Tools of Power…
Posted January 29, 2016on:
Good Friday morning Widdershins.
Ashes to ashes,
Dust to dust,
People are scared,
The GOP’s gone bust.
This was the prayer of commitment delivered as we watched the Republican Party cannibalize itself last night. There is little wonder why the alarm bells are ringing in the ever diminishing circle of thinkers in this country. People are finally realizing no matter who the Republicans nominate from this Rogues Gallery of Know-nothings, the result is the same – a future navigated through a rearview mirror.
The alarm is being sounded in editorials like the one in The Washington Post excoriating Bernie Sanders. Here are just a few sentences:
Sen. Sanders is a politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it…Mr. Sanders is a lot like many other politicians. Strong ideological preferences guide his thinking, except when politics does…When reality is ideologically or politically inconvenient, he and his campaign talk around it. Mr. Sanders’s success so far does not show that the country is ready for a political revolution. It merely proves that many progressives like being told everything they want to hear.
That last sentence, “[P]rogressives like being told everything they want to hear,” should send a shock wave to the subterranean crowd of keyboard jockeys. If the tune sounds familiar, we last heard it in 2008 from the “hope and change” chorus as they lip-synced it to every song in the top 100.
The only discordant voice in that choir was Hillary’s. She dared to be realistic. She challenged that hopey/changey thinking with the words:
The skies will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect. Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand to make special interests disappear.
Even now, Obama is conceding Hillary was right in 2008:
Obama, for all his political optimism, is on Clinton’s side of this debate. He doesn’t just seem frustrated by Sanders’s theory of political revolution — he seems, at times, regretful about the high expectations he created for liberals in 2008, and the fury with which his campaign assailed Clinton for the narrowness of her political vision.
So now the same organizations, run by the same young men swilling Red Bull, who maraud over the internet throwing keyboard tantrums, are again preaching pie-in-the-sky. Doing the same thing over and over again doesn’t seem to indicate insanity to them, it is their only playbook.
To this I say, “Reality is the price you pay when the propofol runs out.” We can ill-afford to be huffing fantasy juice when at least three seats on the Supreme Court are at risk.
Let’s do a quick reality check: Where were the hopey/changey boyz in the 2010 or 2014 mid-terms? This lack of attention, lack of enthusiasm, and laziness toward the hard work of politics has resulted in Republican control of the House. This is due to gerrymandering courtesy of 32 Republican governors and 25 state legislatures fully controlled by Republicans.
There are 211 safe Republican House seats, just 7 short of a working majority. Of these safe seats, only 16 were won by fewer than 10 percentage points. Toss-up seats are an endangered species.
What this means is simple – these safe Republicans don’t fear general elections — they only fear primaries! The fear is that someone will run farther to their right and out “conservative” them in the primary.
When you place this lens on Bernie’s call for a political revolution, ask this one question: Just how many Republicans are going to proclaim in a primary their new-found love for turning the nation into the United States of Sweden?
For those believing that force of personality can incite a political revolution, there is detox waiting. This was the same stuff the Obamabots were trafficking in 2008. Political reality had a little something to say about that.
Opinion leaders are beginning to understand what most of us around these parts have known for a decade or more: While pragmatism doesn’t lend itself to fancy four-color stylized “Hope” posters, realistic pragmatism does have a concrete goal and a plan to get there. As Hillary said to BLM activists:
I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.
Hillary is the only person on both sides of this race who understands superior knowledge and diligence can be tools of power. She is the only person certified in the operation of such power tools. We would be fortunate to benefit from her craftsmanship.
Take this conversation in any direction you might like. Enjoy your Friday.
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