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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:50 PM
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Puritans - Fundamentalists in GOP (Great Charleston Gazette editorial)
YEARS ago, the Republican Party mostly stood for fiscal frugality and practical management. At that time, U.S. fundamentalists remained somewhat aloof to politics. Chiefly blue-collar folks, they tended to vote Democratic when they voted.

But a transformation occurred in America. Big-money evangelists mobilized born-again people into a conservative political movement driven by hostility to abortion, gays, racy TV shows, evolution, sex education and the like, plus a desire for government displays of religion. Slowly, this element gained increasing control of the GOP.

Some old-line Republicans were disturbed by the change in their party. The late Barry Goldwater sneered publicly at GOP evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H., wrote a bitter book saying:

If someone had told me in the 1960s that one day I would serve in a Republican Party that opposed abortion rights which the Supreme Court had endorsed advocated prayer in the schools and talked about government-inspired family values, I would have thought he was crazy. To me, the essence of conservativism is just the opposite: Government should not intrude in anything as personal as the decision to have a child, it should not be championing prayer or religion, and family values should come from families and religious institutions, not from politically inspired, Washington-based moralists. Yet I could see the Republican Party gradually being taken over by ... self-commissioned Christian soldiers whose social agenda I found repugnant.

more at:
http://www.wvgazette.com/section/Editorials/200610083
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:25 PM
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1. The puritans ran the Salem witch hunt
Yeah, they're about the same now.
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susanna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:24 PM
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3. 'nuff said. n/t
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Psephos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 10:54 PM
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2. Heh, Puritanism is an American tradition
It always involves a belief that most people are debased or doomed, and that only a few elites (the Elect) deserve salvation, or even understand how it may be achieved.

Peace.
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madmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:59 PM
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4. Neocons will use anyone, any cause, any lie.
And "not lose a minute's sleep."
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