Herman Cain, Magic Underwear And The Death Of American Democracy

   I may be a political junkie, but I still expect to see something at least remotely interesting when I turn on CNN or MSNBC.  Not repeated doses of Herman Cain.  But that’s what we’ve been getting, even though the man doesn’t have a chance in hell at winning the election.  Not a chance in hell.  Probably.  With people like Grover Norquist and the delusional Tea Party faction holding sway over so much of what’s left of the shattered, battered, bullied and bought off Republican Party, who can be sure?  Who’s to say exactly what these people are capable of?  It’s terrifying, really, that people who care more for greed than civilization would again steal the reigns of power from the American people.  Well, I’m a little out of line here, as there’s not all that much left to steal.

They’ve pretty much already taken it all and have never actually ceded power.  To anybody.  Democrats, Republicans, they’re mostly all bought and paid for as our government continues going to the highest bidder.

“I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother.” –Herman Cain

Dream on, Herman.  They’ll never consider you to be one of their own, and they’ll dump you like a bag of garbage once your usefulness to their business interests expires.   You won’t be able to get past the front gate, and even if you do, you’ll be told to use the rear entrance.  Or maybe Rick Perry will invite you down to his family ranch for a partridge hunt with Dick Cheney?  With that cowboy hat you’ve been wearing you’d fit right in, right?

“I’m ready for the ‘gotcha’ questions and they’re already starting to come. And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, I’m going to say, ‘You know, I don’t know. Do you know?’ And then I’m going to say, ‘how’s that going to create one job?” –Herman Cain

The Russians have a major launch site for their space vehicles in Kazakhstan.  Or as Mr. Cain would put it,  “Kazakh-zakh-zakh-zakh-zakh-stan-stan.”  Suppose Cain thinks that’s a joke too?  Why is anybody taking this man seriously?

“Our blacks are so much better than their blacks.” –Ann Coulter

I just flashed back to George W. Bush confusing Sweden with Switzerland.  The horror…..  And yet the country took him seriously, handing him two elections.  Well, he was sort of elected.  His elections are like his record in the Air Nat’l Guard, spotty and full of holes.  But there’s really no need to go back over that again.  Or maybe there is, but nobody’s willing to do it because the questions it raises are too terrible to contemplate.

It would appear that Willard “Mitt” Romney, is the only real candidate the Republicans have.  Even while some on the right question his bona fides as a Christian.   Whatever the righties might say about Mormons and their magic underwear, Willard Romney appears to be the only candidate with a broad enough appeal to actually defeat Barack Obama.

They’ve also got Jon Huntsman, but he’s being taken out of the running by his own party.  Removed from being a serious contender by the folks that loved the “intellectually lazy” George W. Bush, not because he spoke Mandarin Chinese (like Huntsman), or has a degree in international politics (like Huntsman) or worked for Ronald Reagan or because he was the Governor of Utah and then the U.S. Ambassador to China (again, like Huntsman).  No, they liked “beef n’ beans at my backyard barbecue Bush,”  because they could identify with the man.  Because he was the kind of God-fearing, “my way or the highway, bring it on” simple-minded Christian fanatic they could identify with.

So you see, someone like Jon Huntsman, hasn’t a chance.  He’s far too sophisticated and way too close to being considered a man of reason rather than dogma and ideology to be accepted by a majority of the Republican mob.  People who have been co-opted by the wealthy elite into believing that which will hurt them the most is actually in their best interest.  Idiotic, nonsensical concepts, long proven to be wrong.  The big one right now, is that cutting taxes for the rich will result in more jobs for the middle class.  It’s absolutely idiotic and refutable by the facts, and yet for some peculiar reason these people on the right have been duped into thinking it’s in their best interest.

And that friends, may be the public relations coup of all times.  A move that would make Niccolo Machiavelli blush.  It’s such a monumental transfer of power, accomplished with such surreptitious finesse, that even the great Machiavelli might be shocked that they were able to pull it off, what with the near destruction of the American middle class and all.   He might consider it to be a full-blown coup de’tat.  The government, after all has been thoroughly co-opted by wealthy interests to the point that it no longer represents the majority.

The result, of course, can be seen in the beginnings of a revolution.  The regular folk, beaten, battered, bloody and broke, are rising up and pushing back through the “Occupy” movement that’s spreading across the country.

A credit card economy that supports the wealthy and drains the middle class while unions die and the nation’s jobs are off-shored cannot sustain our way of life.  Young people cannot be expected to join a new slave class of Americans, being forced to work for decades to pay off the astronomical cost of attending a college or university.

It’s now being debated whether building up all that debt by sending young people to college is a worthy endeavor.   Not long ago it was inconceivable that such a debate would ever take place on American soil.  But hey, burger flippers, baristas, sales clerks and garbage collectors really don’t need all that learning, do they?   Is good grammar and a knowledge of mathematics necessary for a worker who needs only to match a product to a tiny picture of that same product on the key of a cash register?  These are the kinds of people America needs, worker bees.  The mindless many,  who know how to show up for work on time.  People who can be duped or filled with fear to the point of keeping their mouths shut, not asking questions about troubling issues like equal representation under the law, a level playing filed and upward mobility.  And if they can’t be duped, maybe they can be doped?

We are already approaching a point whereby many of our ills are being explained away by the intellectual garbage of moral relativism.   Think the founders were into that?  Or do you suppose they had a very real sense of right and wrong?  Think we’ve lost our way?  Or should I say, do you think our what passes for our leadership, has lost its way?

When people are no longer represented by their elected officials, they are left with no choice but to represent themselves, in the streets if necessary.  Our Constitution,  dictates that the nation was founded to “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…”  That’s us folks.  We are that “Posterity.”   We are supposed to be reaping the benefits of our “more perfect union,” not picking up the crumbs from under the table of a government  stacked with Wall Street insiders supported by a Supreme Court serving not justice but political prejudice as it continues listing to starboard, dashing our democracy upon the rocks of injustice in a headlong rush to answer the siren song of the new American Oligarchy.  The people Herman Cain claims for his own.

The following is pertinent-

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” –The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

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