POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the religious right, a creation of Republican cynicism, exits from where it never should have been

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 16, 2009

Frank Rich writes in today’s NYT (3/15/09) …

  •  Someday we’ll learn the whole story of why George W. Bush brushed off that intelligence briefing of Aug. 6, 2001, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

    • But surely a big distraction was the major speech he was readying for delivery on Aug. 9, his first prime-time address to the nation. The subject — which Bush hyped as “one of the most profound of our time” — was stem cells.
    • For a presidency in thrall to a thriving religious right (and a presidency incapable of multi-tasking), nothing, not even terrorism, could be more urgent.
  • What has happened between 2001 and 2009 to so radically change the cultural climate?

  • Americans have less and less patience for intrusive and divisive moral scolds; the former moral “majority” has been downsized to more of a minority than ever.

LMW COMMENT … What a pleasure to see the retreat of the religious right out of politics where they do not belong. It would be well, however, to reflect on how they became so intrusive. It was the purposeful, cynical strategy of the Republican party to mislead many middle-class Americans who would never benefit from their favor-the-wealthy policies into voting against their own self-interest. Those who voted in such an ignorant manner got what they deserved; unfortunately, the rest of us suffered as well from the worst president in our history.

Read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/opinion/15rich.html?ref=opinion



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