One of the real take-downs of Republican ideology is “Scandal,” the weekly tv show of intrigue, shadows, and brief bursts of light that is more intriguing, riveting, and less frightening and hate-filled than the empty promises (5 years!) of Republicans on jobs and growth. Scandal’s darkest character is also one of the smartest; the insider’s outsider who never whines or flinches the way Paul Ryan does when he’s called to task. Scandal is about flaws and heroes exposed; the GOP story, in contrast, covers up hidden agendas.
In those agendas, Benghazi and deficits are isolated and emboldened until they take the air from the room and the present is enlarged without progress. Income for the wealthy soars upward as wages fall. Inflation is a red herring that distracts from the debt ceiling threats. Power is increased by the suffering inflicted by cuts. Mississippi pretends we have health care for all. Jindal skips the death panels and uses dying to increase hospital profits as he claims public savings. The schemes are too twisted to sustain popularity. Boehner and the pundits need a little quiet time.
In contrast, “Scandal” deals in simple, straight-forward dirt. Exactly what we face as a nation and what we elected Barack Obama to fix. The Zen master who knows stillness gathers strength.
Theosophy has a principle that makes sense of Boehner’s confused trackbacks: “as above, so below.” So below: Ignore the federal legislators, especially the House; look at the states controlled by Republican legislatures. Look at the speed and extreme bills they churn out; at the midnight meetings and manipulation of the legislative process. Count the procedural and rules flaunted and broken. Examine the purpose of each bill. Their erosion of constitutional rights, especially voting, is overturning democracy. Their policies on education are transferring public money to private charters without improvements in students’ learning or test scores. Every example can be traced to expanding power; limiting and restricting individual opportunity, especially for women and children; eliminating services for the ill an the elderly; and rewarding the goals of private corporations to take over private funds by tax breaks, ending regulation, or transfers of public funds.
The Boehner-led House is a giant noise machine that distracts attention from the raw seizures of power in the states. This is not a democracy that works for all.
~Walter, thank you for reminding us how quickly we are losing our rights at the state and local level. This is where the real battle is and the Republicans have a huge financial advantage because groups like Americans for Prosperity are willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to elect candidates to promote their draconian agenda. It funds the candidates and then their legislative arm, ALEC, takes over, writing the laws that truly are destroying our democracy.
They are taking over the country from the bottom up. We will be paying for the 2010 election outcomes far into the future. We have to work hard to avoid a similar outcome in 2014.
When we suffered the greatest attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor on 9/11 no one was fired and the Bush Admin and the Republicans fought against ANY investigation. When one was finally made, it spent less money and than they spent on the investigation into Bill Clinton’s sex life.
Last year, a consulate was attacked, as ANY consulate could be at any time, and now the party that stripped $300,000,000 from embassy security is bickering about whether the words used in the rose garden were “act of terror” or “terrorist attack.” THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Republicans’ chronic false equivalency continuously drags the American political debate into the gutter of mundane minutia for political purposes. In addition to 9/11, American embassies and consulates were attacked 12 TIMES during the Bush Administration — with no peep from the Republicans about it.
This is the Republican modus operandi — to grandstand every American loss for political purposes, but when crap hits the fan on their watch, they call anyone who criticizes them “un-American.” ~Reductio Ad Absurdum
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