"Fighting the stupid revolution in Wyoming and republican politics"
Stupid Wyomingites elect stupid Wyoming politicians, like John
Barrasso, Mike Enzi, Cynthia Lummis and previously Dick Cheney, and God
help us that they don't elect his batshit crazy daughter Liz.
Government hating Wyomingites elect government-hating politicians. Mean
spirited citizens elect mean spirited politicians. Like-minded Tea Party
Republican conservatives end up living together, feeding their mutual
anger and resentment about most social progress. This reinforces and
intensifies narrow-minded beliefs. House districts are gerrymandered by
Republican legislatures to consist nearly entirely of such communities,
basically like the entire state of Wyoming. This creates safe elections
for the most radical, extreme and in almost all cases downright
inarticulate and stupid Tea Party politicians. Shut down the federal
government, harm many millions of Americans, refuse to raise the debt
limit and throw the US economy into the toilet. All are just fine with
this class of citizens and their favored politicians. This is the Stupid
Revolution that accelerates the destruction of the American Republic,
OUR American Republic.
Far right complaints about an expansive,
high spending federal government, especially for social programs, are
just one of many signs of utter stupidity. Why? Because these people
fail to understand that economic inequality driven by Republican-loved
policies that preferentially reward the richest Wyomingites also harm an
increasing number of ordinary Wyoming citizens. An unjust economic
system greatly increases the need for federal programs to assist the
poor, the hungry, the homeless, the ill, the jobless, the disabled, the
veterans and so many others struggling with economic insecurity, both
middle class and working poor people.
Who are these radical Tea
Party aligned republicans? The Bloomberg National Poll of adults 18 and
over showed that 40% of Tea Party supporters are 55 or older, compared
with 32% of all poll respondents; 96% are White, 61% are men and 44%
identify as "born-again Christians", compared with 75%, 48.5%, and 34%,
respectively, for the general population. According to a NYT/CBS News
poll, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to cut Medicare or
Social Security — the biggest domestic programs, suggesting instead a
focus on “waste.” Moreover, a majority of tea party people described
their own financial situation as “good” or “very good.” In Congress,
only Republicans are tightly connected to the Tea Party movement and
Importantly, the great irony is that these Tea Party
smaller-government zealots include many, many people, especially older
ones, who are already benefiting from federal programs, including
veterans, social security, Medicare, small business loans, and farm
support (Farm Subsidies). What they resent are federal programs helping
“other” Wyomingites. They are hypocrites using national debt and smaller
government as a cover for biases against several classes of Americans
that they do not relate to, such as non-whites, like blacks and
Hispanics, the poor, the needy, the disabled, the veteran who is
disabled and new documented and undocumented immigrants. They see
Obamacare as some form of awful welfare, perpetrated by a black man to
help his type and bribe white folks, while so many of them enjoy
Medicare. Outside their bubble is socialism on the march, not the
capitalism that nourished them.
Conservative radicals are
selfish, they are filled with fear about losing what they cherish and
quite willing to sacrifice and throw overboard a large fraction of
Wyomingites and Americans who they see as losers, wasters and cheaters.
Screw them. The country, their country, would be so much better without
them. These radical right-wingers and tea-party acolytes are the makers;
And the losers they care not about are the takers, notably blacks and
Hispanics, disabled, poor- both adults and their children, veterans both
disabled and not, and documented and undocumented immigrants stealing
"their" country, because white folks are the only one's allowed to steal
a country, like the European whites did to Native Americans for the 1st
4 centuries they laid claim to this continent and country.
too want to see reduced federal spending. But the zealots on the right
put far greater value on a eventual economic catastrophe resulting from
extremely high federal debt – something possible in the future – while
willing to ignore the economic pain today felt by so many Americans and
Wyomingites (but not likely by them) caused by a government shutdown and
failure to raise the debt limit.
Norm Ornstein got today’s
absolutist Republican behavior right: “an emotional, zealous reaction to
America today — an ardent willingness to break crockery and demolish
existing institutions to achieve the goal of eviscerating government as
we know it, the good with the bad.”
What can be done to fix all this?
The core problem is the perversion of the electoral process by the
design of House districts aimed solely at removing diversity of the
population, an awful form of political segregation. Like have just one
congressional district in Wyoming, where anyone other the republicans is
disenfranchised. The only purpose is to undermine our republic, to
create political power, to create a revolutionary force in Congress
because politicians no longer have to worry about losing elections, like
Cynthia Lummis, John Barrasso, and Mike Enzi, unless of course they are
primaried by someone further to the right then they are, someone out
there in the wing-nutter stratosphere, like a Liz Cheney for example.
Incumbency is assured through mutually reinforced hate, meanness,
prejudice. This is what is seen today. This is the driving force behind
the Stupid Revolution. All of this is fed by right wing talk radio and
television idiots like Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, et al, that feed an
unending stream of misinformation, disinformation and outrageous lies
that are gobbled up by Wyomingites and other Americans living in
splendid bubbles of intellectual isolation and bankruptcy, and always
proud of their ignorance.
There is only one potential solution.
The Supreme Court must make highly gerrymandered, manipulated house
districts around the country, but by any party unconstitutional along
with changing the law, and increasing the number of representatives in
the House, so people and areas are truly represented, and not
disenfranchised through gerrymandering.