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When Winning Is Losing - Democraps Are A Political Placebo

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When are you likely to seek medical help? When something really bothers you. When you have real, sustained pain, that's when. When do people rise up in revolt against their tyrannical government and abusive economy? You guessed it. They must get very disgusted. In their personal lives they must feel hurtful pain. It does not matter what the news media say. What matters is how they and their families are suffering. They must get desperate. Hope for things changing for the better by making modest changes in the status quo must dissolve. Revolutions are driven by widespread pain, suffering and disgust. Recent drops in gas prices and now a stock market high are exactly what the power elites create when their plutocracy is threatened.

The Second American Revolution that our country desperately needs requires huge amounts of public energy. That energy has been building, but now through manipulation by power elites is ready to be channeled where those elites want it to go: to consumer spending. Much of that energy of discontent is also about to be wasted on a political placebo.

All the momentum for revolt built up during years of the Bush-worst-presidency-in-history is about to evaporate. This is part of the genius of the Democrap-Republicrook two-party duopoly, which is no more than a plutocratic political partnership to maintain the corpocracy and prevent the non-wealthy 80 percent of the population from taking the power that is theirs.

When one of our two-party demons goes to extremes the duopoly partner stands ready as a pressure release valve. The biggest downside of Democraps winning this November is how it will diffuse and deflate all the public pain and disgust generated because of the outrages of Republicrook control of our government. It is not surprising that millions of Americans disengaged from civic life and who don't even accept the responsibility to vote are ready to become placated by a shift from Republicrooks to Democraps. Much more depressing is how neo-progressives writing on Internet sites such as this one are justifying voting for Democraps.

Enthusiasm for Democraps because they are seen as the only alternative to letting Republicrooks keep political power is the litmus test for being a neo-progressive. These neo-progressives are making two profoundly important errors in thinking. First, they have deluded themselves that the when put back in power Democraps will actually perform political miracles and restore the quality of our democracy and produce economic justice. Every bit of historical evidence proves that this hope or expectation is ludicrous.

Second, these neo-progressives fail to understand how much pain and suffering the public must endure if a large majority of working- and middle-class Americans are to stimulate and support a Second American Revolution. These neo-progressives have lost their progressive moral principles; they do not understand the dynamics of social upheaval. They do not understand how the two-party duopoly is designed to at critical times dissipate public anger by letting the political pendulum swing from Republicrooks to Democraps, or vice-versa.
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These neo-progressives have given up on third-parties and truly independent leaders emerging to wage battle against the corporcracy and the power and economic elites benefiting from the plutocracy. Neo-progressives are not revolution-minded. They are delusional, trusting that Democraps recapturing power will produce incremental improvements in our political and economic systems that reverse all the negative trends produced by the Republicrooks. They do not accept the inevitable reality that Democraps will merely use their new power to maintain their majority status. Democraps will eagerly accept tons of money from all kinds of corporate and other special interests. Will they be better than Bush Republicrooks? Of course, that is certain. But what will they accomplish?

Will victorious Democraps raise taxes on the rich? Will they enact true campaign reform through the Clean Money/Clean Elections approach, and reject all contributions other than small ones by individuals? Will they get us out of job-outsourcing globalization? Will they take a hard line on illegal employers of illegal immigrants? Will they put an end to line-item pork spending? Will they stop deficit spending? Will they stop lying to the public? Will a non-courageous minority become a courageous majority?

The price paid for Bush-relief is the loss of public energy for making more radical and necessary changes in our political and economic systems. Neo-progressives would rather replace Republicrooks with Democraps than replace the two-party duopoly with a new political system that undermines the power of the current plutocracy and corpocracy, and restores American democracy by making "representative" democracy honorable and trustworthy.

With the latest political scandal over Republicrook Mark Foley the odds of a Democrap victory in November have shot up, despite the rigging of gas prices and the stock market. True progressives should be mourning a lesser-evil Democrap victory. A few more years of Republicrook corrupt government and attacks on our constitution could have brought Americans closer to overturning the whole corrupt enterprise.

A Democrap victory and the inevitable excesses they will produce will energize core fiscal and social conservative constituencies for 2008 and produce more moderate and attractive Republicrook candidates for president and vice-president. Perversely, a Democrap victory this year that greatly lowers the energy of national discontent will help Republicrooks in 2008. Just as many conservatives may not vote this year, many liberals may not vote in 2008.

I hope cosmetic rather than systemic changes make neo-progressives happy. It surely will please the power and economic elites that can easily endure a brief dose of Democrap victory dancing. Americans will, once again, think that our political system is correcting itself and working. Certainly, that's what all the talking head pundits will be yapping. American democracy will be celebrated. Republicrooks will say they got the message and over the next few years will "reform" and repackage themselves to regain power in 2008.

When Democraps win and Republicrooks lose this year, non-wealthy Americans will continue to lose. That loss will only become apparent over time. The Democrap political placebo will work for awhile. That pain reduction puts off necessary surgery, letting our cancerous corrupt corporate culture to triumph.
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Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy - Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government. His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the (more...)
 

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Behind your premise seems to be the idea that some... by brantl on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 2:18:14 PM
I see Americans as victims. Our education system,... by Joel S. Hirschhorn on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 2:42:08 PM
Hey, Mr. Hirshorn-- I'm headed out tomorrow to ... by Carol on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 6:52:45 PM
Believe me, the Democraps are listening to you. ... by Mark E. Smith on Wednesday, Oct 4, 2006 at 10:08:59 PM