The Last Time--A Rock and Roll Epistle
By Richard Girard
"I told you once and I told you twice,
but you never listen to my advice;
You don't try very hard to please me,
with what you know it should be easy."
"The Last Time," The Rolling Stones
This will probably be my last article before the election November 2nd. I am going into the hospital on Monday for surgery on my neck. With recovery and convalescence, it will probably be roughly this time next month before I am in any kind of shape to sit down at the keyboard and write again.
People have been writing, as a result of my article "They're Foxed in the Head" (OpEdNews.com, September 25, 2010), asking why the hell they should bother to vote for the Democrats next month. In their minds, the Democrats are exactly the same as the Re-Publicans, and it doesn't make a damned bit of difference who they vote for.
I found their answer when I was going through my old articles the other day. In a never finished article titled "Tin-Foil Hat," written shortly after Senator Barbara Boxer joined the Black Congressional Caucus in objecting to the Ohio electoral count in 2005 (and John Kerry wimped out by not supporting her), I quoted from an e-mail I had sent to Senator Kerry's campaign:
"It is time for every Democratic (and Independent) voter and politician in the United States to realize that the Republican Party is no longer a political party, but a revolutionary one. The current level of Republican party discipline would be the envy of Stalinist Russia. Republicans with any sort of independent thought (like Arlen Specter), or who cause the party leadership problems (like Joel Hefley), risk being relegated to the status of "back-bencher," no matter what their seniority. Worse yet, Democrats are in danger of becoming superfluous: the Girondists to the Republicans' Jacobins, or the Mensheviks to the Radical Right's Bolsheviks."
There it is. I never completed that article because I was certain that few if any readers would believe me. I would be accused of at best hyperbole, at worst, clinical paranoia. With the rise of the Tea Party over the last two years--who I believe are the "shock troops" of this revolution every bit as much as the Black Shirts were for Mussolini, or the Red Guard was for Mao's "Cultural Revolution;--I now fear that I may be accused of understatement.
"The Republican Party is no longer a political party, but a revolutionary one." I had forgotten that I had made that statement in January 2005, and what was true then is gospel today. These reactionaries are attempting--quite successfully I might add--to overthrow our Constitution from its current construction and application, to an interpretation nearly identical to the one applied to it in the late Nineteenth Century.
However, this is not a revolution of the people. It is more like what Lucius Cornelius Sulla and the wealthy conservative optimates did in the late Roman Republic: create an atmosphere of terror and distrust; overthrow the reforms instituted by Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus--as well as those of Gaius Marius--to help Rome's and Italy's poor and working classes; shouting down, intimidating, and--in the end--murdering the opposition, until no one dared to speak against Sulla or his allies.
I was as despondent after the 2004 election as any of the disappointed Obama supporters are today. The epiphany when I realized what the Re-Publicans actually were and what they were after, made me understand how bad things had really gotten. When I realized that there was and is a significant difference between the Re-Publican Party and the Democratic Party, I trembled for this nation. The Democrats believe that they are playing under the same rules that they have for over two hundred years. The new GOP has an avowed purpose to change those rules to favor themselves, their plutocratic masters, and their masters' corporate surrogates. Or to put it another way, the Democratic Party is playing politics, the Re-Publicans are playing for blood.
Ultimately, the GOP wants a one party system the same as the oligarchs had in Cromwell's England, the Soviet Union, Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Falangist Spain, and still have today in Communist China.