They’re past the point where they can say “I was just kidding.”
The combination of party loyalty and the Kindergarten Konservative viewpoint has put Republicans in a position that will result in a historical reputation far worse than any blame on Herbert Hoover, he who is supposed to have rigidly stuck with “correct” capitalist principles while presiding over the onset of the Great Depression. Nor on G.W. Bush who was mercifully required off the property at the end of his second term with his successor facing the most awful economic circumstance in America since The Depression.
The driving force behind the Republican 50-year climb from the failure of the 1964 election – augmented by the finding of a religious power base of support – was the wide array of political, economic and social propaganda devices that brought about greater power in the ability of their little choo-choo to climb toward a pinnacle.
Problem is they have crested that pinnacle and that which heated sufficient steam to turn the big wheels of the economy upward should have been cooled down a bit so as not to peak at such an accelerated pace. The combustible for that engine was primarily the aggressive expansion of corporate influence that was already in place prior to 1964 as Eisenhower pointed out when he left office.
We now find ourselves in the position of having our accelerator stuck to the floor. Driven by on-going overly greedy and aggressive corporate influence based on a self-inflicted need to continue expanding in order to survive, they’ve caused us to crest the peak traveling at way over the speed limit. A new driver who talks the leadfoot talk seems about to commence barreling down the other side on a road that will be neither straight nor gentle in its decline.
The corporate genie is not going back into the bottle and now faces a survival that involves pushing all of us ahead out of desperation, regardless of speed.
In order to survive, our moneyed giants must get this country to politically follow their needy agenda by force of arms and belligerency … and an unending array of deception of the electorate.
In order to survive, our moneyed giants must get the citizens of this country into that state of a captured audience – forced to face relentless marketing and pressured more and more to spend and borrow.
Credit card companies and drug companies typify this need with their brutally self-interested government lobbying and business tactics.
It may not have been just the Republican Party that can take credit for this powerful economic transition as we choo-chooed our way to the top of the pinnacle. But it has been irrevocably established that the Republican Party has broken the governor on the accelerator.