Friday, July 15, 2011

Crazy is the New Normal

Paul Krugman has an excellent column in today’s New York Times where he says that the GOP has gone insane. He points out how the Republicans refuse to participate in government because they don’t want to hand President Obama any credit, even in areas where Obama’s position is to the right of what the GOP proposes.

Now, I have friends who are Republicans, and they are not insane. But Krugman is right – their party leadership is batshit crazy. Just like the children who marched to their oblivion after being led and herded by the Pied Piper of Hamelin, today’s Republicans are being led and herded by demagogues and crazies toward the destruction of America.

Krugman also correctly points out that it’s our fault for letting them do this. Poll after poll shows that the American people are against tax cuts for the wealthy, against the endless wars which were started by a Republican president, and against the co-opting of democracy by the corporate power brokers. Yet a combination of apathy, prejudice, voter repression, and a feeling of powerlessness have allowed the extreme radical wing of the Republican Party to occupy the mainstream seat.

The culpability of the left is also apparent. With only a few exceptions like in Wisconsin, where is the rage? Where are the demonstrations against an unpopular war like there were in the sixties? Where are the massive marches for equal rights for gays, lesbians, and immigrants akin to the civil rights movement for African-Americans?

The insane, radical, and extreme right has already taken over one branch of Federal government – the Supreme Court. They hold one of the two houses of Congress and exert undue and unrepresentative control over the other. And they have moved a smart but weak president too far to the right. We are one election away from enabling them to gain complete control of our government, and if we allow that to happen, our fate will be the same as that of the unfortunate children of Hamelin.

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