Yeah, it’s from my other site.
As you may have heard, some conservatives, by which I mean a lot of conservatives, are dissatisfied with their selection of candidates this year. While for traditional conservatives, this may be because, let’s face it, if we were to evaluate the impact that the neocon movement has had on the national and international landscape, we would be forced to classify it as a terrorist movement. Embracing the neocons has done nothing for the Republican Party. There are no good Republican candidates because they are Republicans, and right now, their name is collectively “Mud.”
The discontent of another group of Republicans, however, the evangelical religious right, can be traced to feature particular to their movement, one that makes them unsuited to participate in a democracy and which likely doomed Rove’s Modern Conservative Synthesis. (Although the fact that their poster boy couldn’t operate a Twiglet, much less manage the free world, didn’t help.)
Democracy is predicated on the idea that government works better when there is consensus among various interests. With this comes negotiation, compromise and coalition building. This means being flexible when practicing politics, something that is not possible when you believe that God is sending you marching orders. Something that just befuddles me is the utter lack of tolerance of the most minute (public) deviation from orthodoxy evidenced by politically inclined evangelicals.
Take, for instance, the way in which evangelicals seem to be threatening to give their votes to a third party (something that I really, really hope that they do). They are completely uninterested in negotiation, and their political allies are really just convenient dupes rather than anyone they would waste a breath to help politically. There is a sinister treachery behind the Evangelical abandonment of the Republicans, one that suggests how ill-equipped the modern evangelical movement is to participate in democratic dialog and disqualifies them from ever becoming custodians of American government and guarantors of rights.