When we take a look at the new Republican Congress, we must remember how the Democrats were swept to power in 2006 and 2008.
Bush Jr and his red team had run up the score for the wealthiest few and by 2006 were within a few percentage points of having greater economic inequality in the United States than at any time since the eve of the Great Depression. Most people were pissed. Because of our two party system, people lashed out against the team in control by either not voting for them, or voting for the other team.
It was a waste of energy, but effective in keeping the American people busy. Now that things have continued to go poorly under Obama and a Democrat controlled Congress owned by the wealthiest few and serving corporate interests over those of the American people, the tiny pendulum has made it’s over-analyzed and oft dramatized move back to the other side of the tiny little coin which comprises, for many, the entirety of our political spectrum.
The Republicans will behave much as they did before, and as the Democrats have for the last several years. They won’t regulate the banking industry, leaving our economy insecure and our people worse off than before. They will give big tax breaks to billionaire corporations and the super-wealthy donors who bribe them through their campaign funds. They will move to break the backs of regular Americans and American workers, just as the Democrats have for the last several years. The only difference will be: The Republicans don’t lie about it as much.
It sounds kind of different, but it isn’t very different after all.
In four to six years, when the economy has collapsed again under the weight of trillions of dollars in student loan debt strong armed out of young college graduates who can’t get a job, or when the doctored unemployment numbers jump back up as more people who have given up on finding a job resume trying to reenter the workforce because of grotesque cuts to social welfare programs, the people will be angry again. They will accuse the Republicans of giving away our tax dollars to the super wealthy and the billionaire corporations.
Voters who normally turn out for the Republicans will stay home, as pissed as the rest of us. Voters who feel they are part of team Democrat will charge the voting booths. The Democrats will ‘regain control.’
They will continue to pander to the wealthiest few while pretending that they care about regular, hard working Americans. They will offer small consolation prizes to the American people to cover up the huge giveaways they bestow on the billionaire corporations and the super wealthy who have bribed them.
And all this time, both parties will be working relentlessly and together to expand the reach of the government, into the private home of every citizen, into the private life of every American. They will have done hard work to crush any semblance of an independent spirit.
The tiny pendulum which moves only from one side of the coin to the other, will move back to Republican, then back to Democrat, then back to the Republican…
Before long our nation will have crumbled under the weight of what John Stewart calls “America’s most petty, most partisan, most argumentative assholes,” who are owned, outright, by a tiny corrupting minority of Americans.
We could change our fate, if only our people will stop cheering for the coin toss that has become our broken democracy.
Don’t be satisfied to call it in the air.