Lewis Black cynically calls “leaders” those politicians who tell voters without a proverbial pot to piss in that taxes on the rich should be reduced. Now add to this the notions of meritocracy (poor people as per se failures), women can’t be trusted with reproductive decisions, and homogeneity in sexual preference, religion and natural history as pillars of a sound society, and presto, it’s the conservative Republican mindset, a blueprint for looking down your nose and reversing progress.
These are the same conservative Republicans who okayed the loss of a manufacturing base to developing countries since it’s unions that’ll suffer and, besides, we can do great things on Wall Street. Like let formerly cautious banks use federally insured deposits to compete for business Wall Street firms once risked their own money on. With banks able to use deposits, Wall Street turned to stiffing their own customers, and the risk frenzy grew. Glass-Steagall was disappeared thanks to lobbyist control of government (do finance lobbyists really outnumber consumer and union lobbyists 25 – 1), and Citizens United sets the scene for government of, by and for the 1%. Financial catastrophe in 1929 wasn’t searing enough, I guess. Doubt this? If so, stop relying on Limbaugh or Hannity but consult Reed of CitiBank or Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway, instead.
And perhaps you believe you deserve truth in political campaigns (and not profits but ethical standards with serious and certain penalties when standards are breached as the basis for medical care, legal advice or food), then ponder how predictive of what you’ll get from conservative Republicans is the presidential campaign of the leading Republican contender. That campaign is so transparently false that its key advisor uses “Etch-A-Sketch” as a metaphor to proudly boast of a strategy of taking false positions to win in primaries, knowing full well that the general election positions will be different. So much for truth, respect for voters, and respect for fair dealing.
It’s the same locally. Mrs. Vogel, running for office as Jobs Senator, instead forces transvaginal ultrasound on women in order to access a constitutionally protected health and reproductive choice – you’ve heard of date rape, this is state rape – from the same darkly dangerous folks that brought you poll taxes. When confronted by the blatant hypocrisy of her position, Mrs. Vogel’s response, was “Who, me? I just want women to be fully informed”, women needing transvaginal ultrasound in Mrs. Vogel’s world to know their choices when they face unwelcome pregnancies.
And where is truth? And jobs, pollution relief (the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers are among the nation’s most polluted), state and local government responsiveness and productivity (ours are rated least transparent, and are spectacularly unproductive), and solutions to perennial problems (like transportation, and the regular power outages from aboveground power lines which doesn’t seem to trouble Gov. McDonnell’s boyhood chum, now the CEO at Virginia Power).
Can conservative Republicans ever be trusted to be truthful, or benevolent? Or will they just focus on elites and distract the easily confused or disinterested with culture warfare, in the same way as Romans used circuses? My guess is the latter, and more government by checkbook.
Unless Lewis Black doesn’t really know you so well, and you decline to have it this way.
Donald C. Marro
The Plains, Virginia