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January 28, 2011

WTF? Who Are These People?

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:52 pm
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The most recent utterances by today’s sad crop of conservatives boggle the mind. One is tempted to go looking for the proverbial rock from under which they crawled. Who are these people?

I have commented before that today’s “conservatives” are still making war upon the New Deal from the 1930’s. This was brought to mind by some quotes delivered on the Rachel Maddow show a couple of nights ago. Here they are:

“Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society.”

“Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice.”

“Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things, but their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

No surprise that a self-avowed liberal like Maddow could utter these but they were quotes from . . . drum roll, please . . . President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1960). The contrast with today’s Republicans couldn’t be greater. Do realize, though, that Eisenhower beat out Robert Taft for the 1952 Republican nomination and one of Taft’s delegates after the convention was reported to have uttered “This means eight more years of socialism!” (Name calling has long been a cherished political practice and the epithet of “socialism” has been used ever since the first conservative had it explained to him. Subsequent usages have not required understanding.) Taft, of course, was a “true” conservative who wanted to roll back the New Deal, which was, of course, socialism promulgated by “Ivy League” intellectuals to destroy the country. Sound familiar?

Yes, today’s Republicans can have nothing but contempt for Eisenhower who confirmed many New Deal policies, and also for Ronald Reagan who raised taxes (and the National Debt), and Richard Nixon who recommended a system of national health insurance. These people’s roots go back considerably farther, of course, as there has been this streak in the American psyche since its inception. And what they have to offer is fear as they are entirely fear-based.

They are Republicans and conservatives because they fear what people will do if they aren’t constrained by the institutions of society. People just would not be moral without “the Church” (religion by itself is not enough, one must be a church goer, and they will tell you which churches count and which do not). The police protect us from crime (when in actuality the police protect very little; their jobs are to catch the bad guys afterwards and possibly create a deterrent). The military protects us from foreigners, etc. Their entire ideology is based on the fear of what people might do. Black people still might raise up and try to punish us for slavery when we actually had noting to do with it, that sort of thing.

Their current call for “limited” or “small” government is another fear-based position. These people are not opposed to government poking its nose into your private business, they just don’t want the government poking its nose into their private business. For example, they say that government should not intrude on decisions that doctors and patients should be making. But they make exceptions when it comes to medical procedures of which they do not approve, and then it is perfectly okay for the government to intrude. It apparently is okay that insurance companies have been taking huge numbers of critical decisions away from doctors and patients, after all insurance corporations are institutions.

They think that corporate tax rates are too high, yet two-thirds of all corporations paid no corporate income tax last year. Can you guess why that is so? It is because the U.S. Tax Code is full of special tax breaks for businesses. Can you guess who it was that voted to put those tax breaks into place? Yes, these same Republicans. (To be fair, so did a lot of Democrats because the businesses in their districts paid them to do so.) But, government intrusion into business affairs in the form of regulation is not to be brooked. The current crop of Republicans opposed the most recent regulations of obviously out of control Wall Street banking institutions (as mamby-pamby as they were) because the recent problems were caused by too much regulation, not too little!

So, these folks are for limited government. The only government needed is just enough to: support more military spending than the entire rest of the world combined (currently true), outlaw abortion and gay marriage, ban organized labor, and give tax breaks to businesses and rich people.

The rest of us can go fuck ourselves.

This is who these people are.



  1. A very accurate portrait of present-day conservatism. It angers me as much as you, but I’d do without the second-to-last sentence, after the President’s remarks in Tucson. But I very much agree with you.


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