There was a time in America when conservatives and liberals could discuss politics, religion, economics, healthcare, welfare, etc. in adult, objective ways. No more. Surrendering to religious fundamentalism and greed-capitalism, the once proud Republican Party no longer exists. Though carrying the same name, it has now been taken over by screaming, fanatical, religious, and big corporate interests. Right-wingers are now the party of witch-hunts.
Perhaps the sickest part of the right-wing is their self-righteousness. I've been condemned for using the blog title "A Sinner Observes." Of course the unintended implication is that my critics are not sinners.
After sitting in loud, arrogant judgment of Bill Clinton and John Edwards, these pious conservatives soft-pedal the adulterous acts of conservatives like Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, Mark Sanford, Ensign, Vitter, Foley, Craig, and the list goes on endlessly. Politicians of all stripes can be dogs, but the self-righteous ones are really scum.
Sadly, many modest people, people of limited means, people who otherwise are objective in life, turn to hurling stones and yelling names and trying to out-shout anyone who smacks of anything short of right-wing loyalism. And they have submitted to listening to religious zealots and big corporate lobbying machines in criticizing programs and ideas that may actually help them.
We have the leader of the Moral Majority sermonizing in the most bigoted manner. We have Pat Robertson suggesting that the U.S. government should kill the democratically elected head of state in Venezuela. We have a weeping Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, who once judged every non-pentecostal for moral sins, now asking forgiveness for engaging a prostitute on the streets of Shreveport, Louisiana. We have the mighty Roman Catholic Church involved in pedophilia worldwide and trying its best to keep it under wraps. We have people preaching about the inerrancy of the Bible who have no idea about the many edits and mistakes that took place in re-copying that book, written long after Jesus of Nazareth. And through all this mythology and self-righteous arrogance, we have sinner politicans acting for all the world like they are pure and untainted. Sad. Sick.
Today's right-wing will tell you that unless you are a full-fledged patriot, you are un-American or worse.
"...another Negro hung naked from a tree. In the background a Klansman held aloft a large American flag." -Jacob Javits [Think, people, THINK]
"It is my conviction that God ordained segregation." -Reverend Billy Name Hargis [THINK!]
"I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves." -John Wayne [THINK!]
And now we are faced with a tremendous debt that started with deregulation of big corporations during Reagan, and brought to a head during Bush. To the right-wing, always willing to blindly trust the corporate line, they think we should not regulate greed-capitalism.
"If all I'm offered is a choice between monopolistic privilege with regulation and monopolistic privilege without regulation, I'm afraid I have to opt for the former." -Nicholas Johnson