Posted November 5, 2015on:
Remember the sound of the Enterprise doors closing on Star Trek? I don’t really know how to spell it, but phonetically it might look like “shhhffffft”. If you weren’t a Trekie, here’s the sound:
That is the sound I hear when I think about today’s political reality. It is a political reality built around farcical notions allowed to run rampant behind the closed doors of the conservative infotainment echo chamber. The persistent lack of oxygen is helping the delusional atmosphere.
As the Republican primary field foretells and the Kentucky gubernatorial race proved we have climbed aboard the Crazytown Express. With the overwhelming amount of homogenized information available via cable and the internet, along with the dwindling amount of local political coverage, almost every election is now nationalized.
For example, here in Kentucky the Republican Governor’s Association dumped $2.5 million during the last ten days of the election. Each and every ad featured a heavily colorized picture of President Obama with a voice over of “Obama’s War on Coal, Obama’s War on Healthcare, Obama’s War on Kentucky…”
Even the national Republican Attorney General’s Association (who knew there was such a thing) ran millions in ads proclaiming the Democratic candidate Andy Beshear (son of popular Gov. Steve Beshear) might as well be Andy Obama.
Fredster tells me that the same thing is happening in Louisiana on behalf of the diaper-sporting, prostitute-enthusiast David Vitter. Let there be no question, the nationalization of elections is convenient and cost-effective for organizations like the Koch sponsored Americans for Prosperity and ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council).
Consider that out of the last six Republican Speakers or would be Speakers, two had to resign for extramarital affairs, one just pled guilty to federal charges arising from pedophilia hush money, two were crippled by rebels in his own caucus, and the sixth has just taken the oath of office to be second in line to the Presidency. Shhhffffft – close the door on these facts since Republicans are the party of family values who are ready to govern the country.
Consider that the economic policies of the Obama Administration are an abysmal bust from top to bottom — Shhhffffft – the door closes on the fact that from inheriting an economy hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs during his very first month in office, over Eight Million jobs have been created – double those created during the Bush years.
Consider the languid job market being derided by conservatives, when – Shhhfffft – the Republicans have blocked each and every jobs creation bill in Congress for the last 7 years.
Consider the same message spouted by Daddy Bush, Bob Dole, Dubya, John McCain, and Mitt Romney of glorious days ahead just if we cut taxes on the rich while abolishing entitlement systems – Shhhffffft – when cutting taxes on the rich has never, ever, worked, neither at the federal level nor the state level.
Consider the “major-go-to-pieces” over the Republican debates. When the mean, nasty moderators of the “lame stream media” asked about things like the impending budget deal, it prompted a “Debate Summit” and produced 47 conditions/exceptions for the thirteen guys to participate going forward – Shhhffffft – those 47 exceptions are exactly 47 more exceptions than these 13 guys support to save the life of a mother in case of an abortion need.
Consider the seven years of ongoing angry disbelief at the outrage of having an Afro-Kenyon in the White House raised by a single mother and who pulled himself up by the bootstraps – Shhhffffft – but there is no disbelief, just adoring admiration of Ben Carson or Marco Rubio with similar stories.
Consider the rampant voter fraud across the country requiring new voter ID laws, reduced polling places, reduced polling hours, and fewer polling places – Shhhffffft – when the incidence of voter fraud was just 400 instances in over 350,000,000 million votes cast.
I could go on with examples of the myths perpetuated by Fox and talk radio that now, within the hermetically sealed echo chamber, are accepted as fact, but dwelling on such things is tiresome and anger-making.
The solution is simple: Democrats have got to stop being bed-wetting, teeth grinding, weak-kneed wimps. It is time to step up and stop pandering around the edges of economics, race, immigration, civil rights, access to reproductive health care, guns, police misconduct, the environment, fair taxation, college debt, government-funded R&D, and all the other items on the so-called “liberal agenda”.
We have forgotten that campaigns are more than just getting the most votes. At their very essence campaigns are about educating people to the issues. When voters are given a choice based upon facts, the progressive/liberal agenda will always win. It is just that simple.
Conversely, when weak, uninspired Democrats like Jack Conway allow the hermetically sealed echo chamber to go unchallenged, the fact-free zealots win just as they did Tuesday. The failure to take on this magical, fantasy thinking has real world implications – like health care for about a half million poor people.
For what it’s worth, hermetically is a derivation of the word “hermetic” coming from the name of the Greek god Hermes. Quite fittingly, among other things, Hermes was the god of thievery and trickery. If such a fact was shared in the Republican echo chamber you would hear one large collective Shhhffffft as the one remaining door to reality slid shut.
Sorry for this post being late, but real life got in the way as it sometimes does. Take this conversation in any direction you might like.
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