Quick Thought on Right Wing Ideology

Occurred to me that much of Right Wing Ideology is rooted in nothing more than just power/control.   When it comes to the financiers of such things they (see Koch) use ideology as their selling point to those who may be easily influenced by such things without using any extensive investigation or understanding of the concepts or outcomes.  The ideologies are usually pretty bankrupt concepts but the end result is power and control by those who are fostering such things- not really anything else.  Power and Control are the intent, using talking points- like freedom and libertarianism are just the tools.

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The Root of the Rub

We hear a lot of discussion about how the difference between Conservatives and Liberals centers around the concepts of “inclusion” and “exclusion”.  This comparison usually comes from the Liberal side and rationalizes for them why they believe their philosophies are more aligned with morality in general- especially as it applies to the Sermon on the Mound interpretation of Christ’s teachings.

This layer of disagreement or point of argument from a Liberal delivered to a Conservative almost always falls short of making any change in Conservative thinking for exclusion is rooted in their core fundamental beliefs- Examples would be “I earned it” or “They just want things”, etc.  Separation from others is acceptable.

Now if it was framed more along the lines of “judgmental” vs “non-judgmental” it may have more of an impact- maybe not much but maybe some.  To create a climate of exclusion one must apply some level of judgment.  Inclusion is much less judgmental and usually more tolerant.  This is a more closely aligned concept with Christian values and other great religions (those not corrupted by many current religious institutions).  This may be changing somewhat with the new Pope Francis approach to not being judgmental- frequent quotes from him stating “Who am I to judge…”

So, rather than inclusion vs exclusion, which are outcomes, one should use the concept of judgment, which is more rooted in behavior and belief.

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Another Inconsistency in Conservative Thinking

This is just a short post on a thought about how inconsistent Conservatives are in belief patterns.   It starts with a frequent refrain from them on how they relish and reward someone with “principles”.  These are usually defined as conservative ideas, of course, but center around “standing” for something and willing to defend it.  This appears to be rooted in a desire to not seem “wishy washy” or god forbid- work on the idea that things can change or be adapted to new circumstances or “evolve”.  So this can be considered a primary behavior.

Now here is the conundrum for them.  When confronted (on a national scale) with the difficulty of responding to a controversial issue, where it would be disadvantageous politically to express an opinion, then the typical response is to say something about “it should be left up to the states”.  This is a real dodge and belies the theory of standing on principals.  Here there are none.

If nothing else, Conservatives are not known for their lack of hypocrisy.

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The Lazy Way

A few months ago (Feb 25, 2010) I was listening to former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm describe Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s assault on public workers collective bargining rights on Lawrence O’Donnell’s Last Word as “a lazy governor’s way of getting what you need”– as referenced at http://www.businessinsider.com/jennifer-granholm-scott-walker-lazy-video-2011-2.  This got me to thinking how it just might be the pathology of republican/conservative/rightwinger in a broader context.

The premise is that when it comes to facing issues of complexity and nuance- things like social interactions where you need skills in interpreting and interfacing with a nearly infinite variety of concerns and diversity -these people just don’t want to work at it.  It is simpler and easier to just dismiss others, to ignore things, to find the easiest way to deal with the problems rather than find out what is really needed.  Governor Walker and his supporters are taking the easy path to dealing with others by just “ignoring and dismissing” them in removing their rights.

This is also present in the rabid responses the rightwing has to other important and complex issues such as global warming, evolution, marriage equality, pro-choice efforts, woman’s issues, international conflicts, immigration policy, diversity issues, market economies, capitalism, unemployment, workers rights, social security and medicare, support of Ayn Rand”objectivism”- the list can go on and on.  If you listen to the rightwing on these subjects with the same analysis as Governor Granholm has described you can see the underlying theme– Lazyness.

It is so much simpler for these people to ignore the science of evolution or global warming than to work on understanding it- Just Lazy

It is so much easier to have someone else tell them what to believe or think, like all of the rightwing echo chambers (Fox, RNC, Rush, etc), blind acceptance of their religious leaders, than to work at getting all the facts or even questioning their sources- Lazyness again.

The concept that they present that “government is bad” is really born out of  a simple lazyness to make it work.  Easier to not deal with it.  Too Hard.  Didn’t George W. Bush once say the The Presidency is “hard work”.  Can this be nothing more than just not wanting to work?

When confronted with the complexity of something like abortion- it’s timing, it’s reasoning, it’s effects- it is simpler for the rightwinger to just say never- The Lazyness approach.

Again, when confronted with rightwinger reasoning on these things I think it would best to look at it from the perspective that these people are just Lazy and call them out on that.  Many of the things they complain about is how they view others dilemmas – they claim people on unemployment are lazy, that claim that medicare or social security is a drain on them and that others are just lazy if they use it.  Welfare for others?  Nope, just lazy people on the dole.  This is all, of course, just projection onto others of what the rightwinger is most guily of –  Lazyness.  It is their true pathology.

To help this analysis see the Article entitled-“Low-Effort Thought Promotes Political Conservatism

By Scott Eidelman

at  http://psp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/03/16/0146167212439213

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Where Evolution Went Wrong

The Difference between Conservatives and Liberals

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Easy Democratic vs Republican Handouts for Democrats

For Simple Political Reminders what could be easier than to hand-out, post, or leave behind business card size statements?  You can have statements on both sides. It is real easy to post these on bulletin boards or drop off on tables or leave with a tip or just hand out.   People take these things from your hand a lot more frequently than a routine 8.5 x 11 inch flyer.

What is presented on this page are .pdf files that you can use to create these mini-flyers.  It’s real simple.

Suggested Frontside Printout Example:

 

Suggested Backside Printout Example:

The only statements available are those you see listed below.  Just click on the file you are interested in.  What you will print is represented in the link name.  Print out the file (careful with your paper feed because you may want to print an opposing message on the back and consistent alignment for both sides is essential ).  You will print 10 per page.

Select the next file for the backside print.   Take your first print copy, turn it over, and then place it carefully aligned in the printer and print out the second file.

You will, of course, have to cut between the images and trim the edges to get your 10 “cards”,  but if you print (or have  xerox copies made) multiple times you can cut them “en-masse”.

.pdf Files Available

Frontside:

Vote Change Vote Democratic

Vote for People Vote Democratic

Backside

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Arrogance

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Class Warfare

A Vote Republican is a Vote to destroy the Constitution

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Corporate Control of our Government

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Corruption

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Higher Deficits

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Fascism

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Fear

A Vote Republican is a Vote for the return of Feudalism

A Vote Republican is a Vote for loss of Freedoms

A Vote Republican is a Vote for taxing our Grandchildren now

Republicans can not win in a Fair and Honest Election

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Hunger

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Hypocrisy

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Incompetence

Republicans are unfair, inept, and incapable of governing

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Loss of Jobs

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Lies

A Vote Republican is a Vote to destroy Middle Class

A Vote Republican is a Vote for an Oligarchy

A Vote Republican is a Vote for One Party Rule-like China

A Vote Republican is a Vote to increase the number of Poor

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Smoke and Mirrors

A Vote Republican is a Vote for a Theocracy

A Vote Republican is a Vote for Tyranny

For those who like a variety mix;  these files were created from the above Republican statements and you will have to open the files to see what you will get.

A Vote Republican is a Vote for ……….Mix#1

A Vote Republican is a Vote for……….Mix#2

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