UptheFlag wrote a recent comment that prompted this post. He said, The Ryan Plan is nothing less than a destruction of the New Deal of FDR and the Great Society of LBJ. Ryan’s Plan takes the country back to the 1920s. This is the point that has to be gotten across to the masses of American people.
He was not hopeful, however, that The People could be convinced of this in a timely manner to save us all from the consequences of this destruction. Neither am I. As I have often said, the dumbing-down of the American people is fairly well complete. The media, once a strong resource of information, is now mostly fluff. Additionally, right-wing fear mongers and corporate shills have taken control of much of the radio and TV waves. Compounding the problem is the great sucking sound- the vacuum hose of the upper 1% that sucks up any and all ‘surplus’ money from the pockets of the working stiffs of this nation. Naturally, this loss of wealth drives the traditional hate and fear of ‘the other’ in society, thus fostering racism and bigotry. During this time, the wealthy can hide behind this curtain of dust and engorge themselves even more. It’s a classic and time-worn script that has been played out on various stages of this planet for thousand of years. Now, apparently, it is our turn to once again participate.
Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, authors of the New Deal and Great Society, pulled the curtain and unplugged the lights on this ugly play during their time in the Oval Office, as UptheFlag has suggested. President Obama, in quite the ironic role as a black president, has the opportunity to, once again, step in and author a third great reform for The People. Yet, I am not sure that he is willing to do so- or at least, I have not seen any movement yet towards that goal. Perhaps he is waiting for his 2nd term to do so, but I’m not holding my breath. His leadership skills are in the junior league compared to Roosevelt and Johnson.
The American right-wing is afire these days, setting and fanning conflagrations all over this nation. Just look at the new Arizona birther law, the anti-Shira Law movement in Texas or the actions of the Wisconsin and Ohio governors,whose work in shutting down union power is monumental. The privatization of government is being moved to the front burner all across the land. Vouchers for school kids and for grandma are the new hot-ticket items in their bag of tricks. Sadly, many citizens are falling for these shenanigans because they seemingly don’t know any better. The con-game is in full swing.
Meanwhile the religious and ethnic zealots are starting their own fires in many communities and towns throughout the nation. God’s Own Party fundamentalists don’t like ‘them’- non-Christians- and are willing to wage ugly wars to prove that ‘God is on our side.’ Meanwhile, as expected, racial and ethnic flames are fanned by poor whites who fear that ‘they’ are taking away their jobs.
These roles are, as already mentioned, classic. Just open any world history book and read about them and the scary ending. America is well on the way to staging our own grand performance once again. Biases of economics, race, ethnicity and religion are simmering in a grand and deadly stew. The right-wing of the GOP is stirring it briskly and turning up the heat. And the dumbed-down, confused and troubled people are grabbing their bowls and lining up for a heaping ladle.