By Martin Bosworth
An interesting piece came across my desk the other day that paints a chilling picture of how strong the religious right’s death grip is on American culture and politics…and how that death grip is actually maintained by business interests who want to ensure that the American machine keeps rolling along.
This OnPoint radio interview from Wednesday is on the declining birth rates and population demographic shifts in the West. I was listening to this in a car and was so utterly dumbfounded that I looked for the interview as soon as it was archived on the site. Why? Because the main speaker, Herbert E. Meyer, an ex-CIA spook and hardcore Reaganite, on a nationally listened to radio program, trumpets that Western birth rates are declining because of the entry of women into the workforce, abortion rights a loss of “traditional values,” and the horror that is couples living “affluent middle-class lifestyles”–and he flat-out admits he has no statistical or scientific evidence to back his claims. Listen to the radio interview if you don’t believe me. He “felt” his way to these conclusions, and has publicly castigated Western Europe for not carrying the white man’s banner as well as America:
We believe that church and state should be separate, but that religion should remain at the center of life. We are a Judeo-Christian culture, which means we consider those ten things on a tablet to be commandments, not suggestions. We believe that individuals are more important than groups, that families are more important than governments, that children should be raised by their parents rather than by the State, and that marriage should take place only between a man and a woman.
We do, eh? Luckily, Meyer gives the game away later in the interview–the real concern for the West’s declining birth rate isn’t the abandonment of traditional values, but the loss of a workforce that is needed to sustain the economy and ensure that retirees like him can have something to fall back on if the lucrative speaking circuit doesn’t pan out.This rationale is why immigration has become such a hot topic for the religious right and caused a sundering between economic conservatives and fundiecrats–and again, Meyer indirectly admits it during crosstalk between him and the other guests. American business wants lots of Hispanic families to come here and breed to ensure a steady supply of labor for those shitty retail and gas-pumping jobs and keep buying products, but they can’t actually give them a path to legal immigration without torquing off the hard-right xenophobic base. That’s how you end up with monstrous aberrations like the failed guest worker bill.
The religious evangelical groups attack family planning and women’s control of their sexuality due to fear, shame, self-loathing, and various other emotions borne of external guilt and conformist pressure. What makes this worse is that they’re being puppeted–used to ensure Americans keep on pumping out babies (preferably white, but we’ll take ’em brown if we can, as long as they PRAISE JESUS) to do the jobs others won’t do, and buy the products that need to be bought in order to keep our country from crashing–no matter how much damage that policy does in the long-term.
So remember kids, no matter how expensive housing costs and student loans are, you have a patriotic duty to breed to ensure the continuing supremacy of America. Now go shopping.