In a Nutshell: THE END OF DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

This is the best explanation of where we are, and why there’s no realistic hope of things getting better:

How do House Republicans end up convincing themselves of unrealistic plans, particularly when they’ve seen them fail before, and when respected voices in the Republican and even conservative establishment are warning against them?

RC: When you get the members off the talking points you come to a simple conclusion: They don’t face consequences for taking these hardline positions. When you hear members talk candidly about their biggest victory, it wasn’t winning the House in 2010. It was winning the state legislatures in 2010 because they were able to redraw their districts so they had many more conservative voters. The members get heat from the press but they don’t get heat from back home.

It will take years before new districts are drawn. By then, it will be too late.

A lady asked Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy.”
“A republic” replied the Doctor “if you can keep it.”

Class warfare came to a head a hundred years ago when the labor movement spawned the advent of Unions. Workers joined in solidarity to help each other against the capitalists, the ruling class of their day.

Their gains have been slowly but surely chipped away. The ruling class has been working n the halls of power for decades. They took Lincoln to heart – they didn’t try to fool all the people all the time, just enough of the people at election time. They succeeded.

When a republic is no longer represented by the majority, but by the wealthy few, it ceases to be a republic and is instead an oligarchy. This is where we are now. And the oligarchs will not give up their power willingly.

3 thoughts on “In a Nutshell: THE END OF DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

  1. Party before country. That is the republican way these days. Nothing — NOTHING — is more important than party loyalty AND increasing the power of the republican party. Nothing (including crippling the government and directly harming millions of Americans) is more important than their goal of gaining more power.

    The Bush years gave them a “promise” of “permanent rpublican majority” (remember that battle-cry?). And when that promose turned out to be false, they lost their minds.

    Republicans despise democracy — they want single party rule, and they want it to be their party. Even if their policies would harm their own.

    Psychopaths bent on destroying the country, so they can rebuild it in their twisted ideology.

    • There is at least one unpleasant (to say the least) similarity between what’s going on here in the US today and what was going on in Germany ninety years ago right about now. It was early November, 1923, in a beer hall in Munich, an event later to be called The Beer Hall Putsch.

      “The National Revolution has begun!” Hitler shouted. Hitler continued with a few exaggerations and lies stating that there were six hundred armed men surrounding the beer hall, the Bavarian and the national governments had been taken over, the barracks of the army and police were occupied, and that they were already marching under the swastika flag.

      I have to wonder; do today’s American Fascisti (the Tea Party) have a flag ready to unfurl? (We could, I suppose, ask Ted Cruz . . . I’m sure he would know). In any case, they certainly are loaded with more than “a few exaggerations and lies” which they willingly spout whenever the moment allows.

      It did take Hitler close to another decade before he finally assumed full power of the state. Makes me wonder if the Tea Party can pull it off; do they have the patience? Not all radicals do, of course. But for some of our wingnut buttcakes I suspect it would be a mistake to presume they don’t.

      Time will tell.

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