November 2017

Conservatism Cannot Make America Great

by Pitt Griffin on November 27, 2017 · 0 comments

in Politics

Conservatism is not the future of America. It is instead a backward-looking philosophy – which dreams of recreating some imaginary Edenic past in today’s America. But thinking folk know that today’s America will never be yesterday’s. And besides yesterday’s America wasn’t so good for millions.

Things have changed. We’re not nearly as white as we used to be. And that is not a bad thing. America owes an inestimable debt to people who looked different and spoke differently. But conservatives’ stock in trade is scaring the bejeezus out of white people for no nobler purpose than getting their votes.

Trump’s support is strongest in the whitest suburbs and small towns – in other words, among white folks who haven’t run across minorities. People who live in mixed neighborhoods and big cities rapidly realize that Ramon, Rasheed, and Rayansh are no more or less threatening than Roger, Robert or Ruppert.

We also aren’t as Christian. ‘Nones’ are America’s fast-growing ‘denomination’. And even among self-professed churchgoers, you have to wonder how many are doing so out of habit, family pressure, and social mores.

Nevertheless, Christians still represent overwhelming majorities in government, and every President has been at least nominally Christian – except for Thomas Jefferson, a deist, and Abraham Lincoln, likely an atheist. But despite this, conservative white Christians consider themselves the most persecuted group in America. I suppose it is just another instance of believing something for which there is no evidence – the foundation of faith if you will.

And then there is the conservative belief in coal. The rest of the world is moving on. Even the ecologically callous Chinese think that burning stuff is a dead end. But in America, there is faith in something called ‘clean coal’ – the chemical symbol for which is a unicorn. Regardless, coal jobs are gone for good and the only thing being saved is coal profits.

Then there’s science. The only way you can give coal any credibility as a fuel of the future is to deny global warming. Which is to fly in the face of facts. Despite contrary claims, there is no scientific controversy om climate change. It exists. It’s man-made. And it isn’t going away unless we do something. But dyed-in-the-wool conservatives deny it? Why?

My best guess is that many Americans enjoy a streak of paranoia. There is a belief that someone somewhere is trying to ruin their lives. They believe scientists have an agenda, just like gays. Although it’s hard to imagine what it would be. If scientists were in it for the money, they would take the climate-denial lobby’s cash and sprint for the bank.

And let’s not talk about the intelligent design stupidity.

It’s worth noting that science got a lot more credit in yesterday’s America. There was a time when Albert Einstein was probably the world’s most admired man. The science of the space race led to enormous strides in consumer geegaws. And it would never have occurred to most Americans to think that scientists had a political agenda.

And talking about an agenda, while politicians of all stripes have had their complaints about their coverage conservatives never used to claim the media was fake. But our founders knew the value of an independent press to keep them honest. And that was in a time before journalistic ethics.

Conservatives love the past – even if they can’t be honest about it.



Happy Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2017

(This post was first published in 2011) Today is Thanksgiving, and there are many things that I am thankful for and other things that I am not. I am thankful for all the dedicated doctors, nurses, and medical technicians. I am not thankful for the medical system and insurance mess. I am thankful for all the dedicated teachers. […]

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Anti-gay Politician Will Serve a Minimum of 10 Years for Sex Trafficking a Teenage Boy.

November 19, 2017

Ralph Shortey was a State Senator from Oklahoma. As a Republican, he ran proudly as a ‘family values’ candidate — adding the usual homophobic vitriol to the stew. In the state Senate, he voted on the typical anti-gay nonsense, as well the standard anti-immigrant, pro-gun measures. So far a run-of-the-mill conservative in the Bible Belt. […]

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Jim Bakker Begs You to Buy His Survival Food so your Grandkids Don’t Cry.

November 18, 2017

L. Ron Hubbard said: “You don’t get rich writing science fiction, If you want to get rich, you start a religion”. And then he founded Scientology and proved it. But if you lack the imagination to start a new religion, you can just take an existing one and pervert it. Jim Bakker, one of God’s leading grifters […]

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Christian ‘Family Values’ Conservative Resigns After Sex in the Office With Another Man.

November 16, 2017

Ohio State Rep. Wes Goodman is another in a long line of social conservatives who ‘know’ what’s best for everybody else. But like so many of God’s cultural jihadists he can’t bring himself to play by his own rules. Goodman has resigned from his Ohio House seat after he was caught in his office cheating […]

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It’s not just Moore, Alabama Has a Long and Dishonorable Political Tradition.

November 14, 2017

Everybody is following the Roy Moore teen molestation saga and wondering if all the backwoods stories they have heard about Alabama could possibly be as bad as they dared not imagine. And yet the more we hear, the more we realize that Alabama is “you might be a redneck if…” territory. Let’s consider how we got into this […]

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Roy Moore Is Still Alabama’s Most Likely Next Senator.

November 12, 2017

Republicans have to deal with a Senate candidate, Roy Moore, who has been accused of plying girls with alcohol and touching them up. In Alabama the local GOP’s answer is simple. They deny he did it and besides most of the accusers were at least 16 – so fair game for a 30-something. And that’s if the […]

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Trump Hires 70 Foreigners to Work at Mar-a-Lago.

November 4, 2017

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago has been given 70 H-B2 visas to hire temporary foreign hospitality staff for the 2017/18 winter season. They will be paid from $10.33 (for cleaners) to $13.34 (for cooks). Trump says he loves the American worker — but it’s just another lie. When questioned during the 2016 campaign about his hiring of foreign workers, Trump claimed that there […]

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The GOP Tax Cuts Are Just More Voodoo, Trickle-down, ‘Hurt the Worker’ Cynicism.

November 2, 2017

Republicans are shameless liars — especially when it comes to selling corporate care as populism. Take their tax cut bill. The cherry on the cupcake is the cut of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. This cash-back to business is sold as a ‘job creator’ and ‘wage booster’ — but the real beneficiaries […]

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