Thanks to all who attended last night. We had 10 folks, including Gerald, a former local private school headmaster. I’m glad we got into the nature of the conservative movement. This is a very confusing time since the GOP is hurtling towards uncharted extremist territory but remains in flux — and maybe still can be rerouted back to the mainstream. Some follow-up:
Upcoming Lecture – Jim mentioned that the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego is hosting a lecture on November 14 that the group might want to attend. See here for details about the Meetup.com event, “Religion, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court.”
Fox News – Since Obama’s election, conservatives have switched their viewing to Fox News in large numbers. Worse, Fox is not the same network it was two years ago. Since Obama’s election, FNN has morphed from the voice of the conservative movement into an active organizer, fundraiser, and employer of the Republican Party. This is unprecedented. A 24-hour cable news network has become a cross between a political action committee and a (dominant) wing of a political party.
Tea Parties — I also promised I’d start posting some of the major studies and analyses of the Tea Party movement, in case anyone wanted to get a jump on next week’s meeting. I’ll start with the most entertaining ones. Despite the sarcastic titles, both are very sharp analyses:
- Sore Winners from Esquire.
- Old Whine in new bottles — Linda’s point that tea party-like movements are a recurring feature of U.S. history.
Reforming Conservatism — As promised, here are a few conservatives I still read.