The GOP's "small government" tea party fraud
(Salon) -- By Glenn Greenwald --
There's a major political fraud underway: the GOP is once again donning their libertarian, limited-government masks in order to re-invent itself and, more important, to co-opt the energy and passion of the Ron-Paul-faction that spawned and sustains the "tea party" movement. The Party that spat contempt at Paul during the Bush years and was diametrically opposed to most of his platform now pretends to share his views. Standard-issue Republicans and Ron Paul libertarians are as incompatible as two factions can be -- recall that the most celebrated right-wing moment of the 2008 presidential campaign was when Rudy Giuliani all but accused Paul of being an America-hating Terrorist-lover for daring to suggest that America's conduct might contribute to Islamic radicalism -- yet the Republicans, aided by the media, are pretending that this is one unified, harmonious, "small government" political movement.
The Right is petrified that this fraud will be exposed and is thus bending over backwards to sustain the myth. Paul was not only invited to be a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference but also won its presidential straw poll. Sarah Palin endorsed Ron Paul's son in the Kentucky Senate race. National Review is lavishly praising Paul, while Ann Coulter "felt compelled [in her CPAC speech] to give a shout out to Paul-mania, saying she agreed with everything he stands for outside of foreign policy -- a statement met with cheers." Glenn Beck -- who literally cheered for the Wall Street bailout and Bush's endlessly expanding surveillance state -- now parades around as though he shares the libertarians' contempt for them. Red State's Erick Erickson, defending the new so-called conservative "manifesto," touts the need for Congress to be confined to the express powers of Article I, Section 8, all while lauding a GOP Congress that supported countless intrusive laws -- from federalized restrictions on assisted suicide, marriage, gambling, abortion and drugs to intervention in Terri Schiavo's end-of-life state court proceeding -- nowhere to be found in that Constitutional clause. With the GOP out of power, Fox News suddenly started featuring anti-government libertarians such as John Stossel and Reason Magazine commentators, whereas, when Bush was in power, there was no government power too expanded or limitless for Fox propagandists to praise.
This is what Republicans always do. When in power, they massively expand the power of the state in every realm. Deficit spending and the national debt skyrocket. The National Security State is bloated beyond description through wars and occupations, while no limits are tolerated on the Surveillance State. Then, when out of power, they suddenly pretend to re-discover their "small government principles." The very same Republicans who spent the 1990s vehemently opposing Bill Clinton's Terrorism-justified attempts to expand government surveillance and executive authority then, once in power, presided over the largest expansion in history of those very same powers. The last eight years of Republican rule was characterized by nothing other than endlessly expanded government power, even as they insisted -- both before they were empowered and again now -- that they are the standard-bearers of government restraint...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Greenwald makes some excellent points about the fraudulent nature and unprincipled "conservatism" of the two-faced mainstream GOP. But what he doesn't add (in this piece, at least), is that the mainstream Democrats play the same bait-and-switch game with their own base constituency, and on all Americans.
For example, Obama and the Democrats in the last election essentially ran and won on an anti-Bushcon, anti-war platform, yet they have clung to and even expanded upon many of the Bush administration's worst anti-Constitutional, Big Government, intrusive and abusive domestic and foreign policies, and we remain in Iraq, and bogged down in other Mideast wars that Obama is actually escalating.
Everything that Greenwald says about the corrupt mainstream GOP establishment in terms of utilizing pretexts to grow government and slather pork and payoffs on themselves and their cronies and special interests applies to the entirety of corrupt leviathan Washington in general, and in spades to the corrupt Democratic Party in particular.
What post-Christian America amounts to is nothing but special interests, government-connected corporatists, ethnic rackets, government unions, welfare junkies and war profiteering "defense" industry fraudsters all attempting to "game" the American taxpayer, the Americans public, the American youth, and unborn Americans out of current and future resources. Probably a plurality of the country is involved in one government-connected swindle or another, and the end result is that basic government services -- the public infrastructure, public safety, social safety nets and "three R's" of public education either get incorporated into scam, or held hostage until the spongers and parasites get their "cut" first.
Of course, Ron Paul has been warning about all of this for decades, but the scamsters saw to it that he was derided and dismissed as "fringe," a crank, and a conspiracy theorist.
What the Tea Party rebellion and the Ron Paul revolution amount to is average Americans instructing the parasitic fraudsters and their heroin dealers (the mainstream Democrats and Republicans) to "stuff it."
Unfortunately, the socially-engineered secular parasites and reptilians of post-Christian America see themselves as entitled to enslave and subjugate average Americans and their progeny to pay for their privileged existence, and "justified" in shoving the armed police state and the U.S. military into the face of average Americans and the world in order to prop up the fiat dollar and sustain the deficit spending to pay for it all.
Sorry, but such a system is so rotten and evil to the core as to be unsustainable. Either it will get dismantled sensibly -- the Ron Paul way -- or it will collapse violently, which is the outcome that the parasite class seems hell-bent on forcing.
The parasite class in its current desperate state reminds of the nut-case gunman who randomly kills ten or twelve innocents before finally turning the gun on himself. I've never quite been able to figure out why he doesn't just skip the intermediary killing and go straight to suicide. I guess miserable parasites, true to form, are hell bent on selfishness to the very last breathe.
How lowly. How pathetic.