Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Social Darwinism

Just out of curiosity, I'd like to know what people who call themselves conservatives mean by that word. They fling it around as though it meant something sort of like they did clean air, where it meant deregulating environmental controls, or the patriot act, which had nothing to do with being a patriot and everything to do with undoing what the original patriots established as rights of American citizens.

Words mean something. Really? What exactly is a conservative today? Is it whatever that particular voter wants done? Does it relate to conservative living? So like fighting a war you don't pay for won't happen?

Anyway besides a little rant, I thought this was worth reading about the latest Republican contract on America...


Let the weak starve? Don't worry about jobs for anybody as that's their problem? Health care? Let them eat cake! Don't discourage any jobs from going overseas if it will increase the stock market at home? Destroy the public education system, who needs the rabble to be educated? Who cares about anybody except themselves? Is that what being a conservative means today? 

It sure seems that way to me, and most of them call themselves Christians too. Wonder how much of the Gospels most have ever read.  I'd suggest starting with the Sermon on the Mount. Although the way they redefine words maybe they'd like to rewrite the Beatitudes for today, something a little more in keeping with their concept of Jesus, you know the guy who liked money and didn't have much use for mercy.

8 comments:

Robert the Skeptic said...

Rain, you beat me to it.. I saw this article by Robert Reich as well. I SO admire the man. I often wondered why he left his cabinet post in the Clinton Administration before the end of the term. Reich is another who tells it like it is - he is an intellect without pontificating as an "intellectual".

Yes I often wonder if the Republicans would REALLY like having everything their way. It reminds me of the story of the goose that laid golden eggs; so eager were they to get at the gold, they killed the goose.

There is the other side of the coin as well - If the conservatives are not careful, they could create an even larger, and unmanageable, "Under Class". They then might find themselves looking down the wrong end of the barrel of their precious 2nd amendment. Prayer won't help them!

mandt said...

Conservatives are mostly men, who have the wifelet iron their socks, or women, who are those wifelets. Conservatives are also people for whom schadenfreude is a sense of humor.

Dion said...

Okay, it's easy to find fault with the GOP-Republicans. But can anyone tell me why the Democrats don't use reconciliation to pass a tax cut extension for those earning $250k & under (98% of us), while letting the top 2%'s tax cuts expire?

wally said...

I don't think there are any true conservative politicians here in America. If they are here they aren't making their voices heard. Where are the conservatives who believe in fiscal responsibility and traditional American values? They say they believe in those things yet when in power they cut taxes while spending like there’s no tomorrow. Ronnie Bennett has a great post on the right wing on Time Goes By.

Rain said...

There is no excuse for the Democrats and their lack of guts to do anything unless they want to talk a certain way, let the Republicans take the blame and skim off the profits for themselves in all of this. There also is no alternative to them given the tea party's agenda and that of the Republican party. It all is Social Darwinism and leaves person nowhere to go for voting-- for now. We do need a third party but the one I could vote for is not here yet.

wally said...

I think the Democrats failure to lead indicates that they are owned by the same people that bought the Republicans. The Tea Party is simply the Republicans in populist disguise. And not a very good disguise at that.

Ingineer66 said...

I like some of what Reich says, but mostly disagree with his conclusions.

And Mandt, I am a conservative and a man and I do my own ironing. I have done so since I was about 15. And I even do most of the ironing for the wife. Although her clothes do not require nearly daily ironing like mine do.

Rain said...

What conclusions did you disagree with, ingineer?