Monday, July 25, 2011

Fooling Some of the People All of the Time

Here's an interesting opinion piece by Bernie Sanders on the need for a third choice in politics.

However appealing it might seem, the desire is not likely to be matched by the commitment of huge money needed to finance such a so-called populist movement. It is not likely to attract the financial support required to pay for the campaign, e.g. media ad placement, etc..

"Populist movement." That name which previously had been the property of the liberals has been bought and paid for by the adherents of the so-called Tea Party, what seems to me to be a kind of cult in the GOPHER party. What might be the most misunderstood phenomenon of the Tea Party is that it seems to be made up of a wider assortment of people than the Dems have been willing to acknowledge.

The genius of the Far Right's strategy, as illustrated by the huge power of money from the Koch brothers, is that it grabs and holds people by the short hairs of their reality: I'm out of work, I can't pay my bills, I'm losing my house.

People in that situation, condition and state of mind are the most vulnerable to black versus white propaganda, and are the most easily recruited to the ranks of us versus them.

They fall prey to those who, for their own greedy and manipulative purposes, take advantage of their so-called populist constituency by preaching and repeating that it's a bad thing to actually think about and consider the possibility that all is not so easily separated into the good and the bad,the positive and the negative, the black and the white.

George W. Bush famously said, "I don't do nuance".

It's been my observation that the purveyors of such fallacious propaganda come from the ranks of the wealthiest Americans, who will do almost anything to protect that wealth. Their motto is" I got mine, get your own". They have been joined by the dim witted who have been lured aboard the Tea Party wagon, financed by the Koch brothers and their ilk.

What drives me crazy is the willingness of such people to vote against their own interests.

More Crying in the Wilderness.


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