George Clayton Johnson, the fictioneer who wrote episodes for the Twilight Zone during its first season, urges writers to give their minds permission to contemplate impossible potential scenarios and so it is that the World's Laziest Journalist decided that the Presidents Day weekend of 2013 would be a good time to post a column that posits the premise that the Republican Party is working towards the goal of destroying Democracy in the USA.
Is it too weird to ask if the Republicans started this campaign when some Wall Street executives approached American War hero Smedly Butler and proposed a coup d'etat as a way to save the USA from letting FDR take America down the road to Socialism?
Butler went public with the offer and that resulted in a Congressional Hearing that redacted some of the names of those involved when the transcript was published. Publishing the names would have precipitated some wild irresponsible conspiracy theory talk and that was the last thing the country needed during the Great Depression.
After President Obama gave the State of the Union Speech on Tuesday February 12, 2013, it may seem to be a tad late to write a review of "The Peril of Fascism (The Crisis of American democracy)" by A. B. Magil and Henry Stevens International Publishers Co., Inc. New York, N. Y. -1938, but in the Golden Age of Deception it might actually be too soon to plug it.
A column which contends that the Republicans might try to sabotage Democracy in America should be considered a "pitch" for a new Twilight Zone episode and not a serious attempt to write a political pundit's version of a think piece. However any attempt to disguise such a column as a subtle bid to get a writing assignment from Rod Serling, would immediately be greeted by fans with allegations that such a hypothetical task would be plagiarizing the "It's a cook book!" ending for one of the most famous installments of that classic Sixties series.
To hear the pundits on the left tell it, you would think that culling a few voters from each precinct in the USA was some kind of massive effort to do what sports fans call "shave points."The use of electronic voting machines for manipulating the final voting results was questioned by "scientists" even before the technology had been refined and put into production. Aren't "scientists" the same bunch of weirdoes who (somehow) have managed to sell the Twilight Zone-ish concept of "Global Warming"? (Isn't it sooo easy to imagine just what Rod Serling would have said if he ever did a "Global Warming" episode during the first season?)
Fox, which wasn't in existence when George H. W. Bush used a parolled felon to win his election, was the first network to call Florida for George W. Bush and some loons in the Conspiracy Theory world questioned the folks who concocted the fair and balanced concept for journalists saying that the fact that the man at Fox who made the call was related to George W. Bush. So? They never answer that question.
In the aforementioned "The Peril of Fascism," the authors writing (page 174) about Huey Long say: "So adept did Huey Long prove in playing on the hopes and prejudices of the poor and in covering up his secret deals with big business that he won widespread support, not only in Louisiana but in other Southern states and in sections of the North."
Do the critics of the Republican game plan think that Ross Thomas' novel "The Fools in Town Are on our Side" was some kind of prediction of the concept of a political booby-trap?
If politicians were really that shallow and cynical wouldn't President Obama play the "treason" card and question the patriotism of the Republicans who (seemingly) stand read to withhold paychecks from the military as part of a partisan political strategy?
The Republicans have successfully questioned the patriotism of a Senator who lost three limbs while fighting in Vietnam (Max Cleland) and gotten a non veteran elected as his replacement. Attacking a political opponent's patriotism is a strategy that has proven very effective so why doesn't Obama call them out for hypocrisy and suggest that any Republican complicity in the Sequester controversy is hypocritical and means committing a treasonous act which betrays the military?
Wouldn't undercutting the military make the Republicans seem prone to hypocrisy? So why not call them out on this? Do the Republicans have some kind of intellectual property rights claim on hypocrisy? Is there some kind of copyright infringement factor that means that the Democrats would have to pay royalty fees if they use hypocrisy to fight hypocrisy?
What would happen if, instead of ridiculing the Republican examples of (alleged) hypocrisy every day on his radio program, Norm (No Lablss) Goldman suddenly had a
St. Paul's moment and adopted the "your game, your rules; I'll win" belligerent attitude and then started to use irony to lavish praise on the Republican forked tongue devil strategy?
If (hypothetically speaking) Norm Goldman were suddenly to start enumerating and analyzing the Republican strategy of saying one thing and doing the opposite from an adoring stance, which he didn't actually hold, how would the Republican trolls respond to that?
Imagine for a moment that people tuned into his program today and heard him say that he endorsed the Republican strategy of promoting right to work laws as a stealth way to reduce wages and increase profits for the people known as corporations?