George Lakoff, in “What Conservatives Really Want”, lays out the right wing worldview more precisely than anyone I’ve read. You should read it.
But at least, before you watch the video below of Phyllis Schlafly at Ed Martin’s “Obamacare hearing”, you should have an inkling why she so opposes taking the sensible, compassionate course of regulating insurance companies and offering health care to those who can’t get it:
Conservatives believe in individual responsibility alone, not social responsibility. They don’t think government should help its citizens. That is, they don’t think citizens should help each other. The part of government they want to cut is not the military (we have 174 bases around the world), not government subsidies to corporations, not the aspect of government that fits their worldview. They want to cut the part that helps people. Why? Because that violates individual responsibility.
But where does that view of individual responsibility alone come from?
The way to understand the conservative moral system is to consider a strict father family. The father is The Decider, the ultimate moral authority in the family. His authority must not be challenged. His job is to protect the family, to support the family (by winning competitions in the marketplace), and to teach his kids right from wrong by disciplining them physically when they do wrong. The use of force is necessary and required. Only then will children develop the internal discipline to become moral beings. And only with such discipline will they be able to prosper. And what of people who are not prosperous? They don’t have discipline, and without discipline they cannot be moral, so they deserve their poverty. The good people are hence the prosperous people. Helping others takes away their discipline, and hence makes them both unable to prosper on their own and function morally.
UPDATE: Coverage of the Ed Martin event has been thorough on the Missouri progressive blogosphere. St. Louis Activist Hub, in fact, has three postings:
- I Don’t Care What You Say, It Was A Great Night For Health Reform
- Ed Martin Forgets His Supporters, Claims People “Know How To Be Civil”
- Ed Martin, Bill Hennessey Hide in the Back of Their Own Forum: Schlafly Bolts!
FiredUp! has one: This Is What a Better Informed and Better Organized Movement Looks Like.
Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice has a posting on its Facebook Page: Women’s Voices Members speak out at Health Care Forum
All that is in addition to my first piece, In which I explain who showed up for Ed Martin’s dance. And then there’s the piece I’m about to post: “But, but … I thought Republicans like police states.” Coming soon.