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. . . and neither does "the Bible". See below.

I think I can safely assume that everyone reading this is aware that the extreme Right have fashioned a fantasy world for themselves, full of conspiracy theories and attitudes which, really, are to get them through the day without throwing themselves under a train.
It extends a lot farther than many people think, however.
The Evangelical Right, for instance, do not believe in the Bible. They believe in "the Bible" - a cherry-picked collection of quotes from Leviticus and gospel verses out of context, as well as misquotes cloaked in King James syntax.
"The Bible" tells them that God hates anything that makes them feel uncomfortable and will punish anyone that they don't approve of.
"The Bible" is their personal justification. All the things they want and believe in, that Society says is wrong and stupid and uncivilized? Turns out that it's Society that's wrong, and that Society is going to be destroyed and thrown into The Pits Of Hell. So there.

And then there's politics. The Tea Party seem to be very deluded by many, forgiving haters and lunatics and continually voting for them. In actuality, what they are doing is voting for "The Statesman".
The Statesman agrees with all their opinions, and both understands and shares their fears. His vision is clear, and his ethics, morality, and patriotism are beyond reproach. He is wise, and far more intelligent than any Leftie, and most of all he has a Plan - the blueprint for a New America which is all the things the Tea Partiers want it to be, and which somehow works, even if the Left and the MSM and the Experts and the Tea Partiers themselves cannot figure how.
When you look at poll numbers for Sarah Palin, you are not seeing support for an ex-governor from Alaska - you are seeing support for "The Palin", who, like "The Rubio", "The Paul", "The Perry" and "The King", are The Statesman with a face drawn on.
Scandals cannot touch them. "The Statesman" doesn't commit crimes or sins; therefore, all such stories are smear jobs by jealous lefties and the MSM. Supporters of these people desperately want and need politicians like this to vote for, and will project The Statesman onto any politician that offers up the correct catchphrases.
Fear of the alternatives cause the Right to continue their support through any scandal, save one - support for a Wrong Policy. When that happens, they scrape the offender's face off The Statesman and move on.

All this means that you cannot change their minds in any usual way. "The Bible" and "The Statesman" are their personal touchstones - their hope that all the things they hate and fear will not overwhelm them, and that they will triumph in the end.

Only soothing their fears and changing their concept of paradise will solve anything.
It's not impossible. Obamacare won out mainly by shoving the truth into their faces until it became clear that Obamacare is good. Democrats need to do the same thing with the Environment, Science, and the Economy.
It needs to give people Hope - in a better life, a safer community, a bigger paycheck. Then maybe they won't need a Statesman building a moat across Texas.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Hate Speech must remain legal. It reminds us that the hate is still out there.

    by SmallTownHick on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 07:00:07 AM PDT

  •  But the Stateman's face is a real person (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, ET3117, mjd in florida

    which, in those circles, generally is a con artist or a grifter.

    Oh, they call it 'political fundraising' when it isn't book tours or 'Entrepreneur of the Year' awards or motivational speeches, but behind the scenes these people are supporting an infrastructure that keeps them inside their bubble.

    Back in the day, Catholic Priests discovered the laity could not read Latin or Greek, so they became the arbiter of 'God's Word' and became corrupt, selling indulgences and convincing doddering old fools to will their estates to the Church rather than their own progeny. They built cathedrals and commissioned expensive art works to decorate, basically, their own work and living space.

    Fast forward to modern times, evangelists discovered that today's people can't understand Biblical English, and don't have the attention span for such a long, convoluted and somewhat boring book anyway, and so they can appoint themselves as arbiters of 'God's Word' once again. And they, too, become corrupt, as doing well triumphs over doing good.

    Soothing the fears of this group of people will be quite difficult, I think, since the people they already know and trust have such a stake in keeping them fearful. How can you convince them to even listen to you, when they are told at least once a week that you, personally, are responsible for 'killing a million babies every year"? And that you are going to hell for it.

    When someone is convinced, for political and religious reasons, that their health insurance premium went up, when in fact it went down, you are not dealing with someone who will accept Hope.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 07:55:21 AM PDT

  •  This is brilliant! (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW
    In actuality, what they are doing is voting for "The Statesman".
    The Statesman agrees with all their opinions, and both understands and shares their fears. His vision is clear, and his ethics, morality, and patriotism are beyond reproach. He is wise, and far more intelligent than any Leftie, and most of all he has a Plan - the blueprint for a New America which is all the things the Tea Partiers want it to be, and which somehow works, even if the Left and the MSM and the Experts and the Tea Partiers themselves cannot figure how.
    It explains a lot, in a way that I've not heard applied like this before.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 08:41:53 AM PDT

  •  Statesman who™? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 09:50:49 AM PDT

  •  A very insightful analysis - the "Statesman" ideal (0+ / 0-)

    really explains much.  Because the ideal is inherently "correct" and perfect, any attacks on it (facts, history, science, liberals [grin]) immediately become suspect and something to not be listened to.  And, in the rare event that the current face is found to be wanting (mostly due to inherently, obviously false attacks from non-believers [snark]), that particular face can be discarded without any discredit to the ideal, no matter how vociferously the face had been a proponent or pushed the ideal.  

    The next question is how (and why) do these individuals become attached to the ideal?  What is the motivating factor?  I submit that the answer is FEAR. Every time I hear one of these right-wing arguments, it is always couched in terms of "be afraid", the "name your group" is out to get you and will [do something bad to you].  
    The corollary to this then is that in order to change the ideal, we have to deal with the fear - acknowledge it, address it and show the alternative (e.g., no there are no death panels and grandma is not going to be denied health care) and to do so from a trusted source - remember, Atwater, Rove, et.al., have worked very hard to discredit any but a few approved voices so anything coming from somewhere else is going to be suspect.

    Good Sense is Seldom Common

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