Republicans have, basically, ruled Washington since 1994. Sixteen straight years of Republican rule is quite a long time. A sense of entitlement develops. Corporate whore media, at least since the time of President Clinton, has been feeding that Republican sense of entitlement.....constantly, and wrongly, repeating that the progressive United States of America is a conservative nation, a center-right nation, best represented by the "conservative" political party.
After Obama's inauguration, I wrote that the theme of corporate whore media had become, "the minority should rule." Deference should still be paid to Republicans, even though they had taken a severe electoral beating in 2006 and in 2008, which resulted in a 60-40%, Democrat-to-Republican congressional makeup.
All of the dithering and effing around over Obama's agenda policies, I think, is partly because of this "minority should rule" dynamic. I believe that this dynamic, as odd as it is, can be simply explained by the fact that rich people, whether teevee talking heads or celebrity liar journalists, like David Brooks, want to maintain low taxes. Republican politicians only have one perennial domestic agenda...and that's cutting rich Americans' taxes.
Now that Democrats may be about to cross the threshold of passing national health care reform.....the whole dynamic that the minority should rule is being threatened. Conservative shills, like Brooks, have resorted to overt lying about reconciliation......and Republican congressional representatives, after issuing a Code Red Alert over the imminent passage of Obamacare, have started talking like this.....
Speaking to the Huffington Post shortly after his speech, (Rep. Steve)King (R-IA) declared that a peaceful uprising, a la the successful overthrowing of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia on the streets of Prague in 1989 "would be fine with me."
"Fill this city up, fill this city, jam this place full so that they can't get in, they can't get out and they will have to capitulate to the will of the American people," he said.
"So this is just like Prague under communist rule?" the Huffington Post asked.
"Oh yeah, it is very, very close," King replied. "It is the nationalization of our liberty and the federal government taking our liberty over. So there are a lot of similarities there."
Passing a much-needed national health care program, a campaign promise upon which Barack Obama built his 53%-46% presidential blowout win, is to a "minority should rule" guy like King, "government taking our liberty over." Extending health insurance to 30 million Americans through the capitalistic insurance market, to King and his ilk, is just like the communists taking over the former Czechoslovakia.
The truth, however, has nothing to do with stupidly calling a windfall to for-profit health insurers a communist takeover ala 1989 Prague.....the truth is that Republicans are hearing, in the passage of a national health care bill, the death knells of their own political future.
Newt Gingrich in 1994....and the Bush gang in 2001....have transparently demonstrated that Republicans cannot, or will not, take governance seriously. They wrecked the place. Just like in a 'wilding.' Now, here come the Democrats to pick up the pieces, reminiscent of the days of FDR,.....and although today's Republicans act like they're brain dead....they are painfully aware of what happened after FDR and the Democrats cleaned up after the last Republican greed-orgy-gone-bad.
What happened after FDR began passing his New Deal agenda? Republicans became such a tiny minority in Congress that even today's corporate media Knee Padders couldn't with a straight face call for the 'minority to rule'.....that's how few Republicans were left in Congress back then.
The antics of Sister Sarah, Mike Pence, Steve King, Chuck Grassley, John Boehner and their entire cast of clowns, appear at first to be the insane ramblings of disturbed people.....but on further review, it's clear that they're not insane at all.....they are simply scared to death that with the passage of national health care reform, Republicans won't see majority status in the federal government for a generation.
And they're right.
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