I got out of bed this morning and started wondering how in the Hell America let Her voting and elections get in the shape they seem to be in today.
Whether or not there are other people out there somewhere who think in these terms is beyond me sometimes.
It is not too hard for me to get the idea that most folks just don’t seem to give a damn about elections, politicians or any of that other stuff anymore.
Maybe it is because common ordinary day-to-day people simply cannot believe what is happening to what they thought was America!
If you go out onto the streets and ask maybe a dozen strangers what they think about this issue or that issue, chances are they will either return a blank stare and utter silence or they will call you some kind of nasty name and huff on down the road.
This could be because they don’t want to be bothered – - – especially by strangers – - – about stuff they like to think of as their own business and nobody Else’s.
It could also be because they have let themselves get dumbed down by listening to too much Rightie Talk Radio or watching the marionettes on some Rightist-Leaning TV channel mouthing their lines that seem to be fed to them from somewhere on another planet – - – or perhaps from England or Australia or Timbuktu or Polla-Walla-Whankia or somewhere like that.
I think in America, there may be more people who worry more about ear wigs on their prize hunting hounds than they do about their houses, their cars, their women, their kids or anything else.
Some of these folks sometimes seem to to me to have all the lights burning but nobody at home upstairs as the old saying goes.
It has been my experience that many if not most of this kind embraces the ostensibly treatable condition that I often refer to as Radical Rightie Conservatism. (Less educated and more easily led around by the nose.)
Keep in mind that I recognize the fact that there are some Right Leaners who do have their stuff together and are reputable,knowledgeable, honest and even noble – - – but many of these have been overshadowed, I am afraid, by something a lot more extremest and a lot less reasonable.
So I am hearing now that some people are totally taken by surprise when it is announced that this political attack ad or that political attack ad is engaging in some kind of bald faced lying?
That is supposed to be a surprise?
My big thing this time around is, “Do the American People still have the power to swing elections with their vote or has that vote been suppressed to the point where Big Money can swoop in with their millions of dollars and just simply buy themselves a White House with all the trimmings? (Including a Prime resident President.)?
Hard to believe isn’t it? Maybe it is that element of “Hard to Believe” that is going to make it possible for stuff like to happen.
What would America look like if it was run entirely by Big Multi-National Billionaire-Owned Corporate Interests?
Well, for one thing, I think that if that happened some day, it would soon become evident to even the dumbest among us that the “Big Wigs” in charge would come to the decision that nobody deserves any better lifestyle than one that provides the barest essentials for survival – - – unless the person were part of the elite or was filthy rich.
The way I see things is that a whole lot of Right Wing Radicals have decided a long time ago that only those at the very top of the food chain – - – those who already have everything – - – are the ones who are worth anything and that the rest of the 99% of the population is either useless, some kind of parasites on the wealthy or . . . in a word, “Expendable.”
Those of us who have the intestinal fortitude to challenge Rightie on these assumptions are quickly branded as “Communist” or worse.
I think that if this kind of Rightist nightmare ever becomes reality for The United States, those in charge will demand total loyalty and unquestioning obedience to everyone under their thumb and that all this will be justified by some crazy revision of Constitutional Language and Intent or by some empty-headed Religious-Based Propaganda Scheme or both.
I think this would mean that if someone is born into poverty, the machinery of government would make damn sure that person would never be able to escape poverty and that this country would take on the character of a bee hive with it’s queens and kings and drones and workers.
Now for the wise among us who might be reading this blog right now, I suggest that it is a vote for Republicanism that will help to open the door to the dismantling of The American Democratic Republic and the replacement of it by something more on the order of a Religious Theocratic Republic – - – all under the auspices and control of some Fundamentalist ideology – - – and that would be one oppressive regime as far as I am concerned.
The America I grew up with and served in the Military to protect seems to be pretty much a thing of the past the way it is.
When I was a younger person, there was no way in Hell that the American People would have ever stood for a Supreme Court enabling something like that “Citizens United” thing that allows Big Money to more or less get control of the elective process and manipulate it.
That kind of manipulative power may not have been part of the original intent of approving Citizens United, but it appears – - – in my opinion – - – to certainly have worked out that way.
Yes, America has changed and I think it will get a lot worse before it gets any better because I think a lot more people have to awaken to the dangers they are facing from some of the manipulators and speculators and opportunists on the side of Radical Right Wing American Politics today.
Posted by John Liming as part of his continuing Diaries of Political Opinion, Viewpoints, Insights and Political Satires.