Do The Democrats Know It From A Hole In The
15 December, 2009
Are the Democrats just a bunch of jerks running
aimlessly about like the proverbial headless chicken? (cue the
I find myself in a state of permanent astonishment
at their bumbling, disconcerted, ineffectual and pathetic lack of even
the most basic strategic principles. The Republicans demolish them every time. Nay, every single time. It’s one thing
to get hit by a freight train, but to stand there in the middle of the
track, watch it coming for 10 minutes and
still get hit? That’s as dumb as it gets, the sub-basement of
intelligence, the flat-line realm of brain activity.
Not so for the Republicans. They analyse their
opponents, their ideas and philosophies. They plan in advance. Far in
advance. They label and pidgin-hole their enemies, and never deviate
from the propaganda line. They have set up a propaganda network (Rush
L., etc,) that Stalin and Hitler would envy. The Democrats?....none of the above.
Republican propaganda is brilliant. How else can you
explain millions of out-of-work Americans on the verge of
foreclosure, ardently rallying for
unregulated free market capitalism. How else can you explain Americans
with no health care, lined up at clinics explaining to reporters that
they don’t want the right to health care because “that would be
socialism”. Machiavelli is smiling in his grave, because he knows that
here are some folks who “got it”. It’s so simple and effective:
vilify a concept (in this case socialism). When a programme comes along
that you don’t like, simply label it as “socialism”. Since you have
already indoctrinated the public to believe socialism = bad, you don’t
need to waste time debating and explaining the programme itself (or)
tread the always risky ground of trying to persuade folks to back a
concept that is against their own interests.
Don’t knock it, for it works every time.
President Obama, so effective and engaging as a
campaigner, has refused to use those talents now that he is in office,
indeed, he has demonstrated that he is just as easily blindsided by
Republicans as anyone else. That is, when he’s not busy surging,
reading the Michael Dukakis Political Handbook or going back on his
Take the health care debacle. Am I the only one who
knew what the Republicans would do? Come on..... Could Obama not have
known that they would fight to the finish on this? Did he not know that
they would use all their boogy-words, such as “socialism” “big
government” and “end of America”? Did he not see that they would
exploit any opportunity (such as the useful idiots of the Tea Parities)
to defeat this idea? Did he not see that the Republicans have Rush,
Glenn, Sean, Michael and etc. and he has.....squat? Did he also not see
that he came into this thing with an overwhelming majority in favour of
health care reform, and that success was his for the taking?
I suppose not, for the Democrats came out of the
gate compromising before the fight began, (remember how they dropped
single-payer before the Republicans ever demanded it?) and kept on
compromising until we got what we have now: a huge gift to Big
Insurance handed to them on a golden platter by their butler-in-chief,
Joe Lieberman. Yes, Joe Lieberman, perhaps our country’s
most reprehensible traitor since Benedict Arnold. What huge industry is
it that has tons of corporate HQ’s in Hartford?
But let’s get back to strategy. The Republicans have
the Democrats down on the count (as usual). Brilliant Republican
strategy turned the majority from pro health care reform to against it.
As usual, Democrats didn’t see it coming. What can these poor, inept,
deer-in-the-headlights buffoons do to regain control of the situation
(and win next year’s elections) as Rush Limbaugh counts “9” and has
“10” (and a great, big smile) on his lips?
I’ll tell you.
Kick Joe Lieberman in the ass. Hard, so hard in fact that he lands on
the Republican side of the aisle, where he belongs. Most likely they
won’t let him stay there, after all, they won’t tolerate an
untrustworthy Judas. (Do the Democrats have any idea how idiotic they
look being pushed around by this slime-bag hack of a politician? He
did, after all, endorse McCain.)
Reshape the bill into what it should
be (and, incidentally, what the public wanted) i.e. single-payer or
strong public option, no dropping coverage, no pre-existing condition
exclusion and tight regulation of rates among other things.
Let the Republicans shoot it down.
This way the Democrats get to play up the fact that they did their jobs
and kept their promises but the Party Of No was responsible for killing
the bill that would have helped Americans. Let the medical insurance industry go back
to business as usual. The Tea-Baggers have proven that the
American public has not quite suffered enough at the hands of Corporate
America. Let their premiums double, and double again, and in a year or
two they just might get it.
The Democrats could then, in all honesty, state that
they put together the bill that would have solved the problem, but the
Republicans wouldn’t let it happen. They could then hold up the roll
call as proof. Checkmate for the Republicans in 2010 and 2012 . The
Democrats could even regain the momentum to come back and do it right.
Now, the Republicans can say “They had their chance, they’ve proven
they’re incapable and unqualified. Vote for us”
Believe me, if the parties were reversed, that’s the
strategy that the Republicans would use.
Sadly, no one can lose a winning hand as well as a
Democrat. They’re just too dumb to get it. Right now they would pass
any bill that was labelled “Health Care Reform”, even if all it did was
build a railroad on Mars. That might work for them, but it won’t work
for the voters.
The current bill is a pathetic joke: on us. It’s a big-time
give-away to Big Insurance that would leave us obligated, that is legally bound at the risk of
breaking the law to buy coverage from these rapacious monsters.
When it finally comes into effect (and does far more harm than good)
the Republicans will deftly label it “socialised medicine” and say:
“See? we told you that socialised medicine is bad; elect us and we’ll
restore free enterprise to medicine”. The public will come to believe
that for profit, survival of the wealthiest health care is the
only way to go, and thousands of Big Insurance C.E.O.’s will be
shopping for 75-meter private ocean going yachts on the profits they
made from our heart attacks.
So far, Barack Obama has done a superb job of
double-crossing the left. I suppose it will come as a big shock to him
when we all have more important things to do on Election Day 2012 than
vote for him.
The Democrats have become a failure as a political
party. We have the Republicans ably representing the Corporate Ruling
Class, the Democrats in la-la land, (they need to fade away) and no one
to represent us. The re-constituted Whig Party? Hey, let’s move on and
check it out. You remember that old definition of “stupidity”.......