We've embraced Ellen, gay marriage and progress. If Ann Coulter knows, why are radical right groups still fighting?
Excerpt from article by SALLY KOHN, Salon
And so it is that conservatives repeatedly bang their heads against the social progress and common-sense values of ordinary Americans, whether it’s a Christmas commercial or the so-called fiscal cliff. Conservative Republicans literally manufactured the “fiscal crisis” by refusing to extend our nation’s credit, so that they could try to exact drastic cuts to government spending. But here’s the kicker: The American people really like those government programs. A lot. Once upon a time they may have been skeptical but now, by a wide margin, even Republican voters favor Democratic proposals to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security.
Also, the vast majority of Americans, including most Republicans, support increasing taxes on the rich in order to address the alleged crisis. In fact, the election results — in which, ahem, the Democrats won — were a resounding affirmation of this approach, as confirmed by exit polls. By continuing to resist the fundamental will of the American people, do conservatives realize how out of touch they seem — how much they are losing their grasp on political reality and the electorate?
Americans support gay rights and increasingly believe that same sex couples should be able to marry. Most Americans think that Wall Street CEOs should not pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Culture wars and class warfare in America? Conservatives built that. And lost.
Time to pack up, go home and reemerge as a more mainstream political movement that finally acknowledges that Americans don’t like economic inequality — and do like gay folks, opportunity for women, racial tolerance and government programs that help poor people and seniors. No, the American people haven’t finished evolving on these issues either, but they’re evolving toward justice and equality and away from conservative demagoguery.
“We lost the election,” Ann Coulter recently admitted to my colleague Sean Hannity on Fox News. Coulter, who incidentally is a strong supporter of gay rights, argued that Republicans need to give in and let taxes on the top 2 percent go up. [MORE]
Via Eric Byler