Daktoria wrote:Conservatism isn't supposed to be a racial platform.
The GOP has itself to blame for encouraging rugged, not methodological, individualism. Even white males vote Democratic when they're working class because they don't like big business, and aren't convinced their own people can organize. They're called "Reagan Democrats".
A lot of it has to do with dismissing religion too. These are people who don't think much about morals, so they need someone else to think about morals for them. If someone doesn't, then they become anarchists who believe in might makes right. As the saying goes, "Conservatives do not retrieve their wounded."
Conservatism is supposed to be about due process, but instead, it's become obsessed with pragmatism which, ironically, is the foundation of progressivism, conservatism's opponent.
I can't wade through all that, not sure what much of it means, though I agree with bits and pieces.
100% agreed on your first point, Conservatism isn't supposed to be a racial platform.
It's clear the right wing extremists (in the form of the Tea Party this time around, JBS and others in times past) have gained complete control of the GOP, with unofficial party leaders like Rush Limbaugh and Rupert Murdoch's Roger Ailes calling the shots. But even these high level GOP'ers dare not offend the Pat Robertson Religious Right, which is what, at least a third of the party? The GOP is currently hoisting itself on its own petard, over and over, twisting in the wind - which is one of the main reasons a black Dem president is beating them in such dire economic times. Unprecedented.