Turkeys in favor of Thanksgiving: Why the culture war works for the right.
by wayward, Wed Jun 14, 2006 at 07:50:52 PM EDT
After the failure of the Federal Marriage Amendment, it is clear to most people that the so called "culture war" is no more that Republican pandering. They don't really care about gay marriage, or abortion, school prayer, or any of the other "hot button" issues. They just want to keep the issues hot for the voters.
Thomas Frank famously noted this in "What's the Matter With Kansas." So have plenty of other liberal commentators including E.J. Dionne.
However, "social conservatives" don't seem to either believe the obvious or they don't care about it.
This can be best illustrated by Jennifer Roback Morse's response to E.J. Dionne.
In a nutshell, the article says that conservatives care about the "hot button" issues and not the economic issues because they are better people than liberals. The following themes are repeated in the article:
Conservatives will let the wealthy have their tax cut, because they aren't jealous people.
Conservatives stick to traditional "family values" and not the latest fad because they are more intelligent and moral.
Conservatives are hard working and ambitious - "we have hopes of joining [the rich] someday."
(Of course, in true conservative fashion, Morse is a strong advocate of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-did. The woman who urges women to stay home and have babies and echoes the Vatican's line on contraception, had a full career, including a PhD, before having her only child at age 38.)
The reader responses are more of the same, only at a more disturbing level.
In other words, there is no "intellectual conservative movement" nor are there really any conservative "rubes" out there. It is old fashioned flattery by the right wing noise machine with an appeal to the self-righteousness of the masses.
Rational thought and decision making never enter the process. All they are pitching is pure flattery and indoctrination.
This is why these turkeys will always vote for Thanksgiving: they enjoy being the center of attention.