President Barack Obama greets Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola after caring for an infected patient in Texas, in the Oval Office, Oct 24, 2014. Pham is virus-free after being treated at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The high ground of a lie is to tell it first and force others to react. Reaction is defense in today’s demand to get-their-first. A single disease case produces a national “crisis;” down with “big government” is a buzz phrase for consolidating Republican tyranny that attacks democracy in 3 ways:
1) Legally, by urging Congress ignore the constitutional mandate to pay the national debt, by a new round of voter restrictions, by Supreme Court decisions that assign money unlimited influence in politics, by states that refuse to expand insured healthcare to an existing program effective at managing costs.
2) Socially, by leveraging hate and fear (targets: immigration, the President, the poor, workers, women) a validation (remember Juan Williams’ admission of his fear of young black males?). Open hatred, seen in its own looking glass, gains a strange prestige; no longer negative, simply news, never fact based, rooted in ugly, ugly worlds and words.
The pet phrase of hate scrubbed for democratic expression is “protecting our own interests” against terrorists, immigrant children or minimum wages v. corporation profits–targeting “others” less important in perpetuity–since never will come a time the others can be embraced.
3) In the political economy–relations of money and power built on the ideology of wealthy actors whose ideas, media, and policy sturdily support a false logic (ex., social security being broke) as a means to false benefits (austerity will lead to prosperity) to tighten “taking” for private, wealthy hands.
“We’re being looked to, often, to be the first set of substantive actions that the administration will take in response to a new threat,” said Adam Szubin, the director of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is responsible for enforcing the economic sanctions program. “You really have to be ready to make decisions, including pretty sensitive and sometimes controversial ones. He thrives on that kind of stress.”
Can you identify these two?