Op-Eds Speaking Truth to the Powers-That-Be
Mitt Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his V.P. running mate over the weekend, a deal brokered to appease the John Birch Libertarians with hundreds of millions of dollars to make or break a candidate, puts American fascist funders potentially within a heartbeat of the most powerful job in the world.
Fascism is defined as an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization that is authoritarian and usually engages in intolerant views or practices . Some of the wealthiest “robber baron” families funded and supported American fascism long before the Nazis extremism made it wildly unpopular. They aren’t the armband wearing clowns who parade around Skokie. They are far more dangerous, because they wield money and power much more quietly and efficiently.
In fact, the Nazi’s “final solution,” was an extension of the forced sterilization programs for poor women and men seeking pre-FDR public assistance that these wealthy people campaigned to put into practice in states like North Carolina. The last of those government-run programs didn’t end until 1974.
By their line of thought, the working person and the poor have varying degrees of evolutional defect that prevent them from succeeding. The rich are supposed to get rich and the rest of us? Well, whatever happens is really your own problem. If you die off, as you probably should, then the superior gene pool survives and the population of this country improves.
While the Ryan V.P. announcement will be strategized and analyzed for its superficial impact, the bottom line is a Neocon admission that Karl Rove has failed, at least for the moment, and that the GOP Civil War is over: The Libertarians’ coup of the GOP is complete. Romney could not proceed with a Pawlenty and prevent an attack from the even farther Right that is driving moderate Republicans into extinction.
Last week I told you about the Un-Civil War going on in the GOP. The neo conservatives (Neocons) of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, helmed by Karl Rove, have steadily been losing control of the party to the Dead Billionaires Club(DBC), funders like the Koch brothers, the Mellon-Scaifes of Pittsburgh, the Coors, the DeVos (Amway) family: The 1% of the 1%.
For weeks, in the background of the news, you’ve been seeing primary battles waged where Tea Party candidates have been ousting old-line Neocons, and pre-Neocons, from Senator Dick Lugar in Indiana to Ted Cruz’ primary victory over David Dewhurst in Texas to Jim Bridenstine’s K.O. of five term congressmen John Sullivan. Even if they lose the White House, the Tea Party and backers like the Club for Growth continue on their RINO (Republican in Name Only) hunting drive to purge the GOP of moderates in both state and federal legislatures.
The Tea Party’s demonstrated dogmatic absolutism is what has driven Congressional approval ratings to historic lows. Lowlights include the legislation that tanked the U.S. Postal Service and the brinksmanship with the debt ceiling that caused the first-ever impairment of our once-untouchable federal credit rating.
Time and again, the Tea Party have proudly stated that they will place their principles ahead of the common good of the American people. They have a zero-sum game where compromise, the normal glue of American democracy, is not an option, as their voting record in Congress and in state houses across America attests.
Perhaps the most notable absolutist has been Congressman Paul Ryan, whose “Ryan Plan” to slash the federal deficit and burn the social safety net to the ground has been lambasted by serious economists as dark fantasy and excoriated by the Congressional Budget Office as bad policy.
Why would Romney, whose campaign has already been struggling with independent voters, pick Ryan, such a polarizing figure?
Ryan is not of his Neocon camp. Republicans have been running from the Ryan Plan, and a majority of Americans (58%) specifically did not like its provisions to gut Medicare and turn it into a privatized voucher system when it debuted in 2011. Even in his home district, hundreds of his followers at a Town Hall meeting were openly screaming at him about his proposals on Medicare.
Moreover, the Tea Party, which is a fraction of a fraction of the already shrinking GOP, carries huge negatives.
The Tea Party’s anti-union and anti-women legislation in state houses around the nation have spawned recall efforts in Wisconsin and other states, and have increased their negatives with rank-and-file union members, blue collar workers, and in particular women of their own party. TPM reports last April:
“In 2010, a plurality of independent women said they liked the movement increasingly as they learned more; today, they say they like it less by 2 to 1. Republican women — who gave some of the most positive reviews of the tea party message two years ago — are far more tempered in their support this year.”
The answer to the Ryan pick is clear: The Tea Party in terms of numbers of actual citizens is shrinking, but the power behind them is not.
No one in the media seems to analyze the news of the day involving Ryan and the Tea Party past a certain point. They report that Tea Party positions are unpopular. They report that John Boehner got rolled by the Tea Party during the debt ceiling debate. They even report the trend of Tea Party candidates either forcibly retiring Neocons or driving them out.
How is that possible when the Tea Party polls with such high negatives and a shrinking base, that it can get away with wielding such power when their policies lack clear popular appeal?
The billionaire funders of the Tea Party control a sea of cash that is turned against GOP regulars in primaries. That has swayed the party’s decision-making, and appear to have influenced the Romney VP pick.
While the John Birch Society doesn’t share its member list, the Koch brothers father, Fred, was a founder. It’s not a hard line to draw. The other members of the DBC, the DeVos, the Coors, the Mellon-Scaifes may not be Birchers, but you couldn’t pass a hair between their political values and goals.
Other, more moderate Republicans clearly now fear them. Too late, some are trying to resist them, as former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer did last week when he outed Florida Republicans’ disenfranchisement strategy.
The Neocons are on the run from the Giving Godzilla that they created with Ronald Reagan in the 1980s by courting the marginalized forces of the far, far Right that ran David Koch for V.P. on the Libertarian ticket against Reagan.
American fascist power and influence now threatens to devour D.C., and our system of governance.
As they have tested the waters that finally led to the far Right flood of candidates in 2010, DBC-backed Tea Party members will continue to drive for complete control of the government. They have the 35 years of patient building of think tanks, astroturf grass roots groups like Americans for Prosperity, and almost unlimited cash to continue.
Even if Romney-Ryan loses, they continue to slowly turn the country back to the 19th century capitalist nirvana which they seek.
The fate of a democracy based upon compromise requires the few remaining moderates and Neocons to rise up and purge the Teahadis from their party. Perhaps allowing the Ryan nomination is there way of testing the Kochs clan and seeing if they over-reach.
The Tea Party continues to set the table for a take-over of Congress. If they get the White House, Grover Norquist’s “Rubber Stamp President” will preside over a dismantling of the New Deal and put even more burden on middle and lower income Americans as it rewards the rich for their divine right.
My shiny two.