Essay: Political tremors and the supervolcano of conservatism

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The election of Donald Trump was a supervolcano explosion of right-wing populism in the world.

In 2019, John Feffer wrote at the left leaning The Nation:

"In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the 'pink tide' of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere...

In this planet-wide rising tide of right-wing populism, the liberal left commands only a few disconnected islands — Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay... Worse, crafty operators with even more ambitious agendas stand ready to destroy the liberal status quo once and for all."[1]

The political essay below was composed on May 15, 2014. It is fair to say that User:Conservative, to a significant degree, saw Trumpism far ahead of the vast majority of political pundits. It was a broader array of political right-wing ideologies that ultimately defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 and it was not strictly conservatism. But there is evidence that conservative, religion will grow in the world and have an increasing effect on the political process which will be seen shortly.

Given the 2016 Presidential election in which: Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Mike Pence was elected Vice-President of the United States, Republican's won both houses of Congress and most of the political pundits were in shock - the essay was rather prescient. In addition, the 2010 midterm elections saw sweeping gains by the GOP in the Senate, House, and in many gubernatorial, state, and local races.

Political tremors and the supervolcano of conservatism

Supervolcano require large calderas.

Cross-section through Long Valley Caldera. The valley is one of the Earth's largest calderas.

Do you feel tremors indicating that a supervolcano of conservatism may erupt in 2014? It could be a volcanic eruption index 8 eruption. In fact, a whole series of supervolcano eruptions of political and religious conservatism is on the horizon.

Consider:

1. There is a lot of political ground deformation under ObamaCare and under Obama's presidency (Obama's approval rating is now at 44%).

2. The Euro is tumbling in value and stock markets across secular Europe are in the red.[2]

3. The Democrats are having a very hard time rallying their young constituents.[3]

4. The upcoming political environment definitely does not look good for Democratic Party in the 2014 midterm elections.[4]

5. And according to the British academic and agnostic Eric Kaufmann, this is only the beginning. The 21st century will see a resurgence of religious conservatism thanks to the higher birth rates of religious conservatives in developed countries (and across the world) and an influx of religious, conservative immigrants into Europe (see: Desecularization and Global Christianity).

The circle is almost complete. Soon liberals will experience the full power of political and religious conservatism! Massive destruction will befall secular, leftist ideology!

2010 Midterm elections and wave of anti-abortion laws due to the red wave election

In the United States, a red wave election is an election where there is a surge of voters supporting Republican candidates which results in an unusually high number being elected to office.

In the United States, the Republican Party is associated with the color red.[5]

The New York Times in a news article about Roe vs. Wade entitled How Did Roe Fall: Before a Decisive Ruling, A Powerful Red Wave stated:

The beginning of the end of Roe v. Wade arrived on election night in November 2010.

That night, control of state houses across the country flipped from Democrat to Republican, almost to the number: Democrats had controlled 27 state legislatures going in and ended up with 16; Republicans started with 14 and ended up controlling 25. Republicans swept not only the South but Democratic strongholds in the Midwest, picking up more seats nationwide than either party had in four decades. By the time the votes had been counted, they held their biggest margin since the Great Depression.

There had been a time, in the 15 years after Roe, when Republicans were as likely as Democrats to support an absolute right to legal abortion, and sometimes even more so. But 2010 swept in a different breed of Republican, powered by Tea Party supporters, that locked in a new conservatism. While Tea Party-backed candidates had campaigned on fiscal discipline and promised indifference to social issues, once in office they found it difficult to cut state budgets. And a well-established network was waiting with model anti-abortion laws.

In legislative sessions starting the following January, Republican-led states passed a record number of restrictions: 92, or nearly three times as many as the previous high, set in 2005. The three years following the 2010 elections would result in 205 anti-abortion laws across the country, more than in the entire previous decade.

“A watershed year in the defense of life,” Charmaine Yoest, at the time president of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, proclaimed when the sessions were over, noting that 70 of the laws — restrictions on abortion pills and hurdles for women getting abortions and clinics providing them — had adopted the group’s model legislation. “And that is just the beginning.”[6]

See also

References

  1. Combating the New Right by John Feffer, The Nation, May 13, 2019
  2. Markets are falling
  3. Democratic Panic Time
  4. Midterm election indicator daunting for Democrats
  5. Red wave, thefreedictionary.com
  6. How Did Roe Fall: Before a Decisive Ruling, A Powerful Red Wave by Kate Zernike, New York Times, June 25, 2022