Victims of Liberals
Conservatives have long projected "victimhood" as a liberal vice. However, their delusional perception of their own "less than equal" status belies a weird hypocrisy.
One only needs to listen to Limbaugh's rants about conservatives being in the middle of a "war for the soul of America" and that we should "keep one liberal around in a museum just to remind us what kind of damage they can do." Hell, Hannity's newest book title and cover equates terrorists and despots with liberals as "evil".
If you buy their assertions at face value, you will see that there is an emotional element in modern conservatism that brings together the strange bedfellows of both the religio-wacko type and the pseudo-libertarians. That element is a hatred of liberals. (But don't you dare take away "their" benefits, like tax exempt religious corporations or our tax-payer funded telecommunications infrastructure.)
Kevin Drum has highlighted a couple of posts by Mark Kleiman
that include an email from Brandeis Poly Sci Prof, Steve Teles. Teles basically echoes my theory. Kevin goes on to say that this theory cuts both ways and he is correct, but not completely. I honestly believe that liberals were not unified by a distaste of anything before the Iraq war. (and maybe Florida 2000) To equate both parties with such behavior is a very inaccurate comparison.
Of course there are large segments from each side of the spectrum who believe in core principles. But since 1988, when Poppy Bush's henchman, Lee Atwater, decided to demonize the "L Word" ("Liberal" for those of you who have short memories) it has been open season to blame everything from crime, to poor schools, to the stock market, to Osama Bin Laden, to Columbine, etc... on liberals and their alleged control on the reigns of power. (ahahahahhaha! That's too funny....)
Krugman wrote about this anathema a couple of years ago in regards to the Bush Administration's illogical roll back of certain benign Clinton environmental policies. His thesis was that they did it simply to throw red meat to those AM radio fans who wanted to stick a hot poker in the eyes of "tree huggers". IMHO, he was right.
There is a reason why the GOP's Southern Strategy has worked in both the South and much of the Heartland. This is it:
"They want to take away your way of life!"
"They want to impose their values!"
"They want to take away your land!
"They want homosexuals to indoctrinate your children!"
Such high minded discourse....... It sounds kinda' familiar