Recently an overly enthusiastic supporter of the Republican Rebellion urged like minded conservatives to emphasize their point by breaking the windows of Democrat politicians. It came perilously close to resembling the Kristallnacht call issued by the Nazis in 1938.
It’s time for the radical Students for a Republican Society to remind their rank and file members that they don’t want to fully adopt the Nazi playbook; they just want to usurp the Germans concepts and not the actual game plan.
A better way to look at the current political discourse would be to think in terms of the Sixties. The Republicans have embraced the hippies’ philosophy and the Democrats have jumped into the Nixon camp methodology by receiving any opposing ideology with amused distain.
The Republican sitdown strike strategy being used in both Congress and the Senate sound like the living implementation of a famous bit of hippie advice issued by Mario Savio:
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part.
“And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.
“And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” That just about nails the current Republican attitude toward working in the Legislature during the Obama era.
Recently Rush Limbaugh urged his listeners to respond to vitriolic criticism of their “Hell no we won’t go” along with healthcare by blowing kisses at the Democrats. Wasn’t the famous photo of a hippie chick putting a flower in the barrel of a rifle taken at People’s Park in Berkeley? Rush advocating flower power. Who’d a thunk it?
Conversely the Democrats have to quickly assess where a free speech right to express dissent ends and inciting a riot begins.
It would be pleasant for liberal pundits to coast to the midterm elections basking in the warm feelings generated by the passage of President Obama’s Health Care Reform bill, but rather than doing fun stories such as a consumers’ report style column on the blimp vs. zeppelin controversy, it seems that diligent liberal commentators will have to concentrate on answering the question: Why are Republicans behaving as if they have already scored a veto-proof majority in the 2010 elections?
For a liberal to sound the warning about a great danger that the Republicans will mirco-manage the election results via the electronic voting machines the writer will have to delve into some very esoteric facts and figures and he will run a high risk of boring even the most avid liberal audience. It would also mean that he would have to diminish the importance of the Obama upset victory in the 2008 election saying that it was similar to a chess game where the Republicans would lose the initial phase of the gambit only to come roaring back later with a game winning series of moves.
If, by losing the Presidency to the Democrats in 2008, the Republicans can neutralize the Democrats distrust of the electronic voting machines, then the Democrats will sound hypocritical if they are skeptical of those voting machines only when a Republican wins.
If the Republicans score a massive victory in this fall’s elections, is it all that difficult to imagine that the so-call journalists in the national media would then respond on cue from the Republican spin doctors and declare such a shift as a “mandate” to repeal the Healthcare Bill? Would they also respond like a well trained puppy and add that it was a complete repudiation of Obama’s victory? Heck, the Republicans could test the lapdog loyalty by getting them to say that such a turn of events was an endorsement of the idea to also repeal Social Security. (Erase that image of a puppy being trained with a supply of treats, isn’t the press still a wee bit . . . forgetaboutit. The puppy training analogy is spot-on.)
America’s alleged free press has been an accessory to the Bush wars, the implementation of the use of the electronic voting machines, the avoidance of any investigation into the torture memos, the rigged Supreme Court decision that handed the Presidency to George W. Bush, the shenanigans in Ohio’s role in the 2004 Bush win, and the almost instant decertification of Howard Dean and the anointing of John Kerry as “frontrunner” in 2004, and the unquestioning relaying of the need for bailout funds for Christmas bonus crap. Does anyone (other than Bill O’Reilly) want to seriously contend that the same bunch of obsequious and subservient paycheck slaves in the media would stand up and question a lopsided Republican victory this fall? There would have been a better chance of seeing an editorial in the Volkisher Beobachter questioning the annexation of the Sudetenland.
People who regularly read the work Brad Friedman is posting on his Bradblog site will not be one bit surprised by fall election results that “repudiate” Obama; those who don’t read it, will put all their faith in the latest installment of media “reporting” that will be filed under the heading: “Voters baffle pollsters again” and not suspect any subterfuge.
At that point the New York Times will be urged to add a teabag party luminary to their roster of Oped Page propagandists and the stage will be set for a restoration drama via a Cheney – (Jeb) Bush ticket in 2012. Then, if the Dickster would oblige the Bush family, he could croak and assure a continuation of the Bush dynasty.
Hunter S. Thompson has said: “The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.”
Now the disk jockey will play the “Hair” album. We gotta go send an e-mail to the Airship Ventures press people. Have a groovey week.