Radical Right Reality Check

Radical Right Reality Check

Radical Right Reality Check

The worst proposals thus far in the 2015 legislative session North Carolina lawmakers treated themselves and everyone else to a spring break this week. Committee meetings and floor votes were suspended and most lawmakers stayed away from the ...
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Lt. Governor issues scathing attack on marriage ruling, will co-host event with controversial activist who would rewrite the U.S. Constitution Friday afternoon’s federal court ruling ushering in marriage equality has provoked some very different reactions amongst defenders of ...
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Follies 4
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Mangling history, defending plutocracy and…launching a coup? There’s scarcely a week that goes by these days in which the average, reasonably sane American doesn’t find him or herself marveling at just how far the modern far right is ...
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The right’s contempt for government and the people it serves hits a new low It’s an image that may be tough to conjure up in the middle of an especially cold winter, but there usually comes a moment ...
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How far will the market fundamentalist right go? What does the subject of “mail-order brides” have to do with the quest for freedom? If you, like most other sane people on the planet, have never given this strange ...
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Local conservative group sanitizes a defender of racist politics Looking for a reason (other than a bottomless pile of corporate money) that conservatives so often seem to be on the offensive in modern American policy debates?  Here’s a ...
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Legislative leaders threaten to pack up and go home if they don’t get their way It would take a lot of hard work for the Republicans who run the General Assembly to make themselves look like complete fools ...
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The right’s startling contempt for poor children What is it about the far right and its contempt for helping children? What kind of political movement or organization would devote a sizable chunk of its limited resources (as two ...
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The right wing’s ongoing effort to make reactionary policies seem reasonable Right-wing politicians and talking heads are in damage-control mode these days as they attempt to put a positive spin on the disastrous legislative session that adjourned last ...
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Senate Republican leader confirms that market fundamentalists are fully in charge Since the beginning of the 2011 session, some caring and thoughtful observers of North Carolina politics have clung to the hope that not all legislative Republican leaders ...
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The right's absurd and contradictory arguments about school class size Expect to hear a lot in upcoming months about class size. As in: raising the number of kids in each public school classroom North Carolina.   As in: ...
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The company they keep

You might be surprised at what many on the right actually believe

There is a bit of common wisdom in modern American culture about the intersection of the debate between progressives and conservatives. It's often voiced by politicians, members of the media and a lot of average folks. You may have even espoused such a view yourself. It goes something like this:

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The right is relegated to just making stuff up

It's a favored catchphrase of sports fans everywhere - usually uttered by supporters of a talented team that finds itself up against an overmatched opponent. It goes something like this: "If we can't beat these guys, then we don't deserve to be champs." Think, for instance, of the U.S. soccer team and its World Cup match with Algeria this week.

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Political "scorecard" shows just how extreme the conservative movement has become

America has always had a full complement of "conservatives" of varying stripes. Comfortable suburbanites and dirt poor farmers, religious fundamentalists and libertarian freethinkers, ideologues who don't believe in government at all and respectable establishment types who view public office as their birthright, single issue fanatics and sober pragmatists, immigrant haters and immigrant hirers.

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The unfortunate alliance of religious conservatives and anti-tax ideologues

For most progressives, there's something that rankles about the longstanding, often successful effort of religious conservatives to appropriate the word "family." The presumptuous notion that one particular band of one religious tradition - in this case conservative Christianity - has the right to anoint itself as the "defender of traditional family values" is simply offensive to millions of loving, caring and family-oriented people who come from lots of other faith and non-faith-based traditions and hold different political views.

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