Amidst the hard shifts within the Grand Old Party building from the 1994 “Contract With America” midterm victories and culminating with the 2010 Tea Party inspired gains are we bearing witness to the rise of the Norquistian Republicans? Fueled by a massive economic crisis the smoldering flames ignited, spreading with full force through cable commentary networks and across the conservative blogosphere, this new crop of highly conservative Republicans roared into the federal legislature on a mission to wrangle control out of a demonized “big government’s” hands. It seems the old GOP guard is being led by the tail, pulling them into long forgotten realms of extremism. The article here lays open the author’s interpretation of the madness into which the Republican Party has apparently fallen.
Via Think Progress: “According to the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s Executive Pay Watch report, the gap between CEO pay and worker pay expanded last year. In 2011, CEOs in the Fortune 500 made an average of $12 million, about 380 times what the average worker makes…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
A year after the death of Osama bin Laden, American special operators are training their sights on his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the former Egyptian Army surgeon widely regarded as the mastermind of major attacks against Americans and other targets. And forces loyal to Zawahiri, who affectionately call him “Glasses” because of his trademark oversize spectacles, are determined to guard their leader.
Zawahiri’s safety was the main subject of conversation when several senior al Qaeda operatives and a handful of other militants sat down for a dinner meeting in North Waziristan six months ago, according to a well-placed Taliban source. The host of the dinner, from a prominent Taliban family, had a sheep slaughtered in honor of his Arab guests. Over a meal of mutton kebabs and pilau, the men expressed concerns about Zawahiri’s security in light of bin Laden’s bloody end. They said Zawahiri’s handlers and tribal hosts had strongly advised him “to move to a new place,” to stop using electronic devices, to limit his exposure by issuing fewer audio and video propaganda tapes, and to exercise extreme caution in dealing with couriers. [NEWSWEEK]
This morning we were treated to the “Ugly Republican” which comes out when Republicans are presented with critique of their factual behaviour and activities as they practice “Politics 101” as devised by Karl Rove who was known as “Bush’s Brain.” [Yes, George W. Bush had a man behind the curtain working the controls. Right, Dorothy?] Rove has taught Republicans to be first to accuse your rivals of having your negatives at a time when you are losing in the polls. ‘When the public sees you being divisive, accuse them of being divisive. This is exactly what Alex Castellanos did when confronted by Rachel Maddow on “Meet the Press” (NBC) this morning. It didn’t matter to this Republican that Rachel is his friend. He felt personally attacked instead of his party and he struck back raising his voice and forgetting that he was a gentleman talking to a lady in a civil conversation. It is despicable that Republicans are allowed to show how ugly then can go on TV talk shows where the hosts try to foster civility in debate and discussion on TV. Host David Gregory had to shut Castellanos up by going to commercial.
Stephen Colbert’s crowd-pleasing ridicule of presidential campaign finance rules has posed a tantalizing question for progressive activists: Is this the “movement moment” for reform?
On Capitol Hill, the answer is no. Bipartisan trust is an indispensible ingredient in any overhaul of the political system, and that’s in exceedingly rare supply. The public may giggle at Colbert’s antics. Multimillion-dollar barrages of ads launched by super PACs may be wounding the leading GOP presidential candidates. But Republicans are content with the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and other recent rulings that lifted restraints on campaign contributions by corporations and individual donors. …
One of Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital buddies was caught in a clumsy scheme to disguise a million-dollar contribution to a pro-Romney super PAC. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose casino empire is the target of a federal criminal probe, signs seven-figure checks for the super PAC backing Newt Gingrich. Each side uses the money to try to destroy the other. But [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor says there’s no hunger in his caucus for change. And the Senate GOP leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is proud of his record as the most resolute foe of past campaign finance restraints.
While they benefit from the status quo, Republicans will never participate in the reforms needed to ensure a better future for governance of the United States of America. If this country is to survive as our Forefathers envisioned, WE DEMOCRATS , OUR POLITICAL PARTY AND OUR WEALTH OF SMALL DOLLARS MUST HIRE THE BEST LEGAL MINDS AND MOUNT A BLITZKRIEG CAMPAIGN OF LAWSUITS THAT ONCE WON, FORCE THE GOVERNMENTAL REFORMS THAT REPUBLICAN COURTS, LEGISLATURES AND POLITICIANS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION RESIST CHANGING! Yes, we must continue to donate to the re-election of Barack Obama, “Warrior for the Middle-Class,” but we have seen that no matter the President’s good intentions and valiant efforts, Washington, DC is to ingrained with evil to change on its own. Legal force is needed. Legal challenges must be made to the status quo. These lawsuits must brilliant in how they use current law to innovate new and creative interpretations by courts and judges that have not been bought by the Republican establishment. Which Democrat or Independent will step up and lead this offensive? Is this a job for former President Clinton? Is this a way for Hillary Clinton to ensure winning the presidency in 2016? (She’s a celebrated lawyer, you know.) The prime directive for any social institution is to sustain itself. We need a democratic fighter who will lead us in kicking Washington on it’s collective ass and keep it from arising without the changes we know have been needed for decades. There are more candidates for the job who only need our encouragement to take up the mission. Perhaps the myriad of democratic groups need to be under a single umbrella to concentrate our power: The enemy is powerful and ruthless. We need a fighting cock to match their fighting cock. We need a David to their Goliath.
I hope that these few words inspire others who will inspire others ad infinitum to conserve and preserve our democratic nation. God bless us who live in this essential country!