Easing the pressure, periodically

I starting jotting down my thoughts when they spurted in the channels of my little gray cells. These are some of the politically oriented entries from my tattered old theme book that seemed to be recent enough as to pass the freshness test:

Repeal Citizens United:  Corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Republican Party:  Is it possible that the infighting between the sorry Republican candidates for President might alienate so many people that the Party may implode?

Trans-vaginal probe:  Virginia backed down when faced with spontaneous backlash (and legal definition of rape) but still made pre-abortion tests a requirement.

The Republican Party:  I read that the Republican’s have nothing left but fear, hatred and lying.

Republican Accomplishments:  Sad but when a list of government accomplishments, advances in the wealth and quality of life of all Americans, there was a slight imbalance with the Republicans scoring zero.

Republican Victory:  Can the Republican Party successfully run a presidential campaign against a fictional character and win?

Home Schooling:  Parents are quick to announce the success of their efforts but do the failures ever get recognized?

Entitlements:  Why do the Republicans rant about entitlements like Social Security creating a budget crisis when we pay for these up front and they are not a part of the budget or the debt?

Democrats vs. Republicans:  A recent study suggests Democrats are more concerned for caring and fairness but the Republicans much less so.

Our future:  Democrats want to make the country better; Republicans want to make the rich richer. Republicans want you to fear Democrats; Democrats want Republicans to tell the truth once in awhile.

No Candidates in 2040:  The Onion points out that because of embarrassing entries on Facebook, there will be no candidates qualified to run for political office by the year 2040

I feel better now even if nothing changed.

Crankocracy

Timothy Noah writes in The New Republic that the most visible effect of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has been not the obvious flood of corporate cash into politics as much as it has been a tsunami of cash from billionaire cranks into politics.

“Super-rich, hard-right tycoons like Foster Friess (mutual funds), Harold Simmons (chemicals and metals), Bob Perry (home-building) and Sheldon Adelson (casinos) are, through the new vehicle called the super PAC, leveraging their fortunes to seize hold of the political process … Super PACs have made it so easy for millionaires and billionaires to spend unlimited sums on behalf of a particular candidate that these groups are now routinely outspending Republican presidential primary campaigns.”

The equation is:  more money than they need, a variety of crack-pot ideas, and the fun of manipulating the citizens of this country.

The sad part is that in America today, money is the new aristocracy and the hoi polloi consistently kowtows to the symbols of greed and corruption. I suppose that if this is the current state of the country, we can hardly expect too much from the opposition (other than the usual mendacity and stupidity).

Can you imagine if a few of these inordinately rich individuals concluded that the real profits in the future economy were going to come from dubious companies that promised to overcome the effects of climate change? How fast would the Republican clown-car rush to endorse global warming and declare it the greatest threat to the future of this country (and imagine the stories they will spin explaining that they were never against the reality of climate change).

Republicans don’t recognize the clear evidence of improvement in the economy that resulted from the Clinton tax increases compared to the massive destruction to the economy that accompanied the Bush tax cuts, but they insist on championing the crackpot theory that great things happen if you cut taxes on the rich and terrible things happen if you raise them. I imagine this denial of reality and insistence on doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, suggests a problem in the Republican party, but if your plan is to shift all the wealth to the rich and to destroy the Federal government (except the parts that protect the foreign markets and commodities).

And to think that Citizens United will thrust even more rich crackpots into the decline of this country. Why is Ozmandias flickering in my mind?