There are many of our fellow citizens who share what a lot of people would consider “Radical” views about politics.
Many of these folks seem to be entranced by the false promises of modern American radicalized Conservatism.
Please do not misread me here.
There are Conservatives who adhere to the tried and true ideology of their forebears.
They believe in smaller government and less government intrusion into personal lives and personal affairs.
These are legitimate causes. These are sometimes noble causes and I believe this outlook has served to keep the nation in balance ever since the days when the Republican Party was first formed.
But lately there has arisen something new – - – something that tries to appear to be conservative but which succeeds in only being ultra-conservative – - radical conservative – - or what I term, “Fanatical” conservative.
This movement has recently shown its face in such characteristics as being totally unwilling to give an inch in compromise on their apparently locked-in motivations and goals.
Their obstructionist reticence has most recently caused a government shutdown that cost the American Taxpayer more than $24 billion in wasted money – - – money wasted in trying to make a point that nobody else wants to listen to except them and those who believe in their causes.
With their little temper tirade that caused the government shutdown they have succeeded in doing one thing at least if nothing else: They have succeeded in driving the Right Wing brand into the ground in the eyes of American Voters. Let us hope it stays that way through the elections of 2014 and 2016.
What have “They” learned from their intransigence? It doesn’t look to me like they have learned very much because they are still sticking to their same old line of crap. It seems to me like this group does not appear to care what the rest of the world thinks or whether or not they have lost the elections or any of that stuff. They just keep on boring from within, weakening the government in any way they can think of to weaken it and getting absolutely nowhere with their agenda.
This newly risen ideological monstrosity has yet to be realistic in their ambitions, their perceptions and their understanding of how the rest of the 300+ million Americans think about things.
It looks to me like a lot of them live in an alternative universe they have created for their own comfort, their own justification and by the work of their own hands.
It is a fantasy-ridden universe that has been totally rejected by The American Voting Public for the past two presidential elections.
They might get lucky in 2016 because there is a sort of tradition that American Voters tire of the same party after about 8 years.
So the Dems have been in power in Washington for 8 years when 2016 rolls around and if things work like they traditionally work, it would be the Right Wing’s turn to ascend to power in America again.
If their agenda at that time looks anywhere near their presently stated agenda, then all I can say is “God help America if they manage to hornswoggle enough voters to get themselves into full control of the government again. We suffered through some of that kind of stuff from 2000 to 2008 and look where it got us!
Does the far Right ever learn anything? Do they learn from their mistakes – - their short comings – - their failures . . . of which there are far more than there are successes?
I have often contended that most of those who cling to the false hopes offered by the far radical right are among the least educated and most easily led folks on the American Continent.
If this is the case, then I can see clearly why many of them and perhaps even most of them would have a very hard time learning anything.
I just hope the rest of America understands the dangers inherent in trusting the Rightist ideology because I see it as terribly destructive to the traditional expectations of this great nation.
If people reading this are pretty well off financially then they are probably going to disagree with every word I am writing here because the Right Wing tends to support them and to cater to them in a really big way.
If people reading this are not so well off as to be financially independent, then they may or may not be aware that the “Party Of No” has done everything in its power to make life more difficult for them over the course of the past few years.
But I think a lot of those who trust the Right so faithfully have simply succumbed to a form of brainwash from the Rightist propaganda.
I was walking home from the gym today when I passed a group of workers putting a new roof on a house in the locality.
They had a radio blaring and the mouth I recognized coming over the radio was that of a well-known Right Wing political pundit whose caustic views about Liberals, Democrats, Progressives, the President and the current administration are widely and well known.
There are some on the Right – - – too many for comfort in my estimation – - who are taken in by this right wing garbage and that does not bode well for the future.
Too many people are taken in by rhetoric and then go out and vote against their own best interests and when it is all said and done they fall victim to the very ones they have voted for and then they get “Buyers Remorse” and try to undo the damage they have done to themselves.
But once the festering infection of radical conservatism has become entrenched, it is very difficult to dislodge it again.
The good thing is that Rightism usually ends up hurting enough people that a backlash sweeps them out of power every few years and gives the country some breathing room.
Do not misunderstand me here, folks! I am not saying I think it is good that people get hurt by the nonsense of the radical Right but I am saying that it is a good thing that America manages to escape their destructive grasp every few years. The “Hurting” thing is just some of the baggage that I think goes along with placing confidence in this failed ideology called “The Right.”
But if the present outlandish antics of the sector identifying as “The Right” are any indication of what “They” might be like in the future, then God help us all is all I have to say about it.
Posted by John on 10/25/2013 at 11:37 PM
The picture of the elephants and the balloons is used with sincere gratitude by permission of MARIO PIPERNI.