The Republican Party is bending its entire will, staking its very soul, fighting to its last breath, in service of a crusade to make sure that the working poor don’t have access to affordable health care. I just thought I’d mention that in plain language, since it seems to get lost in the fog fairly often. But that’s it. That’s what’s happening. They have been driven mad by the thought that rich people will see their taxes go up slightly in order to help non-rich people get decent access to medical care.
Kevin Drum (via motherjones)
Man, I love Kevin Drum, but: so what? For the last forty years, the explicit platform, the guiding philosophy, of the Republican Party (I won’t say “Republicans” because that might seem to include the voters, who are still motivated by patriotism) has been to subvert or eliminate the powers of government. Look at what they say, what they write. This is a party which preaches not just that “government which governs best, governs least,” but which is willing to seize the reins of power and drive the nation into the ditch just to prove that point.
There are parts of government which are efficient or which do much good, and you can argue about what the thresholds are for “efficient” or “good,” but if you did the research and painstakingly built a list of any program that might even possibly qualify for either of those adjectives you’d slap yourself when you realized it’s the exact same as the list of programs a major Republican politician has campaigned against in the last 30 years. With a review of policy from Goldwater’s era to now, you could watch the Republican Part organize, with great fervor, not to fix the things which are broken, but to break the things that work.
It doesn’t matter that they couldn’t fix anything or create anything of lasting value, because the more obvious it is that the government sucks, the more right they were all along.
The Tea Party is just the second generation of modern, American conservative philosophy, and we’re all siting here watching as they’re staring into an abyss where the American government falters and loses solvency or power and respect all around the world and they don’t care because they don’t have to care, because this is what they’ve been working towards all along. Total failure for everyone is their victory condition.
It’s almost Zen, in an evil, generational-narcissism sort of way. If on the road to Enlightenment, you come to meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If on the road to a perfect America, you come to run the government, kill the government.
They’ll greet you as liberators.