I have recently read an article by the head of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint, which outlines the strategy used by conservative pundits to convince their followers that liberals are hypocrites…
I have recently read an article by the head of the Heritage Foundation, Jim DeMint, which outlines the strategy used by conservative pundits to convince their followers that liberals are hypocrites, that liberals are, in fact, against freedom, liberty, and justice for all. What is that strategy, and is it accurate.
Now, we cannot say that the strategy is bad, because it works well with those prone to believe anything coming from the conservative leadership. Tell the followers what they want to hear, give them some talking points, and away the talking points go, no matter how specious they are. However, it only takes a little logical thinking, a little critical examination, that demonstrates the hollowness, the lameness, the absurdity, of the argument.
The conservative talking point cries out that liberals are hypocrites. They shout and point that the liberals are taking the freedom of businesses away, that liberals are sucking liberty and freedom of religion away from the people. The liberal fight for equality for the LGBT community is really a subversive way to take away liberty and freedom of businesses, forcing them to do business with these groups. Liberals, who rally around a movement like ‘Black Lives Matter’ are stripping liberty away from people by trying to end the killings of unarmed blacks. Religious groups freedoms are being torn asunder by trying to protect organizations like Planned Parenthood, and fighting for insurance to cover contraceptives.
The conservative line is that liberals are striking at the heart of freedom and liberty by seeking equal pay for women, and for a livable minimum wage. The freedom and liberty of businesses to pay as little as possible to their workers, to have them work under unsafe conditions by requiring observance of safety laws all strip the basic freedoms away.
The absurdity of these arguments is exceeded only by the number of people who believe them, that truly feel that freedom and liberty are being eroded by liberals (even though a majority of Americans of all political persuasions agree with the ‘liberal’ position on most of those issues) in the pursuit of these ‘injustices’. It is only through thoughtful contemplation, of critically assessing those talking points, that one sees through this charade.
I could go through a litany of arguments to show, to demonstrate the ridiculousness of these conservative talking points. But that would do little to break through the barriers erected by the conservative sheeple. Logic and reason have been shown to be useless in these cases. Instead, I will leave one thought, one example of the shallowness of the conservative thinking, one that should simple be the arrow through the heart of their strategy. This one example, one thought, shows the speciousness of their position.
In the view, the world of the conservative argument, then this is what occurred in the Civil War: the Union, led by Abraham Lincoln, sought to take away the freedom and liberty of the Southern Secessionists by granting freedom t0 the millions of Americans bound by slavery. The Northern Union took rights away, by granting rights long denied to people who were owned by others. Freedom taken away by granting freedom to slaves.
It is quite telling when the “establishment” right wing organizations band together to fight a citizens demonstration. The Occupy Wall Street movement is under attack by the big financial establishment; no wonder, they are being called out for their advocacy against any type of regulation that protects the average citizen against the unfair, standard of living killer actions of financial giants.
The financial giants, mainly conservative, far right wing tea partiers do not want their actions publicized. They live in the dark corners of public policy, lobbying for less regulation so they can take more risks, putting our economic system in jeopardy. They made the case for too big to fail. Well the middle class is too big to fail. But it is not organized and it does not pool money to buy legislation. That is what the middle class is up against.
To find out more on how this decades long conspiracy has been going on, read Thomas Franks book, the “Wrecking Crew”, a fascinating look into how the America declined into an oligarchy of the ultra wealthy.
Radical right wing tea party republican Dan Issa submitted an amendment to a “Postal Reform” bill, a bill that breaks a union contract and allows layoffs (a trade off made early in the history of Postal collective bargaining for low raises), an amendment which would require the layoffs to affect the most senior postal employees, as long as they are retirement eligible. The gall!
In this none too well-veiled forcing out of senior employees targeting those who have put in careers, is immoral, unethical and undemocratic. By threatening layoffs of these people, they hope they will just retire, saving the government (whom raped the Postal Service for years by stealing 5.5 billion dollars a year, putting them in the financial bind they are experiencing) further buyouts or incentives to retire. It is once again a way to bail out the government or big business on the back of the middle class.
I do not see this amendment enacted into law, but it demonstrates the sick twisted minds at work right now against the middle class. The right wing claims pushing for fairness in income taxes, asking the wealthiest to pay a little more, is class warfare, yet the rights fight against keeping the payroll relief Obama advocated intact was too expensive to keep right now. Please! We could afford to keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy intact, but it cannot be afforded for the middle class, those who need it.
Hopefully Issa’s perverted amendment will not pass, but will serve as a wakeup call, that there is a war in America, that of the wealthy elite to lower the standard of living for the rest of us.
We have heard a lot of talk about jobs for two years now, but we do not have jobs. Since Obama was elected the radical right conservatives have blocked numerous pieces of legislation that would have created jobs. The radical right hijacked the national debate from rescuing the middle class to big government and debt. The radical right has changed the national debate by hammering away, with the assistance of the conservative media, the Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly shows, Fox News and its ilk, to hammer away claims the debt is the reason there are not jobs; Obama’s fault is the ultimate message. It is a co-ordinated effort to regain power so they can continue to make the United States a corpocracy, ruled for and by corporations responsible only to profit, whether it is in American dollars, Euros or yen. America does not matter, it is the United States of Profit. Citizens rights do not exist. Where do you stand?
While reported briefly in the national media, the conservative, Republican dominated school board of Texas put out a revised curriculum. In this curriculum they left out Thomas Jefferson; he did not fit into their views because he dared to advocate for separation of church and state. The radical school board also forces the teaching of creationism, just about eliminating natural evolution, Darwin’s theory. Next they will get rid of the theory of relativity. So where did this radical thinking come from, in fact, how can the citizens of Texas allow this unscholarly curriculum be passed? The Conservative movement has just about reached their zenith; they feel victory at hand, in the form of the Tea Party. The best research I have read was contained in a book by Thomas Frank, aptly named “The Wrecking Crew”, which you can find here. His sources are well respected and well known, an excellent read. Perhaps better informed citizens can prevent this violation of education rights of Americans from happening elsewhere.