Tuesday, October 07, 2008

America "in shambles," right-wing pundits' delusions notwithstanding

Writing in his blog over at Salon.com, Glenn Greenwald explains, as only he can, how misguided and frustrating the application of the David Brooks Syndrome has proven to be during this election cycle. As he notes, "As polling data conclusively demonstrates, the mindset of the voting public is infinitely more rational and substance-based than the pundits and the Right fantasize when they lyrically praise the Regular American -- at least it is in this time of perceived (and actual) crisis."

And there is no question that this country is currently in the midst of a crisis, or rather, several interrelated crises, that are very much the result of eight years of right-wing Republican misrule. The economic and/or financial crisis is certainly receiving the most media coverage right now, and the greatest concern to most Americans, as it should be as it is arguably the most serious pressing threat to the country in the near-term. But the catastrophic failure of Neoliberalism," or "free market fundamentalism," if you will, to maintain a sustainable capitalist economy that is well-regulated and isn't subjected to wild speculative bubbles as well as fraud and outright manipulation by its more sophisticated players, is just a part of the problem. The Bush Doctrine and its eight years of unilateralist, "preventative war" has greatly threatened the future of the Republic as well.

Or, as Greenwald states it rather elegantly:
What's happening in this country, and in this election, is rather simple and easy to see: (1) the country is in total shambles -- possibly far worse than what people even realize; (2) we have lived for the last eight years under virtually absolute GOP rule; (3) the public knows this; (4) the Republican President and his party are therefore intensely -- historically -- unpopular; and (5) the voting public doesn't want to continue living under the rule of the same faction and same political party that has driven the country into the ground.

But his penultimate paragraph sums up the situation Americans are finding themselves in the best:
That the Right believes in the fundamental stupidity of the American voter while simultaneously pretending to revere and speak for them them is reflected in their belief that they can successfully blame the financial crisis and the country's woes generally on Democrats, who -- while hardly covering themselves with glory -- haven't had any meaningful power in this country for as long as one can remember. Ponder how stupid you must think Americans are to believe that you can blame the financial crisis on the 2004 statements of House Democrats about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when that was a time when the GOP controlled all branches of the Government and nothing could have been more inconsequential than what Barney Frank or Maxine Waters, languishing in the minority in Tom DeLay's tyrannical House, said or did about anything.

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