Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Definition of Earmarxism

From the Wingnut Dictionary here is the Translation of the day from Wingnut-speak to English:
Earmarxism or Earmarxist (noun)
[eer-mahrk-siz-uhm, ɪər’märk'sĭz'əm] [eer-mahrk-sist, ɪər’märk'sĭst]

(A) A term within the political ideology of Free Market Fundamentalism describing excessive zeal of congressional appropriators to allocate federal tax dollars to specially identified public works and/or pet projects. (B) sometimes refers to an addiction to political pork barrel spending or runaway spending that according to the Earmarxist is always somebody else’s fault. (C) A term used by the Conserva-gencia to rally the Wingnuttariat against the spending of tax dollars for the public good. (D) An “Earmarxist” is an adherent of “Earmarxism.”
Example of Use in Wingnut-speak:
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is an Earmarxist. He believes in Earmarxism i.e., that one taxpayer’s dollar is another lawmaker’s party favor. According to Senator Inhofe, the power of the purse resides with Congress so the problem with earmarks is not congressional earmarks but rather so-called presidential earmarking. These are earmarks perpetrated by “unelected bureaucrats” throughout the federal government who recklessly throw money away with no supervision or accountability after being given the authority to do so in congressional appropriations approved by people such as Senator Inhofe.

With one hand, Senator Inhofe scolds the executive branch for spending money on projects he approved, while with the other he writes and approves billions in earmarked spending. For example, when given a chance after Hurricane Katrina to divert funding from the wasteful Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska to the devastated Twin Spans Bridge in New Orleans, Sen. Inhofe sided with the $230 million Bridge to Nowhere and the 50 inhabitants on the island it would serve.
H/T: RedState Blog

Monday, March 15, 2010

Cultural Marxism has come to Texas

More Cultural Marxism hits the right:

“Let’s face it, capitalism does have a negative connotation…. You know, ‘capitalist pig!’”
~ Terri Leo of the Texas Board of Education addressing the decision to censor the word “Capitalism” in high school textbooks and replace it with the term “Free Enterprise System.”

Apparently it is politically incorrect to say capitalism now. Wingnutopians have declared that we must now rename “Capitalism” as “The Free Enterprise System” due to its supposed negative connotations. This Wingnutopian thinker may have missed the Memo but Communism collapsed in 1989, leaving Capitalism as the prevailing economic system. Any Soviet "Capitalist Pig" slur seems relegated to the dust bin of history.

The next logical step is for Wingnutoptians on the Texas Board of Education to publish a speech code so that Teachers will be better able to indoctrinate the youngsters with newly approved politically correct doctrine. Alternately perhaps the Texas Board of Education could establish Re-education Programs for teachers where teachers can re-learn American History based upon Wingnutopian precepts.

For instance, most Americans were taught that Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence was one of the founding fathers of the American Republic. However in Texas, the Board of Education has corrected this error. New textbooks in Texas will now replace Mr. Jefferson’s writings with the writings St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone as inspirational and founding documents of the American Republic.

Of course this hostility to the Declaration of Independence is not altogether a surprise. We have seen it before. The last time the Declaration of Independence was reputed dates back to 1861 around the founding of another nutty Dystopia - the Confederate States of America.

Notably Alexander H. Stephens the Vice President of the so-called Confederate States of America, expressly declared that the founding of the CSA was ”founded upon exactly the opposite idea” of the Declaration of Independence. Hostility to the founding documents are not new. Today we see a new generation of Conservative Utopians, i.e., Wingnutopians following down the path of their Dystopian Brethren of yesteryear.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Conservatism is Dead – Long Live the Wingnutopian Revolution!

The chattering classes at this moment are declaring the rebirth of conservatism in the energy on the Republican ideological right, the likelihood of major Democratic losses this fall, the success of the Republican party in defining the essentially pragmatic, centrist healthcare reform bill as a product of some left-liberal social engineering project, and on and on. The op-ed pages think in terms of this rubric; cable "news" seems incapable of seeing anything but this rubric. And the creation of a cocooned, conservative, religio-political subculture, complete with a massively lucrative publishing/broadcasting/blogging service industry, reinforces this with a cultural sledge-hammer.
Republicans like Bill Kristol see "victory" ahead, have already seen "victory" in Iraq, and urge the intense and constant rallying cry of "Toujours l'audace!" […]
Conservatism, if it means anything, is a resistance to ideology and the world of ideas ideology represents, whether that ideology is a function of the left or the right.
In the mid-twentieth century conservatism revived itself by a profound critique of liberal hubris and rationalism, of liberals' belief that they really could transform the world through better government, of the new left's critique that the personal is political, and of the stifling of human nature, individualism and freedom that socialism and communism had wrought.
Today, Conservatism is dead.

What has taken its place is a right wing revolutionary movement to engineer a utopian society based upon bullets, bibles, banjos and big business - a Wingnutopia on Earth if you will. Wingnutopians often agitate under the guise of Conservatism. However, make no mistake about it, Wingnutopians are right wing, reactionary and (counter)revolutionary first and conservative only by convenience. As Sullivan notes, Conservatism is not a revolutionary ideology according to its founders in the Modern Period. It is the anti-thesis of revolutionary ideology. Therein lays the conflict between those who seek revolutionary change and those who seek to preserve the established order both under the banner of Conservatism.

As an example, take the near Economic Collapse of 2008. One would think taking measures to prevent economic collapse would be desirable. This would seem especially true for conservatives who are trying to preserve as much of the existing order as is possible. However to a Wingnutopian this is not true. In order to save the free market and Wingnutopian would let the market fail and be purified for its excesses – damn the consequences.

Sullivan is also correct when noticing the revolutionary similarities between the Neoconservative Bill Kristol, of the present period and Jacobin Georges Danton of the French Revolution. Both are/were leaders of their movements although Kristol has yet to face the guillotine (figuratively) even after his dalliances promoting Dan Quayle and George W Bush along with his shameless promotion of Sarah Palin.

The take away is this. Though there may still be conservatives in our midst, any conservative governing coalition has become extinct. What has replaced the former conservative governing coalition is a right wing revolutionary movement bent on re-ordering and perfecting Society. This is not a markedly conservative goal.

You have been warned.