The US Democrat Party along with the majority of voters took a hard left turn in 2008 and with a small bump in the road in 2010 election, reinforced this hard turn to the left in the last year elections. Republicans kept the House of Representatives, however. One would think that in a representative, two-party system the opposition party – Republicans – have their marching orders cut and are forming battalions of loyal opponents to keep in check the party in power. But is this really the case?
Democrats, and by extension the left in this Republic are experts in mastering politics of division and camouflaging their strategy to defeat their enemy. Their bumper sticker policies so far have been unmitigated disaster for the Republic. They can not reveal their real socialistic power-grab intentions since this may lead to their quick demise. So they confuse and demagogue the issues. Obama was gravely underestimated by Republicans who are still reeling from the defeat in last November.
In words of H. L. Mencken: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
By not stating their true positions, Democrats negate the meaningful discourse since one can not seriously debate unstated beliefs and positions that are expediently changed as necessary. Vengeful Democrats are vile politicians who act emotionally and are always on a hunt for heads of conservatives who are effective in their arguments and therefore present danger to their unimpeded ruling of the populace. At the moment, the Second Amendment is on the chopping block and Democrats are pulling all the stops to demagogue the issue, but this is for another debate. Emotional and lunatic “arguments” rule the day. Ironically, they use Australia as an example of gun control. However, if they try to confiscate guns in this Republic there will be a full scale insurrection. Vast majority of armed forces and police would refuse this unconstitutional “order” (if given) since they sworn to defend and protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
Unreasoning fanaticism and wild-eyed lunacy will persuade no one of the truth of the position held by the madman. The man of sense will be persuaded by reason; the unthinking brute by its pretence; but neither by wild, emotional outbursts. A calm exposition of facts or at least the appearance thereof will sooner convince the wavering than an outburst of uncontrolled emotion. If it is true that few will be convinced by argument or enticement, even fewer will be converted by anger and hostility.
Dr. Freud, maybe, got it right: “ The masses have never thirsted after truth. They demand illusions, and cannot do without them. They constantly give what is unreal precedence over what is real; they are almost as strongly influenced by what is untrue as by what is true. They have the tendency not to distinguish between the two.”
The question that remains to be answered is: are the Republicans, as a party, effective enough to engage in meaningful debate with Democrats and function as a opposing force that can mitigate the looming disaster or is it a spent force that needs to be revitalized? The answer to this may well decide which way will this Republic turn. Only time will tell, however, and wheels of the clock grind mercilessly.
There is a television movie “Occamova břitva” in the Czech Republic (of all places) and the theme song (This mess we’re in) can easily fit this administration thematic reality. (Occ(b)ama’s Razor Blade).