There is a desperate need for the Republicans to recognize that they aren’t loosing elections and referendums. They have lost their party! By a process of well coordinated strategies and tactics, an extraordinarily well funded and well organized semi-covert effort was put in place before the second election of the President, to essentially co-opt the Republican party for the benefit of the “new Right”, more commonly known to the prevailing sheeple as the Tea Party. Consider this – if the unbalanced, extremism of the Tea Party had surfaced in the usual ways it would have been sidelined as yet another of the “extremist” third parties such as the Green Party, The Libertarian party, and so on. The people involved didn’t want that to happen and they knew that the only way to avoid that in our system of politics was to shape the face of the party to be pseudo-Republican, and then conduct a coup on Republican leadership by casting them as the “liberals” and back-sliding bums that needed to be thrown out. To the fearful, ignorant, insecure, parochial, rapidly dwindling guardians of the un-American dream (unfair advantage, unlevel playing field, uneducated, unfathomable influence, unrealistic wishes for “the way it used to be” – when you could get away with all that…) this was a dream come true – the only visible way to regain their past glory! In severely gerrymandered districts where these political illiterate now held sway – it could happen! And so the coup on the real Republican party began.
It is important to understand that before this coup, one reason for the prevalence of a predominantly two party system was the unspoken but understood reality of governance, accepted primarily between those two, that starts with “We Go To Washington To Govern – On Behalf of: 1)ALL the people in our district, not JUST those who voted for us. 2) ALL the people of the State from which we come not JUST the people who voted us in, and 3) All the people of the United States, not JUST the state from which we come.” It is, after all supposed to be a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” This implied a state of committment to governance and a willingness to work together for the national benefit. This appears to have been forgotten… or deliberately disavowed as a function of the Tea Party coup-de-gross. In fact, there is a fairly straight forward indication of this that constitutes the Congressional oath of office –
“The purpose of the U.S. Constitution as stated in the preamble, is pretty clear:
'We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'
The GOP threatening to shut down the government, threatening to default on its bills, does the reverse of promoting domestic tranquility and general welfare. It creates domestic turmoil and general chaos. The Constitution defines the authority of each branch of government. The first two powers it lists for Congress specify that it collects taxes, pays bills and borrows money when necessary.”
That doesn’t say “borrows money in concert with the beliefs of a minority of the citizens of the US.” It says (for emphasis) “borrows money when necessary.” What exactly is MORE necessary than keeping our government in play and continuing to pay its bills? Well if you’re a Tea Party member, it may be the subversion of the United States of America, it’s rightfully elected government, and its majority approved way of life.
So… To The Tea Party Congressmen - Don’t get up on your stump and keep saying that the Affordable Healthcare Act is the government “not listening to the will of the people”. It’s the government enacting something that the MAJORITY of the people want! Remember, the majority of the people wanted President Obama. It’s THOSE people not listening to the will of “your people”! If things were the way they are supposed to be, you WOULD be a third party and there would be one, maybe two, Tea Party congressional representatives.
In a Future Post – how to reverse the coup!
Thanks for being here, and being you!