Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Modern History 1A

America is in the thralls of imposed amnesia!  In 2008 under George Bush, we were immersed in a pointless, illegal, unnecessary war, our banking system had collapsed, we were losing 800,000 jobs per day, Bush had turned a surplus into a $400 Billion deficit, and health insurance companies were exploiting their customers. Additionally more than 46 million Americans were not covered and the numbers were growing. Behind the scenes, The Citizens United Decision deemed corporations to be citizens as defined in the Constitution and opened the USA to the highest bidder. 

These and other problems  led to a dramatic Democratic take over of the White House and both houses. We expected this to lead to major changes and a rebirth of the middle class. But a funny thing happened on the way to the future. The GOP became the Group Of Phonies or the Party of no. The GOP of the Eisenhower era, the party that loved America and, rightly or wrongly, sincerely believed that the best course for America was smaller government and fiscal conservatism, has been transformed into a disarrayed mob of power hungry hate mongers who placed politics above the welfare of Americans.

The Teaparty has become the epitome of the Neo Republicans and may have taken  control. This cabal, organized and financed by international corporations, has a myriad of government protestations, sometimes exact opposites, which is impossible to categorize. The one thing they have in common is racism and disgust over an African-American being President of the United States. Latent for so many years because their attitudes were no longer fashionable, the election of Obama erased the thin veneer of decency. Jim Crow with just a semblance of subtlety has been reborn.

In spite of the sweeping election win in 2008, problems loomed ahead in the Senate where a filibuster could stop legislation in it's tracks. Democrats were one vote short of a filibuster proof (60 votes) majority. As reported above the Republicans program had America in trouble. They sat out to prove their mantra "that government doesn't work" by making it unworkable.

Obama outlined an ambitious agenda of health care reform, banking reform coupled with theTrouble Assets Relief Program (TARP),  and a program to stop job loss and stimulate the economy. Of course there was much more lower profile legislation. Were President Obama went wrong was his compulsive desire for bi-particism. The GOP led by Boehner and McConnel shamelessly put politics ahead of country and vowed to stop all legislation. They proudly became the Party of No. John Boehner's battle cry became HELL NO YOU CAN'T.  Senator Jim Demint fell in line with his announced intention of making health care reform Obama's Waterloo. Unfortunately for America, the GOP has no interest in solving America's problems; persistent unemployment, job losses overseas, importation of cheap labor, protecting us from nuclear weapons getting in the hands of rogue nations or terrorists. Their sole agenda is to stop the democrats from getting anything done.

They weren't completely successful but they were successful n cutting stimulus spending enough to slow recovery and create an unhappy constituency for the recent election. Enabled by the Citizens United ruling, large corporations, through the US Chamber of Commerce have provided a bottomless well of advertising money for anti-Democratic propaganda and Republican campaigns. This fusillade of media ads was successful in blocking the memory of voters, particularly low information voters who are vulnerable to the 30 second TV sound bites, of conditions in November of 2008. All they see is the unemployment situation and thanks to lack of incentive to study reality, i.e., the republican intransigence and political maneuvering to prevent a Democrat solution, they fall victim to lies, sophistry, platitudes, ad hominems and personal attacks on Obama and leading Democrats, promulgated by the best PR experts in  the world and mouthed through people like Glenn Beck, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Rush Limbaugh and the Republican propaganda machine, Fox News.

In summary, big corporations with their Supreme Court, approved status as real people, and with the help of imposed amnesia of Americans, propelled grass roots organizations and their candidates, to a blood letting in the 2009 mid term elections and may have destroyed any chance to alter the seemingly inexorable road to control of the US government by international corporations. This is spite of the most successful two years of legislative achievement, since the New Deal; this in the face of the most orchestrated obstructive opposition in congressional history.

When Americans wake up, which they eventually will, and see what they have wrought, it may well be too late.

1 comment:

  1. "... erased the thin veneer of decency. Jim Crow with just a semblance of subtlety has been reborn." [That's great Brooks, it gets added to my list of "Neat Phrases and Clauses".]
    That latent racism you refer to and Obama's, I believe, naive desire for bi-partisanship was a beacon showing the Republicans the way to 2010 success. Compromise with a failed ideology is still failure.
    I have lost all the optimism I used to have, that words alone can convince your "low information voters."
    I agree that Americans will eventually wake up but it won't be until they are face-to-face with unstoppable climate change. Rising sea levels that destroy our coastal cities will surely beg the question: Oh! why didn't we listen to the scientist who predicted this and the progressives who tried to avert it?