Author: Larry C. Lyons
Rick is on a Roll! The Stunning Sincerity of Rick "Nehemiah" Santorum
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is truly on a roll.
Feeling his oats, he has been laying down a hardcore line. And if this
one week is any sample, we are in for one heckuva ride.
He started by impugning President Ombama's religious faith as "phony
theology." This is red meat, so central to the party faithful that a
surrogate let slip what it really means, into an open microphone --
the "radical muslim" fantasy that they share privately on the bus and
But more on that in another post.
Is Santorum the new "teflon candidate" to whom nothing bad will stick?
Let's start with the Phony Theology of environmentalism.
== Elevating the Earth above People? ==
Now, completing 48 hours of grand assertions, Santorum proclaims that
President Barack Obama is beholden to radical environmentalists and
has a "world view that elevates the earth above man.
Again and again, we see broad-brush assertions that are immune to
testing by facts or experiment of falsification, because by their very
essence they are about rhetoric, polemic, the world of subjective
There IS an answer for this latest Santorum salvo. Alas, it must be
in terms that are rhetorical, polemical and subjective. Yet, the pure
So is it even remotely true that - as Santorum claims - both Obama and
the hated/satanic blue half of America elevate the Earth above people?
Wrong. We elevate our great-grandchildren... and their
great-grandchildren... above both short-term ripoff artists and dopes
who pray for Armageddon.
Tens and hundreds of billions of people... future people... our
descendants. We want to save a viable planet -- and a viable,
vibrantly creative economy and a vigorously scientific civilization --
When you strip away all the dross and distractions -- like the insipid
notion that any of this involves old-fashioned "left-vs-right -- and
when you also strip away all the self-hypnosis incantations like
"muslim" and "socialism" -- what is left? What's the essential. core
matter before us?
== The divide is not left/right... it is forward vs backward ==
Picture the big-money oligarchs who are stage managing this hysteria,
hijacking the once-noble movement of Barry Goldwater...what do they
have in common with the ground troops of the GOP, in their steepening
spiral of frothing religious hysteria? Very little, except...
...the future. Neither of them think about it, want it, care about it
or believe in it. The populists in America's latest Great Revival
think the days of the Late Great Planet Earth are numbered, and they
despise those who would tend it with careful attention to distant
tomorrows. The oligarchs? If they had horizons extending beyond ten
years, they would get rich the way Gates and Buffet do, with goods and
services, and with some thought to the long range, as well. In both
cases, the agenda is nostalgia.
Oh, I will concede that Newt wants a moon base. But where else is the
extended future - the Long Now - to be found, contemplated anywhere at
all on the right? Barry Goldwater used to think long term. But in
those days, 40% of scientists called themselves Republican, instead of
5% today. A migration and exile that says it all.
Read more about how well Rick Santorum channels to the "future
shocked" side of America -- our neighbors who want no part of it.
Yes, there are also lefties, who "avatar" tomorrow with gloom. I have
always avowed that there are nut-jobs in that direction, too. But
those flakes are relatively rare and they do not own or operate an
entire political party. They don't have the calamitous misrule of the
2000s decade to atone for. Those lefty flakes are not the same thing
as Blue America.
The America that still thinks about posterity -- and yes the posterity
of our beloved fellow (red) citizens, as well. All of our descendants
who will need a living