"Moral" values?

By Raymond Freeman 05/01/2014


Moral values are not piffling niceties for tweedy academics. The right’s values have cost this nation trillions of dollars in red ink.

Around $5 trillion will be added to national debt from the Iraq fiasco (Joseph Stiglitz, economist, Nobel Prize). That’s colossal: WWII cost around $4.5 trillion in today’s money (wikianswers). About $5 trillion will be added from cleaning up their mess from the Great Crash of 2008 (Stiglitz). And we’ve seen how Republican-driven legislation fueled Wall Street’s greed, which produced the Great Crash (Sharper Focus, “Shocked, Shocked”).

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is named after Ayn Rand, a moral vacuum. Recalling his lying to fellow students prior to exams, he said, “I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic.” So lying to get ahead is just fine, especially for presidential elections, as John Kerry found out when he was “swift-boated.”

Conservatives’ greed is responsible for putting the greatest stain on America’s soul. The colonial occupation of Iraq killed and maimed at least 500,000 and made refugees of millions. Pope John Paul II condemned the invasion as “immoral.” Vincent Bugliosi examined how conservatives sold the war (and sold their souls to the devil) in The Prosecution of George Bush for Murder. Don’t read it. You’ll vomit. He chronicled horrendous values such as lying, greed, bullying, sliming, revenge, abuse of power and disregard for human life.

Bush told Katie Couric on CBS, “… One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” No wonder. Bush eventually admitted that al-Qaida wasn’t linked to Iraq or Iraq to 9/11. So why did we invade? “The Iraq war is largely about oil,” said Alan Greenspan. Chuck Hagel agreed: “We didn’t go into Iraq for the figs.”

Bigotry is another value. Conservatives hate gays even though Christ never condemned them. Pope Francis asked, “Who am I to judge?” Sarah Palin smeared him as “kind of liberal.” The Duck Dynasty supremo blasted away at gays, pandering to millions of viewers. Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson laughs all the way to the bank.

Contempt for truth is rampant. For example, Palin’s adamant: “Go back to what our Founders and our founding documents meant — they’re quite clear — that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments.” She knows this David Barton pseudo-history is entirely false. (Even his conservative publisher squawked.) “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,” said John Adams, founder, president, 1797).

Another value is willful ignorance, as Palin certainly demonstrates: “Global warming, my gluteus maximus.” But she must know that oil pipelines are sinking into Alaska’s permafrost. It’s melting. People once kept quiet about their ignorance of science. They now flaunt it. I believe this willful ignorance stems from laziness and lack of moral fiber.

Utter selfishness is a core value. Mitt Romney destroyed the American Dream to make his fortune. Millions of jobs have been sent overseas for profit. Republicans pressed for China to be admitted to the World Trade Organization for this very purpose. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget in 2008 was utterly selfish. Even the revolting Newt Gingrich opposed it.
There’s no outrage against these revolting values. Instead, we get hypocrisy and corruption.

Hypocrisy was the human weakness most despised by Christ. Today, millions of Americans are ruined. So our fine conservative Christians fight for Christian charity for them, right? Certainly not. “Republicans fought for huge tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country. Hundreds and hundreds of billions in tax breaks for the top 1 percent and 2 percent,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.,-Vermont. Republicans don’t give a damn about the plebs.

Former Republican Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, has been indicted on 14 corruption charges (though he’s innocent until proven guilty, of course). Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, may have used his power to exact revenge and to use Hurricane Sandy funds for extortion. He was shocked, shocked (like Capt. Renault in Casablanca) to find that his staff closed the world’s busiest bridge for a “traffic study” that nobody’s seen and never will. Christie’s not been formally charged (and may be innocent) but he went a bridge too far, politically. Neither he nor McDonnell is now a viable presidential candidate. Voters eventually draw the line on conservatives’ revolting values.

I’ve met a surprising number of decent (though misguided) Republicans. But I have advice for the rest. Consider this from Queen Elizabeth’s 2013 Christmas Day Message: “For Christians, as for all people of faith, reflection, meditation and prayer help us to renew ourselves in God’s love, as we strive daily to become better people.” Pope Francis said basically the same on Palm Sunday this year.

Conservatives, please reflect, and become better people by dropping your revolting “values.”

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I would truly love to sit down with Freeman and try to understand why he writes this stuff. It's an unusual mix of adolescent rants with a bit of real history thrown in for effect. The bottom line is that the old guy is hateful. Read this stuff and come away with the feeling old Ray is touched. Too much hate, all the time from old Ray.

posted by Scapegoat on 5/02/14 @ 05:01 p.m.

There may be some truths to this article but that's what makes it the most dangerous. I certainly can spot some blaring statements of painful ignorance .

1. Bush believes the Death Penalty should exist not because he has no concern for human life but because he believes he is protecting it from those who don't.

2. Rand Paul believed "lying" to his students to be a legit tactic because when you do that it causes your students to think. My Dad used to teach me Math that way. Rand Paul's teaching methods apply only in the context of teaching not politics.

3. Conservatives hate gays? That's a Hasty Generalization. Some Conservatives hate Homosexuality. Not the people themselves.

4. Jesus never condemned anyone. However after he saved the adulterer by saying "Those without sin cast the first stone..." He then told her. "Go and Sin no more." That IS a judgement dealt with gracefully.

4.5. The Bible is the entire word of God, not just the "words in red". The 1st Commandment is to love God. The 1st chapter in John says "the Word was God", and the word of God says in multiple parts that Homosexuality is a Sin. Conservatives who believe in the Christian Bible believe the WHOLE Bible.

5. Global Warming is real but nothing to worry about. It's a part of the solar cycle. And besides, even if the U.S stopped emitting CO2 all together, it wouldn't make a difference because China isn't playing along.
They're definition of "going green" is already working out for them since we're $17 Trillion in debt.
6. The U.S wasn't founded to be a Christian nation? Tell that to the Matrix of Liberty. http://matrixofliberty.com/
oh and don't forget
"One Nation Under God."
and what about the 10 Commandments in the Courts?
Regardless if you can find one or two quotes, there are a thousand more that prove that America was founded on the Christian faith.

7. Finally, to tell Conservatives to give up what they have the right to believe whilst providing cockamamie "evidence" is insulting to the freedoms America was fought and built for.

I deem this article to be UNAMERICAN.

posted by SonicPAJ on 5/05/14 @ 11:21 a.m.

Nice to see Good ol Ray stir up the teabaggers and other forms of extremists with his fine column every two weeks or so.

What a true patriot he is.

posted by bobjohnson on 5/09/14 @ 10:43 p.m.

Freerman "writes this stuff because he believes in FACTS, not conservative BS.

posted by bobjohnson on 5/09/14 @ 10:44 p.m.
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