Lanx Satura [Sat-ahyuhr]: The Right-Wing Conspiracy Against Me
by Pete Nicely
I see it in the way people who should know better are preaching the selfish gospel of Ron Paul.
I see it in how progressives purposely miss the best parts of ObamaCare.
I see it in the corporate media stuffing Mitt Romney down the Tea Party’s throat.
I see it in the upcoming rash of attacks on Internet freedom.
I know it’s behind Republicans refusing to close Guantanamo Bay.
I know it’s why they never want to ever end this so-called war on terror—or its older interminable brother, the so-called war on the drugs.
Everywhere I see the conspiracy that gave us George W. Bush, the conspiracy of making both sides look the same. That’s the only way Republicans can win national elections.
The GOP has to play up issues of economic security and national defense that put civil liberties and shared prosperity on the backburner to cast doubt on the progressive philosophy that built America’s middle class.
Karl Rove, Frank Luntz and Roget Ailes know for a fact that if people looked at the actual issues, Republicans would lose 43-48 percent of this country. America is, by and large, pro Medicare and Social Security, pro-policing Wall Street, pro-progressive taxation, pro-peace when possible. And when people feel as if they are safe to make a choice, they tend to elect progressives.
That’s why I can’t feel safe.
I’m not allowed to hear how the border is more secure than ever, crime is way down for the third straight year, the Iraq War is over, most of Al Qaeda are gone, the stimulus worked—despite Republicans laying off more than 500,000 public workers.
I can’t know that the only thing standing between me and a real recovery is a GOP that says defense spending creates jobs but any spending that helps people doesn’t.
I can’t know that 2.5 million Americans already have health care because of ObamaCare, and 30 million more are set to join them in 2014.
I can’t know that the GOP is still selling the trickledown snake oil/opium that made this country weaker, less equal and more beholden to the richest of the rich.
Every day, the right wing conspiracy against me becomes bigger, more putrid and more deceptive.
Conservatives betray the American people on a daily by saying the most successful government economic intervention since World War II didn’t work. They say we went to losing 800,000 jobs a month from Bush to creating millions of jobs because in April of 2009 people suddenly remembered the Bush tax breaks.
They do everything they can to make sure we don’t do what we know works. Screw 98 percent of the world’s climate scientists; we have Michele Bachmann on the case.
The GOP is back to its old trick: Both sides are just as bad. The song says, “The bad guy always says, both sides are the same.” And this is true in pro wrestling, soap operas and politics.
You know if a Republican president had put the Dow back over 12,000, stopped Qaddafi massacres and silenced bin Laden, he’d be on the dime, Rushmore and Nancy Reagan by now. Obama’s accomplishments from reforming student loans to saving Detroit are undeniable.
They know that the middle class doesn’t buy that this President is a radical or a socialist. So the right has to paint him as something worse than that: A Republican.
It’s the worst thing the right can say about a President who has reversed the descent of American led by Bush and Cheney in almost every possible way.
But they can’t let reality get in the way. Why? Because they HAVE to win in 2012.
The one percent of the one percent, the billionaire polluters who fund the Christian big gun AM radio/FoxMax mega-mess,
Why do they NEED to win in 2012? ObamaCare. Not Obama. Get that straight.
Of course, the right hates Obama as they hated Clinton for various reasons, mostly fueled by pretense or prejudice.
Of course, they want to name two judges who likely reconsider the fate of both Citizens United and Roe v. Wade. They want that, if it’s convenient.
But what they NEED to do is end ObamaCare, ASAP. And liberals who don’t recognize the prize that has been won seem willing to help them out.
Why do they really hate ObamaCare? The mandate?
Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit. It was their idea. You have to buy something? They love it.
They don’t love the regulations that make insurance companies spend up to 85 of your payments on medical care. But they know Wall Street can make a killing doing something that could be done for far less—see Medicare, or better, the VA.
What do they really hate? They hate paying taxes.
And ObamaCare includes the first tax increase on the richest one percent in a generation.
After a decade of insane tax breaks, the GOP is faced with its worst fear: a sensible tax increase on those who can afford to pay. And this sensible tax increase creates the precedent that taxing the rich will help fund health insurance for the neediest and hardest working Americans.
The right knows that ObamaCare, especially when we add a Public Option, will become a beloved resource that will improve the quality of working class lives immensely. And while civil rights cost the Democrats the White House a few times, Medicare kept Congress blue until the 90s.
YOU KNOW THIS: If ObamaCare goes into effect right as a real economic recovery picks up steam, America will see how progressive policies work for far more than the one percent.
The GOP saw what happened last time progressive policies pulled us out of a depression—50 years of prosperity and the birth of the great American middle-class. That’s a lesson that right wing conspiracy against you and me wants to refuse to let anyone ever learn, again.
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