“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
– John Steinbeck
Eschew Obfuscation –
By Michael Douglass –
Gas is at three bucks a gallon. Unemployment is under 6 percent and the stock market is through the roof.
Everything Republicans say they want. On paper at least.
But America has been very unhappy and with very good reason for a very long time.
This week, America threw a tantrum.
Tantrums are never effective.
Tantrums are always ill advised.
Children throw tantrums.
Or at least they shouldn’t.
And now I’m going to throw my own, against my better judgement.
But, before I do, I can’t help but ask. What role did racial animus play in this week’s election results given the widely held belief by the commentariat that this was a referendum on our first African American president?
Remember that scene in American History X where Edward Norton forces a man to open his mouth and place it on the edge of a curb before he kicks the back of his skull? It’s called “curbing.” Norton was playing a white power skinhead and he performs the “curb stomp” on a black burglar. It is typically performed as a hate crime.
Well, that’s what America has just voted to do to itself. Think about it. Despite all the gerrymandering, voter suppression and big Koch brother money via Citizens United, America has just volunteered to place its collective open mouth on the curb and invited the conservatives to kick the shit out of the back of its head.
You know what? We absolutely deserve it. I’m not kidding.
Sheezus Kentucky, Mitch McConnell again? Hey Iowa, Joni Ernst? Really? In the United States Senate? Really? Her message was about castrating the cloven hoofed. And Wisconsin, Scott Walker again? Really? This guy has fucked you people nine ways to Sunday, from hell to breakfast and it wasn’t even close. Aren’t you at all bothered by how close together his eyes are?
Jim Inhofe, who believes climate change is a hoax, will head the EPA and the Environment and Public Works Committee. Ted Cruz will likely head the Subcommittee on Science and Space. Ron Johnson will take control of Homeland Security and Governmental Reform Committee and Mike Enzi will head the Budget Committee. McCain head of Armed Services. Fuck me.
Republicans will now be able to attach any and all bullshit amendments to any bill and dare Obama to veto it even if the bill is called “The Not Murdering Babies and Senior Citizens To Preserve America From Communism and Terrorism Act.” See, amendments are not subject to filibuster. And it’s entirely possible that the Republican senate will change the rules for filibuster the first week of January anyway. I guarantee you they will try.
Here’s what I genuinely want to see happen. I want the American electorate to pay. I want us to suffer. I want to see the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I want all those states who’s governors wouldn’t play ball in the altruistic expansion of Medicare, I want them to actually witness the inevitable deaths that will occur. I want poverty to continue to rise and I want to see the profound impact on American families when there is no action on an already unconscionable minimum wage. I want to see income inequality widen further.
I want to see more wars in more countries. I want us to actually start listening to John McCain again.
I want discrimination against women and minorities in the context of wage parity and voting opportunity to be sanctioned by law. I want marriage equality and LGBT advances to be rolled back by the supreme court and maybe even by constitutional amendment. I want every drunk douchenozzle in every bar in America to be allowed to carry a loaded gun.
I don’t want the American worker to earn overtime pay. I want to see college education so exorbitant that only old money patriarchal clans can afford to educate their progeny and for the rest us to see America lose it’s ability to compete in global markets for generations, while the rich get richer and it becomes more convenient for the American worker to be exploited while we become a third world country and economy.
I am anxious and looking forward to just how goddamn bad it has to get before we wake the fuck up. I want Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney for president in 2016 with a Republican House and Aenate. I want this. You know why?
Because the people who voted these assholes in tonight deserve it and the assholes who sat this one out deserve it more. The only way things will ever change in this country is when the people in the red states who already suffer the most, who are so spectacularly dumb as to consistently vote against their own interests, endure an agony so thorough that actual survival literally becomes an imperative and I want lazy, elitist liberals to experience the same.
I want to see the American people ground down to stubs. I can’t wait for us to reap what we have sown.
Joni fucking Ernst? Really?
America, you impressed me tonight. I stand in awe.
Drinks for my friends.
Republished with permission from BrainSpank.Org.
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