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One of the biggest shortcomings of the Republican party is the inconsistency of their rhetoric. It is well documented --- the Daily Show is practically nourished off it -- and well known by most on this more-or-less liberal board. But one rhetorical inconstancy I haven't seen brought up much is the short circuit between
"America is the freest, best, greatest country god has ever created"
"We can't build a mosque because they will brainwash our youth!"
If America is the best country, then why should we fear competing ideologies? It is very at-the-moment with the NYC Islamic center, but it's always popping up, be it building a mosque in a Christian town or distributing korans in prisons. Why is the rhetoric successful? Does it have to do with a certain Christian strain that exists in our social consciousness, that humans are inherently evil, or, at the very least, extremely susceptible to wickedness? Or is it (to hark back to Deleuze) that society makes us yearn for discipline and control, and that Islam is thereby more of a powerful ideology?
Any way I try to analyze it, it always makes my brain melt. There's so many pitfalls in the arrangement that I can't even understand how it works beyond a visceral idiocy. While that may be the main thrust of much Republican rhetoric, this specific instance seems to be propagated at all levels of public discourse. Why?