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The Last Gasp of “Democracy”…

Since initial publication, this site has documented the role of the current Republican Party as conscious and enthusiastic quislings of the corporate quest to destroy what remains of the American democratic republic.

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This has been a centuries long goal of corporatists after the rule of the former aristocracies. Since those victories in the 18th century, there’s always been a wing of the corporate elite that has consistently planned to attain complete state power and rule in its own name.

The ideals of democracy and the mass majority working-class, have been the greatest impediments to that ambition.

Gross exaggeration? Not that I need personal confirmation, but as it turns out, one the foremost Republican House and Senate staffer-strategists over the past 28 years has just retired and chose to write of his time in Congress.

Mike Lofgren is almost too good to be true. A top Republican insider, he’s voluntarily given up a fortune and has written an audacious piece in Truthout entitled, “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult,” with far more to come.

The stench in the sty was just too much to bear… I guess that the common good and old-fashioned ideals can occasionally win out over private profit, privilege and power.

While Lofgren has a few choice comments for both parties (“The Democrats’ rank capitulation to corporate interests…”), he’s quick to point out that, “Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.”

Gotcha!

Lofgren writes, “…the Republican Party is becoming…more like an apocalyptic cult, or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century Europe.”

This site has used more direct English: The Republicans are lapdogs to corporatist fascism. They have sold their souls to the beast (and quite cheaply at that).

Lofgren cites that the Republicans’ sole policy in Washington is “…war minus the shooting, something one could have observed 80 years ago in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic [just prior to Hitler’s complete takeover].

“As Hannah Arendt observed, a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of democratic government to undermine democracy itself.”

This site has also mentioned on occasion that the Republicans tend to be ultra-authoritarian discipline freaks (mainly to themselves, after a hypocritically perverted fashion).

Lofgren puts it somewhat differently, “…the Republican Party is so full of lunatics….crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today….The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.”

He quotes a Republican staff director telling him that their method was to lower Congress’s rating among the American people. “By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner.”

Other means to decrease democratic voting includes “onerous voter ID requirements” and a vast variety of political tricks enacted by Republican governors, citing several examples.

Another tactic that the Republicans employ is the use of “a rabidly ideological talk radio and cable TV political propaganda arm…” Thus “the ‘respectable’ media [become] terrified of any criticisms for perceived bias [and hence] they hew to the practice of false evenhandedness.”

Ultimately, with effective media control, conservatives win half of the argument before they even start. This is also goes for policy proposals where conservatives are aware that liberals are always seeking compromise.

According to Lofgren, modern Republican leaders believe in three basic political principles: (1) Caring “solely and exclusively about its rich contributors,” (2) military appropriations and war, and (3) pandering to racial and nativist prejudice and religious fundamentalism.

Lofgren explains the role of corporate front groups, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that drafts “model” legislation for Republican Congressmen, governors and state legislators to turn into conservative laws serving private business.

One example he singles out is the plethora of anti-immigrant laws that keep the beds of private prison corporations full. This is a multi-$billion industry that contributes substantially to Republican legislators.

One can understand why the right-wing “media,” such as Fox News, has totally ignored the news of Mike Lofgren’s defection. But what is the excuse of the mainstream media? More than 90% of the American public will never get this information.

Ever wonder why people are ignorant? And why Republicans count on that ignorance? If basic information is withheld, what else can they be?

Mike Lofgren, a Republican strategist at the center of Congressional Republican politics for almost 30 years, makes it clear that it’s the full intent of the Republican Party to make 2012 the last free two-party election in America.

What even they fail to fully understand, is that their true role as stalking horses for the corporate elite, will eventually even obviate their own freedoms.

They are no more than footmen to a corporate elite of less than one-tenth of 1% of the general population. Eventually, prisoners in the very prisons they’ve built.

Dr. Publico

 

 

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