Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:00 AM
go west young man (4,624 posts)
Five glaring contradictions that sunk the GOP. (Salon Magazine)
An excellent read of why the Republicans truly deserve to lose.
Glaring contradiction #1: The evil of big government except when running wars, paying subsidies, or legalizing morality.
The Big Lie doesn’t always gain by repetition. The confluence of Romney’s robotic personhood reinforced the core vacuity of the GOP con game replayed one too many times: that big government is diabolical when serving up social justice or safety nets, emergency relief, science education and research, safety and environmental regulations. Drown that overpriced sucker. Yet, when empire building, jailing people or forcing women to give birth, paying out oil, resource, or farm subsidies, government is the glory of law and order, the foundation of civilization. Throw in abusing the rights of dissenters, accused terrorists and whistleblowers, then intrusive government cannot be too big. Contradictions rule the right, like those who worship Jesus but also capital punishment, sanctify the unborn but pardon killers of abortion doctors.
What Obama’s win, alongside surging Democratic senators, disrupted was the dubious marriage between billionaires dying to own the government and fundamentalists dying to institutionalize universal morality. This election exploded Reaganite propaganda that “big government” is the problem by spotlighting the true middle-class nemesis: reactionary, class warriors who demonize government for contesting their unbridled freedom to get richer. Federalism is hardly perfect. But a majority of voters reinforced Washington as the strongest bulwark against the terrors of predatory capitalism, economic cycles and man-made “natural” disasters.
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