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Gun-Toting Vigilante Lunatics versus Tree-Hugging Bleeding Hearts

This election season is full of laments about how polarized American politics has become.  Extreme right-wing Republicans claim they can’t see eye to eye with extreme left-wing Democrats.  Politicians are out of step with the people.  An elite media establishment serves only its own interests and has given up on reporting the truth.

Sadly, the lamenters are right.

If only the three big forces of American politics would faithfully serve their constituents, the 2012 election could be about real choice.  Instead, all three forces — the Republican party, and Democratic party, and the elite media — have come to serve only themselves, and by extension the corporations and rich individuals who pay their bills.

To start with the Republicans, the Republican party is nowhere near as extreme as most committed Republicans.  Rank-and-file Republicans’ top issues are, in order, to end women’s right to an abortion, to fire all government employees, to keep all sex offenders in jail forever, and to invade any country suspected of “hating America.”  The Republican attitude toward climate change is “bring it on.”  Republican leaders are far too tame for most active Republicans.  That’s why Mitt Romney had such a hard time in the primaries.

Democrats, on the other hand, really do hold extreme left-wing views.  The vast majority of active Democrats want universal government-provided health insurance — now.  Grassroots Democrats want an end to high pay for bankers and executives.  Democratic unionists want the closed shop.  Nearly all Democrats believe in people’s rights over their own bodies and our shared human responsibility to preserve the natural world.  Many committed Democrats even believe that white America should pay financial reparations for slavery.

A real election in 2012 would see these two visions of the future pitted against each other, a Republican vision of a heavily-armed Dodge City America of gun-toting vigilante lunatics battling it out for supremacy over the Earth versus a Democratic vision of tree-hugging bleeding hearts who want everyone to live together in fairness and harmony.

A real election in 2012 would see these two visions of the future pitted against each other, a Republican vision of a heavily-armed Dodge City America of gun-toting vigilante lunatics battling it out for supremacy over the Earth versus a Democratic vision of tree-hugging bleeding hearts who want everyone to live together in fairness and harmony.

Instead we have Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama.

The elite media is complicit in our lack of choice.  Voters decide elections but the media decides what views will be taken seriously and what views will be derided or ignored.  The candidates fall in line with the media.  Given that the elite media are wholly owned either by large corporations or rich individuals, it is not surprising that the views of large corporations and rich individuals define what is considered reasonable by the elite media.

As Karl Marx wrote in 1846, “the ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas.”  In practical terms this means that a Constitutional amendment to ban abortion — a staple of grassroots Republican politics since the late 1970s — has never been put forward by Republican politicians, even when they controlled all three branches of government.  Similarly, no Democratic president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has raised taxes on the rich.  On the contrary: in December 2010 President Obama extended the Bush tax cuts.

What America deserves is a straight-out choice between the extreme right and the extreme left.  I sincerely believe that given the choice, few Americans would choose the right.  A lot more Americans want to plant trees than cut them down.  Unfortunately, the Republican party, Democratic party, and elite media won’t give us that choice.  The only choice they’ll give is between pro-wealthy Barack Obama and actually wealthy Mitt Romney.  It’s the only “respectable” choice.

Give me a Democratic politician who’s willing to speak for Democratic voters to run against a Republican politician who’s willing to speak for Republican voters.  At least the Republicans have their Michelle Bachmanns, Rick Santorums, and Sarah Palins.  Who speaks for grass-roots Democrats?  If people would they might find themselves wildly popular — if the elite media would let them be heard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fbnewtz Frederick Brian Newtz

    I don’t even know where to start with his article.  The sensationalism is amazing.   I think you will find that there is a huge difference in the GOP today while the current establishment still has power compared to what it will be like tomorrow after the Ron Paul faction takes over the GOP. 

    Now just because I believe in the second amendment doesn’t mean I am a gun toting lunatic.  I understand the open carry laws and why most people who are for gun control would want that practice outlawed.  However everything that is going on is a simple escalation of shock treatment by one side pitted against another.  Childish behaviour at best I agree. But this is due to escalating tensions between two sides of a coin.  History has proven that absolute power corrupts absolutely.  And Obama has been continuing on just as his cousins did (Bush dynasty, Cheney and the Clintons) before him, selling us out to China (Clinton) and beating the war drums endlessly (Bush and Cheney). 

    It is amazing how quickly the Democrats will be come the war party and the GOP will become the peace party.  But for different reasons.  The NEW GOP that is coming on board will bring our troops home.  From everywhere.  Because we can’t afford it.  Most liberals can’t figure out that the price of gasoline is high because we keep printing money.  Some how paying extra for gas makes them feel better about polluting the environment.  But the liberals will cry and belly ache that we should be over there protecting poor people.  When they should be protected from us honestly. 

    I think you have bee watching too much main stream tv and not enough reading on the internet.  But Ron Paul’s followers will take over the GOP over the next 4 – 8 years.  We are a much more peaceful lot even if we do believe in owning guns and protecting ourselves from that poor troubled youth whose mother didn’t have an abortion.  We believe in guns as a method of protecting ourselves from an out of control government like we have in place now. 

    There are many environmentalist GOP followers as well.  We just don’t buy into the global warming scam that is being perpetuated in the name of pulling the wool out from under our noses.  The real issue is the massive amounts of pollution going into the air and making us all sick.  Not to mention all of the problems we are causing in nature by growing frankenfoods, hemp being illegal (hemp is arguably one of the most important rotation crops to replenish the soil from various vegetables), and just generally pissing mother nature off. 

    I think you will see a major shift coming very soon.  It might be a bumpy ride, but worth it.

    I agree that most people in the US want PEACE, not endless war and constant bickering over who gets to tell who what they can and cannot do.  But peace and planting trees are two different things. 

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