Sunday, October 12, 2008

Finally, Chomsky and I agree about something:


... Since Jimmy Carter, religious fundamentalists play a major role in elections. He was the first president who made a point of exhibiting himself as a born again Christian. That sparked a little light in the minds of political campaign managers: Pretend to be a religious fanatic and you can pick up a third of the vote right away.


At 3:13 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what a Reagan 76 Prediency would have been like....and in what ways the world would have unfolded differently.

Anyways, I havent studied Carters Christian support.

But from what I understand, the Christian Right arose primarily as a response to Roe v Wade. In which the Constitution was circumvented through Judicial Activism....essentially enshirning this right in the Constitution and thus taking it out of the state legislatures Constitutional perview.

This was essentially the hair that broke the camels other issues being pushed by the Left were also contributory to a general since of political urgency.....but then this bomb dropped and by 1980, the Silent Majority and the Christian Coalition were active and powerful political organizations. In essence, the Christian Right was created by the The New Left.

At 9:37 AM EDT, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

I don't know much about the rise of the Christian Right. I just enjoyed the point that Chomsky agrees with my take on Carter that he is a religious fanatic. For some reason, the rancid Left likes to pretend that Carter is a man of eminent sense who seeks justice whereas in fact his concepts of such things as justice and rationality are completely warped by his religious zealotry. While people sneer at Bush's faith in God (even though it is quite a stretch to csll him fanatic) they give Carter's truly wild-eyed interpretation of modern politics in terms of biblical prophecies a total break.

I always wonder about the hypocrisy. Not that it surprises me but that it seems to work...

At 11:24 AM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Even a broken clock...

But you have to take care now. If anytime soon you feel in agreement with Chomsky again, go for a reboot.

At 12:10 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chomsky has said that after the US, Israel is the country he would most like to live in. Apparently he and his wife lived in a kibbutz for a while in the 1950's, but did not find the political views of their comrades to their taste.


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