Neo-Cons and Morality

I have always wondered about how neoconservatives (generally ultra-Christian conservatives) can reconcile their supposed belief in faith with the violence, racism, hatred, and bigotry that they so often preach.  It seems strange to me that affluent people would feel so threatened by equity in the world. 

Populist America has an article that sheds some light on the subject.  In the The Morality of Neoconservatism, the article states:

Blinded by such an ethnocentric vision of the world, they tend to become convinced that we, as a nation of people who have received the special blessing of God, are somehow inherently better than, somehow superior in relation to, and thus more worthy than all others in the world — vis a vis, Western civilization along with its associated religious beliefs excel all else in the world.

 

The result is an egocentric world view that breeds a vitriolic arrogance that inclines so many of us as Americans to ignore the fact that other people value their lives just as much as we do, and that their values, their beliefs, their ways of living are every bit as important to them as ours are to us. Such a harsh and brutal way of approaching others can do nothing but lead those of us who hold such an outlook to have nothing but contempt for the rest of the world.

I hope most people thing there’s something odd with the “God Bless America”-type bumper stickers that are so fashionable these days.  Couldn’t an all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the Universe just bless everyone?  Why should the purchaser of said bumper sticker by privileged to be born in a place that seems to guarantee his or her carriage into Heaven? 

The results of this kind of thinking are far from harmless:

Consequently, neoconservatives have seemingly come to the conclusion that there is nothing wrong with our having invaded the country of Iraq even though as many as 100,000 or more Iraqis have died (been killed?). With little concern for those who have died, the dead have been degraded as nothing more than “collateral damage“– a simple, yet unfortunate cost of war, an inauspicious accident of having taken residence at the side of a beleaguered enemy.

I wish I could say that this kind of thinking were extreme.  Unfortunately, friends of mine seem to think this way.  I question whether they even think of “those Middle Easterners” as human beings.  Imagine if another country ha attacked the U.S. without any provocation.  Should we welcome them as liberators? 

Bush, in his infinitesimal wisdom, has claim that God told him to attack Iraq.  I think Christians, most of all, should be outraged by this.  But, as group, they’re his biggest supporters.  We’re a long way off from making rational and logical decisions, and neoconservatives are definitely not pointing the nation in the right direction.

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2 Comments

  1. Joel Justiss said,

    November 26, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I just discovered your blog this evening, and skimmed through the whole home page. I feel very much the same way about almost everything you say. Thanks for speaking so clearly and forcefully.

    This posting especially caught my attention because it says what I have thought many times, but I don’t remember reading or hearing anyone else make this point.

    I object to the Pledge of Allegiance not only because of the phrase “under God,” but also because I see no reason to pledge allegiance to a flag or a country for which it stands. I would pledge allegiance to truth or justice, but not to a nation which may oppress people. I’m especially annoyed by the last phrase of the pledge, which, if it were more honest, would say, “with liberty and justice for us (or at least many of us).”

  2. AtypicalGuy said,

    November 27, 2007 at 7:39 am

    Joel – thanks for your comments. I’m happy to find agreement on this and other topics in the blog. Unfortunately, it seems quite rare for people to speak up about these topics (I’ll admit that I’m doing it under condition of anonymity myself). I just read through your web site and found it to be very interesting. I’ll be posting about it soon.


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