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I Guess We’re Gonna Have To Do This Again … sigh … whimper …

I Guess We’re Gonna Have To Do This Again … sigh … whimper …

citizenship, civics, Civil War, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, Enlightenment, Evangelicalism, First Amendment, Freedom, Fundamentalism, Ideology, justice, Politics, Rationality, Religion, Religious War, republic, secularism, Supreme Court, theocracy, Theology, Tolerance, Uncategorized
Over the years since I’ve been writing “Skeptic’s Collection” columns for BeguineAgain, there are certain topics that I have come to think of as vampires. Except, there are certain topics that are even more resilient than vampires. Vampires you can deal with once-for-all by the simple, though usually messy, expedient of a stake – some sources say an ash-wood stake – through the heart … and cutting off the head and stuffing the mouth with wild roses and burying at a crossroads or beside running water, etc., as alleged in some versions of vampire prophylaxis. But a topic that makes vampires look as delicate as a pre-pubescent Scarlett O’Hara is the issue of same-sex marriage, which has apparently arisen from the jurisprudential dead to assault the Alabama Supreme Court – which, to the Co...
Welcome to Plantation Nation

Welcome to Plantation Nation

autonomy, Civil War, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, emancipation, Enlightenment, Healthcare, Ideology, justice, Minorities, Philosophy, Politics, republic, slavery, Spirituality
Say what you will about the conservative Republican vision for the Nation, it at least has the salient virtue of pristine consistency. The problem is that what this vision is consistent with is an era over 150 years in the past. Since the subject is conservatism in the early 21st-century mode, this is not terribly surprising. We are 60 years past the time of, say, President Eisenhower when the phrase “forward-looking conservatism” was not the oxymoron that it has now become. Rather, what is surprising is that the earlier paradigm which conservative Republicans are apparently using to model their policy proposals is a paradigm that was long ago soundly discredited: the Confederate States of America. In at least three broad areas of public policy – health insurance reform, hostility to union...