Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Republicans are Social Darwinists and Democrats are Mostly Wimps.

The Democratic party is being seen as a party without a purpose, without principle and devoid of ideas, thanks to the so-called "Blue Democrats", the gutless geldings that suck up to the GOP, instead of fighting them. The Republican party is being very clear about what they stand for.

First, the Republicans are proudly pro-poverty. And they are justified in being so. Despite their flag waving and Bible thumping, the primary doctrine of the GOP is Social Darwinism.

Find that hard to believe? See if this sounds familiar.

Social Darwinism applied to a social context too, of course. It provided a
justification for the more exploitative forms of capitalism in which workers
were paid sometimes pennies a day for long hours of backbreaking labor. Social
Darwinism also justified big business' refusal to acknowledge labor unions and
similar organizations, and implied that the rich need not donate money to the
poor or less fortunate, since such people were less fit anyway.

And so the Republican led Senate vote down a raise in the minimum wage. Oh, they won't say they did it because of their Social Darwinist philosophy. They'll use the old canard of the minimum wage being a job killer and a destroyer of small business. But just like everything else the Republicans say, this is garbage.

The research
has found no correlation
between minimum-wage increases and a rise in
business failures, either in the year the increase occurred or in the following
year. The economy, especially small business, has done well in the years
following implementation of a minimum wage. In the wake of minimum-wage
increases in both 1990 and 1997, the U.S. economy had strong growth. Between
1998 and 2001, the number of small-business establishments grew twice as quickly
in states with higher minimum wages


A comparison of states with minimum wages above the federal level has shown that
increasing the minimum wage has not resulted in less hiring. Since the
minimum-wage increase in 1997, low-wage workers, particularly single mothers,
have found employment at increased rates. Those who will benefit most from a
higher minimum wage are concentrated among working women, many of whom are
single mothers. Among the workers to benefit from a minimum-wage increase, 60
percent are female and 72 percent are age 20 years and over.

Second the Republicans use their Social Darwinist beliefs to categorise individuals. Not exactly what's laid out by the Constitution, which may be why they are always trying to change it.

In its most extreme forms, Social Darwinism has been used to justify eugenics
programs aimed at weeding "undesirable" genes from the population; such programs were sometimes accompanied by sterilization laws directed against "unfit"
individuals. The American eugenics movement was relatively popular between about 1910-1930, during which 24 states passed sterilization laws and Congress passed
a law restricting immigration from certain areas deemed to be unfit. Social
Darwinist ideas, though in different forms, were also applied by the Nazi party
in Germany to justify their eugenics programs.

While the Republicans aren't endorsing eugenics, they are working to deny to some the basic rights laid out in the principles this country was founded on.

While saying that they are working on renewing the Voting Rights Act as soon as possible, they have postponed the vote so that they can "evaluate" it.

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders on Wednesday postponed a vote on
renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act after GOP lawmakers complained it unfairly
singles out nine Southern states for federal oversight

"We have time to address their concerns," Republican leaders said in a joint
statement. "Therefore, the House Republican Leadership will offer members the
time needed to evaluate the legislation."

And third, well read this and then we'll do third.

Social Darwinism was used to justify numerous exploits which we classify as of
dubious moral value today. Colonialism was seen as natural and inevitable, and
given justification through Social Darwinian ethics - people saw natives as
being weaker and more unfit to survive, and therefore felt justified in seizing
land and resources. Social Darwinism applied to military action as well; the
argument went that the strongest military would win, and would therefore be the
most fit. Casualties on the losing side, of course, were written off as the
natural result of their unfit status. Finally, it gave the ethical nod to brutal
colonial governments who used oppressive tactics against their subjects.

OK, third, the comparisons should be leaping off the page at you.

Our colonies in Iraq and Afghanistan are obvious, but this might also explain Bush's reluctance to negotiate with anyone that he might not consider his equal. He refuses to talk with North Korea and with Iran, he thinks that his demands are tantamount to statesmanship.

What benefits have the GOP Social Darwinist vision produced? Well, we have eight American service members being charged with murder, 85 factory workers were kidnapped in the capitol of our colony Iraq and the rest of the world is seeing us more and more as the biggest threat to world stability. And that's not even a good start.

And like any good colonial power we are building a monument, so that the inferior natives may gaze upon our greatness and be thankful that George Bush brought Social Darwinism to them.

Can this be stopped? If it is, it will be up to us, because Hillary Clinton and the Blue Democrats have made dithering and acquiescence Democrat party policy.

1 comment:

  1. The Democratic Party seems to either kiss up to republicans or cater to their politically correct authoritarian left wing. The pragmatist needs to tell the kiss ups and politically correct authoritarians to STFU once and for all and run the show.


I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.

John Stuart Mill (May 20 1806 – May 8 1873)