The Socialist States of America?
A brief opinion on the guilt of both major parties in our failing economy.
Fear has driven both Democrats and Republicans into a socialist morass. In fairness, this is where Democrats have always wanted us to go, so their blame is less. But the fear that motivated Republicans to give New York banks billions of dollars, is a clear violation of their own conservative principles. They are more to blame for the death of the American Free Market than the left. The fear of financial collapse, specifically the collapse of the mega-banks who finance campaigns and dole out post-governmental consulting jobs, motivated many Senate Republicans to bow to these powerful financial interests. This corporate socialism indicates the lack of faith of the super-wealthy in the free market. In capitalism, the losers deserve to die. New creative people will fill the void that they leave behind. But risk is not something that the super-wealthy are willing to venture.
To restore faith in the uniquely American economy, we must accept the pain of failure. If we are going to numb ourselves with the cortisone shots of bailouts, then every American deserves a bailout. If we are going to become a socialist state for the rich and the poor, then we also need to become a socialist state for the failing middle class.
In this new political climate, both Democrats and Republicans are threatening to produce a state of class warfare that has not existed since the anarchist days of the early 1900’s. The difference is that each is willing to sacrifice the middle class for their true partners in political crime. Currently, there is no party that reflects accurately the values of the middle class. A new party must arise for the majority. Obama’s Democratic party is already revealing its inability to produce real change. The Republicans of October 2008 have deeply betrayed their base. Perhaps too deeply.
The arrogance of power. The democrats have already overplayed their hand. They have given the Republican base a glimmer of hope, and they may have saved the Republican Party. The consolidation of House Republicans against the Democratic socialist spending package lets the middle class conservative know that not everyone in this country has gone insane, though we are near the brink. If it had not been for the actions of House Republicans, like Joe Pitts (PA), who bravely opposed the corporate socialism bill and who similarly opposed the Democratic pork package, the party would be in danger of complete disintegration.