One of the markers of conservatism in our modern democracy is a routine willingness to say one thing privately and...
I have to admit, I was genuinely surprised that readers of this blog showed up in comments on this post to spread the glib myth that abortion rights aren’t actually under real threat in this country. This is a myth that has two major proponents: glib liberal men who use it as a way to insinuate that pro-choice activists are hysterical bitches who need to calm down and let a rational male presence set their priorities, and people who voted for Ralph Nader and don’t want to admit that there’s any difference between Democrats and Republicans, which requires pretending that the Supreme Court appointments don’t matter. Ironically, these two couldn’t be more different in many ways, but they share a glibness that I suppose causes the sort of dogpiling-based-on-ignorance that was occurring in that thread.
But in fact, abortion rights in general and Roe v. Wade specifically are in very real danger. I thought I’d do a quick sheet running down the glib attacks on this claim, and why they’re wrong.
Jesse, I’m with you on the idea that Cain’s popularity is inexplicable, mostly because the man has no name recognition. But his speech where he announces his run for President explains so much.
He ends the speech — no joke — by saying, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, this nation is free at last again.” You know, quoting the only MLK speech your average Tea Partier has passing familiarity with.
Alex Pareene at Salon has an excellent report on how Matt Drudge has spent the past few years concocting a picture of America as one torn apart by a crime-based race war, where random black people are “rising up” and attacking and killing white people. If you, like me, find this image strange (including going to your window to make sure that so far, it’s mostly birds chirping and moms pushing strollers, and not in fact mob violence), then you’re not wrong! Crime levels, especially violent crime, continue to cascade downwardsin the United States Overall, the nation has become a gentler one, at least within its borders (The argument about our imperial adventures is outside the bounds of this discussion). I would even argue that the one area where crime is going up—domestic terrorism—is partially a response to the other trends in the United States A lot of right wing extremists look at the growing emphasis on non-violence in the United States. and feel like it’s emasculating and turn more violent and gun-loving in response.
A couple of weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal let outspoken atheist Ricky Gervais write an article explaining how he follows the Ten Commandments better than most Christians.
It was amusing, but I feel he missed talking about one of the strangest ways that the Ten Commandments crops up in the modern era, which is because right wing nuts are pushing the list of ancient pronouncements of Yahweh to the Hebrews as some kind of moral formula for 21st century Americans. Louie Gomert in Texas is the latest example, as he’s trying to get Texas to recognize “Ten Commandments Weekend” in the first weekend in May.