The Shortsightedness of Conservatives

There are two characteristics of today’s ultra-conservatives that continue to amaze me. One is that they are gullible for rumors that support their own positions while being totally insensitive to facts that are contrary. They say, for example, that Clinton favors totally open borders and the abolition of the 2nd Amendment. And, to give another example, they claim that America has just given Iran $150 billion dollars. There is nothing in the real world that justifies such ridiculous, counter-factual claims but that doesn’t seem to matter.

The second quality that fascinates me is that they seem so shortsighted that they cannot even ask questions about long-term consequences to their positions. For example, I’ve never heard a conservative ask, What would our relations with Mexico be like if we built a wall and made the Mexico pay for it? Nor have I heard any ask, What are the consequences of trump expressing doubt about defending allies or favoring Putin? They don’t ask, Why would a foreign nation show respect for American leaders when one of our two major parties has been so blindly and irrationally disrespectful of him from the very fist day?

Conservatives are too busy looking backward — trying to return us to pre-Civil War days — that they cannot even think a month or two in the future.

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About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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2 Responses to The Shortsightedness of Conservatives

  1. What would our relations with Mexico be like if we built a wall and made the Mexico pay for it? If America built a border wall and somehow made Mexico pay for it relations would naturally sour but they would not deteriorate to an abysmal state like I’ve heard people say. Mexico is dependent on good relations with the USA and would do nothing to compromise it.

    I’ve not heard any reputable conservative say that Clinton favors totally open borders and wants to repeal the 2nd amendment, this is just a straw man argument.

    What are the consequences of trump expressing doubt about defending allies or favoring Putin? Trump has not outright said that he will not defend NATO allies, only that he’ll look into whether or not NATO allied nations have fulfilled their obligations to the NATO treaty. The most important one being the 2% rule, that a nation must spend 2% of their GDP on defense. NATO countries like France, Turkey and Germany don’t meet this requirement. Do you think its fair that other countries leave their military intentionally weakened forcing the USA to increase it’s own spending? N.B The USA covers 75% of all NATO costs.

    America has just given Iran $150 billion dollars? Not entirely true. The deal will unfreeze 150 billion dollars in Iranian offshore assets. It has always been Iran’s money, the USA are just re-opening those vaults to the Iranian govt.

    Why would a foreign nation show respect for American leaders when one of our two major parties has been so blindly and irrationally disrespectful of him from the very fist day? Respect is not a big deal in politics. Almost every country in the world does lots of business with the USA. If they don’t like whoever is in charge that’s their problem not the US’s.

    • mthayes42 says:

      Thanks for the careful response! I’ll comment on each point.
      1. I agree that Mexico is dependent to a high degree on good relations with the US. But isn’t that the point? If we build a wall and penalize them for it, would you call that good relations? I would call that the kind of act a Hitler would commit, running roughshod over friend and foe alike.
      2. Perhaps you missed the part of the RNC last week where one of the speakers (I’m sorry that I don’t recall just which one — maybe trump?) made the false claims about Clinton’s positions on borders and guns.
      3. When we’re talking about protecting allies and restraining Russia, it seems a bit petty for the wealthiest nation the world has ever known to hesitate over small amounts of money. trump sees everything as nothing more than business challenges. He has the mentality of someone who thinks life is nothing but a game of Monopoly. And who is he to complain about someone else withholding funds when he has stiffed and cheated so very many people who have worked for or entrusted money to him?
      4. Thanks for the agreement that the oft-repeated Republican claim that we’ve just given Iran $150 billion is not true.
      5. Respect is not a big deal in politics? Maybe that’s what Republicans believe. If so, shame on them. Respect and mutual trust are essential in a democracy. Yes, many countries do business with us. Does that measure anything important? I am more convinced every day that one of the reasons why the moral fabric of American society is unraveling is that we have allowed capitalism to become our god and our bible. trump himself has justified some of his ugliest behavior by shrugging his shoulders and saying, “That’s just good business.” I find that morally repulsive and find trump to have the moral stature of his role models: Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Un.

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