|12-11-2012, 07:30 PM||#1|
GOP and Atheism
As an agnostic, I find the religious wing of the GOP a little trying. Naturally you'd think I'd secure a happy home in the Democratic Party, but, lo and behold, I happen upon a similar histrionic and emotive-driven worldview within the Leftist ranks. Non-empirical, non-rational, non-philosophical movements predicated on how I, blacks, gays, single women aged 18-34, seniors, etc. are all "feeling" actually end up making me feel nauseous. The progressive impulse to divvy up people based on racial, economic, sexual orientation, or gender identification is also a step in the wrong direction, IMO, and it's a tried-and-true tactic that heightening people's awareness to these superficial and mean differences will ultimately sway a good chunk of them to vote you into power. Of course, every little clique needs to operate under its own little mode of logic when reasoning through policy decisions, and that's the part that especially sticks in my craw. There is no "black logic" or "gay Latina senior citizen military veteran" logic: there is strictly human logic.
This comes back to the point I'm belaboring. Where does someone like me turn when evaluating political affiliation? If it's not the irrational religious freneticism on the Right, it's a different kind, but no less exhausting, irrational religious freneticism on the Left. Conservatism as a broader philosophy appeals to me (specifically Burke) because it is highly rational and it views human history as a sort of empirical demonstration of ideas: we keep what works and there's a high burden of proof to change things. None of this "getting involved to change the world" just for the sake of "getting involved" and "change." It's circumspect and scientific, and very agnostic.
If the GOP were to trend more towards this line of thought, I wonder how it would play with the masses. Like if the GOP ran a couple atheists for higher office and scaled back the religious talk in their platform. I wonder how the evangelicals would handle it, but I think they'd be open to the argument that this is actually how the Constitution was intended, and that religious freedom flourishes most in a secular, pluralistic society. Basically I'm wondering what both the irreligious and religious would think of such a move.