Looking Left and Right: Is It Obvious Yet?


What kind of hubris causes one to have no use for either the knowledge gained from empirical evidence or the faith that has pushed mankind to rise above his base instincts?
This type of egotism seems to be running rampant among those—particularly in the right-wing media—who profess to be conservative. I believe this unfortunate phenomenon is the by-product of traditional conservatism being shoved aside by a radical, libertarian-inspired ideology that is deeply antithetical to traditional Burkean conservatism.
This ideology elevates personal freedom and financial gain far above all other values, and in doing so, empowers its followers to dismiss or even belittle anything that does not directly serve those parochial ends. [1]

Three years after that was written, and to say that Republican Party “ambitions” have gotten worse would be an understatement.

Just to leave no doubt that the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was clearly directed to ensuring that the wealthiest among us will now have the biggest voices in how democracy will be shaped from now on, the Justices re-emphasized their arrogant/ignorant/delusional (take your pick) assessment that removing limits to campaign donations will not corrupt the system.

The above-linked Huffington Post piece offered this completely-disconnected-from-reality-but-can-I-be-more-hypocritical-than-this statement from the “winner” in that case, a Alabama (Republican) businessman:

‘With the ruling, we continue to chip away at the long entrenched status quo from the grassroots — a status quo that has kept challengers, better ideas, and new entrants to the political arena mostly locked out,’ McCutcheon said in a statement. ‘Ensuring that citizens are able to contribute to multiple candidates or causes who share their views only provides further support to a system in which ‘We the People’ hold the ultimate reins of power.’

I would have expected and been thoroughly amused had Stephen Colbert issued that, but for an arrogant right-winger to proclaim that this is a victory for American citizens create a new depth of hubris. It would have been just as easy, correct, or clear if his statement was to hold up his middle finger to the public.

How much weight will your voice and $25.00 contribution carry when a group of wealthy, narrow-minded, and protect-our-interests-at-all-costs jackasses are ponying up millions to the same candidates?

It may be discouraging, but (at least so far) the Court and Republican Party have not legislated away the one-person, one-vote principle in favor of the one-dollar, one-vote objective (not that some of the wealthiest and biggest jackasses on the Right aren’t already suggesting that).

‘The Tom Perkins system is: You don’t get to vote unless you pay a dollar of taxes,’ (Recently notorious one percenter Tom) Perkins said, at a Fortune magazine forum. ‘But what I really think is, it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars in taxes, you get a million votes. How’s that?’
When the audience guffawed—he had to be kidding, right?—he stuck to his guns. It makes total sense to him. Democracy should be just like a corporation. [2]

That money is poisoning the system should be fairly clear to just about anyone paying attention to politics.

We still have one powerful tool of our own: we can vote. That voice is still the loudest and strongest political tool of all. So let the wealthy piss away their millions on a steady stream of ignorant puppets who step further away from mainstream thought every time they utter some nonsense their wealthiest benefactors want to hear.

We can still decide which voices will actually speak for us.

~ My Photo: sunset at Halibut Point, Rockport, MA – 06.25.05


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[1] http://www.frumforum.com/russell-kirk-would-not-recognize-these-conservatives; Russell Kirk Would Not Recognize These `Conservatives’ by David Jenkins – 12.02.11
http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/7-deranged-comments-americas-far-right-week-ted-cruzs-achy-breaky-heart-edition; 7 Deranged Comments from America’s Far-Right This Week—Ted Cruz’s Achy Breaky Heart Edition by Janet Allon – 02.15.14