About Painfully. Slow. Progress.

I am a secular humanist, an independent progressive, and a law student currently earning both my J.D. and LL.M. in democratic governance and the rule of law. More importantly, I consider myself to be a student of anything and everything. I started this blog in hopes of generating an in-depth and practical discussion of American politics, culture, religion, and law. Hopefully it will serve to get people really thinking, including me. View all posts by Painfully. Slow. Progress.


  • Auto 5

    Gotta admit, these republicans have some kind of fantastic PR Dept. How else could they get so many Americans to vote against their own interests?

  • Nancy

    #1 they have maximized the “brand” of conservative. Even now post W, many people think conservative, and the mental image conjured, is one of disciplined, responsible, cautious behavior. People like Barry Goldwater, Dwight Eisenhower, and Everett Dirksen who would be driven out of the GOP today as RHINOs.
    #2 is Divide and Conquer, one of the oldest gambits on the books and still very effective. As long as the “beached white males” are convinced that liberals are using women, people of color, and immigrants to hold them back and steal their money to redistribute their wealth we get nowhere. They honestly believe the cards are stacked against them (which is true) because the liberal programs of the late 20th century gave everyone but them an unfair advantage (which is wrong).
    If these same people ever see that the cards are stacked against them because individually they are powerless, we can make some progress. It is possible, in the history of the labor movement, key success was made once the different ethnic groups (Poles, Italians, Germans) quit competing and started co-operating. Never happened in the South cause racism ran too deep, so we had “right to work” laws (aka: bend over and take it, don’t complain)

    • Painfully. Slow. Progress.

      I agree Nancy, these days more reasonable conservatives are forced to either jump on the bandwagon or risk marginalization. The Us and Them strategy is indeed an old one, but I like to think the more often it is used, particularly today when the narrative shifts so constantly, the more often it is seen for what it is: categorical thinking when faced with a continuum. I think we’ll learn, one day.

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