Monday, March 10, 2014

Conservatism An Intellectual Movement? Since When?

James Baldwin once said that "It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."  

That junction of ignorance allied with power has been openly on display in the Republican Party and the conservative movement for the last two decades.

I'm still laughing my azz off at a comment Michele Bachmann made during her speech at the recently concluded CPAC conference in National Harbor, MD in which she stated that "
at its core, the conservative movement was an intellectual movement based on the greatest ideas that have ever been conceived in the minds of man. 

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"Conference call?"  For whom?  ( image)Really?  Since when?  And what were you smoking before you stepped to the podium to make that speech?

At its core the conservative movement is the political arm of white supremacy.  It is all about keeping white men at the top of of the societal food chain dictating policy and returning clueless Stepford women like you to the house to birth and raise them babies.

It is also at its core an attack on Blackness, non-white Americans, the TBLG community,  women, the poor, education, human rights, voting rights, unions, worker's rights, science, the arts, and anyone with the ability to critically think.   

Republicans to switch from Elephant to Ferengi?You don't promote family values, it's more like Ferengi Values.  Profits before people.  Hell, I'm surprised you haven't proposed replacing the United States Constitution with the Ferengi Rules Of Acquisition.

But seriously GOP, y'all need to better reflect the current state of your party and the conservative movement by changing your mascot from the elephant to a smiling Ferengi because y'all have so much in common. 

Intellectual movement?   The only intellectual activity going on is Conservaworld is coming up with creative ways to unjustly suppress the human rights of people you don't like, justifying greed and selfishness, and keeping your base ignorant about how you're screwing them and laughing about it in your quiet rooms.

John Kenneth Galbraith nailed it when he said this about modern conservatism.

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
And they not only are engaged in justifying selfishness, they are also trying to justify bigotry and hatred against anyone who isn't a wealthy white male. 

Conservatism an intellectual movement?   Please, many of their proud followers couldn't spell the word 'intellectual' even if you spotted them all the consonants.   You can bet many of them weren't watching Cosmos last night either.  .  

Only in their vanillacentric privilege addled minds it is.   . 

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