A Government of Jackasses

A group of re-thug-licans

The GOP is filled with hyper-privileged, insane pricks with Democrats being spineless wimps with no fortitude. The U.S. government is losing relevancy faster than 8-track tapes and disco. And it seems it’s all about fighting against a Black President by right-wing imbeciles whose hatred for him is far superlative than their supposed love for their country. In fact, that’s what it comes down to.

In case you’ve been away from the news media in recent hours, the government of a once powerful nation has closed it doors, shutting itself down. This will halt any progress the nation has of regaining its weakened economy, possibly crippling it into another recession or full-on depression. Millions of government workers will be out of work for a while, long enough to make heavy impacts on the whole nation as far as social security, medicare and military pay goes, to name a few.

But the GOP and their Tea Party cronies could care less. In fact, this is what they want. And right now, they’re wetting their pants at the excitement of holding the government hostage until they get their way.

So, what the hell could they possibly want? Apparently, they want to cut spending to little matters such as clean water and failing schools. And they want to delay (at least for a year)¬†Obamacare, a seemingly good idea towards health care. It’s not universal, but hey, it’s better than further privatizing it.

The Tea Party laced GOP and their billionaire backers have made it their mission to destroy the country in a futile effort to turn back time where only rich, straight, white males are running things. They see Barack Obama, the nation’s first black President as their deep fears realized. They fear that black people will gain more power than they have. They fear of karma coming to get them back for slavery should black people gain more power. President Obama sitting in the most powerful office in the world drives them crazy, and they won’t take it anymore, even if it means tanking the country that they vocally adore to get his ass out of office.

But it’s not enough to remove that “socialist, Kenyan, Islamic negro” out of office. (And wishing that happening and making sure it happens is not racist, according to all the race deniers.) It’s about making sure that the power and wealth is one-sided. For a while, it has, and in recent times it has tipped the scale in favor of the top percenters of the U.S. population while the national income for black and latino residents are getting lower and lower.

Yet, in the minds of those who prayed for a shutdown, it is entirely the fault of blacks and browns, not the (mostly) white billionaires or the (mostly) white politicians who have their backs. It is certainly the mindset of the Tea Party who are too ignorant to realize that they are used by those billionaires that don’t really give a damn about their livelihood. They just needed some people stupid and pathetic enough to believe anything that scares the shit out of them, and they’ve found them, those who want the White House white again.

The right uses race to win over white voters. In the case of the Tea Party, it used race to help in the formation of groups of (mostly) White Americans to install a fake sense of American patriotism – White American patriotism – and solidarity against a non-threat based on the color of his skin. This is the Southern Strategy on meth.

Already, the Blame Obama parade has kicked off as a result of this shutdown by those who yearned for it in the first place, but then again, the right has never coped with reality in years. In the late Tupac Shakur’s song “Changes”, one lyric goes, “…Although it seems heaven sent, we ain’t ready to see a Black President…” The anger from Fox News correspondents, hosts and pundits, the rise of the Tea Party, the increase in racial attacks against blacks (There ain’t no epidemic of black-on-white crime as right wingers love to tell us.) and the government shutdown is more than enough evidence of that prophetic lyric made years before the election of Barack Obama, and this could be the precursor to the end of a collapsing nation done by the nation’s elite, privileged, sheltered, delusional and obviously morally handicapped.

13 thoughts on “A Government of Jackasses

  1. How this crisis can (maybe) now work out in the GOP’s favour…

    Okay so all except the most one-eyed conservative has to admit the reality that the GOP will be blamed by voters for the budget / gov’t shut down crisis. But an interesting thing may very well happen on the way to next month’s circus.

    The debt ceiling D-Day is just around the corner. In fact it’s so close that it now seems VERY probable that the budget / shut down crisis will not be resolved by mid Oct and THEN an interesting thing may happen – the budget / shut down / Obama-care crisis and the debt ceiling crisis will combine into one ENORMOUS crisis that revolves around both issues.

    This could be VERY interesting. Mainly because just as the public supports the Dems on the budget / shut down issue, they broadly support the GOP on the debt ceiling issue. So if the two fights turn into one BIG fight, who will the public end up supporting?

    It could be a hail-mary / gift from God situation that saves the GOP.

    Boehner has made it clear that he wanted to avoid the shut down confrontation in order to save his ammo for the debt ceiling crisis. And he may kinda sorta get what he wants now. The conservative wing of the GOP (I think that may be me) may then get what they really want – the opportunity to force changes to the ACA set-up with the FULL BACKING of the US electorate. Because the political conversation / vicious trench war will be about balancing our national kitty, we can make changes to Obama-care by making the simple argument that the US simply can’t afford the ACA. Because it is a financial reality and not an ideologically based argument, independent voters are much more likely to respond to it.

    With a bit of luck our gleefully anticipated thumping at the polls in the mid-term elections will then remain a Democrat pipe-dream and the ACA will be amended as we’d like.


    1. rrredmeat,

      From what I’ve seen, the GOP has been hard at work in the most vile and ignorant ways to turn Obama into a lame duck President, and this shutdown is the hardest blow so far in their quest to take over the government. At the same time, democrats have been far to lenient with their shenanigans. They are much less aggressive in their politics, and as far as history goes, have never stooped to close down the government to get what they want, because most of them know it would be bad for America. Yet, they allowed the republicans to lost their minds and become the terrorists they always claim to be against.

  2. Excellent post.

    Obamacare is a good thing. Ironically, in my country (UK) where our National Health Service has been an example to a number of other countries, our own Conservative government is trying to wreck it and move to a US-style privatised model. Of course, it is the poor who will suffer if they succeed.

    Mr Obama is not my president, so some will think I have no right to criticise. That said, a lot of us aroud the world were so optimistic when he won his first term. His campaign speeches and his speech after he was elected sounded great – real change. I have to say, he has turned out to be a huge disappointment.

    I know he was always going to have a rough ride, but the new boss is depressingly similar to the old boss. The drone thing… I hate that. He is so willing to accept collateral damage to non-combatant women and children. The old-school secrecy and vindictive pursuit of whistle blowers.

    Not wishing to offend anyone, but, IMO, the best that can be said for Mr Obama is that he is the lesser of evils. A Republican president would be much more evil – but there is something wrong with both our countries when the best thing one can say about the politicians on either side of ‘the pond’ is that one or another choice of candidate or party is slightly less evil than the next.

    It’s the same here. We have a system dominated by three mainstream parties: One historically right-wing Conservative, one historically left-wing Labour/socialist and one centre ground Liberal. In recent years our Conservatives have drifted left, our Labour and Liberals have drifted right. They now all occupy moderate to strong right-wing and neo-liberal positions. We have no real choice – they are all, in varying degrees, evil.

    Working people, especially PoC, refugees and immigrants are screwed. The sick disabled and unemployed are actively demonised and welfare cuts (“reforms!”) are literally killing poor and sick people.

    Welcome to Orwell’s 1984. It was just delayed by a few years.

    1. I agree. No matter who’s in charge of the government, those at the bottom of society will lose. Common sense is not part of the American or British political process it seems. Yet, for us, voting Democrat is the lesser of two evils.

  3. The poor and disenfranchised suffer because of their stupidity. They will still get their paychecks. The country has to suffer because of these idiots.

  4. I agree with rick voting is like picking the lesser of two evils. I don’t know if I will vote anymore especially presidential idk, it don’t matter they do what we don’t want and I feel like this is just a game to them. People are out of work yet these fools still get paid basically paid vacation for them. Imo their ass should not get paid while this is shutdown they should have to go without then I bet they would come up with a decision very quickly. At the same time I think this is a distraction from other things I just mostly see coverage about this on the news how do they go from talking about attacking Syria to omg gov shutdown. This is one big circus full of clowns that are trying to one up the other.

  5. These people are doing this because we’re coming up on mid-terms and they want to make the left look like lovers of the freeloading set. They will hold a whole country hostage to make the current president look bad and to make sure history sees him as the worst president in history.

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