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Articles of Faith: Did Austerity Politics Kill Compassionate Conservatism?

http://swampland.time.com/2011/08/05/articles-of-faith-did-ayn-rand-and-austerity-politics-kill-compassionate-conservatism/

Marvin Olasky, widely credited as the author of compassionate conservatism and editor of the conservative evangelical magazine WORLD, is still around. And he’s displeased enough with the GOP’s current leadership to rebuke them for embracing the individualism of Ayn Rand. “For nearly a decade Democrats have sought a religious wedge issue that could separate big chunks of white evangelical voters from their Republican home,” Olasky wrote in July. “Now they’ve found it, and are thrusting at the Social Darwinist/Ayn Rand underbelly of American conservatism.”

Olasky isn’t just warning Republicans that they may have handed Democrats a wedge issue in the form of a philosopher who sought to replace religion with capitalism–although there is some of that in Olasky’s tone. He’s also siding with the left’s criticism: “Religious liberals are now rightly chastising conservatives who idolize [Rand].”

The father of compassionate conservatism might be expected to go after those who mock the idea that government can be a partner in helping the most vulnerable in society. But other stalwarts in the evangelical community have spoken up as well. In the spring, Chuck Colson warned that Rand “peddles a starkly anti-Christian philosophy.” And the Family Research Council–no Democratic shill–recently ran an essay calling on conservatives to “exorcize Ayn Rand” and to read their Bibles and Constitutions. “They will find in these enduring documents no syllable to support the morbid maunderings of Ayn Rand,” wrote FRC fellow Robert Morrison.

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Reps have adopted Rand's ideology?....Since when?

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If we go to that kind of standards then Dems can no longer deny being socialists.:ols:

The far right have been calling dems socialists for years. This changes nothing in that regard.

But the fact remains that Rand's idiotic ideology has deeply embedded itself into the far right political culture. More so than at any time in the past. The tea party is just a "soft porn" version of the libertarian party. They may not come out and quote Ayn Rand, hell half of them are too dumb to know who she was or how she influenced their thinking, but they sure are trying to live her dream.

I have always defended the idea that being a republican does not mean you lack compassion in the past. But when every republican stands up and tries to argue that it is unfair to raise taxes on the top 2% of wealthy Americans while cutting benefits to the very poorest I have to cry foul.

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Reps have adopted Rand's ideology?....Since when?

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If we go to that kind of standards then Dems can no longer deny being socialists.:ols:

I was reading a site frequented by climate skeptics. I'm sure the vast majority of themselves considered themselves Republicans. They were talking about economics and the suggested works to read were the most recent book by Roy Spencer, Hayek, and Rand.

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I was reading a site frequented by climate skeptics. I'm sure the vast majority of themselves considered themselves Republicans. They were talking about economics and the suggested works to read were the most recent book by Roy Spencer, Hayek, and Rand.
Oh, they'll all admit ti reading Rand's books, and they admire them like crazy. But they all claim they're not followers of her ideology because....and the resulting distinctions are pretty much meaningless twaddle.
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Oh, they'll all admit ti reading Rand's books, and they admire them like crazy. But they all claim they're not followers of her ideology because....and the resulting distinctions are pretty much meaningless twaddle.

Well put.

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Compassionate Conservatism (n) - A bulls*** phrase created by GWB to justify wasting trillions of dollars and marginalize fiscal conservatives by advocating creationism and school prayer. See also: "A kinder, gentler America" - the original phrase composed of bovine excrement used to undo all the progress of shrinking deficits, tax reform, and spending restraint achieved in Ronald Reagan's 2nd term.

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do you think its unfair to say the tea party embraces Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Philosophy?

I believe they like to quote it...embrace?...not from the looks of it.

You believe the current leadership of the GOP embraces it?

nice to see the Dems embracing the religious right though,nothing like a disaster to make them find religion:silly:

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The far right have been calling dems socialists for years. This changes nothing in that regard.

But the fact remains that Rand's idiotic ideology has deeply embedded itself into the far right political culture. More so than at any time in the past. The tea party is just a "soft porn" version of the libertarian party. They may not come out and quote Ayn Rand, hell half of them are too dumb to know who she was or how she influenced their thinking, but they sure are trying to live her dream.

I have always defended the idea that being a republican does not mean you lack compassion in the past. But when every republican stands up and tries to argue that it is unfair to raise taxes on the top 2% of wealthy Americans while cutting benefits to the very poorest I have to cry foul.

This should not be a surprise one of the biggest players on the right is the Kochs one of whom ran as the Lebertarian VP canadidate against Ronald Reagan.

So talk radio often done with their propaganda, you go to the Cato institute, that is their Americans For Prosperiety is them again and they are funding other groups so it should be no surprise.

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I believe they like to quote it...embrace?...not from the looks of it.

You believe the current leadership of the GOP embraces it?

nice to see the Dems embracing the religious right though,nothing like a disaster to make them find religion:silly:

You mean the same group that Falwell et al delivered to Reagan who had been Dems before?

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