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