reply to post by Gateway
As much as you tried to lay out who is to blame, you ended up running the same old tired line. "It's the liberals fault that we are in this mess."
"Neoconservatives are really liberals in disguise." Riiiiiiiight.
You deny that Obama is going to make a difference by saying that he
really is a neoconservative in disguise. And so you and others voice your
fears and openly pray for his demise. Riiiiiiiiight.
My point is that your post represents the same old, tired conservative political rhetoric: "The liberals are what's wrong with the world, but we,
at least the 'real' conservatives, are the answer." The tale you tell is the same story given a new cover.
The way that neoconservatives flourished in the GOP is by taking advantage of ignorance within the GOP and conservative base. A small group of highly
educated, smart, clever, and organized individuals realized that the conservative party presented an opportunity for their hegemonic ideals. All they
had to do was present themselves as being conservatives, stoke fears and false patriotism, and take advantage of the built-in "them against us"
ethos that existed in the conservative base.
The neoconservatives were smart enough to know that a major percentage of the conservative base were xenophobic, prejudiced, racist, and held
fundamentalist religious views. In other words, many people in the conservative base saw themselves as being threatened, as victims, or both. A
culture of people who feared unseen forces, racial, religious, cultural, and ideological differences were taken advantage of by the neoconservatives.
Again, the "them against us" philosophy was used against the conservative base.
So the neoconservatives borrowed a page from the Reagan administration's playbook and invented the "War On Terror". Then they demonized Arabs and
Muslims. Then they demonized the real and true American patriots who questioned and challenged their authority and motives. Then they demonized
higher education and those who benefited from it; which the neocons had to do because the budgets for their foreign policies decimated the US public
school system. And so anti-intellectualism flourished. All of this combined led to liberals being demonized. Which was easy to do because liberals
value public education and higher education.
Liberals believe that all Americans should benefit from education, and that government should play a central role in ensuring that it happens.
Liberals believe that all Americans should receive proper health care when needed, and that government should play a central role in ensuring that it
happens. These are good values. It clearly represents government by the people for the people. An educated and healthy people are a more productive
and prosperous people. And these worthy goals were demonized by the neocons as being Marxist and Stalinist. Yet more them against us ethos.
Then Barack Hussein Obama came along, and we know what happened next. He too was demonized. He was demonized because he embodied every type of fear
that the neoconservative-exploited conservative base held. (I won't bother with a list because we all know what I'm talking about.) And his views
on foreign diplomacy are especially threatening to those whose mentality has been crippled by the neoconservatives. Why would Osama Bin Hussein Obama
Barack Laden-Ayres want to sit down and talk to all those "evil" people? More symptoms of them against us.
A person's mind, health, and liberty represents a person's real and true wealth. Yet Obama's "Spread the Wealth" slogan, and his foreign policy
that seeks to ensure the prosperity and liberty of Americans and
our global neighbors has been demonized.
Them against us. That's the subscription. Your position that you know better than those who supported and voted for Obama represents the typical
small-mindedness that the neoconservatives fed upon. And so all any politician who wants to gain your support has to do is appeal to your sense of
self-righteousness. You are wide open for exploitation.
Perceiving yourself and your party as a victim is not the way to clear your conscience or to understand what has happened to your cherished ideology.
If you want to help change things then promote what you believe in, and live it. But don't play the victim, because then you will become the victim
-- all over again.