Why Conservatives Hate America

Let us not mince words. “Conservativism” is, at its core, anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-life and ultimately anti-humanity.

Sure, it’s in vogue for Republicans, conservatives and neo-conservatives to don lapel pins, waltz onto lecturns in churches and universities and wax incoherently about what “real patriots” do and do not condone. 

But do not be fooled. Conservativism, while initially an economic and foreign policy strategy intended to expand U.S. business interests abroad and at home – mostly through investment in high-tech and military industry –  has festered to meaningless platitudes about selective morality and the free reign of capital. 

The initial instinct was reprehensible enough. Xenophobically motivated to refuse U.S. citizens access to support structures like Social Security and Medicare, the founders of the modern conservative movement sought to take the taxpayer’s money and divert it not to infrastructure, health care and national well-being, but to private moneyed investors who care nothing for the needs of the nation. 

You choose: do you want your tax money spent on bullets and B.S., or do you want your bridges and roads repaired, your schools safe and successful, and your hospitals available and functioning?

Conservatives want bullets. And loads of B.S.

Let us always remember: democracy is a liberal form of government. Classically conservative governments are dictatorships, theocracies and monarchies. In fact, the ideals of modern “free market” conservatives (and their sympathetic opposition ilk) work best in totally closed societies, fascist nations and dictatorships. After all, in a truly conservative society, you do not have to contend with public opinion interfering with your wacko rip-off scams. Regulation schmegulation.

The notion of allowing every citizen a say in the workings of the government is incredibly liberal indeed.

“As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” 

  —  George Washington 

We must not lose site of the fact that the U.S. is the first nation founded not along ethnic, geographic or cultural lines, but on an ideal: the spiritual cornerstone that all people are imbued with certain rights due to their very existence – regardless of race, sex, orientation, wealth, ability, location or nationality. THAT’s the real United States of America. All men are created equal. Not just rich men. Not just smart men. Not just men. Not just Americans. All people. Deal with it.

It is an intensely “liberal” proposition. But it only follows the pronouncements of the world’s most famous bleeding heart: Jesus Christ, who said that the most important commandment after “love God and only God above all gods,” was “love your fellow man as if he were thyself.”

And if I recall my New Testament correctly, Christ only had one social issue that he both preached and practiced: care for the poor. Run that by your average “conservative” and see if they don’t blow a gasket steaming about welfare queens and illegal immigrants. 

Since the horrifying days of Ronald Reagan, conservativism has come to stand for so much more. With the ascendence of the “Moral” Majority, issues like a woman’s right to reproductive freedom and a homosexual’s right to the same privileges as others have become flash points. All this while poverty rises, prisons overflow, wars wage, the rich get richer, and the promise of American liberty is left unchampioned.

This democratic republic was founded on the principal of universal equality. As much as Pastor Bible-only-education may not like it, his desire to curtail the freedoms of his fellow Americans is already quashed in the Declaration of Independence.

Don’t believe a conservative when he tells you he loves this country and knows what’s best. After all, we’re talking about the most self-hypnotised group of greedy paranoids in the world. Tell them a real patriot desires knowledge and understanding, openness and fairness, and ultimately, honest and deserved respect. Tell them that conservatives have absolutely no interest in the plight of working Americans or the effects of American foreign policy on flesh and blood people the world over, don’t believe that America’s greatest promise – that of universal equality – is even achievable, and perhaps worst of all reject the notion that The United States of America is capable of its highest aims. 

Un-American? No. ANTI-AMERICAN.

 

– April 17, 2008

 

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2 Responses to “Why Conservatives Hate America”

  1. DogBoy, yer' Dope Smokin' Conservative Buddy Says:

    I wish I wrote this well or as well as Crispy does. Therefore, after some research, I quote a magna cum laude grad from Harvard University, who received his master’s in economics from Columbia University, and got a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. His knowledge on economics is deep and wide.

    “Before we start imitating someone, we should first find out whether the results that they get are better than the results that we get. Across a very wide spectrum, the United States has been doing better than Europe for a very long time.
    By comparison with most of the rest of the world, Europe is doing fine. But they are like” John Mayer, not the Rolling Stones.
    “Minimum wage laws have the same effects in Europe as they have had in other places around the world. They price many low-skilled and inexperienced workers out of a job.
    Because minimum wage laws are more generous in Europe than in the United States, they lead to chronically higher rates of unemployment in general and longer periods of unemployment than in the United States– but especially among younger, less experienced and less skilled workers.
    Unemployment rates of 20 percent or more for young workers are common in a number of European countries. Among workers who are both younger and minority workers, such as young Muslims in France, unemployment rates are estimated at about 40 percent.
    The American minimum wage laws do enough damage without our imitating European minimum wage laws. The last year in which the black unemployment rate was lower than the white unemployment rate in the United States was 1930.
    The next year, the first federal minimum wage law, the Davis-Bacon Act, was passed. One of its sponsors explicitly stated that the purpose was to keep blacks from taking jobs from whites.
    No one says things like that any more– which is a shame, because the effect of a minimum wage law does not depend on what anybody says. Blacks in general, and younger blacks in particular, are the biggest losers from such laws, just as younger and minority workers are in Europe.
    Those Americans who are pushing us toward the kinds of policies that Europeans impose on pharmaceutical companies show not the slightest interest in what the consequences of such laws have been.
    One consequence is that even European pharmaceutical companies do much of their research and development of new medications in the United States, in order to take advantage of American patent protections and freedom from price controls.
    These are the very policies that the European imitators want us to change.
    It is not a coincidence that such a high proportion of the major pharmaceutical drugs are developed in the United States. If we kill the goose that lays the golden egg, as the Europeans have done, both we and the Europeans– as well as the rest of the world — will be worse off, because there are few other places for such medications to be developed.
    There are a lot of diseases still waiting for a cure, or even for relief for those suffering from those diseases. People stricken with these diseases will pay the price for blind imitation of Europe.
    The United States leads the world in too many areas for us to start imitating those who are trailing behind.

    Desperate efforts to depict all the prosperity and progress in the United States as being monopolized by “the rich” have led to all kinds of statistical mumbo jumbo, such as comparing the changing ratios between statistical categories over time and ignoring the fact that most of the people in those categories move from one category to another over the years.
    Studies that follow given individuals over time show the exact opposite of what is being said in the mainstream media and in politics. That is, most of the working people in the bottom fifth of the income distribution rise into the top half, and the rate of increase of their incomes is greater than that of most of the people initially in the top fifth. Those individuals in the top one percent, as of a given time, actually have an absolute decline in income over time. As they drop out of the top one percent, they are replaced by others, so the statistical category can be doing great, while the flesh-and-blood people who pass in and out of that category are by no means gaining on those further down the income distribution.
    None of this is rocket science. But most people in politics, in the media and in academia still insist on using statistics based on the fate of abstract categories over time– households, families, income brackets– even when other statistics, based on following specific individuals over time, are available.
    Households and families vary in size from group to group and are generally declining in size over time, but an individual always means one person. Income per household or family can be stagnant, or even declining, while income per person is rising.
    That has in fact been a general pattern in recent decades, which may be why the nay-sayers are forever citing household and family income statistics, while ignoring statistics on income per person.
    Amid a general undermining of American economic performance, it is hardly surprising that so many people think we should imitate what the Europeans are doing– whether in the economy, in foreign policy or in other areas.
    We can always learn particular things from other countries, whether in Europe, in Asia or elsewhere. But imitating Europeans when they are not doing as well as Americans makes no sense.”

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