The moral revolution: "Conservatives are pushing aside compassion"

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Neal Gabler has an op-ed in today's L.A. Times that ties in to one by Tim Rutten that I posted yesterday. I wrote this:

For a very long time now, the GOP has divided America with their self-righteous insistence on legislating religion, their own beliefs, and illogical reliance on what they feel is moral superiority. But their “us vs. them”, our-way-only attitude is destructive, no matter how they label it.

The War on Women, the GOP's hypocritical intrusive government overreach, under the guise of "our morals are better than your morals", "our god is more valid than your god (or lack thereof)" have become so invasive, so prevalent, that thankfully, more and more (badly needed) commentary is making its way out there, including by Rachel Maddow (on a regular basis).

Neal Gabler took a broader look at the "moral revolution" and what it's doing to this country:

But over the last 30 years or so, something has happened to reshape the country's moral geography. Everyone knows about the rise of Moral Majority-style Christian evangelicals as a potent force in right-wing politics. It injected a certain aggressive moralism into our political discourse and led to campaigns against abortion rights, homosexual rights, sexual freedom and other issues perceived as and then framed as moral matters. As a result, our politics became "moralized"; they were transformed into a contest of one set of values pitted against another. [...]

One can see this division in something as simple as the denigration of the term "liberal," the "L" word, with its attendant idea that to be compassionate, caring and tolerant — virtues that had been celebrated, if only via lip service, by most Americans — is really to be mush-minded, weak and, more concretely, willing to give taxpayer largesse to the undeserving and lazy. (This was essentially the argument that some Republicans, such as former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), used when they sought to deny an extension of unemployment benefits. [...]

If compassion is seen as softness, tolerance as a kind of promiscuity, community as a leech on individuals and fairness as another word for scheming, we are a harder nation than we used to be, and arguably a less moral one as well. In undergoing a revolution for the nation's soul, we may have found ourselves losing it.

And who is suffering as a result? The poor, the middle class, women, minorities, LGBT groups, unions, children, disenfranchised voters... which means, of course, Democrats.

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