I have decided that I am not going to call T*mp, Kavanaugh, and so on “conservatives.” It is fairer to call them the “radical right.”
George Will, David Brooks, George Bush, and other conservatives don’t like T*mp at all and believe in democracy. The radical right is intent on destroying it.
Why? Because it is an alliance of the descendants of former plantation owners, plantation owner wannabes, and libertarian nuts like the Koch Brothers. They all believe in a system where there are masters and there are slaves.
The South wanted to form a country that was based on slavery. Almost every other developed country had ended slavery by the Civil War and they believed that the US was going to too. If you read the writings of the intellectuals in the South, they were convinced that slavery was the best economic system and that it was ordained by God (for instance, see the Cornerstone Speech by the VP of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens),
They knew they would be the only developed country that was based on slavery and were eager to have that distinction.
Another current is laissez-faire economics. To make this work, one has to think of society as the interaction of disconnected individuals. “Atomic individualism” or, in economics and sociology, “methodological individualism.” Each individual is working in his or her self-interest and all decisions anyone makes are to better themselves.
This, it is argued, allows the best to rise to the top and justifies social stratification. There is a “moral” component, as well. Some extreme forms of Christianity believe that wealth and power are indications of grace. This justifies slavery, economic inequality, and unwillingness to help the disadvantaged (The basis of this can be found in Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism).
These folks are doing their best to create a society that achieves their goals. They are at war with the country and there is no trick too dirty. They are not conservatives in any traditional sense. They are not trying to “conserve” anything. They are radicals that are intent on overthrowing the country. They have no problem working with Russia if it helps their agenda.
They are open about it, so it is not something that is happening in secret. Most people don’t listen to the leaders of the movement. Read Democracy in Chains, which has copious references to things that people in the radical right have said or written, how it is funded, and who belongs to the movement.
T*mp is not smart enough to be part of it, but getting through all the anti-environmental stuff, rolling back civil rights, tax cuts, and all are part of their agenda and he is a “useful idiot.” How taxation fits into has a lot to do with slavery. There is an academic book on this called American Taxation, American Slavery. It is tough to read because it goes into so much detail on taxes, but he shows how the anti-tax movement is a consequence of slavery.
We need real conservatives on our side. The ones that believe in the USA and don’t want to see it destroyed. By painting all conservatives with the same brush we risk alienating them when we need everyone to rise up against this threat to our country.
Almost 15 years have passed since Patti Colbath walked into her backyard and saw her 12-year-old son Max put a handgun to his forehead and pull the trigger.It hasn’t gotten any easier, she said, no matter what people say about time healing all wounds. It’s just not true.“I’m not doing well, and I’m going to tell you very honestly, I have a couple of drinks every night, and there have been times when I have said very mean things to my husband,” Patti said.
The meanest thing: “If you hadn’t left the gun out, Max wouldn’t be dead.”
Source: What mother who watched her 12-year-old kill himself wants you to know | KSDK.com
This is an interesting analysis of the state of the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if the US were in the list of sustainable countries? We need to keep educating people and work for political change.
Click on the map to open a magnified version. Copyright (C) FFP 2015 We are pleased to present the eleventh annual Fragile States Index. The FSI focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports that are processed by our CAST Software from electronically available sources. We encourage others to utilize the Fragile States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security.
Source: The Fund for Peace
Now the folks in Indiana, Alabama and so on are going to have to change their tune about immigrants. They will have to take in refugees who flee Mexico so they won’t have to be around married gay people.
With With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and PAULINA VILLEGASJUNE 14, 2015
Hiram Gonzalez, center, married Severiano Chavez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where gay marriage is technically illegal.
MEXICO CITY — His church turned him away, his family discouraged him from a public fight and the government of the state where he lives vowed it would never happen.But it did. Hiram Gonzalez married his boyfriend, Severiano Chavez, last year in the northern state of Chihuahua, which, like most Mexican states, technically allows marriage only between a man and a woman.Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court.In ruling after ruling, the court has said that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals are discriminatory. Though the decisions have been made to little public fanfare, they have had the effect of legalizing gay marriage in Mexico without enshrining it in law.
Source: With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage – The New York Times
Louisiana it one of one the most religious states in the country (#4) and also one of the poorest. It seems it is determined to stay that way. What an awful thing to do to the poor kids. This might be the kind of thing that is causing the rapid decline in people associating themselves with Christianity.
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A Louisiana school district is speaking out in defense of teachers who use the Bible “to present alternative viewpoints” when teaching on evolution, despite claims from secular scientists that teaching Creationism is “unconstitutional and scientifically-misleading.”
Josh Rosenau, spokesperson for the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that promotes the teaching of evolution in schools, asserted on the group’s website that “one in eight high school biology teachers advocate for Creationism, even though it’s ‘unconstitutional,'” in response reports that some teachers in Bossier Parish Schools based in Benton, Louisiana, are using the Bible when teaching on evolution.
Rosenau’s comments were a reaction to an article in the left-leaning Slate magazine that reportedly acquired emails from faculty in Bossier Parish wherein a science teacher was said to be teaching about Creationism in the classroom and using materials that included the Bible.
One such email from science teacher Shawna Creamer to principal Jason Rowland at Airline High School allegedly said: “We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present.”
The Christian Post
Source: Louisiana School Defends Using the Bible to ‘Present Alternative Viewpoints’ When Teaching Evolution