So accustomed are we to the sunny Reagan and the populist Tea Party that we’ve forgotten a basic truth about conservatism: It is a reaction to democratic movements from below, movements like Occupy Wall Street that threaten to reorder society from the bottom up, redistributing power and resources from those who have much to those who have not so much. The Truth About the Conservative Mind: Why Reactionaries from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin Have Fought Real Liberty ☀
What conservatives needed was a single issue that would make the crucial difference, like an on-off switch. Something so pure and absolute that Jesus would have to switch sides, holding his nose and saying: “I disagree with you right-wingers on every social and economic and general moral point, and yet… I must still side with you against the goll-durn lib’ruls. Bcause I can’t abide baby-killers.” If you had to come up with such an all-or-nothing test, “baby-killing” would pretty much be it. Just by defining humanity at conception, you eliminate any need to consider Jesus’s wishes on other matters, like economic fairness, or pacifism, or inheritance by the meek, or… You get it; nothing else need be considered! CONTRARY BRIN ☀
Conservatism is a political and theological ideology based on ensuring that the prevailing culture continues to prevail. It is cultural accommodation writ large. If you’re fighting to preserve the status quo, you cannot accuse those who seek to change it of ‘accommodating to the prevailing culture’ ☀
ininterestingtimes said: From post; against stupidity, it states that the 'average everyday evangelical Christian is not simply itching for his chance to take over the government and impose theocratic law'. It is here I come to you asking what you think a reasonable interpretation of; average every day evangelical Christian, might be. Taking evangelical christian to mean the Christians interested in evangelizing, and given the strength of the social conservative vote, how do you square any type of support for this post?
A response to this quote post.
First, I would self-describe as an evangelical — the word, in its purest form, means believer of the Gospel (actually, “good news”), from the Greek word ευανγελιον. And I can certainly attest that in no way or manner do I “itch” to “take over the government and impose theocratic law upon a nation of vile unbelieving reprobates”.
I realize the connotation of this word evangelical can invoke a wide swath — from those in more of a neofundamentalist mold to the theologically liberal (another word with a vast range of connotation). Understood, that you’ve refined the definition to “evangelizing” (which I believe falsely precludes non-conservatives) “social conservatives”. And yes, I can see how some tenets of the social conservative block, especially the religious right, would strike you as in alignment with imposing “theocratic law”. However, while there certainly is a segment of religious conservatives that wish for some variant of theocratic legal imposition, most dress their case with “natural law” appeals and find abhorrent any mode of governance that coerces followers or punishes apostasy or heresy with the sword (literally or figuratively).
While I don’t see eye to eye with the author on many political aspects, I am sympathetic to the points driven by the article author — the dismay of the prevalence of culpable ignorance, in an age with so much knowledge just a finger tap away. And no political group is immune to this infection, even if I acknowledge that the level of culpable ignorance is significantly higher in the current “conservative” circles online.
Political conservatives today are not at all conservative. They are radical utopians who treat corporations and their owners as if greed had been bred out of them. Government regulation only hinders the good they can accomplish. As for evil, only others — foreign or political — are prone to it. Our wars are benign, others’ malign. If people suffer from market forces, well, that is how the strong guide the weak. By embracing this radical worldview, today’s conservatives have abandoned the moral heritage of the West. They do not heed its warnings about the arrogance of the self-made man. Where Climate Change and Real Conservatives Meet ☀
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