However painful the remedy, America the Dense apparently needs another round of 2 X 4's to the head. Despite fiery warnings from the world's best social, economic and scientific analysts -- aghast how many mammoth problems are trivialized, key state voting majorities still buy the faery dust of the failed right. Don't Tea Partiers have slews of educated children desperate for absent career positions? Don't they realize big banks thrive when elected Republicans (and conservative Democrats) call the shots? Hats off to GOP propaganda: worsening conditions are simply wished away, covered over with their perverse version of "Don't Worry, Be Happy," just let the market deliver goodies.
Thus, we endure the Great Yankee Stall. Until the beleaguered, but potent middle class internalizes the huge price of inaction, they won't abandon mindsets so worn-out they make 1950's thinking sparkle with innovation. Worse still, those heroes boasting we all make our own destiny would have to do something, like boycott the machine, even join some anti-Tea Party movement. Only true, sustained, more painful shock and awe cracks the national complacency. Thus, I ask, what if the left's best ploy, however horrible, is have the right hoist itself on its own petard? Machiavelli, expressing much the same stratagem, is at my back. Alternatives are anything but self-evident.
Judging by the last decade, neither thuggish campaigns, nor overbought elections, not even unpopular, regressive policies sanctioned by high court stupors, are turning America from systemic, dynastic calamities. Incompetent elites replay the same mistakes, then stare into the camera, bewildered how their vaunted plans turn to dust. Need stimulus for job growth, then insist on permanent austerity. Battling terrorism, send in counterproductive drones. Want to confront climate change, just deregulate polluters and discourage research.
When since the Gilded Age have super-rich so brazenly defended the rank, privilege, and their laughable social Darwinism? We have brilliantly-articulate dissenters, left and center, who present smart and workable solutions that fall by the wayside. We have scorching cable satirists who nightly spotlight overflowing hypocrisy, yet little changes. We have serious thinkers who honor M. L. King's integrated vision, linking frenzied war-making, low socio-economic mobility, bad government, and discrimination against those not old, white, and self-entitled.
What dreadful horror must be exacted before a critical mass declares, "enough is enough"? Or is this, too, a lost golden age fantasy bludgeoned by delirium of FOX News? What besides more desperation, armed with necessity, will inform the mother of re-invention. Bring it on: let the richest take the Congress, then cap the triumph with another neocon president. With the Senate in doubt, this outcome is no fantasy, whatever the howls from the left.
What better way than to have hard-hearted anti-government crusaders self-destruct -- indeed, go down in flames as the ignoble robber "barons" they are. Barren, indeed. After all, Hoover's paralysis led to FDR and the complacent Fifties triggered the disruptive Sixties. Did not awful Bush-Cheney criminality raise up the obscure Obama to thrash the most well-heeled party frontrunner in modern times? Will reform lightning never strike again, this time with a movement capable of penetrating systemic foundations?
Bring it on -- What's the Alternative?