This must-read column opens with:
I have this problem. Whenever I try to explain what’s happening in American politics — I mean, what’s really happening — I wind up sounding a bit like an unhinged conspiracy theorist.
Thank God! I’m not the only one who feels as if things have come completely unhinged! This bit is wonderful:
But, of course, as someone my age could not have guessed, the parties of a generation ago bore only a faint resemblance to their modern versions. After World War II, the Republicans accepted the new role of government in American life ushered in by Franklin Roosevelt. The decades after the war saw a great American consensus. Democrats were a bit looser with the purse strings, Republicans a bit tighter, but their general vision of the country was the same. This vision was expressed by the Republican president Dwight Eisenhower just before his inauguration when he declared, “There is, in our affairs at home, a middle way between untrammeled freedom of the individual and the demands for the welfare of the whole nation. This way must avoid government by bureaucracy as carefully as it avoids neglect of the helpless.” This credo was the credo of the Republican Party my dad could identify with. He looked up to GOP moderates like Nelson Rockefeller and William Milliken, the long-time governor of our home state of Michigan-men born to privilege who used their power for the benefit of all, not just their own class.
Emphasis added by me.
And there’s A Beginning:
Dear United States of America,
Please turn off your television, stop playing world of warcraft and please get mad. While we were distracted a bunch of criminals of the lowest caliber have stolen our country.
By waving the flag of fear in our face they have in our name commited acts of attrocity. The America that our fathers, grandfathers and forefathers fought and died for is near death.
They will scream from their bully pulpit that this is not the case and that America is stronger than it ever was, but they are only concerned about making themselves rich at our expense. They will send our children to foreign lands to fight their oil wars and grow their war profits.
Go read this again and watch the video clip there.
And then re-read this too.
Previously in this blog:
So, Did The World End?
The Shock Doctrine: Book And Short Video
Quote Of The Day: Nathan Singer
Quote Of The Day: Nathan Singer
Uh-Oh. Is Something Cooking?
It’s All About Noticing Things
September 21, 2007: The Next Wave Of Shit…
That Self-Alienated Bitch Ayn Rand Will Kill Us All
The Next Trend In Management-Labor Relations
Ted Nugent Knows The Value Of Our Leaders
Depression 2.0: Bank Run
Appeasement In Our Time
Bellylaugh Of The Day: Wikipedia Revisionist Edition
Welcome To Your Capitalist Future, Japan
Good News! The Worst Is Yet To Come!
Even When You Win You Can’t Win
Sudden Rope Death
You Can Trust Us. We Wear Suits.
Bellylaugh Of The Day: Accidental Edition
The Shadow Of Doomsday Appears…
Rightist Radio = Liecasting
More American Blood On The Hands Of Bush
Quote Of The Day: RoughlyDrafted
The Future Has Come Back To Haunt Us
Go To Your Doom By Scorning Me And Trusting The Suits
Pay The Fekkin Taxes, You Eejits!!
Go Look. And Weep For Us All.
Quote Of The Day: John Scalzi
Who Are You Kidding, Billionaire Bloomberg?
On The Internet, Telling The Truth Becomes Imaginary
Fasten Your Seatbelts. Then Pray.
Homeland Security: Making Us Safer Or Just More Stupid?
Is Dubya Aiming To Be The New King George?
America: Collapse Watch
America: The Endgame
The Suits Will Bleed Anyone Dry! Especially You.
Another Egghead Out To Fuck Writers (And Other Creators) Out Of Their Just Rewards
They Protect Themselves. Not Us.
Quote Of The Day: The Rude Pundit
It Has To Be Said
Dear Mayor Billionaire Bloomberg And City Council Millionaires: Kiss My Ass, You Corporate Tool Motherfuckers!
We Should Have Been Dropping Fiber Into American Homes Instead Of Dropping Bombs In Iraq
More Police Abuse Of Power
Get Up On Your Hind Legs, American! (Part One)
Live Stupid, Die Stupid
Sing It, Wil Wheaton, Sing It Loud!
FCC: Fucking Corporate Collaborators
Abuse Of Power Still Lives In New York City
A Sad Tomorrow
No Bail? For Passing Out A Flyer? What The Fuck Is This?
Keep Watching The Skies!
Hey, Thanks Again, Republicans For Neutering Our Regulatory Agencies
The Day Will Come When The Suits Will Hang For Their Many Money-Grubbing Sins
When Your Child Dies, Remember To Thank Your Republican-Voting God For The Free Market!
More Re: The Tyranny
Tyranny In My Lifetime!
Compassionate Conservatism My Goddam Ass!
“I’m A Human Being, God Damn It! My Life Has Value!”
It’s Mourning In America
Everyone Knows What To Do About Everyone Else (Not That I’m Any Goddammed Exception!)
The Looting Of America Continues…
OK. This Just Freaks Me Out. It Better Freak You Out Too!
When Science And Reality Wave Bye-Bye To One Another…
Thank You. I’d Like To Kill Myself Now, Please.
What The 1960s Tide Of Liberalism Washed Up
The Answer Is Yes
When An Economy Crashes, Baby, There Are No Airbags!
Good! We Can Use A Dose Of Doom Around Here. If Only To Cheer Me Up.
May 2007: Boycott America Month?
Hey, Suits! Don’t Tread On Us!
Bravo, Rogers! Bravo!
And Then Google’s Stock Finally Thank You Jesus Crashes And Takes The Entire Global Economy Down The Toilet, Thank You Science!
Political Change? Prove it!
The Road to Great Depression 2.0