; "I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!" As for their homophobia, see above paragraph: The Bible tells them that being gay is a sin and abomination, therefore... blah, blah, blah.

    I think the first group I mention - the mostly sane "Financial Conservatives" cultivate the other groups, again, in order to remain in power. Lately that's backfired a bit with the Tea Party Crazies - causing some of their candidates to lose elections to the last group I'll mention -- the Ron Paul Libertarian, Tea Party Conservatives -- who want to "drown government in a bath tub" and are essentially anarchists.

    I have no idea how to fix it because Conservatives have co-opted the mainstream media and legitimize the crazy under the guise of being "fair and balanced". Bill Maher touched on this when he gave Jon Stewart a bit of a spanking about his speech at the "Restore Sanity" rally in DC a few months ago. Both sides don't have a valid point, any more than they did when Martin Luther King was marching on DC back in the 60's. King was right and his opponents - with the tear gas and German Shepherds - were absolutely, 100% wrong.

    This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around!

    by Snud on Thu Mar 03, 2011 at 06:27:09 AM PST

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