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Sun Apr 3, 2016, 04:08 AM

1. The GOP is taken over by strong conservatives who

have (the best of them, anyway, some are just locusts):

1. A belief in a natural order in which deserving people sift up and undeserving sift down, depending on how well they live their lives. They believe that government programs cause worse problems by oversetting this natural order. The same with too much government regulation of the upper classes, who need to prosper for the good of the nation. (Opposition to food stamp programs feeding hungry children.)

2. A darker view of humanity than liberals and believe that, without a strong societal structure of rewards and punishments, people won't work and will steal, cheat, etc. (Ever work for a conservative boss, especially an authoritarian conservative, who was always worried about employees stealing the office supplies?)

3. Conservatives do NOT believe, in their bellies, in the equality of all men and are more comfortable in and reassured by a class-based society which is run by those who have proven themselves through prosperity and have the most to lose if the nation does not do well. (Their peculiar support for tax breaks for the wealthy.)

4. Conservatives have a different sort of community-based morality in which harming the community by breaking norms is seen as more damaging than hurting an individual in that community. (Rubberstamping DA indictments, ignoring police violence) They also have different standards of morality for dealing with people who are their own and those who are "outsiders." (Guantanamo).

This is not theory but results of years of research by social scientists. It has been analyzed from many different viewpoints in different ways, very much including from the Christian religion it is embedded in. Understand this and you'll be able to answer your own question.

They feel, rationally or otherwise, that if it weren't for the disruption and corruption of safety net programs the nation would be doing far better. That this nation was founded and advanced on LIBERAL principles is something they deny, and they are trying to fix the enormous problems they believe liberal and progressive policies have caused.

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