Conservatives, What the Heck is Wrong With You?

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Once upon a time, a day with earthquakes, nuclear meltdowns, government shutdowns, and wars sprouting like deadly nightshade would’ve been unthinkable. Today, it’s just another hum-drum, dog-bites-man day. That’s a whole lot of chaos and change going on and many of us react more profoundly to it.

Researchers at the College of London say conservatives and liberals have physically different brain structures and it’s not the first study to reach similar conclusions. Perhaps this is the reason – in a government designed around healthy debate – the two sides can’t agree on whether that smoke they see is from a damaged nuclear facility, greenhouse gasses, or fat CEO bonuses. Moderates just scream, “DO SOMETHING!” on commercial breaks during Dancing with the Stars – couch potato government by TV remote at its best.

Despite my usual rabidly left-wing screeds, my responses are generally calmer and more conciliatory in comments. I hunger for a day when I can express my opinion without being called a communist traitor, even though the traitor label is now worn like a Tea Bagger lapel pin among the conservative set. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose, but on the whole everyone gets dumped on.

I’ve noticed my more rigid migration stage-left in response to attempts to roll the nation back to an idealized 1950s, some would say 1850s, because of unrelenting pressure to move right. Uber-Conservatives have taken the reigns of power as if they are the majority, becoming a juggernaut of fear, over-simplistic thinking, and downright political lunacy. Anyone who thinks Glen Beck is “fair and balanced” clearly has a conservative brain area the size of a pea – a pea that goes all Where’s Waldo? in a shell game.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid becoming  a total jackwad and attacking every conservative ideologue just on the basis that they breathe. There are more days I reach for the remote and find its dead batteries were made by unionized Chinese prison labor.

Conservatives have lost the ability to make a reasoned argument about anything. Their fantasy world is a place where gays marrying, gays in the military (in fact, just plain gays) are “jamming” something down their throats – pun intended. Despite living in states that make federal decisions look like products of reasonable compromises, their solution is to push everything to a local level populated by the world’s biggest cast of nincompoops and crooked grifters . Despite much experience with their personal checkbooks, their world is a place where one crawls out of a financial hole carried on tax rates like Namibia’s and shocking notions that the market cures all and corporations always make decisions in the nation’s interests.

At the risk of a different, uber-liberal ideology, what the hell is wrong with you people?

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3 thoughts on “Conservatives, What the Heck is Wrong With You?

  1. It’s simple. These people are radical right wingers who have hijacked the title conservative. There is absolutely nothing whatsoever conservative about them. The lame stream media absolutely refuses to correctly identify these people as radical right wingers. In the same way the LSM described Pinochet as “extreme right wing” rather than as the murderous fascist SOB everyone knew he was. The LSM will always pander to the Right. But let someone set a log skidder on fire and the LSM is right there with a full-throated cry of “environmental terrorist.” It’s almost natural law-pander to the paymasters.

  2. I would not worry about the neurological differences between conservatives and liberals. America was a place that weathered the industrial revolution with relatively little exploitation compared to Dickens’ England. This was due to a labor shortage in the growing American expire. Hence, the massive waves of immigration until recently.

    Liberals could see through the mythology of the American capitalist “miracle,” but with the end of the labor shortage (see the unemployment rate) things are becoming more simple and fearsome as the country has consolidated power in the hands of the corporate elite over the past 40 years.

    In other words, even conservatives will eventually understand the simple fact that the GOP does not represent their interests. Obama’s birth certificate will be the least of their fears.

  3. I’d always thought in terms of the republicans being better propagandists, but perhaps since their base is more motivated by fear, and fear is the strongest motivator, it is just natural for them to fall instep when rallied.