Wednesday, October 26, 2011

All part of their plan

When we're to trying to figure out why the GOP clings to unpopular positions, at least outside of their core base, it's useful to remember the Republicans' long term goal is to convince the public that the government is not working. And that part of their decades long plan is working for them very well:
Not only do 89 percent of Americans say they distrust government to do the right thing, but 74 percent say the country is on the wrong track and 84 percent disapprove of Congress — warnings for Democrats and Republicans alike.
They're convincing the low info voters the government is broken, by breaking it themselves. If they can destroy the democratic republic, they have the mechanism to install a new feudal society run by the wealthy all ready to go.

On a related note:
With nearly all Americans remaining fearful that the economy is stagnating or deteriorating further, two-thirds of the public said that wealth should be distributed more evenly in the country. Seven in 10 Americans think the policies of Congressional Republicans favor the rich. Two-thirds object to tax cuts for corporations and a similar number prefer increasing income taxes on millionaires.
So if the GOPers can prevent the will of the people from being realized in the Congress -- well -- mission accomplished.

Meanwhile, although I've seen media claims that OWS isn't registering in the public consciousness, the poll shows:
Almost half of the public thinks the sentiment at the root of the Occupy movement generally reflects the views of most Americans.

Which brings us to the wildly overblown police response to the OWS protesters. This is not helping restore a functioning government. If anything, it just further advances the GOP meme that the government has run amok. Particularly disturbing is when Democratic mayors are urging on such crackdowns, as Rahm is doing in Chicago. It just feeds the meme that there's no difference between the parties. And frankly, when this happens, it is hard to see the difference.

[More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Chicago? Every day is groundhog day, I guess. But they're geniuses at making a huge, respectable majority seem like a bunch of unemployable, neurotic freaks. They used to pull it off even before Fox and they did it so well that my children's generation thinks of us as silly people with silly hair (which may be true) who just didn't "get it" and went around beating up women, saying "hey baby" and talking about mojos.

And now they own their own networks.

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