Thursday, May 19, 2005

 

God help us when the hangover comes

People trying to rationally parse the Senate Republicans' actions are wasting their time. There's no grand strategy, no reasonable approach that can be dealt with by reasonable men on the other side. The Republicans are drunk with power, pure and simple. For whatever reason, they have become immersed in the notion that they are the only aggrieved people in America and that their grievance is so grievous that it excuses any and all actions they take. Couple that with their appalling self-righteousness and the lamentable fact that they are acting as if their temporary monopoly on power is a God-ordained permanent one, and you get what we are seeing: nauseating triumphalism coupled with petulant self-pity. If we had a truly free, independent, unemasculated press, this would be pointed out so frequently that even red state morons would get it. But IOKIYAR.

Still, it's important to remember that this is what's going on. Democrats who try to reason with Republicans are playing tiddlywinks against the Steel Curtain. Liberals who try to argue rationally with wingnuts are like a kitten against a starving wolf. The right wing is drunk with power and rage, they feel like they've been oppressed for centuries and finally - finally! - they are free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, they're free at last! And, since their monopoly is permanent and God is on their side - ignoring Lincoln's dictum that one should pray that one is on God's side - why shouldn't they do whatever they want? They won, didn't they? The American people have spoken, and will not do so again for another 18 months. In the meantime, anything and everything they do is what the American people voted for.

At some point, history being what it is, things will change. More progressive leadership will emerge - heck, I'd settle at this point for more centrist leadership! But oh! the damage that is being done as these drunken elephants trample every constitutional principle, every check and every balance, stomp America's reputation abroad into the mud, preside over frightful human rights abuses and a war that begins to resemble a Stalingrad in the desert, give away more and more of America to the corporations, permit themselves to be saddled by the most extremist version of Christianity imaginable, and then have the nerve to lecture the rest of the world on democracy and freedom.

What a bad taste we are going to have in our mouths on the morning after this bender.
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The Republicans (Karl Rove) see the twentieth century as a situtation where Democrats were able to create the conditions for their sixty year dominance (1932-1992) with one administration, and then rode that dominance for as long as possible. His goal in the current period of Republican dominance to to accomplish a similar acheivement for Republicans, much like the period 1860-1932. They wish to accomplish this by reducing the benefits Americans receive from government and cutting taxes for their .
 
I realized this morning that these clowns could seriously use a 12 step program. Their incredible selfishness and lack of foresight amazes me. You nailed it.
 
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The Republicans (Karl Rove) see the twentieth century as a situtation where Democrats were able to create the conditions for their sixty year dominance (1932-1992) with one administration, and then rode that dominance for as long as possible. His goal in the current period of Republican dominance to to accomplish a similar acheivement for Republicans, much like the period 1860-1932. They wish to accomplish this by reducing the benefits Americans receive from government and cutting taxes for their .
 
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I realized this morning that these clowns could seriously use a 12 step program. Their incredible selfishness and lack of foresight amazes me. You nailed it.
 
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