I’m not sure if all of you have seen George Packer’s New Yorker piece, The Fall of Conservatism. Even though it’s datelined today, it’s been floating around the blogosphere for a couple of days now.
What struck me about it is how transparently and cynically based on greed, ignorance, racism, misogyny, bigotry, intolerance, and fear Republican. Party. Conservatism. is. It is an anti-democratic in the little ‘d’ sense ideology of a sado-masochistic society where all you get is abuse and the only satisfaction you can have is in your ability to abuse others, a frantic ass chasing dance to see who you can stick the boot in before your butt is kicked.
At it’s heart is a pessimistic view that things will never again be as good as they once were, a backwards looking denial of change except for the worse. If insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different results as a political philosophy it is clinical.
As Packer’s interview with Buchanan shows, Republicans have been pushing the fear button really hard for a very long time now. Communists and Crime, Guns and Gays, your life is spiraling out of control so you should hate and envy those who are different. Why should they feel any better than you, what right do they have not to be panicing? Conservatism is about making everyone’s life as miserable and empty as yours is.
It’s all about the self loathing. They want to be able to express their shameful prejudices in public and force the rest of us to applaud. They project their own base crimes and secret sins as the general human condition and it almost never occurs to them that perhaps one should aspire to better. Instead they celebrate their coarse nature, wallowing in the nakedness and audacity of their con games, scams, and lies.
What’s more below is a few quotes that illustrate the shallowness and bankrupcy of Republican Party Conservatism. I can only count it a good thing if the coming election reduces it to regional irrelevancy along with the 30% at the bottom of the Bell curve who still believe in phallic fairytales of American Exceptionalism.