By Jack Jodell, Nov. 10, 2011
The signs have been everywhere for quite some time, and they are growing daily. Far-right, reactionary Republicanism, replete with its diabolical twin cloaks of “free market” economics and divisive wedge-issue social conservatism, is deservedly dying a slow, torturous death. We will NOT miss it at all!
Tuesday night, in an OFF-YEAR election, the far-right extremists of the Tea-publicans found out what the REAL American electorate thinks about their blatant overreach! It was revealing and truly satisfying to see arch-conservative Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich acknowledging the much-deserved defeat of his radically aggressive, anti-union measure. His bumbling, shell-shocked response to this electoral loss was a joy to behold. For it was his ideological arrogance in pushing through such an extreme measure to begin with that has now reawakened the sleeping giant of progressive Ohio voters, and they, just like their brethren across the entire nation, are finally starting to reassert themselves. Even in conservative Mississippi, a reactionary Republican attempt to challenge the controversial Roe v. Wade decision by redifining the nature of “personhood” was soundly defeated.
In Arizona, Russell Pearce, the reactionary Republican State Senator whose hatefully restrictive anti-immigration measures created an uproar earlier this year, was soundly defeated in a recall election. In Maine, an attempt to disenfranchise new voters by doing away with same-day voter registration (a practice which had been on the books and has seved the state well for the past 40 YEARS) was resoundingly rejected.
As the masses of demonstrators worldwide conclusively prove, people are FED-UP with the lack of jobs and opportunity, as well as the wealth disparity which has been creatured and nurtured by capitalism’s richest 1%. They are disgusted with political maneuvering and pandering to lobbyists and special interests, and they are justifiably furious with political gridlock and deliberate inaction on the part of reactionary congressional Republicans like Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell. These are REAL voices taking to the streets, not manufactured and fully financed stooges put there by wealthy crooks like the Koch brothers and DICK Armey!
Last night’s latest GOP presidential “debate” was already the ninth. 9 complete wastes of time and energy. Above all else, it showed once again how woefully out of touch these wealthy reactionary Republicans truly are from the real wants and actual needs of the average working citizen who makes up the overwhelming majority of the voting public. To a person, they all spoke of jobs and unemployment as if these were abstract objects rather than meaningful necessities to those not employed or underemployed. Multimillionaire Mitt Romney, who has NEVER known money woes in his whole life, repeated the same old, SAME OLD tired Republican dogma about lowering corporate taxes and reducing regulation. f course, he had absolutely nothing to say about the problem of ever-rising income disparity beyond vague attempts to portray himself as looking out for the middle class.
Millionaire Herman Cain kept repeating his “9-9-9” nonsense like a mantra, insisting that it would restore confidence in and help the economy grow, and that would mysteriously solve all of our problems. He didn’t mention, mind you, what a devastating impact a 9% national sales tax would have on the poor, but he did skillfully sidestep a question on character in office, something he oviously didn’t have in his restaurant association days. That was all right, though, because while he USED to be in pizza, very soon he and his campaign will be TOAST.
Nut (I mean, Newt) Gingrich is a well-to-do reactionary who would fire Ben Bernanke and audit the Federal Reserve, but had no other original input in how to create jobs or improve the economy besides privatizing everything and ending the Federal Student Loan program. He cited the example of the College of the Ozarks as a model to follow for graduating from college. There, all students are required to work 20 hours per week at the school to pay for their education. Interesting experiment, perhaps, but highly impractical. He also complained that the media does a poor job of covering the economy, when he callously intoned regarding the Wall Street protesters, “Who is going to pay for that park that you’re occupying if there are no businesses making a profit?” Talk about completely missing ther point of the protests!
Another millionaire with no brains or heart, Rep. Michele Bachmann, added little to the evening, save for a hypocritical statement about the need to end crony capitalism between the government and business. She, of couse completely ignored the fact that her husband’s psychology clinic is funded partly by government payments from Medicaid, as is her family farm in the form of price supports and farm subsidies. Oh, well, she’s half-baked anyway…
Millionaire Texas Governor Rick Perry showed us once more why he’s unfit for the office of President, when he flubbed a question which federal agencies he would eliminate as a cost-saving measure. He said he would eliminate 3: the Dept. of Commerce, the Dept. of Education, and the Dept. of, of, uh-uhh-uhhh—he couldn’t remember the third, until much later, when it was revealed to be the Dept. of Energy. Nice try, Sparky, but you’ll NEVER become President. Guess you could have used some of the Dept. of Education’s programs, huh, Gov? Clearly, you WERE a child that was left behind…
Ron Paul’s libertarian contribution was that he would let the market take over completely, and pretty soon things would work themselves out just fine. We all know how impractical that would be, though, with all federal regulatory agencies in private hands and all other agencies privatized, with each of them trying to make a profit off of whoever could afford their services. What a debacle THAT would be!
The basic underlying problem with all of these people is that they hate government and want the market left completely alone to dictate whatever happens in our economy. They want to turn the clock back to the pre-1020s, when the government’s role was small and its influence on business very weak. They completely ignore the fact that it was lack of effective government oversight and regulation which led directly to the Great Depression AND our current “Great Recession!”
These blind fools cater only to the wants of the very few at the top of our economic ladder, not the very real NEEDS of the lower 99%. They are the nervous and uncertain guardians of a dark, failed past era at a time when this country so desperately needs fair-minded, forward-looking, bright new progressive leadership. Voters are now finally seeing the MYTH of achieving prosperity for all through tax cuts and subsidies for the very rich and trickle-down economics for everyone else. “Free market” economics have repeatedly done far more harm than good in this country, and are failing it badly today. They have permitted greedy capitalists to grab a hugely disproportionate piece of the economic pie and have left everyone else wanting. That is why I say reactionary Republicanism is on the way out. Dinosaurs like most of this current batch of Republican pretenders for the presidency, AND their unproductive and obstructionist Tea Party and ultra-conservative counterparts in Congress, will soon vanish from our politics, for they represent only a tiny few. Their reactionary approach to governance, along with their current extremely pro-market, pro-corporate, anti-worker Republican Party, will soon be relegated to the scrap heap of history.
That moment cannot come soon enough for THIS writer!