The Reagan era gave birth to the “Ignorance Ages” a time period, 1980-(On going) In the 1980s. President Ronald Reagan, with the help of the so-called “Moral Majority,” co-opted the religious beliefs of evangelical and/or fundamentalist Christians while Jerry Falwell purchased $10 million in advertising to run a smear campaign against then-incumbent President Jimmy Carter, as the latter, despite his evangelical Christian background, did not actively oppose the Democrats’ pro-choice stance on abortion and was staunch in his belief in the separation of church and state, whereas Falwell and his cohorts sought to fuse religion and government, as they knew that co-opting fundamentalists’ creed would get the Reagan the votes to defeat Carter in the 1980 election. However, Barry Goldwater, despite having appealed to racist Southerners while running against LBJ in 1964 and having opined that “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice and that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue,” was horrified at the notion of the Republican party being overrun by religious fanatics and even stated as far back as 1981.
Under Ronald Reagan, libertarian economics and conservative moralism entered the pamphlets and speeches of Republicans. Soon libertarians, antigovernment campaigners, and moralizers became the party’s mainstream, pushing moderate Republicans to its fringe or out of the party altogether.
Thatcher attacked the state while using its power to free that of the market. Reagan similarly ran against government so as to run government with like purpose. Whereas Thatcher made government sound selfish or naughty, Reagan made it sound comical. “The nine most terrifying words in the English language,” he used to say, “are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” The differences ran deeper. In Britain the arguments of the 1970s and 1980s were among liberals. It was a rerun of the old inner-liberal argument, met many times in this liberal story, between more government and less government. Thatcher was right-wing and for all her talk of freedom was over fond of power, but she was still liberal. Despite her party label, Thatcher passed Hayek’s checklist for not being conservative with relative ease. In the United States, matters were more complicated. For the American right had liberal and non-liberal streams.
Politically speaking, in the 1950s Democrats and Republicans converged at the liberal center.
In the 80’s:Trees Cause Pollution.. The War on Social Programs, The War on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, The War against the poor. It was Thatcher who said, There is No Such Thing As Society. Christy Todd Whitman said, “The best social program is a steady Job.
And it has gotten worse.
Racism and bigotry is the platform that many of the Republican presidential candidates are building their campaign around, but it is being done with code words. Political correctness is one of the phrases that has a subliminal message, and means it’s okay to control things because you are white. There was a time when there were very few regulatory agencies, and there were very few civil rights laws, and being white was right.
The Republicans would like to turn back the clock, so it’s okay for Donald Trump to talk about sending 10 million Hispanics to their homeland, even if it is breaking the law. Trump is standing on a platform of hate and many of the Republican candidates condemn his policy statements. But once the dust has cleared, many of the Republican candidates are adopting his racist policies in their own campaigns.
The ignorance of Fox news and hate of varied religions. Right-wing gain control of the Republican Party and their agenda has been chugging even now in 2017. The Republican Cult of Ignorance offers historical insight into the rise of the so-called “conservative” movement and exposes the common rhetorical tricks used by conservatives to promote radical positions on taxes, Workers rights, collective bargaining, healthcare, energy, national defense, and poverty.
Here is a list of stupid thing Republicans say:
The ignoramus dream has come true with Donald Trump as President. Alienating our Allies and Asian Countries, his leadership is incompetent to say the least. Here is some quotes.
1.”Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
Sounds a little Orwellian…
2. “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
Umm they did Donald. That’s why you lost the popular vote…
3. “We are going to have an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout for the inauguration, and there will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars. All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.
4. “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!”
Not the best way to kick off the New Year Donald…
5. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud”
And the age of ignorance continues. When will it end?