I am responding to your article "HAVE THEY SKINNED THE RATTLESNAKE?", that a friend of mine recently shared.
I'm certainly no political scientist. However, I've been involved enough in the study of the Philosophy of Liberty and as a witness of mainstream politics over the past couple of decades to learn why all these things are happening, and how we could remedy the problem. Perhaps you might humor me, as the mere layperson that I am, and consider my answer to your question.
To put it as simply as I possibly can, the "Liberal VS Conservative" dogma is pure deception. These are not true ideologies or philosophies, but are rather terms which have adopted deceptive and erroneous meanings over decades, and have been erroneously associated with the 2-party duopoly in what I call "Neo-Amerika", leaving individuals to be fooled into believing there are only two (false) ideologies with which to associate.
Over the past century, while Americans have been increasingly divided over this deception (which I believe was initiated by none other than the "great deceiver" who transcends this third dimension), the masses are distracted and duped and do not see the real battle of secular ideologies, which is "Collectivism VS Individualism", nor the ongoing fundamental spiritual battle that is continually fought: "Liberty VS Tyranny".
The Democrat-Republican political duopoly which has been created via the draconian Plurality Voting system both adopt the Collectivist philosophies of Socialism and Fascism — the Democratic Party leans more toward Socialism, while the Republican Party leans more toward Fascism, but these lines are seldom distinct and often crossover.
The degree to which individuals adopt either of these authoritarian Collectivist philosophies, Socialism and/or Fascism, is the degree to which they reject the Individualist philosophy which is grounded in Liberty, and therefore also the degree to which they embrace Tyranny.
So when a movement comes along that attempts to embrace aspects of Individualist philosophy rooted in Liberty, the status quo of whichever "political side" of the duopoly being courted often winds up usurping and diluting the movement because of their own deception and allegiance to their own party, rather than to Liberty itself.
The Tea Party is a perfect example of this phenomenon. It began as an outcry against economic corruption, yet after only a couple years, those politicians who are being billed as "Tea Party Candidates" are the same who have continually voted for legislation that perpetuates the same economic corruption that the Tea Party is supposed to be against.
This is party due to the fact that the Tea Party was never really grounded in any kind of Individualist/Libertarian philosophy. Rather, just like the recent "Occupy" movement, it was based upon the rants of those witnessing massive economic corruption, but apparently never understanding the causes of the corruption in the first place, thus, not understanding the remedies that Individualist philosophy and various free market solutions have to offer.
Therefore, most of the membership of any such rebellious movement who would otherwise choose Liberty over the existing and growing Tyranny, are gradually fooled into again embracing their chosen "lesser-of-two-evils" Collectivist political party agendas, like dogs returning to their own vomit.
I don't entirely fault these individuals on either political "side", because I believe the deception is widespread (via the controlled public education system and mass media) and extremely powerful — so powerful, that even these Christians of whom you speak ignore the principles of Liberty about which their own Messiah teaches, embrace the deception, and thus unknowingly work together in advancing Tyranny.
On one hand, the "Liberal Christians" often erroneously equate Biblical teachings regarding individual economic decisions (for example: voluntary giving to the poor/needy) with the agenda to advance Socialism, while on the other hand, the "Conservative Christians" often erroneously equate Biblical teachings regarding individual personal decisions (for example: voluntary medicine options) with the agenda to advance Fascism. Still, these lines often blur and even occasionally cross as both "sides" use organizations within both the Public and Private sectors in order to advance their agendas via force upon individuals who would otherwise be free to live without government or corporate intervention and manipulation.
Regardless, both of these Christian camps erroneously attempt to institute their interpretations of Biblical doctrine by means of Collectivist "mob rules" force, giving almost no consideration to the unalienable individual Liberty which is granted to us all by our Creator. In like manner, non-religious Collectivists follow suit after their own chosen anti-Liberty philosophies, and Tyranny continues to grow.
Summing up the answer to your question of "why" these things are happening: In general, the masses — both religious and non-religious — have nearly entirely forgotten what Liberty actually means, along with the understanding that Liberty is of our Creator (transcending all human Collectives, and irregardless of anyone's personal belief of the meaning "Creator"), resulting in the adoption of a false ideological system through which deception abounds.
My suggestion as to "how" it might be possible to break out of this perpetual cycle is to continue spreading the education of The Philosophy of Liberty to as many individuals as possible, and to remind our Christian brethren that they need to seriously re-educate themselves about the principles which are fundamental to the Liberty granted to us by our Creator.
Without having a solid foundation in the knowledge of Liberty upon which to build our ideals and agendas, any movement hoping to advance Liberty is doomed to skin itself.
On Mar 22, 2012, at 9:07 AM, Richard Brown shared: