Originally Posted by W*GS
The GOP dropped any pretense to being anything other than the political wing of the Christian Taliban decades ago.
For all your distaste of left-wing "identity politics", to believe that the GOP will abandon its theocratic impulses is purely delusional.
Theocratic impulses are the same as any other totalitarian impulse, usually culminating in some sort of creepy 1984esque thought-police and paranoia. That kind of thing will never come at you directly, but instead under guise of being "for your own good" or "for the good of everyone." That's the kind of language emanating from the modern Left, and it is strikingly similar to the religious language of bygone eras. Medieval Catholics hunting down Jews or modern-day Islamists mutilating little girls are both examples of subsets of people attempting to lord over others by dint of some stunted and self-ascribed moral prerogative. The turn-off I experience from the religious Right (I think it's awfully hyperbolic to equate them with the Taliban, but to each his own) is the same turn-off I experience from the equally dogmatic and religious Left. It's a religion of State in service of some sentimental bull**** utopia that sounds like unfiltered hell to me. The left-wing version is worse because religion is in many ways on the wane, and its adherents (at least in modern-day America) are typically cognizant of the faith factor in what they preach, especially with the advent of modern science. Not so with progressivism. I've never met a group of crusaders more certain of their cause, and there is little chance of opting out of their faith-based mission.
That's why I think the GOP, if it were smart, should frame the discussion as thus, and embrace a philosophical type of skepticism towards all claims of truth, especially those that end in concentration of power. It dovetails nicely with their economic agenda.