Fighting the Stupid Revolution

Stupid Americans elect stupid politicians. Government-hating Americans elect government-hating politicians. Mean-spirited citizens elect mean-spirited politicians.

Like-minded Tea Party Republican conservatives end up living together, feeding their mutual anger and resentment about most social progress. This reinforces and intensifies narrow-minded beliefs. House districts are gerrymandered by Republican legislatures to consist nearly entirely of such communities. This creates safe elections for the most radical, extreme and in almost all cases downright inarticulate and stupid Tea Party politicians. Shut down the federal government, harm many millions of Americans, refuse to raise the debt limit and throw the US economy into the toilet. All are just fine with this class of citizens and their favored politicians. This is the Stupid Revolution that accelerates the destruction of American democracy.

Far right complaints about an expansive, high spending federal government, especially for social programs, are just one of many signs of utter stupidity. Why? Because these people fail to understand that economic inequality driven by Republican-loved policies that preferentially reward the richest Americans also harm an increasing number of ordinary citizens. An unjust economic system greatly increases the need for federal programs to assist the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the ill, the jobless and so many others struggling with economic insecurity, both middle class and working poor people.

Who are these radical Tea Party aligned republicans? The Bloomberg National Poll of adults 18 and over showed that 40 percent of Tea Party supporters are 55 or older, compared with 32 percent of all poll respondents; 79 percent are white, 61 percent are men and 44 percent identify as “born-again Christians”, compared with 75 percent, 48.5 percent, and 34 percent, respectively, for the general population. According to a NYT/CBS News poll Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or Social Security—the biggest domestic programs—suggesting instead a focus on “waste.” Moreover, a majority of Tea Party people described their own financial situation as “good” or “very good.” In Congress, only Republicans are tightly connected to the Tea Party movement and goals.

Importantly, the great irony is that these Tea Party smaller-government zealots include many, many people, especially older ones, benefitting from federal programs, including veterans, Social Security, Medicare, small business loans, and farm support. What they resent are federal programs helping “other” Americans. They are hypocrites using national debt and smaller government as a cover for biases against several classes of Americans that they do not relate to, such as non-whites, the poor, the needy and new immigrants. They see Obamacare as some form of awful welfare, while so many of them enjoy Medicare. Outside their bubble is socialism on the march, not the capitalism that nourished them.

Conservative radicals are selfish, they are filled with fear about losing what they cherish and quite willing to sacrifice and throw overboard a large fraction of Americans whom they see as losers, wasters and cheaters. Screw them. The country, their country, would be so much better without them. These radicals are the makers; the losers they care not about are the takers, notably minorities and immigrants stealing their country.

I, too, want to see reduced federal spending. But the zealots on the right put far greater value on a eventual economic catastrophe resulting from extremely high federal debt—something possible in the future—while willing to ignore the economic pain today felt by so many Americans (but not likely by them) caused by a government shutdown and failure to raise the debt limit.

Norm Ornstein got today’s absolutist Republican behavior right: “an emotional, zealous reaction to America today—an ardent willingness to break crockery and demolish existing institutions to achieve the goal of eviscerating government as we know it, the good with the bad.”

What can be done to fix all this?

The core problem is the perversion of the electoral process by the design of House districts aimed solely at removing diversity of the population, an awful form of political segregation. The only purpose is to undermine democracy, to create political power, to create a revolutionary force in Congress because politicians no longer have to worry about losing elections. Incumbency is assured through mutually reinforced hate, meanness, prejudice. This is what is seen today. This is the driving force behind the Stupid Revolution. All of this is fed by right-wing talk radio and television idiots like Limbaugh that feed an unending stream of misinformation, disinformation and outrageous lies that are gobbled up by Americans living in splendid bubbles of intellectual isolation and bankruptcy.

There is only one potential solution. The Supreme Court must make highly gerrymandered, manipulated house districts by any party unconstitutional.

It’s the democracy, stupid.

Contact Joel S. Hirschhorn through Status Quo Busting Writing.

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3 Responses to Fighting the Stupid Revolution

  1. With about three weeks left before the election, it time for the blame game to start! Ken Cuccinelli has seen his credibility diminished and his connection with blocs of voters damaged By his own actions. Did his alignment with the most confrontational elements of the GOP’s tea party wing glue him to dysfunctional Republican lawmakers, like Ted Cruz, who support the federal government shutdown and now have produced a default on the national debt? Does his record on social issues reflects the outlandish and offensive views espoused by his running mate,E.W. Jackson? Did his failure to steer clear of questionable financial dealings prevented him from drawing a distinction on matters of ethics between himself and the Governor? Does continuing to hold onto the attorney general’s office while campaigning for governor help?
    His support for a state sodomy law and his failed bid to stop a lawsuit against strict regulations on Virginia abortion clinics doesn’t help. Does Cuccinelli blame myriad factors, including burdensome provisions in the Affordable Care Act and Virginia’s refusal to expand Medicaid?
    Who is to blame for having precisely zero effect on federal matters? Cuccinelli’ party has
    held functioning control of both chambers of the General Assembly and all three statewide
    offices for the past two years. Cuccinelli’ tea party has threaten to “primary” two elected
    republicans for not actively supporting this year republican ticket. Republican congressmen
    Randy Forbes(4th) and Scott Rigell(2nd) are two representatives that do their job for all members of their districts and appear not to be puppets of the Tea Party like Cantor and Cuccinelli. You don’t get many bad comments from active military, veterans, federal workers, and others in Forbes and Scott districts. Neo-confederate supporters do not like the SPLC and ACLU! The SPLC fights hate and extremist groups, supported with FBI data, so if you are anti-LGBT, anti-Semitic, border militias supporter, oath keepers supporter, etc., you have no reason to like the SPLC.
    The ACLU is against anything that appears to violate the U.S. constitution/Supreme court decisions

  2. SUBJECT: Deficit obstructionists
    the Republican supported government shutdown is fourteen days old.
    Why is it that since 2008 ordinary Americans must pay for the financial crisis created by the
    Republican Party i.e. government shutdowns, budget deficit cuts, sequesters, Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and vital programs that help students, poor children, seniors and the unemployed ? Should not the discussion be about tax fairness which includes making corporations pay their fair share. Corporations emerged from the 2008 financial crisis strong and have been reporting high profits. Tax loopholes and corporate welfare must be reined in, not paid for on the backs of ordinary working and middle-class Americans. Polling shows that voters think the best way to address the deficit is to raise taxes on the wealthiest, and oppose any cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
    Why does the republican leadership in congress continue to refuse to Close The corporate
    tax loopholes and address the real problem? Answer: Republicans will not help President Obama ( and the 47%)because they lost the 2012 election! Also the ACA law will benefit the 47%. One word – REVENGE!

  3. Unamerican and undemocratic ACTS IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE THIS PAST WEEKEND PROVE WHAT MOST OF US HAS BEEN SAYING AND WRITING ABOUT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS! RACISM AND HATRED CONTROL THE GOP AND REPUBLICAN PARTY. It should be obvious by now to most blacks, latinos, young students, and the elderly that the republican controlled statehouses around the country and the U.S. house of representative solution
    to the nationwide demographic change is to “reach out” and pass restrictive voter registration/ voting procedures rules. THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY! But if they continue their current acts and
    GOP homophobes fear pundits, Fox lies and propaganda, disenfranchising minority and the poor, religious and women bigotry, race-baiting, fraud-based claims, disingenuous racist hoax, plus continued gerrymandering to support their “white only” southern strategy – they will not garner enough votes to keep the name ” Republican party.” 2013 GOP principles reflects a radical, racist, bigotry, anti-everyone party who has no “shame.” The GOP would rather destroy the country than to support the elected President of the United States. Right-leaning intellectuals are longer in control of the party and in their place we have crackpot phonies and Obama haters like Ted Cruz.