What conservatives are really arguing for is a return
to the three
historic embodiments of tyranny that the Founders and Framers
identified, declared war against, and fought and died to keep out of
our land. Those tyrants were kings, theocrats, and noble feudal
lords....They stripped the president of the power to declare
war...Separated the State from the church and they rejected feudalism
(broadly defined as "rule by the super rich.) From Thom Hartman's book Threshold.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social
security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm
programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political
history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that
you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires,
and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their
number is negligible, and they are stupid."
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1952
During the past six years... the Republican
leadership in the White House and the Congress have taken us closer and
closer to a kind of government that the founders abhorred. Manipulating
our fears, stirring religious divisions, and contriving to create a
state of permanent war, they have sought to institute a rule by men
instead of the rule of law—and they have reinvented the president as a
sovereign monarch rather than an executive with limited powers. With
the backing of corporate wealth and fundamentalist religion, the
unitary presidency represents a potential tyranny." It
Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush by Joe
"To sermonize that America’s plan for the world is
freedom and democracy, and at the first confrontation with the enemy to
resort to torture, are in perfect alignment with the hypocrisy we so
frequently encounter with the neocon pontificators who are so practiced
in identifying evil in others. When we point to the monstrous conduct
of others as an excuse for our own, that is to say, when we claim we
have the right to torture because others torture, we deliver to our
enemies the power to convert us into terrorist thugs as well. One is
immediately put in mind of the Third Reich, where torture became the
standard weapon against the regime’s enemies, that and the furnaces."
Gerry Spence's book Bloodthirsty...
"The evil that is in the world almost always comes of
ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if
they lack understanding." Albert Camus
does it say about us when we are simultaneously pro-life and pro
AK-47′s? What does it say about us when God’s will would allow a rapist
to ask for shared custody and child support payments? What does it say
about us when a black guy’s in charge and we say things like “it’s time
to take America back”? What does it say about us when we think the
institution of marriage is threatened by gay people who love each
other, but not by idiotic game shows like “The Bachelor”? What does it
say about us when we export democracy with Hellfire missiles, then
restrict the right to vote here? What does it say about us when we
build nuclear submarines to defend against exploding vests? What does
it say about us when we think a guy who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke,
keeps his money offshore, stubs his toe and says “H-E-double hockey
sticks” and wears magical underwear can feel our pain? What does it say
about us when we demand less government and more FEMA? What does it say
about us when we completely forgot the colossal shit storm we were in
four years ago? The answer, my friends, is not blowing in the wind. The
answer is, “We are fucking crazy.”Chuck Lorre
"Do the American people realize that the frontrunners
for the Republican presidential nomination are monsters who want to
murder people who have done us no harm? "
Paul Craig Roberts 6/8/2007
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is the search for a superior
moral justification for selfishness." --
John Kenneth Galbraith
It is difficult to get a man to understand something
when his salary depends on his not understanding it." Upton Sinclair,
"In his famous 2004 book, What’s the Matter with
Kansas? Thomas Frank offered a bleak picture of working-class voters
easily duped, again and again, by sideshows:
The trick never ages, the illusion never wears off. Vote to
stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital-gains taxes. Vote to make
our country Strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw
those politically correct college professors; receive electricity
deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; receive
conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking. Vote
to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privatization
efforts. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order
in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our lifetimes,
in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs rewarded in a
manner beyond imagining.
How true is this picture? I was bowled over by Frank’s
book... Paul Krugman "The Conscience of a Liberal" pg 177
We have a $13.8 trillion national debt, a collapsing
middle class and the most unequal distribution of wealth of any major
country. With all this in mind, Republicans in Congress say they will
block tax cuts to the middle class and block unemployment benefits to
more than two million families unless the President gives huge tax cuts
to millionaires and billionaires.
Their behavior is morally bankrupt. It is reprehensible. Senator
No matter what the challenge, and there are important ones, together we
are going nowhere. Republicans (R's) obstructed or watered
down practically everything that Obama proposed, knowing
that his success would get in the way of their election prospects.
Their main objective is to oppose Obama, not to serve the public.
R's attempt to reign in spending translated to
massive layoffs and a continuation of our downward economic
spiral. But they still aggressively work to keep the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy from expiring.
The US has again come to a gilded
age. Restoring Bush tax cuts will help us toward a permanent aristocracy and there will be even more
unemployment. The balanced budget amendment, at least at the Federal
level, is a really bad idea
despite what Heritage and talk radio tell
R's want to privatize Social
Security, log the national forests, expand offshore gas and
oil drilling, privatize highways and waterways, and continue to
R's are tireless in protecting the rights of Corporations.
Bush left his legacy on the Supreme Court,
resulting in the Citizens United
decision which establishes the
corporate right to spend as much money as they like for elections, to
fabulously fund the Congress or to fund opposition for Congressmen who
do not fall into line. (Think Gun Lobby.)
oppose legislation that might mitigate this corporate takeover of our
highly suspect elections. Mussolini (and
some dictionaries) define fascism
as control of the government by corporations.
Do we not have that ?
R's strain to roll back regulations that
restrict Banks rights to get bailed out, dole out big bonuses, write
loans, charge as much as they want for credit card interest,
gamble with taxpayer insured money, and, if they don't get their
way, crash the economy.
The SEC might harass. say, Bernie Madoff. New regulations could get in
the way of all that.
R's work hard to protect insurance
companies rights to refuse health coverage
for people with pre-existing conditions, to cap the amount of coverage,
or to drop sick people. They work to repeal Obamacare
would get in the way of that.
R's oppose using taxpayer money for unemployed who can't
find work. Companies should be
able to cut wages, benefits, and bust uppity unions so they don't get
in the way. Anyway corporations can migrate most work to offshore,
low-wage countries, so unions don't matter much any
more. Poorly paid people are not able to support a robust economy, but
then, if you got yours, it won't matter to you.
R's know that tax cuts will
fix the economy...because they will increase
tax revenue (Duh ?) They think the market is
rational, and a guide to good decisions. Is the market (the hidden hand
of the oligopoly) really a better way to
make decisions than
democratically elected government ? What does the Constitution say ?
R's are tough on crime. When Ronald Reagan invoked the
southern strategy, declared war on drugs, privatized the prison industry, and oversaw drug running into poor communities, he not
only made the US number one in incarcerations,
he made the policy creating a new Jim Crow. He
implemented the R's
racist strategy. See The The
New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander if you have any doubts about US
institutionalized racism. Since poor people of color overwhelmingly
vote Democratic, putting large percentages of them in prison deprives
them of the vote, and (along with computer
hacking) assures more
Republican election victories. At the same time, proceeds from drugs financed death squads in
Central America. Remember Iran/Contra ?
R's responded to the 9/11 emergency
by going to war in Iraq and Afghanistan then passing tax cuts for the
wealthy It was difficult to make the case for war in Iraq,
but that's when torture
proved effective. None of it was paid for, but
Cheney reminded us that deficits were not important. Although
Republicans never have money for people, they can always fund war (or prisons).
Security, like the military, has been a gusher of money for well
connected contractors. It's their jobs program. War Profiteering has
been good too. Many details are in the movie, Iraq
For Sale, which you can watch on-line.
R's do not acknowledge that other developed countries have
universal health care, affordable
education, several weeks of vacation, generous sick time, good pension
plans, maternity leave, child care, and assistance for the
elderly...and we do not. Another sign of a failed state that they have
created. Dismantling the welfare state (services for you) is the real
price of their profligate military.
Republicans are for small government. They have no problem if their
strong-man President suspends habeas
corpus, disappears people, illegally wiretaps without judicial
oversight, datamines internet search records, financial and commercial
records, tortures, overrides the Bill of
Rights, relieves Congress of its war making
powers and its oversight responsibility. A strong President can override the Congress with signing statements. They
especially love guns. They support
all that out of respect for the Constitution.
R's small government doesn't regulate corporations, but it can
decide who gets married, the kind of procedures allowed in medical
research or hospital treatments. or reach into a hospital and override
those tough individual choices, such as a women's right to choose. It
doesn't matter to them if there is no exception that she is in the
high-risk pool. Republicans gave us the 'no-fly' list, wiretaps without
court oversight, the 'Patriot Act', and,
out of deep respect for the Constitution brought a new concept in
Fourth Amendment rights at airports. When they advocate
deregulation, they don't want to regulate corporations, they want to
regulate you. Corporate
media, because they are corporate and richly rewarded, will be sure
that you hear only their views.
R's would downsize 'government', but never cut the budget for
the military. The US spends more on its
military than all other countries combined, but that is necessary to
build a world dominating empire, not so much
to stop a few individuals with box cutters. http://www.seconnecticut.com/empire.htm
You are a lot less safe.
R's even blocked the Start treaty, which would have reduced
the number of nuclear weapons held both in the US and Russia. Feel
safer now ?
Republicans current initiative on immigration,
while it is divisive, racist, and mean-spirited, is, according to some
accounts, a block for consideration of mitigation of climate change. (Late breaking news: the
climate crisis is man-made, real, and accelerating There is scientific
consensus, although the tea party
R's know that global warming
is a hoax. Ignore the pictures of glaciers melting rapidly, the
polar ice caps shrinking, fresh water becoming precious commodity,
fisheries collapsing, species going extinct at an alarming rate, CO2
levels at record levels, massive forest fires, reports from the
IPCC or NOAA, and just ignore the models predicting much more
warming and more violent storms. Now that Russia is burning, it's
a good bet that as the arctic tundra melts that massive amounts of
methane will be released. Methane is much more potent as a greenhouse
gas than is CO2. Gwynne Dyer's book,: Climate
Wars, makes credible projections why water
scarcity could lead to food shortages, warming will cause sea
level rise, and why poor countries, some nuclear armed, will likely go
to war if they can't feed their people. Steven Hawking thinks our
planet could look like Venus. Anyway R's won't want to allow
any legislation capping carbon emissions. It's not cost effective to
save the planet. They would destroy the planet
to get reelected. So Republicans make Jim Jones look like a small-time
dealer of kool-aid, where they can deliver to the entire planet. http://www.seconnecticut.com/environment.htm
Republicans brought years of disastrous governance under
George W Bush. Considering the sorry condition of our election process, our mostly
corporate media, and the open floodgates of corporate
money, there may be no stopping
them. The Republican government in waiting has the same people who lied
to go to war in Iraq and they will not
hesitate to go to ware
with Iran. Here is the forecast.
Casino Jack and the United States of Money
At this point, then, Republicans insist that the deficit
must be eliminated but they're not willing either to raise taxes or to
support cuts in any major government programs. And they're not willing
to participate in serious bipartisan discussions, either, because that
might force them to explain their plan -- and there isn't any plan,
except to regain power.
But there is a kind of logic to the current Republican
position: In effect, the party is doubling down on starve-the-beast.
Depriving the government of revenue, it turns out, wasn't enough to
push politicians into dismantling the welfare state. So now the de
facto strategy is to oppose any responsible action until we are in the
midst of a fiscal catastrophe. You read it here first.Paul
Krugman, Nobel Prize winning economist.
...we can look forward with confidence to character-building
bankruptcies, picturesque bread riots, thrilling cavalcades of
splendidly costumed motorcycle police. Lewis
Lapham (Harper's Magazine Oct. 2005)
"When fascism comes to America it
will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis (1935)
Republicans don't like Government. They
don't think it can do much, and, when in office, they are able to prove
it. Their stubborn opposition to health care reform proves that they
are incapable of reasoned problem solving and that their only values
are about money.
Republicans brought on the financial crisis
with deregulation that allowed markets to go out of control, privatization
that removed the public from the process, tax cuts that
in effect directed massive public debt into deep private pockets
(banana republic), civil service destruction and cronyism placed
incompetents in public office; regressive, anti-labor policies
led to a general decline in consumption; a determination to build an empire for world domination requires unlimited
budget for the military; a contempt for international
law covered up illegal activities including torture,
renditions, secret prisons; Congress
did no oversight during the Bush years;
regulatory agencies were captives of the industries they were supposed
to regulate; industry migrated to low wage countries and not much was
done to mitigate the damage; income
inequality reached gilded age levels, but there was war enough for everyone. War is profitable, and in
its chaos pallet loads of shrink wrapped money just disappeared. Civil liberties here in the good old US of A were cut down to size by chicken hawks who
built the profitable national security state. PayGo left. The
financial sector was allowed to devour the rest of the economy.
Republicans did not heed Ike's warning
about the Military/Industrial Complex, because militarism now is the US
primary industry. They brought on an endless war and a government that
cares not for its people. They operated in secrecy
that shrouded illegal activity. The CIA, without
effective oversight, continued to engage in projects, including assassinations, that would never
be allowed by voters.
The Party of Ideas
Some of the right wing talking heads say
that Republicans are the party of ideas. They do have ideas...only they
are mostly bad ones. Their stated goal is to shrink government to its
bare essentials. You saw the logical outcome of this strategy after
Hurricane Katrina. Bush Republicans
should not be confused with conservatives.
Republican ideas are characterized by
greedy policies that may be profitable in the short run, but are
catastrophic in the end. They do no planning because they would argue
that the market will do it. (Actually, the 'market' is really the
hidden hand of the oligopoly.)
You would think that tax cuts would solve all
of our problems if you listen to the Rs, but, in fact, it is simply a
way of not paying the bill for the world dominating military that they
favor. They may talk about financial prudence, but when in office they
give it no thought. What they have in fact done is to run up huge
public debt for private gain. It's really about greed and converting
the US into a banana republic.
They have refined personal attack politics
until it has driven our most talented away from public service. Anyway,
private sector salaries are much higher than government service, so who
would want to do public service ? (Those of us old enough remember when
our very best were delighted to work for a dollar a year, but then came
Republican greed.) Now Congress is a farm team for K street.
Their policies are mean spirited and
although they would claim 'family values', they have driven a large
percentage of American families into poverty. Their idea of 'welfare
reform' was another of their assault on the victims. Having shredded
another piece of the US safety net, they have moved on to blaming a new
victim...'illegal' immigrants. They obstruct all efforts
to improve our dysfunctional health care.
The incentive for the Republican agenda
comes from a small number of very wealthy individuals: Koch, Coors, Olin,
Scaife, Walton and others who stand to benefit greatly from the removal
of the 'death tax' (formerly known as the inheritance tax...they have a
way with words.) From these wealthy comes the funding for the various
partisan right wing 'think tanks' like Heritage, and, although they
claim to have values, they have a habit of dirty tricks, election rigging, war profiteering, and other
miscellaneous techniques for using the government as their very own ATM
machine. These, including right wing talk radio
are the major players in the vast
The free market is our decision
maker...when it is profitable. When it consolidates large corporations
so they are too big to fail, that is just the market making the
decisions. When it loses money, (which is inevitable because
consolidation brings on unsustainable debt) then the government better
be there to bail them out because the consequences are too dire to
contemplate. So there you have it: socialism for the rich, and the
'free market' for everyone else. (The free market doesn't care if you
have health care, if you make a living
wage, or even if your job has permanently left the country.) So here we
are running huge federal deficits for the benefit of a few rich
individuals. Just like a banana republic. Thank Republicans for this
financial disaster. They will give you religion
Republicans don't really like government,
which is why they are so bad at it. ( A note
A government that represents corporations is, by definition, fascist. (To appreciate this look here.) All major American
institutions oppose democracy but
Republicans have been the ones who have most damaged the Constitution.
complex is one of the best mechanisms to convert government into an
ATM machine for the politically connected. Weapons manufacture has
become an important industry with facilities in almost every
Congressional district. It is a jobs program. Because they are war
profiteers, Republicans are often warmongers. In his warning about the
military-industrial complex, Ike
was right. US media
is mostly owned by war profiteers.
The cold war is over, there is not much threat out there, but
Republicans insist m expanding the military-industrial complex. They
have dreams of a world dominating empire, but
that will make it toof expensive to have civilization here at home.
is largely money driven, Corporate tax burdens have been systematically
removed, and the wealthiest among us have done fabulously well,
especially thanks to the Bush regime. Just as
in 1929, when we had a gilded age, the economy has
crashed as a result.
Court ruled that the purpose of Corporations is to make money for
share holders, thus justifying the short-sighted, mean-spirited,
destructive, anti-democratic, exploiting, corporate agenda that has
crashed the economy. If the purpose of Corporations
was to serve the public good, things could have been much different. As
it is, Corporate activity may lead to the end of human
habitability of the planet. Globalization
is their technique for world domination and the suppression of democracy.
Today, there is the ... widespread
conviction that the marketplace can sort out large public problems for
us far better than any mere mortals could. This faith has attained
almost religious certitude, at least among some governing elites, but
... it is the ideology that led the early twentieth century into the
massive suffering of global depression and the rise of violent fascism.
World, Ready or Not: William Greider
Limited government to Republicans means
rolling back New Deal social programs like Social Security and making sure that
everyone is on their own. Republicans don't really care about people.
because their 'values' are about money.
has led to massive deregulation and now you can see the consequences:
financial instability, bank failures, bad food, market scams, deceitful
advertising, commercial lying, predatory
lending, absurd CEO salaries, a widening gap between rich and poor, and
increasing insecurity for everyone. Make no mistake though: deregulation
can kill. as you can verify in lax workplace safety enforcement,
unlabelled and unchecked food products, toxic toys, downer cows,
environmental degradation. In their hypocrisy, notice that R's
are all too willing that the government should bail out highly
leveraged banks and brokerages. Their agenda is socialism for the rich.
Right wingers, exploiting justifiable anger
at massive middle-class
decline, are protesting health care reform
lately. It is a triumph
of corporate media
are opposing their own self-interest, and arguing that the
corporate market is a better form of
organization than democratically elected government.
Republicans think the market is always
right, but what it actually does is reward the already wealthy. Market
driven economies are most competitive when they are in the most
repressive countries: where labor is not free to unionize and cannot
complain, where there is no limit to environmental destruction.
Republicans have vigorously led the fight against organized labor. R's regressive policy led to
deindustrialization, shrinking income, dried up consumer demand, and a
R's are in denial about the collapsing environment. By the end of this century,
widespread disaster will prove how willfully ignorant they are.
Republicans made regulatory agencies (like
the FCC, FDA, EPA, SEC, etc) captives of the
industries they are supposed to regulate. This allows corporations to
serve their own interest instead of the public interest.
advice from Phil
Gramm, alone, should have disqualified him. Gramm was the
architect of the Enron collapse and current financial instability. Reform is necessary to throw out the cronies,
lobbyists, and incompetents placed in office by the Bush
Republican's think privatization is good policy. What it
actually does is remove functions from public accountability, so it is
anti-democratic. Result: Blackwater, Enron, prison-industrial complex,
or, worst of all is privatized vote counting.
There is now considerable doubt about election
integrity. Most vote rigging is computer fraud, but there is little to
Privatized healthcare in the US
is not only the world's most expensive, it does not cover a large
fraction of the people, It is highly bureacratic, and it is not
particularly effective in overall
quality. Even so, it is about to be cut so that Republicans can spend
unlimited amounts of money for war, and not much
Since armaments are one of the last industries in the US, it
is also a jobs program. Notice that when Republicans decide it
is time to balance the budget that programs to get cut are always those
that actually benefit people: like healthcare, social security,
Medicare, or infrastructure...not the military.
Republican policy is always regressive, and you need to
pay more attention if you think they are for fiscal responsibility.
Bush Jr unapologetically and unjustifiably ran up a 10 trillion
dollar debt for the next generation. His tax cuts are for the already
wealthy in an action that makes his 'Christian'
persona a hypocrisy. The first President Bush bailed out Savings and
Loans to the extent of half a trillion dollars, and Bush junior oversaw
an even larger bailout.
As the Bush administration took us to war, there were
unprecedented tax cuts for the wealthy. The
unprovoked War in Iraq killed thousands of
Americans, estimates are
up to a million Iraqis, it has cost, according to Joe
around three trillion dollars, and the results are no
benefit for anyone. (Note: Stiglitz now says his estimate was low: it's
more like four trillion now that so many disabled vets are coming home.)
Bush the First once called 'supply-side' economics,
voodoo economics. That lower taxes would
produce more Federal revenue
was never true. Tax cuts were not only contrary to common sense, they
ignored the costs of Bush's war adventures, and, contrary to Christian
values, they rewarded the already wealthy at the expense of the poor.
They converted the fundamentalist churches
into a propaganda conduit for the Republican party. They would not pay
for their wars.
It is written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
that everyone has the right to participate in a labor
union. Republicans in their continuing war on the people have
made union busting national policy, and the result has been declining
wages for most, shrinking (plundered) pensions, benefits, and anemic social programs.
R's do not believe in anti-trust. Even when corporate media shamelessly exploit us, Republicans, for
their own propaganda
purposes, have allowed media to further
concentrate. That is why
media pollution spills into your living room 24/7. When media lies, the
Supreme Court (which invariably
sides with Republicans) ruled that it is ok. The Court ruled that
Corporations are people and have
the full protection of the Bill of Rights,
unfortunately those same rights no longer seem to apply for actual
humans. The Bush administration has all but shredded the Constitution.
Population is the driving force
for environmental degradation, but
Republicans are always looking for more rapid economic growth and
create a fog of misinformation around environmental damage. That is
Global warming due to
increased carbon dioxide levels is a simple idea. On Venus it produces
a planet with a temperature hundreds of degrees, but Republicans
because of their subservience to corporate interests are deniers. To
continue to deny global warming the Bush
administration had to muzzle mainstream scientists and it appointed
political handlers to accomplish that. In addition they censored
scientific papers, and they lied. It is fair to say that Republicans
have waged a war on science.
Republicans thrive on
divisive wedge issues like immigration,
race, or religion in their typical
blame-the-victim mentality. Although they claim to be the party of
small government, instead they have instituted massive surveillance,
warrentless wiretaps, renditions, torture,
invasive searches, and effectively a
national security state. Talk radio sells the
program. They have shredded the Bill of
Rights, except for their
grotesque interpretation of the Second Amendment.
When Republicans say they want to 'reform' Social Security, Medicare, or the UN, they mean 'destroy'. When they talk about
'clean skies' they mean they are going to pollute.
Republicans call this working for smaller government. It means less for
people, more for them.
Bush Republicans are human rights abusing, torturing,
war criminals, who deserve to be held accountable. There was never an
administration in the US that deserved impeachment
Republicans claim to be for
limited government, and almost everyone agrees that smaller government
would mean less expense and lower taxes. Unfortunately, instead of
making government more efficient, they made it dysfunctional. Bush's
Justice Department was staffed with Bible School graduates. Regulatory
agencies were headed by industry representatives who thought regulation
is unnecessary. Wall Street went wild and devoured the rest of the
economy. With no watchdogs, corruption was rampant.
Limited government to Republicans means removing oversight
from corporations. What we have seen is massive financial instability,
a suspect food supply, widespread consumer exploitation, drugs that are
made in third world countries with lax environmental laws. an environmental record that Robert Kennedy
wrote is a 'crime against nature'.
Limited government to Republicans means allowing corporations
to dump pollutants anywhere they like. That's also why they deny climate warnings and deny the scientific
But notice that they have implemented unprecedented
surveillance measures including illegal procedures to wiretap in what
they claimed was necessary for national security. They implemented
massively expensive programs to track our own citizens. When they talk
about limited government, that's not what any of the public had in
mind. When they talk about 'law and order', they just don't think it
applies to themselves.
The 'stimulus package', mandated by the Bushies, was a
colossal waste of money. With all of the challenges facing us,
Republicans, with Democratic acquiescence, came up with a plan to
give away money. This is spending with NO value in return. (We used to
call it waste.)
It is not clear if any amount of stimulus will be adequate to
bail us out now.
Republicans do not turn to experts for advice, they tend to go
with their gut. That's why they are mostly wrong on policy matters.
Notice that the best educated communities are also the most liberal.
The corporations that own talk radio have
manipulated the audience
to go with their gut, act against their own self interest, keep them
angry and ignorant.
"Over the past few weeks there have been a number of
commentaries about Ronald Reagan's legacy, specifically about whether
he exploited the white backlash against the civil rights movement. The
controversy unfortunately obscures the larger point, which should be
undeniable: the central role of this backlash in the rise of the modern
conservative movement." Paul
Krugman, The New York Times: 11/19/2007
When Republicans are 'elected', we can pretty much count on their
faithful devotion to the corporate
agenda: that's how you explain the regressive economic policy, the
denial of global warming, the
policy, the short sighted population
policy, or the wreckage of vital social programs. The
privatization, market fundamentalism, and dismantling of the public, has created problems not seen
in the rest of the developed world.
Major manufacturers are migrating to low
wage countries to escape health care,
pension, and union burdens. Most people are finding that health care
and pensions are becoming less available. Bankruptcy law has been made
stricter recently, and the lookback period for long term care has been
increased. Media does not talk about excellent Scandinavian social
programs. Sure they pay higher taxes, but they get what they pay
for...theirs works. Republicans don't care about people.
Bush Republicans campaigning for Congress
concentrate on their soundbite, all-purpose solution for all problems:"
tax cuts." (See David Cay Johnston's book
Legal for insight.) They claim that they have been good for the
economy and that they are saving people money,. It is a fast-talking scam. The apparent prosperity
is one that comes from running large,
unsustainable deficits. The tax cuts are
mostly directed to the upper
one percent of the wealthy so it is not just regressive. It is
self-serving. Economic reality for most people is pretty bleak as
health care, tuition, energy prices all take increasing portions of
declining wages. As in many banana republics, large amounts of borrowed
money are flowing to an elite. Republicans defend all this by saying
"no new taxes".
Republicans have been pushing for
privatized, concentrated media for a long
time so that now we get only corporate spam, distraction, misinformation
and propaganda. CSPAN sometimes offers a real insight into our plight,
since it aired the FCC hearings on the
matter, but that is the exception. Expensive campaigns are often
extortion payments to broadcasters. The public has no say because the
spectrum has been nearly completely privatized (read corporatized).
Thirty second soundbites rule out discussion of issues, more and
more they degrade public dialog. Right wing, hate-mongering shock jocks make any dialog all but
impossible. Media is an important element in rigging US elections, and
in its current form it is not only corrosive to the culture, it is suppressing democracy. Bush and his administration not
only funded propaganda, but pushed for further consolidation of media.
Most US media cannot be trusted. Republicans call this
Bush used 9/11 as
pretext to execute his radical right
wing agenda, and it has been disastrous in terms of lives, dollars,
good will, or anything else. There was plenty of evidence of
incompetence in the aftermath of Katrina,
or, say, in the 'no fly list', or in handling of immigration issues, and many others.
Corruption is widely evident. Important jobs are awarded to religious
zealots and/or incompetent political hacks. Congress looks the
Congress failed to provide oversight of Bush. They gave up their Constitutional duty to
determine when it is necessary to go to war when they allowed Bush to
invade Iraq. They didn't bother to investigate
war profiteering. They severely damaged the Bill of Rights when they passed the Patriot Act. They allowed him to wiretap
without oversight, to datamine internet search records, library
borrowings, financial and commercial records, to torture. They thumbed their
nose at the Freedom of Information Act. The concept of the imperial
President may well be approved by a
packed Supreme Court. Checks and
balances no longer function and that is the end of the Constitution.
signing statements Bush demonstrated that he is the law, the
living Constitution, and in plain language a dictator.
Government by and for the corporations is
defined as fascism.
We are building an empire and our fate
will be that of every other empire in history except now there
is considerably more destructive potential. We are certainly
not safer. Apocalypse, which
evangelical true believers fully expect and welcome, is a lot closer.
Republicans will facilitate it.
Republicans often favor a flat sales tax,
sometimes called in an Orwellian sense the 'Fair Tax'..
It is backed by very wealthy and, like all other Republican
policy, it is extremely regressive. Be careful what you
wish for. See the tax page.
What do good Americans know ? They now know
that their government wiretaps, tortures, builds
secret prisons, disappears people worldwide using renditions.
administration thumbed its nose
at international law: the Geneva
Conventions, the International Criminal Court, and the UN.
The President thinks he is above the
law. He avoids Congressional oversight not only with the
support of his own party, but by using hundreds of signing statements.
He claims executive privilege just as Richard Nixon did. He wiretaps
illegally with the collusion of telecom companies. He continues to push
for further consolidation of media to keep the right wing propaganda machine spouting info-pollution into
our homes. He has the most secretive administration in US history.
People are probably not informed enough to participate in a real
democracy any more. If you are not convinced, just watch late night
television one evening.
Privatization initiatives have been
spectacular failures in healthcare, in war, in schools, and, most
starkly, in the case of New Orleans. Profiteering and corruption
have flourished as uncontested government contracts have been doled out
to Republican crony corporations. Infrastructure is crumbling. Probably
worst of all is the privatization of vote counting.
Deregulation resulted in poisoned toys,
bank instability, wide-ranging consumer problems, and fueled the
carnival of corruption: Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, etc.
There were no effective changes to
The huge borrowing binge that appeared to
be Bush's prosperity went straight to the oligopolies that now are our
real rulers. A government which is controlled by corporations is, by
Aside from that, US government has failed
its own people. Income disparities, already poor, have been exacerbated
by Republicans regressive policy.
Since it made no attempt to pay
for the war, we are seeing
obvious signs of
financial instability. The Euro was valued at about $.87 when Bush took
office, but now it is worth more than $1.50. Much of our domestic
industry has bled away to Asian sweatshops, and about all that is left
are defense contractors. That helps to assure that the
military-industrial-media complex will continue to expand. It is about
jobs. Naomi Klein's book "The Shock Doctrine" explains how much of this
The Bush administration provoked two
there are indications that it is contemplating another.
Congress surrendered its Constitutional authority to declare war and,
since it did no oversight, made history of those 'checks and balances'.
The Bill of Rights has been shrinking
since Bush took office, and it appears unlikely
that it will ever be restored to its former self. Packed courts can see
to that. Allowed to persist, we will no longer have a Constitution
The US is building an empire.
It has all but bankrupted itself creating a military
budget that exceeds all other countries combined. At the same
time, Iraq, like Vietnam, demonstrates
that an advanced military can not win against a
population determined not to tolerate an occupying army. World opinion
of the US has plummeted.
Republicans can and should take the blame
for all of this. Their party controlled all branches of government
including the fourth estate. If they are not defeated in elections (pretty much rigged), we will
likely continue to avoid real problems like environmental
public health threats, overpopulation,
financial instability, or even
the new arms race.
Our kids will be in debt from skyrocketing
tuition, shrinking wages, vanishing benefits, and they will have to
fight the endless crusades. Since the country has been
de-industrialized, their only career choice may be the military. The
draft will be economic.
You surprised that New Hampshire's
Republicans are leaving the party ? Did you know that New Hampshire
also refused to comply with Real ID ? Do you
really think that the illegal immigration
is not yet another wedge Republican issue...that
can create an underclass in detention camps that are already being
The GOP put everybody through that sort of embarrassment with their
in the fifties where they were looking for so called Communists when it
was the anti-fascist dissidents they were after. Today the terrorist is
the alleged target when it's the dissidents and the first amendment they
want to compromise. Today we really have an the same GOP infiltration
with a seamless path all the way back to NAZI Germany. http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/randy/swas5a.htm