Conservatives: Anti-Family, Anti-Christianity, Anti-Country

 

This post is dedicated to Doc Vega, who inspired it. Every once in a while I get an urge to attempt to approximate his style. This is one of those days. I’m not a perceptive enough writer to really get it right, but I think I’m at least in the neighborhood. Obviously, we do not share viewpoints – I am not interested in approximating his content. I’d rather hold down my lunch.

 

I write about the greatest danger facing America today: Conservatives. Not True Conservatives – there are hardly any of those left and those who are left are mostly disoriented, having nowhere to turn – but Republican Conservatives. As a group, they are anti-family, anti-Christianity, and anti-country.

Anti-Family

Conservatives will tell you that one of the greatest threats to the American family is the high number of children born out of wedlock, and yet they do everything in their power to increase that number! They oppose sex education in the schools, even though sex education has been proven to not only increase the use of contraceptives but to reduce promiscuity. They oppose abortion, forcing young women to raise children when they are not ready and are often unmarried, creating more single-parent households, creating circumstances that make raising children far more difficult. And they oppose efforts to make contraception as widely available as possible, attacking Planned Parenthood and attempting to facilitate the elimination of insurance coverage of contraceptives.

In the late seventies and early eighties, LGBT people were coming out of the closet in droves and gay male promiscuity became legendary.  One of the consequences of this was the rapid spread of AIDS. Partially in response, thousands in the LGBT community decided to adopt more traditional family values, becoming monogamous, getting married, raising children. And what did conservatives do to these people adopting family values? Oppose their efforts! Prevent them from getting married, prevent them from being able to adopt children, callously preferring to leave children needing parents in institutions!

Anti-Christianity

Christianity was created to follow Jesus of Nazareth. The New Testament describes his life. We know what he considered to be important. He constantly reached out to marginalized populations. He talked about helping those in need and he was very angry at those who put money before compassion, throwing moneylenders from the Temple and saying in frustration that it would be easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He detested self-righteous vigilance, saying “Let ye who is without sin cast the first stone.”

And what do conservatives do? Oppose him at every turn! They reject marginalized populations, trampling on their rights as much as possible. They reject those in need, saying that a government Of the People, By the People, and For the People has no business helping the People when they need help! And when they are forced to help the People, they want to make sure they and their friends profit by helping the People by privatizing everything in sight! They glorify wealth and take money from the poor and the middle class and give it to the rich, all in the name of creating jobs that the rich have no intention of creating, nor any real incentive for creating. They are defined by self-righteous vigilance, telling people what they shouldn’t do in Jesus’ name while ignoring Jesus’ values. They say they want a Christian country while doing everything in their power to create an anti-Christian country.

Conservative Catholics complain about their Pope, Pope Francis. Why? Because he follows Jesus’ values more closely than any Pope in the two thousand-year history of the Church. He refuses to live a wealthy life. He refuses to condemn those who are LGBT and counts a gay man among his closest friends. His priority is those at the bottom of the ladder. Catholics are blessed with better leadership than they have ever had, but conservative Catholics hope for a Pope that doesn’t follow Jesus so closely but instead follows their fundamentally anti-Christian values.

Anti-Country

It has become almost universally true that if something is good for the country, conservatives oppose it, and if it’s bad for the country, they support it. As they claim to be pro-family while undermining the Family and claim to be Christian while undermining Christianity, they claim to be patriotic while undermining their country. Immigration has always helped America, providing us with loyal and grateful citizens, bringing scientific advancement to our shores, and even keeping our groceries affordable with cheap farm labor. What do conservatives do? Interfere with immigration at every turn, of course. Integrating minorities unites us as a country and strengthens us, so of course they divide us by publicizing myths about minorities, everything from Spanish becoming our national language to Sharia becoming our national law, neither of which is remotely likely even if we eventually end up with a Latino/Latina majority. And what they’ve done to keep Black people as a permanent underclass, costing America untold billions in all sorts of ways, could fill a library.

The poor and middle class are what keeps American businesses in business by buying their goods and services, and so conservatives support policies that take money out of the hands of American consumers to put it in the hands of the wealthy, where it will sit in bank accounts and financial instruments and not help America at all. Government services are expensive, and so conservatives want to make them more expensive by privatizing them, adding corporate profits to the public’s expenses, all in the name of mythical superior private sector efficiency. Conservatives opposed the GM bailout, which prevented putting untold numbers of Americans out of work; once the ripple effect is included, probably millions.

Global warming is a clear and present danger, with even the Pentagon treating it as a matter of national security, and so conservatives want to pretend it doesn’t exist, making up myths like that it’s a Chinese hoax when it was in fact first recognized by Exxon scientists in the 1970’s. Countries all around the world are trying to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, and so what do conservatives do? Support the fossil fuel industry while undermining renewables, taking away a substantial American advantage in one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Conservatives get a three-fer: Damaging the American environment, costing us billions in potential income and God knows what in jobs, and tarnishing American leadership around the world!

And politics? They have managed to take a working Congress and turn it into a permanently gridlocked institution by elevating winning elections over governing the country while they’re in office. They have Gerrymandered large parts of America, intentionally taking away majority rule in our democracy. They have engaged in further voter suppression efforts, and that’s their term! And so a majority of nearly three million American voters still resulted in the will of the majority being ignored.

That wasn’t enough – they undermined democracy for more power in even more ways. They refused to even evaluate a sitting President’s Supreme Court nomination! And then they collaborated with a treasonous effort to allow Russia to interfere with our election, the latest thing being that the head of the House Intelligence Committee, currently investigating the Trump administration, went to inform the administration privately of developments without even sharing those developments with his own committee. And the Speaker of the House supports his staying on as head of the committee!

And the White House? That’s the greatest American disaster of all. They managed to get a President into office who isn’t qualified to shine Barack Obama’s shoes or carry Hillary Clinton’s luggage, a President who has closer ties with Russia than with his own Government, a President who treats the Presidency as his family’s premier business opportunity, a President who has raised national divisiveness to a Fine Art, a President who lies so often that the entire mainstream media points it out regularly, a President who has alienated nearly every ally we have, a President who treats what is perhaps America’s greatest danger and also America’s greatest business opportunity as a Chinese hoax, a President who is gutting the Federal Government of generations of experts and replacing them with loyalist hacks,  a President who is attempting to turn the Government into an instrument of the wealthy at the expense of 99% of Americans, a President who is making the United States an international laughingstock, a President who wears the biggest lie of all on his hat.

 

Conservatives are a menace to America, and those who support their efforts are traitors and fools. 

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Comment by Drew-Silla on March 30, 2017 at 1:57am

I'm surprised, Mr. Salaami, that you would conflate how stupid a person is or isn't with what level of formal education they have or have not received. There is little or no direct correlation between the two things, though I take your point about morality on the one hand vs. innate level of intelligence on the other. Still, the studies I mentioned address the ways in which racism and other not very attractive aspects of what are typically seen as conservative world views are basically functions of stupidity, and when viewed in that light I'm not sure there is quite as crisp of a divide between stupidity-based conservatism and some hypothetically choice-based version as you seem to think there is. If someone is a selfish, unempathetic racist because they are stupid, are they therefore not to be held as accountable for their beliefs as someone who "chooses" to view the world and their fellow human beings that way? That seems an odd sort of morality to me, but then I've never had much patience with discussions about how many cryptofascists can dance on the head of a pin and how low their IQ has to be to qualify them for a Go To Heaven Free Card. 

Comment by koshersalaami on March 30, 2017 at 6:23am

I see my initial approach was too facile. My apologies. I would imagine there's a weak correlation between education and intelligence in the sense that a lack of intelligence would be one factor in making education difficult, at some levels to attain and at all levels to succeed in. However, strictly a weak correlation - there are other independent factors at work (such as wealth and learning disabilities) and I have known too many exceptions in both directions. My wife is a professor in a field that only has grad students and so I've come in contact with a lot of people both educated and getting educated. One of her longtime students (whom she guided through both Masters and Ph. D) characterized the attaining of a Ph. D as mainly a question of endurance. I have also met my share of stupid professors. And I have certainly known highly intelligent but not very educated people, my father being a prime example. 

I'd say there are three factors at work here, two of which we've touched on so far. Those two are stupidity and education; the third is ignorance. Ignorance is most closely related to conservativism, as conservativism is currently largely based on a series of myths. These myths are spread in part by people (often educated) who profit by their existence and prominence, and profit can have a remarkable impact on how one views facts. 

Stupidity often leads to ignorance as your own link shows. In this respect, you are right about the absence of choice among many conservatives, taking morality out of the picture. And so it was a mistake on my part to characterize the difference based on morality. Thank you for pointing that out. i think I have mislabeled the distinction here. I am uncomfortable with adding stupidity to my list but I think I left out a step. That step is a major distinction between stupidity and ignorance, which is that ignorance is curable, even though stupidity makes the cure more difficult. Stupidity isn't. At least I assume it's not - I could be proven wrong on this point and I realize I may be opening a can of worms because here there is a question of degree, and that is a factor that could invalidate my case. However, ignorance is much more curable, and so theoretical solutions to the problem posed by some combination of stupidity and ignorance have the potential to be considerably less draconian than those suggested by stupidity alone.

I can remember having three discussions with conservative Christians about homosexuality where I changed their views. In two cases it concerned the contention that homosexuality is a matter of choice. For that to be true to the person I'm addressing, two factors have to be addressed: Homosexuality has to be a feasible choice for them and all homosexuals have to have a motivation to make that choice. It doesn't matter if some can choose homosexuality - protections are necessary for those who cannot choose their sexual orientation. In my case, I cannot choose homosexuality because I simply have no feelings in that direction - and I should interject here that I grew up and went to college in an environment where I would have been accepted by family and friends had I been gay, so this is not a question of ignoring latent urges to protect myself but simply a question of not having said urges. On the motivation issue, I chose fundamentalist gays who ardently believe that God hates what they are and so they pray for help and seek the sorts of reorientation therapies Vice President Pence favors, because they find their orientation a source of a great deal of guilt and pain in addition to rejection within their communities. There is no way in Hell (forgive the conflating of an expression and actual religion here) they would choose to be gay because their lives would be infinitely easier and more comfortable if they were straight.

The third case involved a grad student. His opinion was more religiously sophisticated: he said that homosexuality was fine but acting on it wasn't. Technically, at least in terms of the Old Testament, he's correct. But I found his stand too facile and so I posed the following question to him:

If God were to come down and say: "Overpopulation is such that I want human reproduction to cease at the moment. Therefore I am reversing My ruling and saying that homosexual unions are now approved and heterosexual unions are now forbidden," would you be able to cease all romantic relationships with the opposite sex in obedience? Because that's the equivalent of what you're expecting from gays.

I have asked this question of a few people. To their credit, none have avoided the question by saying it's religiously impossible and none of them have said "yes." They generally reply "I don't know." And their intolerance comes down a few notches as they empathize enough to see the difficulties presented here. 

My point is that I hesitate to rail against the incurable. "You are stupid!" has no obvious corrective course of action, but "You are ignorant!" does. How can I in fairness criticize someone for something they cannot change?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 30, 2017 at 7:11am

Kosh thanks for correcting me about how al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS have not hijacked Islam.  Sometimes my cynicism and disappointment carries me away. Here's how Sorkin paints a more accurate picture of how I'm feeling these days:

I'm too old and broken hearted to be the Greater Fool, but I still have hope for our children and grandchildren.

Comment by Dalriadane on March 30, 2017 at 2:59pm

I agree with everything you said, Kosher.  So I'm gonna give it a big Like!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 30, 2017 at 3:11pm

Hard to be arguing with Kosh, he almost always gets his shit straight.

Comment by Dalriadane on March 30, 2017 at 3:14pm

I would like a discussion of the diets of conservatives versus liberals.  My God, the people in Kansas who had a fit with Michelle Obama's introducing vegetables in the school lunch program.  I really believe it's the Conservatives Kosher has identified who made fats the culprit in the 1960s when in actuality it was sugars and grains that make us fat.  They obviously were making money getting people fat and then selling them stuff to think they could get unfat. 

Comment by tr ig on March 30, 2017 at 3:23pm

This is superfly! 

The use of the ! made me laugh several times. I thought this one should have had an exclamation too --" ...... and so what do conservatives do? Support the fossil fuel industry while undermining renewables, taking away a substantial American advantage in one of the fastest growing industries in the world."

But... you got it on the next sentence!

Great stuff Kosher.. glad I got rained out, again. Have you sent the Doctor a link?

Comment by koshersalaami on March 30, 2017 at 3:33pm

No, I haven't. He's been occasionally nice today, complimenting a few of us on our comments. 

I'll blow my own horn a little: Mine was pretty good. I took his conspiracy approach and ran with it. Most of my comments there were serious; this one was different.

Dalriadane, thanks. Tr ig, any comment about her Kansas Diet observation?

Comment by tr ig on March 30, 2017 at 4:11pm

Sigh .. the people of Kansas who had a fit with M. Obama's commie plot to introduce vegetables did hate that, yes, because a) it was a commie plot, b) Kansas wheat and beef and Jesus is all one needs to live, and c) Michelle is democrat and black. For the record, yet again, I was born in, but no longer live in, Kansas. Now, it's the land of enlightenment to the east, Missouri. That's the ticket. Yes, Dalriadane

And Kosher, yours is pretty good. Maybe he's seen it, but somehow I doubt it. Has he ever once liked or commented on any post other than his own?!?!?!!

Comment by Dalriadane on March 30, 2017 at 4:13pm

I googled it and the data is already out there.  Pick your delivery.  Photo heavy:  http://www.businessinsider.com/how-conservatives-and-liberals-eat-d...

Or thought-provoking: 

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/porky-populism/comm...

The reason I brought Kansas into it is because some cousins were complaining about the kids not "getting anything" to eat.  It turned out they weren't getting their usual fare.  Then we went to this huge flea market in Marquette and I swear there were a disproportionate about of heavy women.  Some weren't even very old and they were in those electric wheel chairs.  What's that about? 

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