Conservatism and Ignorance. Their profound effects on U.S. Politics

Conservatism

defined: Constituting a political or religious philosophy of advocating established "traditional" beliefs.

Whether those beliefs are logical, or not, is unimportant to the die-hard conservatives.

The lesser of the definitions would be the idea of caution, or discretion, based on personal beliefs about the protection, or the preservation, of a society that clings to unrealistic expectations of the behavior of others.

Whether those others agree or accept those ideas, or not, is irrelevant.

Political/Religious ignorance

Knowledge versus Ignorance

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Ignorance

defined: Being destitute of knowledge, education, or comprehension of common sense and logic.

This is the basis of the Latin phrase: "ignoratio elenchi". The literal translation is "ignorance of proof".
It is a fallacy of logic supposing a point proved, or disapproved, by an argument 'proving' or 'disapproving' something not at issue.

A perfect example of conservative ignorance is the recent Congressional decisions to allow Internet providers the right to dictate what the Internet users are allowed to view and censure all else that might be relevant to some people who view the world through progressive and self determinant expression of worth and value to each individual.

This is a blatant attempt to stifle education, free expression of thought, and limit mind expansion by virtue of censorship of content to only allow what is relevant to the providers.

This is as dangerous as the practice of subliminal mind control used by many commercial advertising agencies in their television ads.

The current trend of the 'dumbing down' of America

A recent (revelation) of the current ranking of schools in the united states, by state, was made public.
It listed all states by how they scored on education and the percentage of high school graduates.

The bottom ten worst states are:

States ------------------ Scores ------- Percent of high school graduates

10. Oklahoma ---------- 64.2 --------- 73.9%
09. Michigan ----------- 63.8 ---------- 70.9%
08. South Dakota ----- 63.2 ---------- 76.3%
07. South Carolina ----62.6 ---------- 61.5%
06. Alaska -------------- 62.6 ---------- 68.7%
05. Alabama ------------ 62.2 --------- 69.4%
04. West Virginia ------ 60.8 --------- 74.7%
03. New Mexico -------- 60.3 --------- 59.4%
02. Louisiana ---------- 59.8 ---------- 67.0%
01. Mississippi --------- 57.1 ---------- 64.4%

These are the states that are most steeped in Conservative Religious Ignorance.
The 'Number One' is the bottom of the proverbial barrel of ignorance both politically and religiously.
These states personify conservative ignorance in the U.S.A.

This is NOT a definitive title to be proud of, to say the least.

As much as Texas contributes to this terrible phenomenon it is does not make the top (bottom) of the "worst" list, but not from the lack of trying.
Amazing.

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Social Implications

None of this is meant to imply that mankind is less than what it is.

Instead, it is already established that mankind has the innate ability to improve the minds of its individual inhabitants.

The question is not that mankind is limited in its ability, but rather that individuals within the society of man are loathe to improve their minds for various reasons.

.......In politics, it is the mindset that what one has been taught is the ultimate truth above all other ideas and beliefs.

.......In religion it is the mindset of the political venue, coupled with the fear that by improving one's mind and acquiring the ability to think for ones self would be an affront against a God that abhors change, mind improvement, thought exploration, and thereby somehow making the acquisition of knowledge counter to the god that they blindly worship.

Both concepts are wrong, and flawed in their efficaciousness.

Logic would dictate just the opposite.

If man was never meant to become free thinking, learning capable, and growth oriented, then God would not have given man this innate ability to be more than he currently is.

Without critical changes in current beliefs humanity is destined to remain a race of radical peoples, fighting amongst themselves to appease a God that may or may not exist, or at minimal, even care about how we direct our energies - either positively or negatively.

It is up to mankind to decide its own fate and thus far it has failed to promote enough positive energy that would change the way mankind treats itself as a whole.

We must be taught first about the [Power of Positive Thinking], and how to overcome reverent fear and negativity in our lives.

It is clear that in our current society as in the distant past, there is definitely a deeply imbedded correlation between "religious beliefs" and the lack of knowledge, common sense and logic.

by: d.william 01/26/2014

Positive versus Negative Energy

Do you feel you are contributing more of a positive energy on humanity than not?

  • Yes, i only practice positive thoughts and deeds
  • No, i only practice negative thoughts and deeds
  • I believe 'conservative values are best for everyone
  • I believe that 'progressive values are best for everyone
  • I don't care about the attitudes of others, just myself
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BobbiRant 2 years ago from New York

I really enjoyed this hub. It looks like not so many others have commented here. LOL I'm not saying one word, other than: "Great hub, my Dear."


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

BobbiRant:

Thanks for taking the time to read and leave your comment. It is notable how many readers look at a hub, and may or may not read it through because of its subject matter, and/or decline on commenting.

The norm on H.P. seems to be to ostracize anyone who does not follow the main stream mentality about religious 'beliefs'.

Conservative and Religious beliefs run hand in hand and the ignorance that permeates them both is palpable to the perceptive person.

I always say, and firmly believe, that the more educated a person becomes the less likely they are to maintain the ignorance of both the conservative and religious mentalities.


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Hi d. Williams,

I've read over your Hub, and I'm not sure I see it has the whole Truth.

I am a Conservative and of the Jewish faith. I don't think I'm radical. I come from a family that produced Doctors, as well as hard working people. As Will Smith said in the "Video interview", he didn't get where he is, without hard work on his part.

To say that there are not Radicals in both Liberal and Conservatives would only be fooling ones self. I do see a lot of Anger in your Hub, and for that I do feel badly. Thank goodness as Hub writers we are able to expressive ourselves and hopefully still be friends.


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d.william 2 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

b.Malin:

Sorry for taking so long to respond to your comments. You know your comments and thoughts are always appreciated. I have been sick and not doing anything on H.P. until just recently and have a lot of catching up to do.

Anyway, i am at a lose as to what you find to be not the entire truth. I don't ever try to use blanket statements about all people of "faith", as there are surely many good people to have fallen under the spell of their religious brainwashing done to them in the childhood.

The correlation between ignorance and conservatism is as evidenced mainly in the political field when professed conservatives try to make their personal beliefs be legally imposed onto others by citing .."..it is God's will, because it says so in my bible....".

But it is not only Christianity that does this, observe the radical crack pots that bomb, kill and maim other people in the name of Allah.

But to be fair - i do always admit that there are definitely radicals in every religion, and in both conservatives and liberals in Washington. Those who are the most obnoxious are the ones who give a bad name to the rest who deal with their religions and political philosophies with an open mind and an open heart.

Hopefully, the anger that you see is interpreted correctly to be directed towards those who refuse to acknowledge that they are closed minded to other possibilities.

My ''closed mindedness'' is directed towards those whose beliefs are lacking in logic and common sense, and clouded with superstitious nonsensical ideas and beliefs.


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social thoughts 18 months ago from New Jersey

Very well done! I like your voice in this, too. This is a subject I write about a lot. There are several posts of yours I saw that I intend to read. :) Keep doing what you do!


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d.william 18 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

social thoughts:

thanks for reading and your thoughtful comments. I will be re-visiting your works as well, in the near future. I have been out of touch on H.P. for almost a year and have a great deal of catching up to do.


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Akriti Mattu 18 months ago from Shimla, India

Brilliant how you chose a topic like this to write about. Voted up :)


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d.william 18 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Airiti:

thanks for reading and taking time to leave your comments. I have always been passionate about how most of the negative responses to progressive thinking is based on lack of knowledge and understanding - which in turn is based on being taught fundamental hatred by religion and those who only want to 'control' the lives of other when they can't even run their own lives with decency, love, understanding, and tolerance for the beauty of life's diversity.


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jackclee lm 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

What do you attribute to the dumbing down of America? Please answer honestly.


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d.william 16 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

jackclee:

Thanks for reading and asking this question.

The answer is relatively simple. The "dumbing down of America" is deliberate and specific in reasoning.

The more educated a person becomes, the more they are apt to be uncontrollable by religion and politics.

There is a saying: "the more i learn, the more i realize just how much i do not know"

Here is an article i wrote specifically addressing this phenomenon in America.

http://hubpages.com/education/The-dumbing-down-of-...

People who wish to control the lives of others have learned long ago that knowledge is power - ergo, if you limit the knowledge of the masses by design you increase your power over them.


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jackclee lm 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

d.william - I read your hub on dumbing down of America and I have strong opinion and comment. I like the discussion and hope to continue the debate respectfully of course.


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d.william 16 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

jackclee: thanks again for your comments. I always try to be respectful of the opinions of others as long as those opinions are unbiased and based on facts.

When people quote their bibles, or get all their news from Fox network there is little left to be discussed as both of those references are bogus as hell.


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jackclee lm 16 months ago from Yorktown NY

Just curious, where do you get your news?


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d.william 16 months ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Jackclee:

another fair question. I am a news junkie.

I watch Fox news, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and BBC America, as well as Link TV and Free Speech television.

Fox news seems to be the only news station that lives in an alternative universe.

I am also an advocate for equality, and liberal thinking, and progressive views. I find religions distasteful and inappropriate for children to be indoctrinated into before they reach their age of reasoning. This is child abuse at its very worst.

If you would like to know what being a "liberal" minded person means to me, read my article:

http://hubpages.com/politics/When-did-LIBERAL-beco...

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