C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms, ch. 3.
A lifetime spent as a Republican and a conservative has provided me with a little insight into the nature of the debate on health care and a myriad of other issues. I was a supporter of Nixon, Reagan, the Bush's. The only democrat I voted for before Obama was Carter, who is a decent man and much misunderstood. I have never quite been able to put my finger on the main point that made me move away from my Conservative Republican position. Quite possibly it was listening to too much Sean Hannity, he just oozes hypocrisy, and facts just don't seem relevant to his diatribe.
A recent book “Idiot America” by Charles P. Pierce seems to have nailed it for me. “...the modern American right that consciously adopted irrationality as a tactic.” “It is, of course, television that has enabled Idiot America to run riot with modern politics and all forms of public discourse...exchanging (rather than mistaking) fact for fiction, and faith for reason, and believing itself shrewd to have made a good bargain with itself.” It is this unfortunate and dishonest anti intellectualizing of the issues and the debate that is crucial to the rights appeal to the base. Instead of elevating the discussion they have lowered the bar to the lowest common denominator.
My fall reading list will be “Idiot America by Charles P. Peirce and “Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal. This is must reading by any person who wants to understand the political situation in this country. They need to be read by both Conservative and Liberal Americans who care about the future of this country and the issues that are at stake. There is room in America for both Liberal and Conservative ideas but not of the type of Conservatism that is currently being extolled by the evangelical controlled Right and it's media hacks. Of course if someone has bought into the evangelical anti intellectual ideology and Third Wave movement such as Sarah Palin and the like, then no discussion is even possible, otherwise this is worth the time for those with the intelligence to see the difference between fact and fiction.
RECOMMENDED BOOK; IDIOT AMERICA by Charles P. Pierce
“It is, of course, television that has enabled Idiot America to run riot with modern politics and all forms of public discourse,” Pierce says, although he points a damning finger at talk radio as “the driving force in changing American debate into American argument.”
Pierce lambastes Idiot America for making a devil’s bargain, “exchanging (rather than mistaking) fact for fiction, and faith for reason, and believing itself shrewd to have made a good bargain with itself.” www.scholarsand rogues.com more..
Republican response to Obama's speech to school children.