From the Left-The Daily Commercial: It’s going to be a long walk home, America
By VICKI BUSH
A democracy’s functioning mainstay economy is about stability, safety, and secure jobs. Jobs with a purposeful reality where expectation is an assurance toward a reliable future. While those who have laid hold to seats of power wreak chaos, the consequence of damaged and destroyed sacred institutions becomes more and more apparent every day.
American exceptionalism, our freedoms, and our chosen representation are being held captive by failed masters. Democracy and human life are being extorted for personal gain with unwavering corruption and incompetence. Pacification cult mentality manipulation, in which a wannabe absolute ruler strives to become savior, easily thrives in chaos and tough times. Fear can override reason. Those who greedily wield and abuse wealth and power will not save us.
For decades, the GOP fed the gap against upward mobility. The wider and more pronounced the gap between expectation and reality, the less achievable for the worker. Keeping power in check by concentrating it into the hands of the wealthy upper caste class made it easier to manipulate those faltering from job implosion, austerity, and income stagnation to seek safety under demagogues and those who promise superiority by turning on those below them.
America’s governmental representation is to be chosen by its people – not by foreign interference, not by big oil, not by the party elite, and not by a religious minority. An individual clean vote unmanipulated by machine software, coercive analytics, suppression, gerrymandering, or hack and troll is not too much to ask of the people’s government. Party’s should be well beyond dropping opposition votes into a county political boss’s wastepaper basket. If we are as great as we tout, then we should be able to accomplish a mandated clean vote.
Toward the end of George W. Bush’s second term a recession was imminent. Sucking the life out of the real economy, predator capitalists moved toward financialized speculation, in other words – short term risk betting, on bets. The newly elected 2008 Administration had to quickly solution and fix the economic meltdown caused by Wall Street’s greed and Republican leadership’s laissez-faire attitude. “Mainstreet” economic democracy came to the rescue.
When the power shift of 2008 had sunk in; it was too much for the Grand Old Party to reflectively absorb. To quell their brain fog incomprehension of what many in the party feared would be a dystopian future for rich white folk, an order was dictated, produced, and funded by a fiercely conservative corporate force of family fortune oil magnates and far-right libertarians who viewed predatory capitalism as the only real social safety net necessary.
Their solution? A so-called grass roots assemblage that rose up from the ashes of right-wing libertarian foundation money now known as the Tea Party. Retroactively fueled through the ghost of John Birch and his secret society, this new 21st century society espoused the beginnings of what became the make America great again tenet; a gullible guise of middle-class tax cuts. Those mid-century white flight suburban Happy Days of anti-Semitism, bigotry, and segregation came back with a vengeance.
As the 2016 campaign floodgates opened, Republicans vowed to take back America. Not from an opposition political party, but from whom they now falsely perceived to be God’s enemy. With unlimited dark money donor power Republican’s fully embraced a “win at any and all cost” campaign where the truth became the lie.
Cemented into the foundation of the RNC the night of the 2016 vice presidential debate, Trumpism was made whole when Mike Pence surrendered, along with congressional and right-wing Republicans, to solidifying to the obsolescence of the truth. At their back, the shadowy insider campaign of Mercer Family analytics, Bannon and Conway strategists, and far-right single-donor millions. Republican elites dangled a lure of easy money, protectionism, and ethnocentric isolationist bias. Corruptly ordained, Trumpism strode into the coveted primary nomination.
After a revenge driven campaign; the GOP went for the jugular. Deregulating anything tagged with an Obama signature; accelerated vulture and predatory capitalism bled together to destroy productive policies by cutting the legs out from under social safety nets and positive protective solution-based regulation. With scrupulous sycophant intent, Republicans justified it all with a survival of the fittest theocratic worldview.
Receiving 2016 transition team briefings that acknowledged a possible pandemic at America’s doorstep, the Trump Administration, not unlike their climate crisis reaction, stood idly by with denials while indolently refusing to prepare for any crisis.
Once glorifying every life as precious and espousing the dignity of human life, Trump’s enablers now callously and cravenly place their greed for money and power over American lives. This from the same Republican Party that became fanatically unhinged that the Obama Administration’s Affordable Care Act would most certainly lead to “death panels.”
That flag flying over the courthouse reminds us of who we are, what we’ll do, and what we won’t. We will fight to find that long way home until America’s conscience has been found.
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