Fundamental Rebel

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The Right is rising and it’s exactly the way they planned it. Conservatives have mounted campaigns against medical care, global warming and just about anything or anyone who disagrees with their views. They’ll even eat their own, those conservatives who have the nerve to go moderate.

Global warming isn’t real. Why isn’t it real? Well, because combating global warming would require a shift in how we use fossil fuels. Government medical care is evil. Why? Because it might provide an alternative to the broken, ineffective private insurance system that we suffer from now.

Any deviation requires a swift response from action groups funded by covert donors. Americans For Prosperity, the Koch bros, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Donors Trust et al will start filing information requests, issuing lawsuits and funding political opponents of those going off message.

They enlist starving, angry mobs like the Tea Party bullies and make these top-down organizations appear to be driven by volunteers. Ironically the Right uses the exact methods they warn everyone about. They derive black funding from corporations. They craft a seemingly unified, coherent message and install it through “grassroots organizations.” They try to coin phrases with honorable terminology although they mean to do the opposite. See “No Child Left Behind.” They call minority leaders “racist” because those leaders have the gall to defend the rights of their people. All bullshit.

You know, there’s a term that encapsulates all of this organized rancor, rabble rousing and denying science because it interferes with the economy. It’s called fundamentalism. I’ve never heard of anything productive coming from a case of flaming fundamentalism.

What exactly is the end game? I know the capitalists simply want to restore Laissez-faire. The unemployed simply want a job. The upper-middle class wants to stop paying taxes altogether. The religious? I don’t know exactly what their total aim is. Maybe they all want us to start going to church on Wednesdays and Sundays, wear slacks with our shirts tucked in and reverse the First Amendment so they can have Nativity scenes on courthouse steps.

Sorry, you toss all of that into a blender, no good can come of it.

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