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Tuesday, June 29, 2004
  The VAST Faith Based Conspiracy, or why liberals are evil

I was making my round of blogs, and at Orcinus, David Neiwert cites this passage by Doug Giles: Conservatives and Liberals: Apples and Orgies:
"It-s hard for salt of the earth, hard working, hard playing pro-American types to wrap their minds around why their liberal neighbors hate the U.S. so much. But liberals do, and it's a staple of their worldview's diet. They reflexively root for that which will undo our great land.

As far as the liberals are concerned, the battle is joined ... the war is on. We must recognize the primal nature of the contest, the fundamental loathing the left has for virtually everything that conservatives cherish.

Concerned citizens of our amazing country need to be aware of the fear and loathing of the liberals and meet them head on at the polls, through the media and in the public square."
This reminded me that I had more to say about
What's the Matter with Kansas? : How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by by
Thomas Frank
than the mere mention I did on Sunday. This is what C-SPAN's Book TV has to say:
"Description: Thomas Frank, author of 'What's the Matter with Kansas?,' argues that Republicans have been able to gain the support of large numbers of poor and working class people in America by tapping into their sense of outrage over liberal cultural values. He says that while Republicans almost never act in the economic interest of the working class, they are able to effectively overhype issues like prayer in school and abortion to convince the working class to vote for them. Once in office, says Frank, Republicans accomplish little on the cultural front, but have great successes when it comes to economically aiding the rich. Includes Q&A."
Well, I'm out looking at the various reviews of the book, and the one thing I don't find is anyone commenting on what I found to be the best point he made on BookTV:
The 'Right' has adopted the rhetoric of communist and socialist parties of the 1920s and 30s, but they dropped the main building plank of the argument - economics.
It was, in my mind, a stunning revelation. The communists and the socialists argued that the workers should support them in the face of greedy capitalists who were keeping them poor. The right today argues that everything is an evil plot by the liberals, but they have no explanation for this liberal conspiracy except 'it just is'. In fact, the right is suffering from the influence of the single largest, and most ridiculous of all conspiracy theories. "The liberals do evil because they want to," seems to be the best they can come up w/. At least the early socialist and communist movements could actually provide an explanation for their belief that greedy capitalists were keeping the poor down - GREED. PROFIT. CONTROL. POWER. The right says "liberals hate America", but they can provide no explanation, and sadly, their followers just believe. They believe that liberals are EVIL, just because.

It's a "faith based conspiracy". Liberals just are evil, and no explanation beyound that is needed.

NOTE: I was going to find a few quotes out of the book, or at least the preface or something at it's site on Amazon.com, but I wound up here: Amazon.com: Catalog Guide, and it sucks. I don't want to "sign up". I just want to see those few pages that Amazon used to let me see, the teaser pages. I guess they don't want me dropping by and buying my books through them anymore. 
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