Lee: Conservatives Don’t Focus on Family Enough

Friday and Saturday was the annual Values Voters Summit and it was everything we’ve come to expect from the theocratic conservative wing of the GOP. The disconnect from reality started with the very first speaker, Sen. Mike Lee, who says that theocons haven’t focused enough on the family.

Of course, when he says they should focus on the family, he means that they’re not sufficiently anti-gay, anti-choice and pro-prayer in schools. Because it’s not like nearly all of their organizations have “family” in their title (Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Family Research Council, etc). And it’s not like they’ve made those issues the cornerstone of their agenda for the last three and a half decades. Only on Planet Wingnuttia could someone actually believe that they haven’t paid enough attention to practically the only thing they’ve paid attention to for decades.

Comments

  1. Jim says

    No, no, I’m sure he means that they need to focus on increasing food, housing and Medicaid, all of which are very helpfulf or poor families. I mean, if he said otherwise, he’d be a hypocrite, and you can’t be a hypocrite and be a Values Voter, right?

  2. The Beautiful Void says

    “We need to focus on the family!”

    “But our monomania is alienating voters and pushing us away from power.”

    “Then focus harder!

    As Einstein said, insanity is when you do the same thing and expect different results.

  3. John Pieret says

    Cripes! Short of taking en masse to the streets to stone gays, abortion doctors and atheists to death, just how could they be more anti-gay, anti-choice and pro-prayer in schools?

    Damn! Shouldn’t be giving them ideas …

  4. says

    Of course, when he says they should focus on the family, he means that they’re not sufficiently anti-gay, anti-choice and pro-prayer in schools…

    What? That’s ridiculous. Going by the names of their organizations they’re clearly all about banning divorce.

    Jim “No, no, I’m sure he means that they need to focus on increasing food, housing and Medicaid, all of which are very helpfulf or poor families.”
    No, because a strong family is a self-sufficient family. If they need help, charity is better than government. Government weakens people when it helps people, because help is help when people do it but not when government of the people do it.
    And also government tends to help people our people don’t like.

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

    Why would they focus on family? Remember, it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs. That’s what they told us during the last campaign season. And that’s what they’ve been doing ever since elected. Concentrating on jobs, destroying as many as possible so they can blame it on Obama.

  6. eric says

    Only on Planet Wingnuttia could someone actually believe that they haven’t paid enough attention to practically the only thing they’ve paid attention to for decades.

    On the one hand, you’re right. Being more virulently anti-gay is likely to lose them far more elections than it wins them, and its remarkable that they don’t see it.

    On the other hand, I do think they have succesfully moved the Overton window, and I think some of the smarter ultraconservatives understand that that is the goal. Spouting yet more ultraconservativism may not translate into ultraconservative policies, but it may translate into many more moderately conservative policies. It influences the independents to be more to the right, which causes the Democrats to shift a bit right too. In that respect, these “family” groups are pretty savvy about continuing to bang their drum.

  7. Larry says

    Love the GOP focus on families being put at risk due to the GOP-sponsored government shutdown what with the furloughs and all. Not to mention all the family retirement savings that are at risk when the GOP decides not to raise the debt limit. I mean can’t you just feel the love.

  8. raven says

    Lee: Conservatives Don’t Focus on Family Enough

    Sen. Mike Lee has learned the lessons of fundie xian instruction manual well, Orwell’s 1984.

    In Fundiespeak, focusing on the family means; destroying the USA to prevent a few poor, self employed, and preexisting conditions people get Affordable Health Care.

    Nothing says jesus loves you more than throwing poor people and a nation of 317 million people under a bus.

  9. raven says

    Love the GOP focus on families being put at risk due to the GOP-sponsored government shutdown what with the furloughs and all.

    You don’t understand Fundiespeak. Try the translator on Google.

    Focus on the family = destroying the USA to save it. It worked well in Vietnam.

    alternatively

    Focus on the family = they would rather destroy the USA than see Obama succeed.

  10. Dunc says

    You just have to remember that they’re not talking about “the family”, they’re talking about “the Family” (aka “The Fellowship” or “the International Foundation”).

  11. raven says

    Lee: Conservatives Don’t Focus on Family Enough

    The USA has 317 million people.

    The number of people the christofascist GOP has put at risk is….roughly 317 million people.

    If the USA goes down, we all go down with it. Their base, the fundies will get hit as hard as any. They tend to be older, poorer, uneducated, and heavy users of government services like Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps, and so on.

    It’s already happening. For the first time in a century, average lifespans are going down in parts of the USA. The parts where fundies are concentrated.

  12. dugglebogey says

    You’re right. They’re upset because lib-ruls want to “redefine” marriage. While at the same time they’re redefining the word “family” to mean “hates fags.”

  13. exdrone says

    Regulation has been a successful strategy in the conservatives’ anti-abortion effort in some states. Maybe they should consider regulating marriage. If people are not adopting conservative values and beliefs through logic and persuasion, then they need to find another means of imposing them on everyone.

  14. raven says

    OT but related. More of how the GOP is focusing on the family.

    Default looming, Day 14 of shutdown, no solution

    Here is the latest headline from my news feed.

    1. I don’t see that anyone has any idea of how this will end. The headlines go back and forth, it’s on, it’s off.

    2. When the USA housing and stock markets crashed and we went into the Great Recession, one group was completely clueless. The leaders of Wall Street, the banks, and the government. They never saw it coming.

    Millions of people however, did see it coming. They bailed out of the stock markets early and on time. We were one of them. It was just obvious there were bubbles everywhere and they were going to burst with predictable results.

    Same thing happened when the USSR imploded. The leadership never saw it coming.

    3. The lesson here is obvious. If you think the people in power know what is going on and what is going to happen, forget it. They are usually the last to figure it out.

    Not sure why that is but they may be either seeing the trees but not the forest or overestimating their abilities to determine events.

  15. arakasi says

    We all know that facing adversity together tends to lead to lifelong bonds – just look at any gathering of combat veterans.

    Similarly, families are brought much closer together when their economic situation forces them to kill and eat the poorly performing relatives. The family will survive – smaller, but bound together far more tightly.

    The speakers at the V V S are just looking out for you.

  16. Synfandel says

    raven wrote:

    The number of people the christofascist GOP has put at risk is….roughly 317 million people.

    The number they’re putting at risk is much higher than 317 million. The effects of the government shutdown and of the impending debt default don’t stop at the national border. In our integrated global economy, when the US sneezes we all get a cold, and we Canadians get it first.

  17. says

    Conservatives Don’t Focus on Family Enough

    It’s true. They don’t focus on their own families enough. They’re too busy focusing on yours.

  18. Michael Heath says

    Synfandel writes:

    In our integrated global economy, when the US sneezes we all get a cold, and we Canadians get it first.

    When I was doing some business in Brazil in the late-90s/early-2000s some Brazilian business people repeated the truism, “When the US sneezes we catch pneumonia”.

  19. Ichthyic says

    In our integrated global economy, when the US sneezes we all get a cold, and we Canadians get it first.

    The projected impacts have already been published even down here in New Zealand.

    don’t wait… go out and punch a teabagger in the nose today!

    do it for the rest of the world.

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