Neither side is perfect, but nowadays, are Progressives/Liberals more honest than Conservatives?
If you encounter a person who holds a philosophy, and that "philosophy" has been distorted to
promote falsehoods, misconceptions, personal attacks and racism in multiple areas to "make its case", then that "side" is morally weaker than another side that has a philosophy built on arguments that are more consistently fact-based and less-dependent on evoking prejudices/bigotry to reinforce their "arguments".
Neither side is perfect, but it is empirical that Conservatism in America relies, far far more than Progressivism/Liberalism, on anti-science (climate and pro-dominionist arguments), racism/classism (hate-talk radio, dog whistle-attacks against Obama, minorities, entitlement programs, etc), extreme over-exaggerations (Bhengazi, Whitewater, Clinton rumours, non-existent WMDs, lies about ACA), etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc
With false arguments being an institutionalized bedrock of seemingly most Conservative tactics these days, I believe this has a mass-effect of gradually converting a large population of people (US Conservatives) into less-honest people, day-by-day, issue-by-issue, lie-by-lie, distortion-by-distortion. And their pit seems to be getting ever deeper as time passes.
While either side can be stupid (or miss the point of a particular argument), there is no Progressive/Liberal equivalent for the lies, deception and nonstop use of bigotry and non-rational hateful emotion that is standard procedure for Conservatives/GOP supporters, all the time, every day, week after week, month after month, year after year.
There just isn't.
"There is no Progressive/Liberal equivalent for the lies, deception and nonstop use of bigotry and non-rational hateful emotion that is standard procedure for Conservatives/GOP supporters, all the time, every day, week after week, month after month, year after year. "
I think this is absolutely the fact. If there is a realistic argument against that premise, I would like to see it.
Gay people getting married became an attack on the sanctity of marriage requiring a law called "The Defense Of Marriage Act".
It's part of their wearing the superman cape and swooping in to be our heroes.
It's part of its structure.
Honesty, facts and reality no longer support (if they ever did) most Conservative positions/arguments,
whether the issue is taxes, healthcare, foreign policy, trade policy, education, environmental issues,
business regulations, wage and distribution-of-wealth issues, whatever.
The result is that a nation of Conservatives who suscribe to the lies and distortions that are given to defend their philosophy and policies, are systematically, insidiously, being made less and less honest, day-by-day.
Empirics and factual touchstones are swept-aside and an almost religious-like faith (in somehow just being right) is elevated.
The big question is, will this process of making people increasingly dishonest, result in mass-numbers of people being able to eventually do evil, disruptive, violent things to other Americans they perceive as "the (Liberal) enemy"?
Is that the end-game of this process?
Serious food 4 thought.
This first line says it all. From the pulpit one October 92 Sunday morn, Moms pastor proclaimed, A vote for Democrats is a vote against God. I remember that day well. Mom visited and shared those choice words of divine revelation right from the preachers horses mouth.
But the Okmulgee pastor wasnt alone. Thousands of churches across the country echoed his words. Then millions of their followers, in turn, voted straight-Republican ticket.
Facts do not matter, only Faith and Belief. This link gives a brief description. http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2011/09/12/goodbye-to-all-that-the-lofgren-thesis/
A friend of mine is a republican, good grief this year he didn't want Girl Scouts cookies! He loves those thin mints - but this year - girl scouts BAD. Republican party says so. It's just mindless adherence to keeping the faith. Facts are inconsequential.
of course, he voted straight Republicans. They are convinced that Democrats and liberals are ungodly and unpatriotic.
I don't keep up with the Benghazi hooey because I think it's a distraction & waste of time. Fabrication. But I did enjoy that article.
With the GOP, making shit up is the only way it works for them as a pragmatic practice. With the Dems, it occurs much less, though it still happens. The extreme end of the progressive spectrum has its fair share of kooks and people who believe shit just because they saw it on the internet, but the conservative extreme top willful ignorance off with prejudice, hate and greed.
Conservatism/GOP politics have devolved into an Evil force in America.