The Watering Hole; Friday February 27 2015; “Conservascism”

Back in September of 2007 John W. Dean posted a article entitled Why Authoritarians Now Control the Republican Party: The Rise of Authoritarian Conservatism, Part Two in a Three-Part Series. In it, he wrote,

“. . . I prepared a list of the additional traits that [people] . . . who test high as right-wing authoritarians often evidence: highly religious, moderate to little education, trust untrustworthy authorities, prejudiced (particularly against homosexuals, women, and followers of religions other than their own), mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive, demands loyalty and returns it, little self-awareness, usually politically and economically conservative/Republican.”

That same month, Jonathan Chait, in a New Republic article entitled “How economic crackpots devoured American politics; Feast of the Wingnuts” (sorry, the link I have is no longer valid) noted that,

“American politics has been hijacked by a tiny coterie of right-wing economic extremists, some of them ideological zealots, others merely greedy, a few of them possibly insane. The scope of their triumph is breathtaking. Over the course of the last three decades, they have moved from the right-wing fringe to the commanding heights of the national agenda. Notions that would have been laughed at a generation ago — that cutting taxes for the very rich is the best response to any and every economic circumstance or that it is perfectly appropriate to turn the most rapacious and self-interested elements of the business lobby into essentially an arm of the federal government — are now so pervasive, they barely attract any notice. The result has been a slow- motion disaster … Government is no smaller — it is simply more debt-ridden and more beholden to wealthy elites.”

Ah yes, government is “more beholden to wealthy elites.” September 2007 was almost eight years ago and yet both Dean’s and Chait’s descriptions are as precise and as accurate today as they were the day they were written. And today, the ‘conservatives’ have since retaken the majority in both congressional houses and are preparing each and every day to lay claim to 2016’s presidential election as well — with a list of candidates that each and all fulfill that “more beholden to wealthy elites” requirement more effectively than at any point in this country’s history.

Question of the day/week/month/year/decade is a simple one: WHY is this former democratic republic so absolutely willing to sacrifice each and every quality it was born with and instead WILLINGLY turn itself over to the billionaires, the corporate goliaths, and the bigoted fascist power-mongers?

Today, the Republican party’s principle agendas are (1) to authorize the Keystone XL Pipeline in spite of Obama’s veto; (2) to overturn Obama’s Executive Orders on immigration; (3) to overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality decision. Why? Because they’re CONSERVASCISTS (read: Conservatives-fascists) and their owners demand it.

I have only two questions remaining: Whereto from here, America? -and- Do you still exist, and if so, why?


65 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday February 27 2015; “Conservascism”

      • Ugh!

        I was making a lame reference to Lamas’ with hats.
        Google is a strange search engine.
        If you type in “I hate it when…..”
        You will get some of the strangest results known to mankind.
        “I hate it when lamas’ with hats stab me 37 times” was one result.
        “I hate it when Voldemort uses my shampoo” is another gem.

    • That particular llama apparently escaped from a ranchito a few miles up the road and wandered into our yard during his explorations of freedom. I grabbed my camera and got lucky when he decided to pose.

      Anyway, for some reason or other he reminded me of CPAC attendees, so I included his image in the post. 🙂

  1. Breaking News: Nine shot dead in a matter of minutes in Missouri, with police reporting “multiple crime scenes.”

    Sounds like a war zone. Pretty sure Bill O’Reilly was there, especially if four of the dead are nuns.

  2. Speaking of right wing stupidity —

    Brent Bozell Warns CPAC That Tyranny, Cultural Fascism, And The Stasi Are Here

    The Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell spoke at CPAC this morning, where he let loose with a speech that was little more than an endless stream of right-wing misrepresentations, falsehoods, fabrications, and outright paranoia about how left-wing tyranny and fascism are destroying America and persecuting people like Rush Limbaugh and Phil Robertson.

    [. . .]

    “Cultural fascism has arrived in America,” Bozell said. “Let us understand this soberly and unequivocally. ‘

    Most folks — aside from Republicans, apparently — are well aware that Fascism is a political far right scourge and has nothing to do with the political left.

    Fascinating that CPAC’s annual get-together invariably resembles most any SNL broadcast. It would be far funnier, though, if the participants were at least aware that they come across as stupid.

  3. “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget—which would cut $300 million dollars out of the state’s beloved public university system—has a non-fiscal bombshell tucked in between its insane pages.

    Under Walker’s budget, universities would no longer have to report the number of sexual assaults that take place on a campus to the Department of Justice.”

    • (Putin feigning concern)

      Russian President Putin condemns slaying of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov; orders an investigation – @interfax_news

      Editor’s note: Washington Post: Nemtsov’s murder ‘occurred on a bridge that lies just 500 feet from the southwestern corner of the Kremlin, one of the most high-security places in all of Russia.’ – Tom

  4. Turned on 2009’s “Star Trek” movie playing on cable tonight and the first thing I hear is Nero (Eric Bana) shout, “I want Spock dead!”

    Alrighty then.

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