If you want to buy a Cadillac Escalade with dual exhaust, you’ll have to upgrade to the Premium package. Of course, upgrading to the $9,000 Premium package also means paying for a navigation system, entertainment system, headphones, touring suspension and 22-inch wheels. But what if you don’t want that stuff?
What if you just want the base model with a $500 dual exhaust? Tough — you pay $9,000 for the whole Premium option package, or it’s one pathetic little pipe for you.
People love buying things in packages; it saves thought, and eliminates the need for rational decision-making. That goes for ideas, too — particularly amongst those who are too intellectually lazy to come up with their own. People of that demographic love nothing more than a good thought package.
So, you want the Jesus Saves option? It’s only available with the Free Market Capitalism and Homophobia thought package. You want women to have control over their own reproduction? Well, then, you must have bought the Socialist thought package, which includes Gun Ban and Welfare State as compulsory purchases.
Or so goes the “logic” of one David Barton, the “Christian” host of a right-wing radio program aptly titled “Wallbuilders Live.” Freudian as the show’s name may be, it still appeals broadly to Barton’s home audience: people who are too intellectually lazy or stupid to believe that ideas come in anything other than very comprehensive thought packages.
“One of the easiest way to tell about natural law is to ask them where they are on abortion, because if they don’t respect the inalienable right to life, they do not respect any other inalienable right.”
If you don’t respect the right to life, you won’t respect property, you won’t respect protecting income, you’ll think you ought to tax people more rather than protect their income, you’ll take it from them, you won’t protect their property, you won’t protect their religious liberties, you won’t protect their right of self-defense, you’ll try to take their self-defense away from them.”
Now, ask us about the leather seats.