Class Warfare Blog

January 23, 2014

A GOP Inconsistency? . . . Not Really

A number of people have noticed that the GOP is waging war on poor people by cutting the budget for food stamps (but not subsidies for rich farmers), cutting back on housing support, and trying to cut Social Security and Medicare (while at the same time tripping over themselves to do favors for rich people). Those commenters have also noticed that the GOP is the most religious of the political parties, religious in a Christian sense, often evangelical and that the GOP’s actions seem to be in conflict with the message of Christianity, their actions showing a lacking of Christian charity, for example.

What these people are missing is that the GOP’s actions against the poor are in total concert with the philosophies of Christian hierarchs, since virtually the beginning of that religion as a formal entity. (Why do you think so many were shocked (shocked, I tell you) when the current Pope spoke out against rich people and greed? When was the last time you heard such a comment from a Divine?) When have any of the churches stood up for the poor against the rich? Do you remember how much support the various churches in the U.S. provided our labor movement? Uh, that would be zero. Standing up for working people and poor people is not something the churches do. Oh, they will collect food and clothing during emergencies, but actually work to improve the lives of the poor against the rich? Not in the game plan. More than a few churches in the southern states gave up their pulpits to Southern Commissioners to tell their parishioners how much slavery was part of God’s plan, in support of the secessionists who eventually got their wish in the form of our Civil War. (Since the milk of human kindness required certain things back then, black people had to be declared “nonhuman” or “subhuman,” no problem!)

Ever since churchmen invented the “divine rights of kings,” they have been in the pocket of royalty or rich merchants. The church has opposed the practice of medicine as being contrary to God’s will. Sure, the churches treated some of the ill and infirm … with prayers and nostrums. The Catholic Church forbade their monks to practice medicine. The churches opposed practical matters to improve public health through better hygiene. The church opposed educating the masses. In all ways the Christian Churches have advocated a slave philosophy for ordinary people (yours is not to reason why; yours is to be happy with your station it life; your reward will come in the next life . . . if you are obedient in this one; . . . ). The post-Roman period in Europe was dominated by virtual Church rule; that’s why we call it the Dark Ages.

So the current actions of the GOP against the poor, and women, are in keeping with the history and traditions of their most religious members. No contradiction here, move along, nothing to see, nothing at all.

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7 Comments »

  1. “In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” Thomas Jefferson

    Comment by john zande — January 23, 2014 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  2. Oh, have you seen this? Exciting stuff!

    https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/

    Comment by john zande — January 23, 2014 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • Just read it this morning. The idea has been arround for a while but being able to state it mathematically should result in more progress, more rapidly.

      A lot of people don’t realize that Nature is largely self-organizing. Crystals grow into spectacularly beautiful shapes with no guidance. Clouds form spontaneously as do snowflakes as do round/ball-shaped hailstones. I can’t wait for the creationist who claims otherwise, because you only have to point to any mountain and ask “Who made that?”

      I have no problem with the Universe organizing/creating itself because atoms themselves are self-organizing (up until recently all molecules were self-organized). And there once was a fad in chemistry (similar to the Miller-Urey experiment) in which chemicals were placed into an electric discharge apparatus and then the apparatus was run for a time and the results analyzed. This was exposing chemicals to massive excesses of enegy, which blasted apart the existing molecules and seeing what novel things might recombine (on their own, of course). This approach was a little like throwing paint at enough canvases that one ends up with something looking like art (or enough monkeys typing on enough typewriters ,,, voila Shakespeare!).

      So, the planet itself was self-organized due to gravity, impact energies and density differenciating (when the planet was molten, the denser materials sank and the lighter floated–I think I have mentioned that we are made of the floating elelments and hence are part of the scum of the earth). Random floating continents formed and crashing into one another formed mountain ranges, etc. All “self-organizing.” And the creationists make the mistake of thinking that the self-organization was directed at what exists here and now, which is actually close to being a random outcome. I used to do a demonstration for my classes involving two decks of cards. One was pristine, the other I would shuffle several times and then ask them: which of the two decks is more ordered? They would bite on the unshuffled deck, but of course the two are equally ordered (one maybe easier to remember than the other but each is an exact order of 52 cards and each deck would require the same amount of energy to be transformed into the other).

      Wow, authentic professorial bullshit! I wonder what set that off?

      At 9AM this morning it was 6 degrees (F) with 23 mph winds giving a wind chill of -15F. Even in your winter, you can’t beat that!

      Steve

      Comment by stephenpruis — January 24, 2014 @ 10:37 am | Reply

      • Beautifully put! That right there was a Humanists Affirmation; a statement of fact put to poetry. And if you’re attributing that kind of writing to the cold then i think you should move your office into an industrial freezer.

        Comment by john zande — January 24, 2014 @ 10:47 am | Reply

        • Not much else to do but sit here and pound the keyboard.

          Currently trying to find the shortest workflow to publish our books as eBooks and none of them are even close to short. And I used to be good at this stuff.

          Comment by stephenpruis — January 24, 2014 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  3. The GOP has a majority in the House.

    The Democrats own the Senate and the Presidency.

    Blaming the GOP is raw stupidity on display.

    Comment by silenceofmind — January 23, 2014 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

    • SOM, blaming the GOP for its policies and actions is somehow related to Democrats? What did they do, trick the GOP into doing those things?

      Comment by stephenpruis — January 24, 2014 @ 10:18 am | Reply


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