When you live in the belly of the military/industrial beast, crazy shit is to be expected. Neurosis becomes routine. Barbie Doll anchor twits & Viagra commercials reinforce the post-industrial nightmare. War is peace and “evil dictators” are those of great integrity.
But the 2016 Republican Presidential primary takes the proverbial cake, exposing not only the fealty of this rapidly fading dinosaur party, but of the US Republican electorate as well.
Like nasty attention-starved lemmings, Republican primary voters have rallied behind the latest “most conservative (but not really)” billionaire they could come up with. And it is through the hairpiece of Donald Trump – fresh from his latest bankruptcy procedures and with latest trophy wife in tow – that we witness the racism, petulance and stupidity of much of the Republican electorate.
In the old days the Republican Party had a platform. Yes, it was all about supporting Big Business and billionaires, but at least it was a platform. Since the advent of Rush Limbaugh and his talk radio repeater prototypes, the GOP has become the party of division, fear and failed trickle down economics dogma.
The rise of Trump illustrates the dire straits of a dying pachyderm herd, where issues matter less than the performance of any given actor, who must outflank some more recent star with an ever-more rabid hatred and meanness towards the other.
The elephants have no platform. Words are all that matter. And callous, cruel words really matter.
Like a 50-year-old boxer trying to stay on his feet and earn a split decision in the 15th round, the antiquated GOP can offer no good candidates because there are no good candidates in a party of “free-market” repeaters that has been duped and used as a tool by the bankster constructors of the current neo-liberal economic insanity.
Liberty is fine until you take the liberty to steal my wages or my house. Free markets are fine unless they’re all rigged. And they are. Wars against small countries with oil are not cool anymore. What else does the GOP have?
Demographics are against them. Their base consists of angry aging white folks, who whine incessantly about their taxes and big government, all the while paying lower rates than poor folks and abusing their Medicare cards like hypochondriacs.
The country is getting younger, blacker and browner. The gap between the rich- the traditional Republican constituency- and the poor has never been greater. The middle class is washing out and becoming poor. None of this bodes well for Republicans.
Most do not even belong to the 1%, but their Stockholm Syndrome-driven mission is to aid and abet the 1% war pigs as these miscreants socialize their debts on the backs of the US Treasury while capitalizing their Cayman Islands profits.
When you support thieves and pirates, you have to lie about these thugs. Thus modern-day Republican strategy centers on obfuscation and fear. The grand old party of the elite spins folksy yarns, wraps itself in the flag and manufactures fear. They created/incited the Tea Party to rail against government, after Reagan/Bush/Bush had run up socialized Halliburton deficits building a police state/war machine.
They staked out a “family values” position to fool Christian voters, then took bribes from defense contractors and sodomized little boys in airport bathrooms. They are all about words and nothing about deeds. They are good liars.
The party of “personal responsibility” feeds at the government trough, points at the skinny guy behind them and is personally responsible for…passing the larger chunks of meat to their billionaire funders.
Increasingly the Republican Party is a refuge for psychopaths, sociopaths, bullies, cowards, snake-oil preachers and bellicose emotionally stunted hypocrites whose mommies didn’t love them enough. They pontificate loudly and with their finger in your face. When you call them on it they cry. Try it sometime.
Democrats are mostly cowards when it comes to dealing with these schoolyard bullies. But these middle of the road cowards will be challenged from progressives in the coming decades. Bernie Sanders is just the tip of a rising iceberg, as America veers left.
But what to do with Trump and his neurotic sycophant supporters, whose nastiness makes Pol Pot’s forced labor camps for the elite solution suddenly sound quite reasonable. There may be some fruit needs picking in California.
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries,Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com