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In GOP We Trust? Right-Wingers Forced To Evaluate Their Political Path

Prayer1_4The 2006 election was proof positive that moderate Democrats can run and win in so-called "conservative" districts. Similarly, it was evidence that the Wedgies, with all their [oft-hypocritical] chest- and Bible-thumping, aren't as strong as they once thought.

So, now that they're out of Congressional power with a presidential election on the horizon, it's time for national Republicans to do a little self-evaluation.

With that premise in mind, Robert Dreyfuss of Rolling Stone takes a closer look at the state of right-wing politics for a piece called "Evangelicals in Exile." Read the whole thing. It's worth it.

"For the Christian right, last year was nothing short of satanic. First, the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Ted Haggard, was forced to quit amid allegations that he enjoyed drugs and sex with a male prostitute. Then Democrats racked up a landslide victory, regaining control of both houses of Congress and ousting some of the religious right's staunchest allies, including Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas and Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana.

"Even worse, Americans rejected a host of measures near and dear to the hearts of evangelicals. In South Dakota, voters overturned a ban on abortion. In California, they voted against a measure requiring parental notification when teens have abortions. In Arizona, they rejected an amendment outlawing same-sex marriages, and in Missouri, they voted in favor of stem-cell research over the militant opposition of evangelicals. In Kansas, where a backlash against the Christian right has been building ever since the state tried to impose the teaching of anti-evolution 'intelligent design,' voters ousted Attorney General Phill Kline, who had made a career out of hassling and intimidating abortion clinics.

"'The 2006 election was a total repudiation of the Karl Rove version of conservatism,' says Curtis Gans, director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. 'The social-rightist version of the Republican Party was defeated everywhere but where the social rightists thrive: the Bible Belt.' Unless the GOP can reinvent itself and appeal to moderate and independent voters, warns Gans, it 'may be consigned to where they had been from 1932 until the late 1960s -- a distinctly minority party.'"

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Funny thing is, they just keep digging. Once they had momentum, it really snowballed. The more races they won, the more radical they became. They finally alienated most moderate thinking voters.

For example, several evangelicals in southern Indiana had some not-so-nice things to say about Catholics during the 8th District race, even though most Catholics are on their side in the abortion/gay marriage bloody shirt debate.

Pssst, Telling someone who AGREES with you they aren't a true Christian won't help the cause.

Because they insisted on pushing their most radical components, John Ho got a whuppin.

Truly ironic in that Protestants live in perpetual excommunication in their made-up, illegitimate, churches.

The fundies aren't truly Conservative, anyway. They're the Dixiecrats that wandered over to the GOP, years ago. They used to be Democrats. They hang out in the GOP, because the two-party system obligates the parties to build uneasy coalitions.

The fundies aren't advocates of limited state power or limited government. Quite the opposite. The fundies advocate lots of government, as long as the government serves their ends. Consequently, the fundies really make the Conservatives uneasy, but parties need votes. The GOP was always the party of intellectuals, businessmen and the landed elite. The GOP, at its core, is a party of thinking and industrious men. The fundies were never welcome in that crowd, but there are elections to win, so...

The GOP is still the exclusive domain for the elites, but it's also the home for the intellect-destroying fundies. There's much tension and resentment in the GOP, but we must have those darn coalitions, because, you know, there are elections to win.

The Democrats also experienced tensions. As Socialism emerged as a political force in the early 20th Century, the Socialists decided it was foolish to remain their own party and infiltrated the Democratic Party through appealing to the average laborer to whom such ideas held great appeal. The millions of European immigrants in the U.S., to whom collectivism was always part of their heritage, now found a mainstream party that was speaking directly to them and trying to improve their lot, right now. In any event, if you don't have much, then collectivism doesn't remove much from you, does it?

Unfortunately for the Democrats, they couldn't have it all. Socialism and other flavors of radical Leftism are openly hostile to God, preferring to secure a better reward on this earth, right now. God is seen as a means of keeping the average laborer content in the immediacy, causing the person to be content with one's station and lot, and not "making waves." "Workers of the world, unite" is anything but contentmnet and urges all under its banner to make waves, big ones, for the better of your fellow laborers.

By the time Nixon came around for his second election, the Democrats had all but squeezed God out of their party, and the fundies were a people ripe for the picking. By the 70's, and Nixon's third election, fueled by the Democrat acceptance of "Summer of Love," all forms of Leftism and now open hostility to God, the fundies had walked over to the GOP, where they currently remain in residence.

Coalitions giveth and taketh away.

For a Democrat fundie, see William Jennings Bryan.

From Wikipedia:

"William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925) was an American lawyer, statesman, and politician. He was a three-time Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States. One of the most popular speakers in American history, he was noted for his deep, commanding voice. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a strong proponent of popular democracy, an outspoken critic of banks and railroads, a leader of the silverite movement in the 1890s, a dominant figure in the Democratic Party, a peace advocate, a prohibitionist, an opponent of Darwinism, and one of the most prominent leaders of the Progressive Movement. He was called "The Great Commoner" because of his total faith in the goodness and rightness of the common people. He was defeated by William McKinley in the intensely fought 1896 election and 1900 election, but retained control of the Democratic Party."

If the Democrats could get mileage out of the fundies, they'd add the fundie agenda to the Democratic platform.

The modern Fundie political movement started with the Moral Majority which was organized by GOP operatives specifically to counter the electoral success of President Jimmy Carter. It worked well by electing Ronald Reagan, our first divorced President who married his 2nd wife only 5 months before their first child was born (the baby wasnt a premie!).

In other words, the modern Fundies are really an organized bloc designed to support Republican candidates. Democrats need not apply!

Shut up, Wilson. You comment on everything, and you're usually wrong or skewed.

We don't need to hear you on each and every subject.

It seems to me that anonymous nobodies are tired of being skewered so easily. Why should anybody listen to cowards who just try to silence active and informed observers?

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