Skip to main content

what to do

Mainstream conservatives in the United States have a problem.

With the rising polarization in the country, the conspiracy nuts and outright racist elements of the new alternative right (or alt-right) movement are forcing these more conventional believers to respond. For this new extremist element is risking polluting the waters of their tamer if not overly appealing doctrine.

The rise of the internet echo chamber which includes Conservative talk radio, FOX News and thinly veiled racist websites like Breibart have only fed the new appetite for extremism which is now flirting with increasingly dangerous ideas.

Old school conservatism along the style of a Barry Goldwater was more rooted in fiscal policies which included guaranteeing state rights and reducing the influence of the federal government, but with the passage of time more radical thinking had begun to enter into the ideology. The left also has its problems, but I more concerned about the right since moving further along on the current path can mean adopting more fascist type thinking. Besides, the United States has a much larger aversion towards leftist ideologies as witnessed by the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950's, the longstanding Cold War and its policies towards Cuba.

Today's Democratic Party is hardly even progressive given its penchant for focusing on opening up global markets and helping Wall Street and the big banks to operate regulation free; hence the backlash from today's millenials who have a different set of priorities.

In fact it is probably the lack of a true progressive movement that has left the American blue collar worker high and dry.

I saw a video recently on YouTube where a woman in a Michael’s store was becoming belligerent because she was asked to purchase a bag for one dollar due to her item being too large for a conventional store bag. She was being served by two African American women. Suddenly out of the blue she goes into a tirade and states very vocally about not having to put up with this in Trump’s America. The presumption was that she was not being treated fairly as a white citizen. The two women do their best to calm her down and yet she continues on for about 10 minutes at high volume.

Clearly the nuts have been emboldened.

It will be interesting to see what these more mainstream conservatives react to this potential polluting of their political gene pool. The Tea Party looks tame compared to the alt-right loonies.

I think now of people like John McCain, Conodoleeza Rice, Colin Powell or even strategist and former Bush speech writer David Frum who are not often accused of fanning the flames of extremist thinking. Will they help smother them instead?

Comments

  1. Joanna,
    Just one comment. Many historians see Goldwater's state's rights platform to be a veiled attempt to maintain the status quo in the racist south. Goldwater was a racist just one that was smart enough to hide the fact.

    ReplyDelete
  2. no you are right about this Leann except that these new guys are another notch or two above him!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

the pseudoscience behind gender dysphoria

The real science as to what causes gender dysphoria still awaits.

Harry Benjamin was on to something except he didn’t have the scientific evidence to back up his suspicions hence, like a true scientist, he negated to draw conclusions. His hunch, based on treating so many patients over his lifetime, was that one is born with a predisposition to be gender dysphoric.

However, with inconclusive brain scans and no DNA marker (as of yet) we are left with believing the word of people who need help and only want to lead happy and productive lives.

The best we have been able to muster since Benjamin's death in 1986 was to amass statistics on who gets a boner imagining themselves as a woman which is in equal parts pathetic and disappointing. For this is not really science at all but is instead playing with interview data that doesn't point to anything definitive or conclusive. I have dealt with this problem at great length in my blog.

The whole thing started with Kurt Freund's obses…

looking past cross gender arousal

Jack’s latest Crossdreamers post got me thinking about cross gender arousal and how it could be avoided; also whether it even matters. This with particular focus on the inability to relate of someone on the outside looking in.

You see, sexuality is a very complicated thing to begin with and when you then add gender identity ambiguity it becomes a recipe to really confuse someone.

So imagine that you are a little boy who identifies as a girl but then along comes puberty and short circuits everything by having the sex you identify with also be the sex you are attracted to. For in essence this is what happens to all all male to female gender dysphoric trans persons who are attracted to women.

So I ask myself: can I imagine a scenario where this inherent contradiction would not produce sexual confusion? The answer is that I cannot.

I am in the unique position, like many of you, to have experienced an early identification with the feminine become sexualized later on. This brought confusion…

understanding the erotic component

I have written about crossed wires before in two separate posts. The idea is that one cannot pass through puberty and the development of sexual feelings for females and not have your pre-existing gender dysphoria be impacted through your psychosexual development. The hormone responsible for your libido is testosterone which is present in much stronger concentration in males and is why gynephilics are most likely to experience erotic overtones as the conflict between romantic external feelings and their pull towards the feminine become permanently intertwined.

Because I came from a deeply religious family where sex was not discussed much at all, I grew up with little access to information and was very much ignorant of matters relating to the subject. With no firsthand experience in intercourse until I married I was then faced with the reality that my ability to perform sexually had been deeply impacted by my dysphoric feelings. This began years of turmoil and self-deprecating thoughts …