Over at Western Hero Finntann Asked Us to Examine Flaws Within the Republican Party
Here’s what occurred to me. I posted it here, because I thought it made a good article, and because I mistakenly thought Comment Moderation had been put into effect over there.
"Let's talk about us."
Okay. First of all, if you're taking about the Republican Party, there is no "us." "We" are divided into factions that don't like each other very much.
1. Establishment –– out-of-touch, self-serving, self-promoting, desirous of permanent incumbency and tight control, uninterested in new blood, new ideas, invested in maintaining the status quo, however bad that may be.
2. Christian Coalition –– Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, traditional Roman Catholics –– Abortion, the Right to Die, and Homosexuality are their primary concerns. Though they would deny it, they are interested in establishing Central Control over moral conduct. Deep concern there over the threat of Islam. A misguided, radical support of Israel, not because they love Jews, but because of their desire to see biblical prophecy come to fruition. The economy, the environment, international trade, foreign relations may be of concern, but take a back seat to Sex, Pregnancy, Suffering, Death and Biblical literalism.
3. Honest strict constructionists most of whom see the Founding Fathers as fellow libertarians, who would love to do away with all the destructive, increasingly costly, burdensome, freedom denying "progressive" legislation laid upon us since the days of Woodrow Wilson.
These three factions have about as much in common as raccoons, peacocks and coral snakes.
Somehow, these disparate elements worked together to elect Ronald Reagan. The results turned out better than anyone expected. Almost a miracle.
So what did the mythical "we" do, as soon as Mr. Reagan was safely put out to pasture?
We nominated a staid, stale, maddeningly aloof, unimaginative, shallow, apparently clueless New World Orderist in the person of George Herbert Walker Bush.
Since then, it's been downhill all the way.
What most of "us" either cannot see –– or adamantly refuse to acknowledge –– is that both parties are essentially working together to maintain what some call the Welfare-Warfare State, because both parties are bought, paid for and controlled by unseen, largely unknown forces whose interests are frankly antithetical to those of the vast majority of American citizens.
The assertion is hard to "prove" by legalistic standards, so most either ignore or dismiss the theory, and stubbornly cling to the outmoded, largely illusory, increasingly irrelevant Left-Right Paradigm.
To me the situation closely parallels the unresolved issue of how to find a satisfactory legal definition of pornography. No lawyer, no court has yet resolved the question satisfactorily, yet no one but a determined intellectual pervert could fail to recognize the stuff when confronted with it. So, instead of solving problems we continually get mired in stupid battles over legal technicalities, and evil flourishes like the green bay tree of biblical fame.
This determined Establishment mindset keeps us at each other's throats getting all hot and bothered over things that hardly matter –– the latest being General David Petraeus' much vaunted AFFAIR with Whatsername.
That certainly has blasted any and all interest in BO's role in the Benghazi Fiasco, the looming Fiscal Cliff, Economic Policy in general, massive Unemployment, mounting Debt in the Trillions, Afghanistan and the failures and bumbling ineptitude of FEMA in the aftermath of Sandy, hasn't it?
ALL OF A SUDDEN the nation is expected to focus the lion's share of its attention and concern over what David Petraeus did with his PENIS.
Talk about CIRCUSES!
Meanwhile the people of coastal New Jersey, Staten Island, parts of Manhattan, large areas of Queens and much of Long Island are literally starving for "BREAD," as well heat, light and basic shelter while the rest of the nation slobbers over and revels in yet-another media-generated SEXCAPADE.
How much longer are "we" going to allow "ourselves" to be flimflammed by the Triumvirate of Corrupt Media working hand-in-glove with Corrupt Public Officials from POTUS on down, and the Corrupt Banking Establishment?
AREN'T YOU SICK and TIRED of GETTING the SCREWING without the LOVING?
Reality ain't pretty, but our need to face it and deal with it effectively is long long long overdue.
I don't know. What do YOU think?