There is a reason, a reason for the Democrats to appease the Republicans. A reason mentioned only in the shadows fearing the consequences should it be brought into the light. But the proper time eventually arrives for unspoken fear to leave the darkness. It is time to bring to the light the concealed reason.
After recurring periods of power, the Republican ideology has been rejected by most of the people. Their ideas sounded attractive but the realities have been utter failures. Starve the beast Newt Gingrich once described the strategy. The beast? Our government, our constitution, our country. The goal – it’s down fall.
An honest assessment of the Republican strategy of the last 25 years has not been to strengthen government but to deplete it. Drain the treasury, weaken the institutions, blur the principles. The product of this agenda; today the idea of a post American period seems all too real. States bolting the union has been raised by the Republican Governor in Texas and liberals in California. Our currency is at the mercey of China.
Meanwhile the majority party, elected to change the course, continues to bow to the demands of the severe right. Why? It could be because the fanciful expression – my way or the highway is the Republican way. Rule or ruin. Congressional Democrats and President Obama seem to understand this reality; appease the severe right, keep them at the table or they will destroy the country.
But appeasing the fanatical right has never succeeded. Paul von Hindenburg made a series of concessions hoping to placate the extreme nationalism of the Nazi party. The rest, as they say, is history.
But 21st century America is not early 20th century Germany . In this case the risk of appeasement is the risk of accepting a bankrupt ideology proven, in the most brutal terms, to fail to provide. History is replete with stories of the few who would exploit the many.
The thesis of a democracy is built on the idea the many will act in their own collective interests. The founding fathers worried that the masses might be easily fooled. An educated and informed electorate was the cure to this weakness. Like they are using the book 1984 like a blueprint, the few of the severe right have discovered how easy it is to use double speak to confuse the populace, not to lead but to stifle progress, prevent meaningful action. Not so much to prove their thesis that government, aka democracy doesn’t work. More to nullify the voter and eliminate competition for power.
Consider a fact; the individuals who benefit the most from this system – the very rich and corporate elite support the government the least. They pay millions to pay favorable legislation so they don’t have to pay taxes, even in a time of war. Labor is taxed at 28% while ownership is taxed at 15% that Obama is proposing be reduced even further.
In the end, a country gets the government they deserve. Personally its hard to watch my nation decline.