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The Unconscious of a Conservative

 
 
Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 09:31 am
August 8, 2010
Commentary: The Unconscious of a Conservative
By Dennis Jett | McClatchy Newspapers
Dennis Jett is a former career diplomat who served abroad is six countries including Israel.

Future historians will have plenty to argue about as they analyze today’s politics through the lens of time. One debate might be about whether 2010 was the year conservatism died. In the days of Dwight Eisenhower and Nelson Rockefeller, conservatives were those who wanted limited government and low taxes, but still found room to accommodate a range of beliefs under their tent. And they even had a degree of tolerance for those who were outside it.

Now intolerance is in and anyone violating any of the core conservative beliefs is branded a heretic. The political landscape is littered with the bodies of politicians who were deemed insufficiently ardent. Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Utah Senator Robert Bennett all demonstrate that, for conservatives, moderate has become as dirty a word as liberal.

But it is not just intolerance that is the hallmark of today's conservatives. They have become little more than the sum of their fears and their hatreds. What they fear most is the modern world and its pace of change. For them, the natural order of things is a country run by white, Protestant males. Today they are confronted with a black man in the White House, a woman as House majority leader, no Protestants on the Supreme Court, gays asserting their rights, and a Muslim immigrant winning the Miss USA crown. It is all too much to bear.

Instead of dealing with the world as it is, conservatives prefer to feel victimized and be victimized by politicians and pundits who promise a return to an Ozzie and Harriet era that never existed. Reconstructing a nonexistent past includes rewriting history and asserting that only they can channel the real intentions of the founding fathers. That allows them to deny anything is different from when the constitution was written by that collection of wealthy, white, male, Christians. Back in those good old days, blacks were property, women were in the kitchen, and Native Americans and Latinos were people from whom God said land should be stolen until the Pacific was reached.

To support their history, conservatives have their own facts. They whine constantly about being over-taxed ignoring the fact that the total tax burden is now lower than it has been since before Eisenhower took office. They also have their own science to support the facts they invent. Their answer to evolution is a biblically-based fairy tale. In their version of economics, tax cuts always pay for themselves by creating so much growth that the new tax revenue generated exceeds that lost by the cuts. No matter that no study has ever shown that to be true and that George H.W. Bush once referred to that theory as voodoo economics.

Conservatives today turn away from reality and prefer to swoon over the media stars that validate their worldview. The irony is that, while people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and Bill O'Reilly claim to be standing up for the little guy, all they really do is put the con in conservative. While standing tall for the small, they all take home eight-figure annual incomes and laugh all the way to the bank.

Their formula for success is consistent. They stoke the homophobia, xenophobia and Islamophobia of their listeners by using language that would embarrass George Orwell and name-calling that would turn Joe McCarthy's stomach. Their response to the racists in their midst is to accuse others of racism. Politicians they don't like are compared to Hitler and Stalin and any government initiative is socialist if not communist. They make allusions to using violence to protect the imaginary world their listeners live in. And in the meantime, they sell them books, videos and gold.

When the conservative cheerleader is a woman she has to be sassy and glib with far more bile than brains. She also has to be pretty. The audiences that gather to hear Palin are enraptured by her rap and unbothered by the fact that her train of thought derailed before it left the station. And they would pay no attention to her if she were as attractive as someone like say Meg Whitman, the Ebay billionaire who spent 90 million dollars of her own money buying the nomination for governor in California.

There will always be people suffering from a psychic crisis due to their inability to deal with the world. And there will always be those who will be ready to make a handsome living exploiting that condition. So 2010 probably won't be considered the year that conservatism died. But it may be the year that it became recognized as the ideology of the impaired.

McClatchy Newspapers did not subsidize the writing of this column; the opinions are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of McClatchy Newspapers or its editors.

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/08/08/98697/commentary-the-unconscious-of.html?storylink=MI_emailed#ixzz0w1ppzzIw
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Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 11:53 am
Well, in my opinion, many liberals have the child-like quality of not wanting to forgo satisfaction for a future time. They seem to want immediate change, immediate satisfaction. Time is of the essence; history means nil; the future should be now.

From my own observations, I believe that many liberals are fixated at the pre-pubescent emotional stage of life (in a public school setting where everyone is equal, and there are no losers).
YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 12:02 pm
Yeah, again another rant by an ignorant "journalist," desperate to believe that his job will be saved at the dying media outlets choking on their last breaths. What a dumb piece of prattle, complete with its arbritrary leftist "talking points." Hello, but the truth is coming to the fore that the "populace" (as the leftist would say) is finally sick of the political posturing at the alter of a completely failed economic and social agenda, largely rooted in global Marxism at its core. Conservatism, not Republicanism, is very much alive and well, thank God.
YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 12:07 pm
@Foofie,
Hi,
Wow. Your succinct statement says volumes more than I could. Their self-congratulatory masterbatory fantasies know no limits, do they?

"Equal" is the starting point in a Republic, NOT the end game.
YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 12:11 pm
Dennis Jett, hmmmm, oh yes, another know-nothing college professor. That's a big surprise! Google him for more information if you can't sleep and don't want to take any more leftist sleeping pills. Yawn, ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 12:25 pm
@YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY,
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Wow. Your succinct statement says volumes more than I could.


I think you're right, YN2GAH.
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 12:47 pm
@YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY,
So who's your go to guy for information, Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity or Limbaugh, Savage maybe?

Three posts and you've said nothing.

I believe he mentioned; "Conservatives today turn away from reality ... "

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Yeah, again another rant by an ignorant "journalist,"


Okay, so you were wrong, hey you're a conservative.


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What a dumb piece of prattle, complete with its arbritrary leftist "talking points."


You wanna know 'prattle'. Read below.

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Hello, but the truth is coming to the fore that the "populace" (as the leftist would say) is finally sick of the political posturing at the alter of a completely failed economic and social agenda, largely rooted in global Marxism at its core. Conservatism, not Republicanism, is very much alive and well, thank God.
YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 01:49 pm
@JTT,
You can cut and paste! You've just graduated Harvard--here's you're degree.
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 02:06 pm
@YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY,
Four posts, still nothing.
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YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 02:35 pm
@JTT,
Hegel
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JTT
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 02:49 pm
@Foofie,
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Well, in my opinion, many liberals have the child-like quality of not wanting to forgo satisfaction for a future time.


Foofie, if you stopped your mind from having these brain jerk reactions, you wouldn't post such nonsense.

How many houses/cars does John McCain have? Do you think that all the rich conservative industrialists "forgo satisfaction for a future time".

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From my own observations, I believe that many liberals are fixated at the pre-pubescent emotional stage of life (in a public school setting where everyone is equal, and there are no losers).


There are plenty of losers; GWB, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Banality, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, ... .

Your observations would be more helpful if they contained a semblance of reality.

plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 03:01 pm
@Foofie,
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Well, in my opinion, many liberals have the child-like quality of not wanting to forgo satisfaction for a future time

Sleepwalking, are we? It is the conservatives that can not put off gratification which is why the economy is in tough shape and why there is an ecological mess.

Next thing you know, this liar will tell us that the environment is a conservative cause.

As for liberals being pre-pubescent, look at which segment of the political spectrum insults first.

Tell a lie often enough, foofie, and even you will believe it.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 03:02 pm
@JTT,
This person is a sock puppet who appeared out of nowhere today and has been actively posting. I have an idea as to at least one of 'his' other identities.
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 04:24 pm
@plainoldme,
I recommend all conservaties go to my post Capitalism, a Love Story.

http://able2know.org/topic/159770-1#post-4310317
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YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 06:08 pm
@plainoldme,
It seems inconceivable to you that there are more people on this site than you--out of the millions on the planet. I have another "identity?" Yeah, I'm fronting for a radical anti-intellectual group that wants to infiltrate your mind so I can be more at home. I'm putting on a cloak and carrying dagger to hide my true identity in the skull and bones society....Fact is, I saw this site, got on it, and killed a few hours this weekend annoying you, that's all. You probably won't hear from me after this weekend, but it was fun! You're probably very nice --for a repressed individual--cheers!
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Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 06:10 pm
@YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY,
YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY wrote:

"Equal" is the starting point in a Republic, NOT the end game.


We all have equal rights from the starting point. We all do not end up equal.
Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 06:13 pm
@JTT,
JTT wrote:

Foofie, if you stopped your mind from having these brain jerk reactions...



If you could control the impulse to add pejoratives to your retorts, I believe it would add credence to the post.
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YOUNEED2GETAHOBBY
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 06:16 pm
@Foofie,
yeah thats right
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Foofie
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 06:17 pm
@plainoldme,
plainoldme wrote:

Tell a lie often enough, foofie, and even you will believe it.



You are paraphrasing Joseph Goebbels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels
I thought you might want to know.
plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 8 Aug, 2010 06:48 pm
@Foofie,
Actually, that is how the Republicans have been discussed for the past 40 years.
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