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  I have been in the mood to read old literature and I just finished re-reading Animal Farm by George Orwell. Now I know this piece of literature is a comedy based off of  the Russian Revolution but I can not help but find similarities in the Republican Party of today and it’s base. The party leaders and the wealthy are the pigs and the base are the other farm animals.

   The leaders of the Republican Party including those members behind the scenes have massive amounts of wealth and live in luxury. There is great disparity between the have and have not’s in this society and it seems many in the Republican base have less and less as the years pass. It as very much become a party of  “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal then others.” The Republican leaders seem to have perfected this idea and sold it to their base.

   The base of the republican party seems to lack critical thinking skills which allows the elected leaders to spoon fed skewed knowledge, morality, and what it means to be free. The leaders have convinced the base living under anything other then what they outline as acceptable is a horrific life and a great injustice. The party is constantly changing their stance on many issues becoming more extreme in ideology and are some how able to convince the base to follow along with it while forgetting what they originally stood for on a verity of issues. I believe the base is not capable of critical thinking. I think the base is not able to use critical thinking skills because of a combination of lack of solid education, laziness, and fear of retribution in the after life.

  Being part of a military family gives me a great opportunity to meet many different kinds of people from many different backgrounds. However one thing has remains constant when meeting a republican: their inability to think based on logic. They are spoon fed what to think and they never question deeper then the superficial; never thinking for themselves. I do not know how many times I have sat and listen to them ramble off the Republican rhetoric: end the social safety net, rollback Obamacare, end federal funding of public schools, do not regulate the bankers, let the government strip away women’s rights, and always live in fear of going to hell. I can not help but think these are the same people that are currently on WIC, have been on food stamps or Medicaid at some point, and all have Tri-care (closest thing to socialized medicine this country has and it works). Each time they go to the polls they vote against their own freedoms and economic interests with this dump witted belief if they work harder, do not question, pay higher taxes then the wealthy, and live good moral lives in the end they will be rewarded.

   At the end of Animal Farm the other animals realize what the pigs had become. I am wounding if a time will come the Republican base will realize what their party has become and how the party has taken advantage of their ignorance.

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  •  Some Have Been Realizing It and Became Democrats. (6+ / 0-)

    But much of the base knows it. They like authoritarian rule, they're opposed to having their taxes spent in any way on other people or people unlike them, they believe in a very sparse government that doesn't try for conditions or results but is limited to setting and enforcing rules.

    That's why they don't think much in a reasoning, logical way. There'd be no point. Rules come from authorities not from people --and in any case, rules are fixed. There's no need to consider changing a rule when it's not the business of government to consider outcomes and conditions. The rest of that they insist is purely the responsibility of individual, family and church.

    That's why we can't touch the Republican base by showing them the nature and goals of conservative leaders. They support them.

    Pointing it out to independents, moderates and casually involved voters though is crucial in containing the spread.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 05:56:27 PM PDT

  •  I am not real sure that the base of the Republican (7+ / 0-)

    Party will ever figure it out. The Republican elites don't even try to hide their disdain for the base and the base doesn't even notice. I am not sure if the base was staving and dying in the street that they would even at that point wakeup. I can see them voting GOP as they take their last breath.

  •  Conservative thinking "default" mode? (4+ / 0-)
    Low-Effort Thought Promotes Political Conservatism

        Scott Eidelman eidelman@uark.edu
        Christian S. Crandall
        Jeffrey A. Goodman
        John C. Blanchar

    Abstract

    The authors test the hypothesis that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism. In Study 1, alcohol intoxication was measured among bar patrons; as blood alcohol level increased, so did political conservatism (controlling for sex, education, and political identification). In Study 2, participants under cognitive load reported more conservative attitudes than their no-load counterparts. In Study 3, time pressure increased participants’ endorsement of conservative terms. In Study 4, participants considering political terms in a cursory manner endorsed conservative terms more than those asked to cogitate; an indicator of effortful thought (recognition memory) partially mediated the relationship between processing effort and conservatism. Together these data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought; when effortful, deliberate thought is disengaged, endorsement of conservative ideology increases.

    http://psp.sagepub.com/...

    2012: the Year of the Voting Woman. And by the way, Republicans ... we're pretty pissed about what you've done to our country.

    by mumtaznepal on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 06:51:53 PM PDT

  •  thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    Gordon20024, luckylizard

    Going to re-read I think you hit it.

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, joe wobblie

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 07:31:17 PM PDT

  •  What we don't always "get" (1+ / 0-)
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    joe wobblie

    is that the GOP base really think that they will someday be the top dogs, er pigs.  I don't think that they'd view Animal Farm in the same way we do.  (I'll confess it's been decades since I read the book, but I do remember the basic plot.)  Rather than coming to a point where they realize that the pigs are just other animals/nothing all that special, I'm becoming convinced that the base thinks they are piglets waiting to be promoted to, or rising to become, head porker.  

    This is all just an intellectual exercise for me.  Much as I would like to empathize and understand their point of view, I have realized that I never will.  I'm just not wired for that kind of thinking, so I have to approach it more dispassionately than I'd like.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 10:24:50 PM PDT

  •  There are so many parallels (0+ / 0-)

    between this book and current reality.

    Those who are forever forwarding the idiotic e-mails about how terrible some Democratic politician is remind me of the bleating sheep in the book who are forever repeating what they hear from the pigs.

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