The former speech writer for President Bush, David Frum, mouthed the words that many to the left-of-center as well as a bevy of moderate Republicans have been saying and writing about for a long time: “Conservative Republicans and you can include in that also conservative leaning non-Republicans who had once been Democrats have been “fleeced, exploited and lied to” by the “conservative entertainment complex.”
At last. Whew! The dirty secret has finally been revealed. That which was only spoken of in hushed tones and dark alleyways is now public knowledge.
What Frum referred to was, of course, the fact that those hanging on the right edge of the political seesaw were duped, lied-to and fooled during this election cycle [and always] about the strength of the Republican Party and its presidential candidate during this election cycle. Fraudulent polling data was grabbed by this set of ‘entertainers’ and foisted on their audience, assuring them that the Republican Party would sweep to glorious victory on November 6. That frantic scene captured and replayed within the studios of FoxNews featuring the denial of reality by Karl Rove may be the tipping point or, rather, the pin-prick into the balloon in which so many on the political right reside.
Or perhaps not. After all, a few days after last Tuesday, the king of hot air, Rush Limbaugh, was in full-denial mode during his Entertainment Complex- attempting to assure his Sponge Bob audience that he had nothing at all to do with the widespread defeat of the Republican Party across the nation.
Did his audience believe’ him? Did they ‘believe’ Hannity?’ Beck? Dick Morris? The GOP landslide that turned into a mud hole.
The problem with this audience, as I have said time and again on this blog, is that this group of crotchety old white men do not want the truth told to them- the truth about America: that they themselves have become the statistical outliers. They are the anomaly, and they no longer represent what this nation is all about. Sadly, they do not want to believe this reality, the fact that they have become irrelevant and that their ideals now represent a minority position. They can’t ‘have their nation back’ because it isn’t theirs any longer.
The large majority of these men may have been my classmates or work mates because they and I were born in the same decade- the 1940’s. We shared many of the same experiences growing up in post war America. We had the same set of presidents, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy during our maturing process. But then came Vietnam and this event became the divergent path of which poet Robert Frost wrote. Some took one path while others walked the other
The political philosophy of my generation may have been formed by that war and the subsequent struggle with the Civil Rights movement. Today, those of us still on this side of the grass are the product of that decision made lo those many years ago. Some went left while others right. Frost concludes his poem, The Road Not Taken, with this: