Are Republicans actually seeing the light -- even if through a glass darkly?
Interesting piece by Michael Gerson -- who usually makes my blood boil. Though it's through a glass darkly, he seems actually to have a glimmering of a realization that contemporary Republicanism is socially inadequate, intellectually bankrupt and morally depraved. And he's beginning to appreciate the real problem facing the American body politic in the age of globalization. Here's an excerpt
Historians will be more confused by the Republican reaction. Less than four years after the fall of Lehman, the GOP standard-bearer was a venture capitalist who opposed the auto bailout and was building a dream home in La Jolla, Calif. Conservatives generally find Mitt Romney’s business achievements meritorious. But stepping back a bit from ideology, it is remarkable that the Republican Party nominated a capitalist caricature to respond to an economic crisis created, in part, by capitalist caricatures. The choice involved a certain gutsy, irrational defiance — like wearing a top hat to a NASCAR race. But it didn’t turn out well.
As deeply partisan as I admittedly am, I think it would be a good thing and not a bad thing if the Repugnants actually came to appreciate the real problem facing America -- how to have a 21st century form of capitalism that still has a human face and a human heart. And it would be a good thing, not a bad thing, if Dems and Repugnants actually competed over how to make capitalism in the 21st century work better for all and not just for the monied elite.
1. We are still apes who establish dominance over our own kind in a hierarchy.
Capitalism is just another tool to maintain control of the troop, for that matter so is Communism. Every so often one of our kind intellectualizes attributes such as compassion and fairness, they usually get the crap out of them. It is OK to be an ape just realize what you are.