Here at Shamballa, I am forced to make many decisions that are unpleasant. One gets used to it, but it never gets any easier. I debated awhile on this one, but it's time for another curtain lift.
As a matter of professional courtesy, I usually have refrained from lifting curtains on the conservative side of the political aisle. Today, however, I will lift the curtains on a disturbing trend in conservative media.
I started blogging back in 2004 when President Bush was up for a close re-election battle. Knowing the money and agenda that was backing Kerry, and the dystopian reality that same money and agenda has now brought us with President Obama, I used my voice to help re-elect President Bush. Along the way, I posted on numerous websites, both liberal and conservative. Most of these sites were rather disappointing places where the conversation was always inflammatory and those who ran the sites were not necessarily...well...smart. However, clashes of wills and verbal tug-of-wars were par for the course in 2004 and these sites drew vast numbers of the lowest common denominator (LCD) from both parties who enjoyed nothing more that a shout-fest and a mudslinging session.
Here we are in 2011 and these sites have evolved somewhat and a number of conservative bloggers have grouped under Roger Simon's Pajamasmedia to preach to the choir and generate revenue simultaneously. Blogging isn't a high revenue occupation and so the concept of corralling talent and bringing them under one roof isn't unusual. Syndicates do it all the time. Of course it also creates a coherent message - an agenda, if you will.
However, as a conservative, I've watched the Republican Party slowly poisoned by the influence of what I'll call backwater burgs, whose grasp of conservative politics is centered on bible tales taught to these folks as children. This element is loud and vocal and the issue of abortion is a the epicenter of their conservative ideology and the politicians they support must pass this litmus test - a religious one.
Well, religionists and intellectuals have the tiniest of crossover. It's hard to be really smart and religious. It's hard simply to be well read and religious. So, by default, the folks being put up for office by these backwater political machines are religious rubes who are clueless about economics, world affairs, history, objective reasoning...and the list goes on and on. They turn off, not just liberals, but many conservatives too, from California to New York.
This is the problem with Pajamasmedia and the Redstate type political jawflapping machines and as time passes they have been largely responsible for furthering candidates who were not intelligent, unelectable and merely religionists entering politics.
The conservative movement has suffered as a result. Obama was able to be elected because no good conservatives, without a lot of religious baggage, could be found and McCain, who is the epitome of whats wrong with career politicians, was doomed to lose.
Flash forward to 2011. Pajamasmedia and the rest of the slicker backwater political machines are already taking potshots at Donald Trump. Why?
It's real simple Trump isn't backwater enough for them. He's certainly not a bible
thumper and is a city-dweller.
Sakes alive! With all those pretty wimmen around him...he might even secretly have paid for an abortion!
So let's make it clear now. A choice between socialist "liberal" politicians who don't understand capital generation and who pander to the poor and uneducated and the religious, "conservative" politician who is solely beholden to the religionists that made it possible for him to run - is no choice at all. Both are Epic fail.
So if you read junk attacking Trump already, you'll know why. If you wonder why the last batch of conservative Presidential candidates was a bust, you'll know why.
Religious conservatives are conservative only as pertaining to their religion of choice. Keeping church and state separate is imperative and these organizations have poisoned the conservative well and keep throwing their hat in with losers that meet that one criterion - anti-abortion. Fanaticism is a scary thing and even though I myself am opposed to abortion - I would much rather see someone like Trump in office, who has some measure of experience with generating capital, even if I found out he had stock in a health clinic that performed abortions.
These bible belt media outlets have outlived their usefulness. They are now keeping qualified candidates from office and are anathema to conservatives who want to see America led by someone with a real, working brain.
It's time for intelligent Americans to elect someone who has the intelligence to restore America - not just someone who will tell his fellow pew-warmers that he will repeal Roe vs. Wade.
They say a conservative is unelectable without being sold to the hordes of religious southerners that are the largest block of conservatives. If such is the case our nation is doomed. Forever. Game over. If Roger Simon's Pajamasmedia, Erick Erickson's Redstate and other religious-centric conservative propaganda outlets are permitted to torpedo Trump, or some other electable candidate in favor of their theocratically screened selections - we are doomed to four more years of Soros/Obama and a third world America.
I don't want to see that and neither do you.