They have spent the last eighteen months playing up two important pieces of propaganda against President Obama: that he is not an American, and that he is a secret Muslim. I will quote from my August 23, 2010 OpEdNews article, "I Will Fear No Evil;"
"Propaganda is used by those who want to communicate in ways that engage the emotions, and downplay rationality, in an attempt to promote a certain message. The conservative noise punditry are highly effective in their use of the six traditional tools of propaganda: calling their adversaries names; dealing in glittering generalities, i.e., making very general statements about events, ignoring any of the negative aspects of the events as described; transferring their own faults and errors to their enemies; the testimonials of well known or respected individuals (because of the position of wealth or power that they have achieved in their lives) to support their positions; attempting to pass themselves off as "plain folks," usually while passing off their adversaries as some sort of elite; finally, by attempting to instill fear in the hearts and minds of their audience, who are too busy trying to survive to double check the information that they are receiving from the punditry."
The people who are behind both the "birthers" and the movement to change our Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment have as part of their ultimate goal discrediting President Obama's credentials as a citizen--and thusly as President--and by extension, discrediting the Americanism and the patriotism of the Democratic Party as a whole. The same is true for the opponents of the "Ground Zero Mosque" and the story that the President is a secret Muslim, except the goal in this case is far more overtly about racism and bigotry. (I would like to give a nod to Mike Papantonio of "Ring of Fire" for making me aware of this on "The Ed Show.")
These individuals, who include Steve Forbes and the Koch Brothers, are doing everything in their power (with the aid of their Congressional lackeys) to slow or prevent an economic recovery while Obama and the Democrats are in control. There is nothing new in this game: their grandparents used similar tactics against FDR's New Deal, with a very conservative Supreme Court filling in for Congress. What is new is the virulence and spite exhibited by these children of privilege, who have never had to worry about where their next meal was coming from in their lives.
"Hey! Think the time is right for a Palace Revolution;
But where I live the game to play is Compromise Solution!
Well then what can a poor boy do, except to sing for a Rock'N'Roll Band:
'cause in sleepy London Town There's just no place for Street Fighting Man! No!"
Rolling Stones, "Street Fighting Man;"
Beggar's Banquet, 1968
All of this comes back to our "pseudo-aristocracy" and their unholy desire to eliminate not only competition from business, but opposition to their desire to make ever greater and more obscene profits on the backs of the American poor, working, and middle classes. As G.K. Chesterton once wrote, "The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all." This is because the rich believe in their own perverse Golden Rule: That since they have the money, they should make the rules.
This is the ultimate outcome of eliminating commercial competition. If I can't go to a competitor for a better deal, or if all of the "competition" is actually a very subtle and covert collusion, then I will be at the mercy of monopolies and syndicates.
This was the reason that Senator John Sherman of Ohio proposed the anti-trust act that bears his name. To quote Kenneth Lux once again, "When Senator Sherman spoke on behalf of the first antitrust legislation, 'The law of selfishness, uncontrolled by competition, compels it to disregard the interest of the consumer.' Implicit in Sherman's statement, but seemingly not recognized by him, is the deduction that the law of selfishness also compels it to eliminate competition." (Lux; op cit., p.p. 118-9.)
Regulation of business is as much a part of the economic checks and balances of a republic as its Constitution, criminal and civil laws are a part of the political and social checks and balances of that self-same republic. Businessmen arguing for reduced regulation are very often in the same category as the corrupt politician arguing against ethics legislation, or criminals arguing for fewer police.
It is time for us as a nation to bring the plutocracy to heel, and prevent the creation of a fully formed oligarchy. We are handicapped in this country by having only a two party system: the Republicans, who are a wholly owned subsidiary of the corporate plutocracy, as demonstrated by the $1,000,000.00 donation to the Republican Governors' Association by Rupert Murdoch; the Democrats, too many of whom are beholden to the selfsame corporate plutocracy as the Republicans, but who can still sometimes be forced to bow to public pressure.
In this coming general election, a vote for the Republicans or a failure to vote in all races is ceding victory to the oligarchs. As bad as some of the Democratic Senators and Congressmen are, all of the Republicans are much worse. The web site Politico.com announced on August 27th that the Republicans, if they gain control of either house, they will concentrate all of their time on investigations of wrongdoing involving the TARP funds and other "suspected" Obama administration malfeasance. This instead of taking the time to do something to help revive the American economy other than the discredited expedient of tax cuts for the rich.
The Bush tax cuts did little to reemploy those who lost their jobs in the recession at the end of the Clinton administration and the beginning of Dubya's. You saw an awful lot of people take part time jobs, try to live off the equity in their homes, go back to school, or start their own business, or some combination of them. This went straight to hell for too many of them when the bottom dropped out in 2007. My evidence for this is the decline in the nation's median income between 2000 and 2007, when adjusted for inflation.
We need a Brand New Deal, that rebuilds this nation's infrastructure and manufacturing base, funded by taxing those who have effectively doubled their share of this nation's wealth over the last thirty years, the richest one percent. I wish to make them pay for this American Renaissance because many of their members constitute the core of those who want to destroy our Republic and establish an oligarchy. We must, using our tax system, force the richest Americans to once again invest in their own country.