I was sitting on an airplane all day today contemplating the source of all of the wrong thinking, and general lunacy floating around the universe today. Just when I had almost convinced myself that 1/2 of the world wasn’t nuttier than squirrel dung I clicked over to the beeryblog and read this very wonderfully written and nearly 100% fictionalized alternate reality some people live in.I encourage you to give it a quick read and report back here and tell me what you think then fair enough?
Radical Disconnect – Minority Rule
Posted on November 11, 2011 by beeryblog 7
by Diogenes ~
There is a fundamental divide in our politics that the current, brutal recession has exposed. It is not just a problem for liberals – it is a fundamental problem for the country. The majority voice has been silenced.
The decline of the middle-class and muting of its voice was largely concealed in the era of easy credit. We felt ok financially and because we felt ok we kept quiet. Quiet while corpo-criminals weakened democracy’s safeguards – from union participation to financial regulation. Not satisfied that we kept silent while they dismantled democracy, the wealth-class now rejects the credit it offered to secure our acquiescence. They want even that.
The economy is a wreck, we are all in pain and everyone wants to know what the hell happened. There’s no more pretending that everything is ok because we can run out and buy new Hummer, eat at a fancy restaurant or flip a house. In the halcyon days we felt first-class, but the real elite were quietly running the show. Now, they are unmasked as the One Percent.
The Republican Party has long been a minority party – the party of the One Percent – despite trumpeting itself as the “Silent Majority” and the “New Majority.” Nikita Kruschev, as I recall, once thought that the Democratic Party was the natural ruling party of America. He also said that the Democrats and the Republicans were a “pair of boots.” That may have been true at the time, but no longer. If one party is a boot, the other is a ball and chain, weighing down the entire body politic.
To put this in perspective, we need only look at disturbing trends – not only in the Republican philosophy of government – but in their political tactics. Deception, corruption and manipulation. It all famously coalesced with Richard Nixon and the Watergate break in. The ultimate dirty trick.
Since then, the Republican playbook has clearly been based on divide-and-conquer tactics. Fear-mongering, distrust and enmity toward the “other” is the order of the day. Damn the liberals, Democrats, immigrants, people of color, politically active women, NOW, ACORN, the Tri-lateral Commission, gun control advocates and on and on. All demonized and held up to scorn by a legion of talking heads from Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage to Sean Hannity.
Resenting the perceived “liberal bias” of the old, Big 3 broadcasting networks, conservatives even created their own cable channel and turned it into a propaganda organ – one that only mistakenly features actual news. Dictionary.com defines propaganda thus:
1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to
help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation,etc.
2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
The combination of Fox News and conservative talk radio has created a Republican echo chamber in which “facts” are transmitted only after they have been filtered and embellished by a host of talking heads. Almost always, these facts are lies, distortions or gross exaggerations. But then, propaganda does not require truth. It requires impact.
Propaganda, often originating at the Republican National Committee, is distributed in the form of talking points which become the text of right-wing radio and television shows and even opening statements at Republican debates.
The overseers of the Republican Party – the ultra rich and various whole industries from Wall Street and international oil to health care and pharmaceutical interests – pay vast sums of money to control information and manipulate the electorate. Wealth-class propaganda, when not being spouted directly but puppets, is disseminated in the form of campaign ads – particularly attack ads. An art form perfected by Lee Atwater and his nefarious acolyte, Karl Rove. Indeed, these ads reached their highest pitch in the shameful “Swift-boating campaign” against Senator Kerry.
How does the One Percent control the Republican Party – money and lots of it. Corrupting politicians by means of campaign contributions and promises of future riches is not confined to Republicans of course, but it is part of the conservative fabric. That fabric is stronger than ever in the age of the SuperPac – grand old political slush funds activated by anonymous donors. Thanks to the Citizens United case, decided by radical conservatives, we suffer under the destructive assertions that corporations are people and money is speech.
This year, the propaganda and money playbook is augmented by naked attempts to tilt the playing field by voter suppression measures aimed at likely Democratic voters. Whether these measures will survive constitutional challenge remains to be seen, but many state governments where Republicans run the show are giving it the old college try.
To this we add their stubborn obstruction in Congress where they have a majority. They are now truly the Party of No.
Republican tactics and innovations do nothing less than undermine and subvert our democracy. Their agenda is clear: Preserve, protect and advance the interests of the financial elite and large corporations. They champion minority interests and in a real democracy they would lose more than they’d win. They advocate minority rule – plutocracy. (CLICK HERE TO BE TRANSPORTED TO THE BEERYBLOG TO FINISH THIS POST – RECOMMENDED)