Selling an illusion

Friday, February 18, 2011
County SquareI love the line, "Liberals are destroying our country". Like people who bitch about their federal taxes going up, there have been very few years of my life where the Republicans weren't at least in control of the presidency.

Let's just look at the time period in which I have been a registered voter. Since 1981 to present (30 years) only in ten years of that time have we had a Democratic president.

The Senate has been controlled by Republicans in 8 of the last 15 Congress's. and they have a had a majority in both houses for five of them (controlling The House in 7 of the past 15 sessions).

Currently 29 Governors are Republicans. Hell, four of the last seven Governors of California have been Republicans. Isn't California supposed to be that dreaded stinky hippy, polluting America with teh gay and Hollywood liberal elite commune?

I am not even going to reference the number of blue dog Democrats that might as well be Republicans. What we have is a continued set of policies that have been implemented since Reagan by a federal government largely run by Republicans.

These supposed bogeymen of extreme liberalism have never been in real control. The Republicans have just been really good at selling their base the idea that the liberal elite, scary black people and people who think they are 'smarter' then them are the problem. To paraphrase "The American President":
I promise you, [Republicans] are not the least bit interested in solving [problems]. [They are] interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who's to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. (actual quote here)
In a country where rational thought is rapidly becoming an endangered thing, where intellectuals are considered dangerous, the people have become increasingly selfish. They believe anything that makes them feel better about themselves. That they don't contribute to global climate change. That nobody in America is really poor or hungry. That the homeless choose to be homeless.

For the last thirty years of my adult life, I have lived in an increasingly up is down world. The things we celebrated when I was a child are now liabilities. Some days being a liberal (especially in a very conservative part of the country) is so very hard. I understand why people like me begin to consider emigrating to other countries.

I understand, but I have no plans to leave. I still believe in the American Experiment. For now.

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