Why the Right Gets It Wrong
Just running down the alphabet, I can describe the right-wing conservatives and corporations running our country: authoritarian, bullying, closed-minded, demanding, entitled, farcical, gutless, hypocritical, inconsistent, jarring, kowtowing, lame, mean-spirited, nasty, oppressive, power-hungry, quixotic, radical, sanctimonious, tyrannical, unconvincing, vicious, weak, xenophobic, yellow-bellied and over-zealous.
The right wing gets it wrong because they rely on expediency - getting what they want, when they want it. There is no honest searching for truth because, to them, truth is variable. For instance, Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., has stood by President Bush for five years on stem-cell research, insisting it is an immoral trade-off of killing a baby in order to save an old fogey from Parkinson's. Last week, Frist redefined stem cells and embryos. I am sure his change of heart was driven by some nefarious scheme to put more money in the coffers of the pharmaceutical or medical industry.
This illogic and hypocrisy extends even
to the naming of many recent laws. A 1,400 page document that strips law-abiding
Americans of basic rights guaranteed under the Bill of Rights is called the "USA
Patriot Act," so that those who challenge their loss of liberty will be
unpatriotic by definition. Legislation that gives power companies authority to
pollute the air is called "Clear Skies." And what is in the "energy" bill?
Billions in subsidies to the oil and gas industries at a time of record profits
- and almost nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
The right gets it wrong because they are authoritarian. There is no compromising or balancing of ends with means; it's "my way or the highway." In every disagreement, they bully their way to victory. And like the good children of authoritarian parents, the right's followers respond with unwavering loyalty to the demands of their leaders, even when those leaders act against interests of their country.
For the right, life is all about
power - the end game of authoritarianism. There is no god but their God, no
truth but their truth. The Federalist Society, an organization of right-wing
zealot attorneys, is embedded deep in the Justice Department and the federal
court system. They contend that they alone can channel the intent of the
founding fathers in the Constitution.
The right is wrong on just about every issue of the day. Sensible Americans, few though we may be, had better figure out a way to disarm the ideological bullies and return reason and pragmatism to government and American life