posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 11:55 PM
I find anyone who makes a decision based on ideology to be misguided. That is, instead of actually thinking things through on your own, running to the
little "party playbook" in your head and asking, "what am I SUPPOSED to think?" When people put ideology first -- either right or left -- they are
basically "outsourcing thinking," which means turning their free will and free judgement over to another. This is an obscene abuse of what it means
to be human and to have free will and the ability to make your own judgement.
This happens both on the left and on the right, but my impression is that in recent years in the US its much more common on the right. I think the
Republicans today are mostly motivated not only by intellectual laziness but also by a desire to be seen as "tough" and "winners." You can see
their befuddled thinking as something along the following lines: "I wanna be a big strong tough guy who likes guns and #, and/or I wanna be a rich
business guy. I'm not like one of those tye-dye hippies, those guys are weak and faggy. I'm strong and tough and someday I'm gonna be a millionare,
you'll see. I can feel it in my bones I'm destined to be rich, famous, have a big mansion and a ton of cars and stuff."
You can see the Republicans have cleverly manipulated these desires and people are voting not based on a realistic understanding of who they are but
based on who they WANT TO BE, in some kind of twisted money/guns/porno fantasy (with maybe a side-helpin' of Good ole God, Mom, and Apple Pie for the
more wholesome and traditional). This is what has happened after decades of weakining of the more rigorous habits of mind: schooling, reading,
rational thought, scientific awareness, etc. All that is falling by the wayside and people are subscribing to some kind of warped grand-theft-auto
thug/billionare in a penthouse fantasy of themselves and reacting that way.