Custer, Bluster, and diminished luster
As the old saying goes, "Denial is a river in Egypt", and the
Republicans are still somewhere between the Gaza Strip and Benghazi in
their river of deep denial.
They would have you believe that Mitt Romney lost because he was
not a good enough snake oil salesmen. It apparently does not matter to
them that the snake oil he was selling was more like cyanide for the
middle class than castor oil, which is always good for what ails you.
The voters refused to drink the Kool Aid.
In the end, as it turns out, the American people were just not as
stupid as the Republicans thought. They couldn't be bought. They
couldn't be bamboozled, and they would not let their votes be
suppressed. They showed up when it really mattered, and it did matter.
Elections always matter. They also have consequences.
We have seen the great wealth of this country be disproportionately
husbanded by those at the top of the scale in ways that are reminiscent
of the old Robber baron days. One joke making the rounds is that the
CEO of Hostess twinkies calls a final meeting with the union boss and
one representative worker. There are a dozen Twinkies on the table. The
CEO walks off with 11 of the twinkies and says to the employee, " You'd
better watch out for that union guy, or he'll eat most of your
There are the greedy pizza barons who live in multi million dollar
mega mansions, but are threatening to lay off their employees if they
have to invest 12 cents per pizza of their profit in employee health
care. There are the coal barons who are laying off their miners because
they didn't work hard enough to produce , not coal, but votes, for the
one percenter agenda.
It is reminiscent of the slaveholder mentality which caused us to
take up arms against one another to defend the right of some men to
enslave others in pursuit of profit. Has our civil war never really
ended? What's wrong with this picture? Who is painting our political
The answer is not surprising. It is the small cadre of omnipotent
oligarchs who place their greed above the good of the planet and their
fellow human beings. They have tried to buy their way into the think
tanks and the universities to manipulate the national agenda, and to
deny anything or anyone who stands in the way of their unbridled self
aggrandizement and hubristic hegemony. They have sprinkled the fairy
dust of social issues among the great unwashed to insure that people
vote against their own economic issues. They have tried to manipulate
the numbers of those who vote, so that their agenda is vouchsafed for
their undemocratic plutocratic dominance.
They have failed to achieve success on the national level, but they
have achieved some degree of success in manipulating the Congress and
many state legislatures to champion their causes. They have done so by
rigging the bidding process and drawing the lines of The Congressional
and state legislative districts in such a way as to insure their
success. They have further undermined democracy by opening up the flood
gates of political bribery, ala Citizens "Un-United". They are acting
like the Joker in a Batman movie sequel, and there seems to be no
stopping point. It is a far flung and semi successful conspiratorial
effort to bend the will of the majority to advance their cause, and the
real joke is that they have done so while invoking the concept of
liberty and justice for all. That is the ultimate irony, and the joke is
Give me you tired, your poor, your weary, your befuddled masses,
and we shall manipulate them to our advantage, and crush any hopes they
might have to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Their philosophy is ' I've
got mine the hell with you, and if you try to climb up into this boat
on that rope ladder, I'll Step on your fingers". The other side's
philosophy is more like " I've got mine, how can I help you get yours"!
The American people are not stupid. They have made their choice.
It is now up to the losers to show some grace and some common sense, and
to remember that there are still many more things that bind us together
than divide us. The American dream still beckons for us all. Clearly,
we need to trim the budget, and pay down the deficit as well. The
solvency solution is broader than just raising taxes on the well to do.
But, If the Custer-like last stand of a defeated Republican agenda
really is to hold out against tax hikes for the top two per cent of the
country, the moral bankruptcy of that position will end up bankrupting
us all. Lord have mercy. We deserve better than that.