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Opinion Piece: Our current political and cultural environment...

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posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 08:23 PM
Opinion Piece: Our current political and cultural environment and how it is drastically changing.

The Republican Party is alienating Hispanics and Muslims just as they have alienated African-Americans in the 1960's with Goldwater opposing the Civil Rights legislation. They have only relatively recently, judging by their actual lifespan, been a party of alienating minorities. Until the 'New Right' came about during the 1960's era the Republican Party was popular among the minority population.

But with the 'New Right' came new ideals and goals, it transformed the party from a rather 3 way divided party of Moderates, Conservatives and Liberals rotating their control into a one block party of Conservatism alongside the Democrats of two blocs Moderate and Liberal. With a conservative domination came a Southern domination of the party.

The south, known for its highly social conservative values and traditions transformed the party away from minority interests to southern and Christian interests. Eventually after 40 years the party is now apparently aiming towards the alienation of minorities as well, seeing how their base is located in the Mountain West, Great Plains and Southeast which is heavily white and rural, minorities are not part of their base.

An increasingly separatist tendency is occurring as a reaction to what many whites are seeing as a rejection and transformation of our national political and cultural identity away from Christian, Pro-Business and Anti-Internationalism values to a more Secular, Pro-Government and Pro-Internationalist stance.

They equate this change away from our historical past as a threat to their way of life and their reaction is not directly to be separatist, but to reject the notion of anything 'progressive'.

This new found fear and rejection is now being stirred by politicians, media personalities and the conservative elite who see this as their way of shaping the political discourse in their favor by redirecting anger and frustration. It has been known throughout history as Scapegoating or Right-wing Populism and it could easily be a mix of both.

With this change the Republican Party sees this as a way to reinstate a Conservative Doctrine in America. Knowing that Hispanics do not make up a majority of our population and is not a pivotal voting block of theirs anymore they can now easily alienate them as part of a larger goal.

What we are seeing now is more than what the media is letting on, it goes further than racism and bigotry and further than cutting taxes and smaller government. It is a new Conservative Consensus which is building, a rejection of everything Liberal, Progressive, Obama and Democrat(ic). Unfortunately part of this revolt includes the feeling that these minorities are given more rights than the majority which brings about hostility.

After analyzing the current political and cultural climate we are in I am beginning to see a trend. The Tea Party, Christian Fundamentalism and Racism is growing and it is not separate movements it is actually one. It is an actual Reactionary effect and mood.

Libertarians, they want the government to get out of their business because they see government as more of a threat than a help. After two wars, huge invasion of privacy, massive budget deficit and a staggering unemployment rate they feel that the government has abandoned liberty and capitalism and they see that as the cornerstones of American society.

Christian Fundamentalists, they are angry that the government, elite and highly educated are turning our government and society more secular. They see evolution becoming more widely accepted, support for Israel dropping, church attendance dropping, rise in crime, more people denying god and a less Protestant Christian demographic, all of which they see are the heart of America.

Many ordinary Americans, they see the rise of Wall Street and the death of Main Street and they see this as government working against their interests in favor of lobbyists, special interests and corporations. This has led them to believe that government is not trustworthy which causes them to be more wary of what government does or proposes to do.

All of this is coming together now, they are no longer separate movements, but are morphing into one movement and they all have one thing in common, they see the America that they know and love disappearing before their eyes. With the fears of Socialism, Islamization and Secularism screeching across the American landscape they see that it is now their jobs to take back the country the way they see fit for them and their children and their children’s children.

This will be a very rocky decade. I suspect that the Small government and Socially conservative movements will work out their differences and come together to reclaim America and build a new party system.


posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 09:14 PM
No comments?

This thread is meant to bring people in to discuss of political future and for you to critique my interpretation.

posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 09:30 PM
I really don't know how to define the right wing in this country anymore than just plain bat [snip] crazy.

These people want a 1950's leave it to beaver white bread suburban America. They want Archie Bunker for president. They want some unrealistic goal, of less taxes and less debt all without cutting defense spending.

They are anti immigrant, but don't tell them that they have been brainwashed by people like John Tanton, because they will get all butthurt and scream that they aren't racist.

They will protest a Muslim place of worship anywhere it goes up, not just the one in new york, but any place, but claim they are pro 1st Amendment.

These people are the internet trolls of the real world. The problem is, the MSM hasn't clued in to ignore them and make them go away. Instead, the MSM plays right into their hands by giving them air time and ink, feeding the real life trolls quest to really destroy what America is all about.

posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 10:02 PM
The problem is the GOP is being overtaken by the extremists from the far, far right. It's pandering for the sake of garnering votes, and damn all consequences.

I'm a moderate, I don't vote in primaries, and am not a registered Democrat or Republican. I vote in presidential elections and local runoffs, but forget about that primary BS.

You wouldn't be seeing all the political infighting if it weren't for one thing - Roger Ailes of Fox Media Corp. He's the one creating the current hostile political environment at Fox.

It's gotten so biased lately that Fox News is now being called FoxPAC

On Monday, I pointed out that News Corp. -- the parent company of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal -- had donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, a party apparatus that supports GOP gubernatorial candidates. This donation contradicted News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch's comment that he doesn't "think we should be supporting the tea party, or any other party," and apparently violated the company's code of conduct.

As to the history of the party, it's after the civil rights act that the "Southern Democrats", many of whom were from the Klan and pro-slavery, defected to the GOP, remaking the GOP from it's more liberal roots into what it is today.

The problem is when one faction of a people insist they have the "god-given" rights to tell others how to live their lives. The wave a flag and call themselves the defenders of freedom, but what they really want to to do is instill a Taliban-like regime of racial intolerance and oppression. It's not for nothing the GOP, and more importantly the christian fundamentalists who make up it's ranks, are referred to as the "American Taliban".

As far as promoting patriotism and America first, one only has to look at the Southern Republican Senators who threw in with the Japanese automakers, all because they were so opposed to the labor movement. They've sold out to global elitists, NAFTA, even promoted the NAU because it means CHEAP LABOR, no regulations, no safety, no environmental concerns - all for the benefit of the corporations, and nothing for the citizen.

[edit on 18-8-2010 by Blackmarketeer]

posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 10:33 PM
reply to post by Misoir

I see these current cultural trends as manipulations by the neocons and their PNAC to continue the work they started during GW's administration. The neocons pretend to be conservatives but in reality they are Fascists with the intent of turning the Americas into one big Corporation with NAFTA and the NAU as the model.

posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 10:57 PM
Its almost unfair to blame the Republican party for this situation, it's actually the NEOCON element that is driving this agenda, and slowly hijacking the GOP. The moderates are being driven out. They got their foot in the door with Reagan, kept at it under Bush 1, then came back with a vengeance under Bush 2. When their not in power, they just fund think tanks to derail their political opponents. False flags and scandals are their specialties.

posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 11:15 PM
What I see as a problem in our current political and social environment is a move toward extremism on both sides. I blame the media for this because extremists sell papers/ad spots. Noone wants to see someone being reasonable in a political sense anymore, especially when you can see some froth at the mouth political pundit spouting an extreme view in order to get people fired up. On top of this, the pundits claim that you have to be part of the extreme movement in order for your vote to count and that any compromise of any kind is the same as allowing the other side the win.

Another problem I see is a lack of basic education on the political structure of our nation in our schools. Most kids don't know enough when they get old enough to vote to make anything near an informed decision. Add to this the bombardment my the media of extreme views and the youngest voters have little or no chance.

posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 11:21 PM
reply to post by Misoir

One thing I want to point out about the libertarian ideology. You pretty much hit the nail on the head with your description of libertarians, though I dont think we can or should be tied in with the three groups you mentioned as it is mutually exclusive to those three. Put very simply, libertarian ideology is a mix: Fiscally conservative, Socially liberal.

Many, particularly self-proclaimed liberals, will claim that capitalism and free market economics ( a basic component of libertarian ideology ) are the cause of our ills. I would point to the fact that ever since the very first time the government stepped in to subsidize the first business there has not been a free market.

posted on Aug, 20 2010 @ 03:41 AM
reply to post by whatukno

Awsome video!

Bill Maher is one of only a few people I actually trust.

posted on Aug, 20 2010 @ 01:28 PM
Full Disclosure: I lean left, but do my honest damndest to see things objectively no matter what my politics.

One thing that I think is not discussed often...

President Obama is a Moderate, if not right-leaning, Democrat, that only appears "far left" "socialist" in the context of the GOP recently being pulled to the far right.

Example: The current healthcare bill, looked at objectively, is something that we would have expected the GOP of 8 years ago to assemble and be very pleased with themselves about, but in the context of contemporary GOP idealogy it is cast as all-out "Socialist take over".

President Obama being a Moderate at best is also visible in the Far-Lefts utter dissatisfaction with him.

Democrats still cover a lot of ground...from Moderate, to Blue-Dog to The GOP on the other hand has concentrated significantly to the right.

The wide range of idealogical views makes Dems more difficult to mobilize and the increasingly extremist views of the GOP makes them easier to mobilize.

I think Dems and left leaning independants are still a majority in this country, by maybe 5 %, but I suspect less of them will be voting.

I am dissapointment with the Dems...but the contemporary GOP scares the hell out of me.

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