It is increasingly obvious to me that the American Right Wing has not been able to achieve many of their goals and ambitions and they have been especially impotent in trying to oust the Democrats, Progressives and Liberals . . . and especially their imaginary adversary, the current president of The United States . . . whom I think many of those on the Right and most especially on the “Radical” Right seem to absolutely despise for some vaguely defined but often repeated reasoning.
They have clearly demonstrated they lack the organization and presence of mind to win significant victories in the American Presidential elections because they have lost badly in the last two of these and there are plenty of indications they will lose again in 2016 . . . although I expect them to pull off a repeat of their 2010 successes in 2014 . . . it will be a temporary victory as I see things unfolding so they had better enjoy what little power to keep governmental stagnation and gridlock going while they still have the chance.
It is apparent to even the casual observer that the American Right Wing is in some kind of inner conflict. I have often thought they seem to be totally disorganized – - totally at war with themselves – - well-financed for sure – - but totally unable to pull themselves out of the disintegrationary flux that seems to be blowing their ideology and agendas into dust. It seems to me they are wandering blindly about searching for something tangible with which to justify themselves. Some experts are even saying their idiot-ology is in a death spiral and that the American Right Wing as we know it today may cease to exist as a viable political entity – - or set of entities – - at any given moment. I do not know what the catalyst for this ultimate disintegration might be but I don’t believe it will have to be anything really major because I think they are doing a good enough job of doing themselves in as it is and in my view, they simply do not need too much outside help to get the job done on themselves that they seem to be getting done.
One significant development I think will add to their eventual undoing is what I see as a tendency . . . especially among some of the late bloomers . . . to abandon the traditional political values of American Conservatism and plunge more or less headlong into a new fascination with a mix of statism and nationalism. At the very same time some of these folks are busy accusing President Obama and the Democrats of being “Statists” that seems to be where they themselves are headed.
I have never in my life ever seen the American Right Wing denounce Liberal Statism and a love of Big Government with such a loud voice while at the same time starting to show signs they prefer to use the mechanics of that same “Big Government” to get what they want to get done accomplished.
For example: Many Righties say they want to see an end to legalized abortion in The United States.
In order to realize their dream of de-legalizing abortion (Doing away with Row versus Wade for example) they seem to fail to realize they are going to have to mount a titanic campaign and use the established Judiciary and the American system of voting and elections to get the law changed to what they want to see it changed into and in order to do this they are going to be forced to use all the mechanics that have been built into the “Big Government” they claim to despise so much.
After having observed the Right Wing . . . and especially some of the more radical of the right wing . . . in operation ever since their major incursion into government in 2010 . . . it occurs to me that what they really want to do is nothing more or less than to substitute one form of Statist Dominative Power for another: I think they simply want to change the label on the nationalism that already exists because as far as I can see they have offered nothing new . . . no new ideas . . . no new direction (Except perhaps a direction toward more centralized control in the name of Conservatism than ever before) and to my way of thinking this does not get anywhere near their expressed ideal of a “Smaller Government” but seems to me to focus more on an even bigger and more controlling government apparatus than already exists in Washington, D.C.
The last time the Righties got enough power in this country they betrayed their claims to be “Smaller Government” advocates and expanded The Fed to proportions never before achieved and created the biggest governmental bureaucracy known in the History of the country.
Do I think they have changed their ways in the intervening years? No! Why? Because some of the things I have been hearing them talk about . . . things like a total repeal of Obamacare for example . . . is going to require the full force and power of a government big enough to get the job done because that is going to be one complex task . . as I think they will find out. They have already taken more than 50 fruitless votes to try to get Obamacare undone. They have already tried to invoke the power of the extant “Big Government” and it simply has not been big enough to allow them any progress toward their goal. If they are going to do something like this they are going to have to get enough power and control to make the government even bigger and more powerful than it is already and that is going to be the most gross hypocrisy of the age . . . if they can pull that off.
The American Right sometimes confounds me with the things they claim and say.
They talk about wanting a smaller government and they say that is where they want to take the country and they tell me they want to do it all on Traditional American Conservative principles.
Has no one ever reminded any of them they had their beginnings in the 1800s as a party devoted to using the force of arms and the might of Big Government apparatus to preserve the Union of The United States and that in their efforts to wield that kind of power effectively they virtually destroyed nearly one-half the entire country with their Civil War?
I think they did a pretty good job of building a giant government apparatus and I think that every time since then that they have gotten “The Power” they have sought to increase the power, the might and the size of their “Smaller Government” even more than ever before. I sometimes wonder exactly what it is they really are saying when they speak of their desire for a smaller government.
It also looks to me sometimes like some of the loudest proponents of the Right Wing “Smaller Government” crowd have forgotten how their “Experiment” soon degraded into a system of elitism that fostered Jim Crow, reveled in the profits to be realized from enslaving a People and provided some of the greatest examples of bigotry in the history of The United States. This political mess had its nurture in the concept of exclusivity of the predominance and preeminence of “States Rights” over Federal Rights and one can quickly conclude what a failure that experiment was and I hope that there are enough people with their heads screwed on properly to realize that if they try to repeat that scenario again, the result can only be similar, the same or worse than before.
But this kind of regressionism seems to me to be where many of them are trying to steer the Ship of State . . . or at least that is what some of them seem to be claiming.
I don’t trust it! I think it is trending toward being dangerous.
At the same time some of the Righties are speaking about how lawless the current government is, they are also talking about defying the law of the land in the name of some twisted concept of Freedom that I don’t think has a thing to do with the freedoms spoken of in the founding documents of the nation. I think the activists on the radical edge are talking more about freeing themselves from the constraints of the Constitutional Republic we have all known and loved and are desirous of creating something new for themselves . . . quite possibly out of the ashes of what is now . . . if great care isn’t taken.
I am not ready for another conflagration here in America and I am praying the People awaken in time to see with full clarity where the contemporary radicalism of modern American Conservatism is trying to lead the country . . . and as far as I can tell, “Modern American Conservatism” bears little if any resemblance at all to Traditionalism. I think some of the iconic old-school Conservatives were alive and working in government today . . . people like President Reagan or Barry Goldwater or even Richard Nixon . . . they would neither be heard, heeded or even recognized as “Conservative” for the simple reason they would not be radical enough to please some of the crazies that are out there today.
We need to be on our toes as a nation.
Something is trying to devour us and it walks among us and it’s name is “Radical Rightie.”
Posted by John @ 12:11 AM