Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey has demonstrated the mind set of many conservative Republicans in announcing her support of controversial Senate candidate Roy Moore. Though she “has no reason to doubt” the numerous women who report his inappropriate sexual advances on them, some in their youth, she declares that she will put her Republican Party loyalty first.
I do not think she lacks in intelligence nor moral rectitude. She is like most of us she is a rational human being and she puts her faith in her rational ability more than any other dimension of her experience. One could even say that she has no experience that is not over-ridden by rationality and therein lies the problem…in my estimation! For, we are not rational beings in the depths of our heart, which is to say, in our unconscious depths, which is why we are so susceptible to the prevailing winds in our culture and ripe for manipulation by political and religious leaders. This is because most political and religious leaders have their positions because of their ability to be in tune with the “prevailing winds” of their milieu and to have climbed to a position of influence.
This Alabama morass illustrates the profound political and socio-cultural impasse in my country and each side tends to demonize the other. Speaking as a Progressive, yes, I think there are “deplorables” amongst the Conservatives as Hillary Clinton alleged last year but they are a real minority and I happen to know there are extremist “nut-jobs” among my ranks. But there are many Conservatives whose rational thinking is of the Kay Ivey variety and though I passionately disagree, and feel there are moral and spiritual issues that need to be addressed, that does not mean she is stupid or is a bad human being. And there are “moral and spiritual issues that need to be addressed” by the whole of this country, starting with yours truly!