Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Stupid Shit Andrew Sullivan Says, Ctd.

Now that his two, pet issues -- sane pot policies and same-sex marriage -- are ascendant, Mr. Andrew Sullivan would like America women to stop getting their vaginae in a twist just because the Theocrat Right (also known as "The Right") is winning their battle to turn the large swaths of America under their control into a Margaret Atwood novel.

Of course, he doesn't say "women" or "war" or "theocrat" because that would give the game away. Instead, Mr. Sullivan once again decides "Liberals" need a firm, condescending lecture, this time on how we need to be gracious in "victory" now that the Iraq War is over Liberalism is swelling to a mighty and unstoppable force which is in the process of sweeping aside all opposition.  And to make your reading experience extra special sweet, Mr. Sullivan taps no less an authority on Liberals Knowing Their Damn Place than Ross Cardinal Douthat to back him up! (emphasis has been added):
...A few organizations and closely-held companies want to be exempted from that coverage for religious reasons. They just got it. The administration can still respond by crafting a compromise along the lines of that given to purely religious groups, or by other methods. Yes, there’s a precedent here that could be expanded. But, as Ross notes today, Kennedy’s concurrence suggests not by much. And overall, this battle has been decisively won by secular liberals and their allies (who include many religious people as well). What’s really being done here is negotiating the terms of surrender. And in general, I think victories are more durable if they are allied with a certain degree of magnanimity.

You can read countless screeds against this decision, for example, that nowhere even mention that for some devout people, the mandate might actually be a genuine problem of conscience. Is liberalism indifferent to the conscientious dissent of minorities? The truth is: I don’t think so. But many cannot yet see that the religious right is no longer a majority, fast becoming a small minority, unable to win at the ballot box, and needing some accommodation with respect to majoritarian rule.

That used to be a liberal value. And I hope, before too long, it will again.
I guess Mr. Sullivan is unfamiliar with the first time these people "surrendered".

Or the second.

Or the third.

Or the fourth.

Or the fifth.

I guess Mr. Sullivan is unaware that these are the same breed of Conservative who coped with the Clinton Administration's constant attempts to appease them (while cleaning up the toxic mess they left behind) and passing a whole passel of Conservative laws by spending eight years on witch-hunts, unhinged conspiracy and impeachment. 

I guess Mr. Sullivan is unaware of this...even though these people were his boon chums and Conservative fellow-travelers for years and years and years.

I guess Mr. Sullivan is unaware that these are also the same people who have coped with the Obama Administration's constant attempts to appease them (while cleaning up the toxic mess they left behind) by conspiring to shut the federal government down, deliberately default on our debt, grind the normal process of running the country to a dead stop, arming themselves to the teeth at their own unhinged conspiracies and openly talking of sedition and impeachment because they consider every moment that Barack Obama refuses to resign the office of President and hand the keys over to Ted Cruz to be an act of unalloyed treason.

I guess Mr. Sullivan is unaware that these people never "surrender" (from The Atlantic) --
That decision is beginning to reverberate: A group of faith leaders is urging the Obama administration to include a religious exemption in a forthcoming LGBT anti-discrimination action. Their call, in a letter sent to the White House Tuesday, attempts to capitalize on the Supreme Court case by arguing that it shows the administration must show more deference to the prerogatives of religion. "We are asking that an extension of protection for one group not come at the expense of faith communities whose religious identity and beliefs motivate them to serve those in need," the letter states.
-- (and from Mother Jones) --
Supreme Court Broadens Hobby Lobby Ruling to All Forms of Birth Control

Less than a day after the United States Supreme Court issued its divisive ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it has already begun to toss aside the supposedly narrow interpretation of the decision. On Tuesday, the Supremes ordered lower courts to rehear any cases where companies had sought to deny coverage for any type of contraception, not just the specific types Hobby Lobby was opposed to.

The Affordable Care Act had listed 20 forms of contraception that had to be covered as preventive services. But Hobby Lobby, a craft supply chain, claimed that Plan B, Ella, and two types of IUD were abortifacients that violated the owners' religious principles. The science was against Hobby Lobby—these contraceptives do not prevent implantation of a fertilized egg and are not considered abortifacients in the medical world—but the conservative majority bought Hobby Lobby's argument that it should be exempted from the law.

Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the the 5-4 opinion, used numerous qualifiers in an attempt to limit its scope, but a series of orders released by the court Tuesday contradict any narrow interpretation of the ruling.
-- they regroup and rearm and come roaring back because they are nuts and because their particular brand of insanity is useful to their billionaire backers who are willing to cultivate, underwrite and amplify their madness forever.

And thus Andrew Sullivan's long and truly spectacular record of knowing fuck-all about American Conservatism and even less about Liberals remain unbroken.


Monster from the Id said...

You'll never change the old Rebels, Drifty.

The only solution--since you actually believe in the USA and so won't accept partition into multiple nations along ideological lines--is the one the "moderate" faction of the Malefactors Of Great Wealth, and their vehicle, the Dinocratic wing of the Property Party, is employing: open the borders and drown the old Rebels' votes with the votes of new citizens. The strategy might have worked already if not for the Reptilians' skillful gerrymandering.

This is a dilemma for the hardline faction of the MOGW, and their vehicle, the Reptilian wing of the Property Party. The business owners who own the kinds of businesses which can't be moved out of the USA adore that cheap labor, but the rank-and-file Uruk-hai don't like them "Meskins" takin' over, which is one of the things fueling the possible evolution of the Tea Birchers into a genuine 3rd party.

Monster from the Id said...

Oh, I forgot to add the Reptilian skill at voter suppression to their skill at gerrymandering. Tsk, careless of me.