Friday, May 20, 2005
Religious Zealots & the Very Rich: The Mother Goose Coalition
NOB HILL--Since the last election liberals keep asking, "How did the Republicans get people to vote against their own best interests?" And there are lots of issues by way of illustration: social security, stem cell research, gutting most democratic institutions, tax cuts for the rich, etc. Well, chalk it up to the Mother Goose Coalition. Do you remember the nursery rhyme?
Jack Spratt could eat no fat;
His wife could eat no lean.
So between the pair of them,
They licked the platter clean.
You see, the very rich care nothing about religion and the very religious care nothing about money. It is the best of all alliances. As long as the rich don't interfere with the religious zealotry of right-wing Christianity, the rich have the blessing of the church. And as long as the religious people let the rich get richer, the Christian absolutists have the backing of the monied class. And so we are assaulted on both the social and financial realms by two groups that have no real interest in what the other one does. It is indeed the perfect Jack Spratt situation.