Monday, August 16, 2010
Mosques? Mosques? That's not the important issue
With no actual plan to turn this country around republicans have little choice but to throw up a smoke screen. Find the most minuscule issue that shouldn't be given even a second look and blow it as far out of proportion as possible because after all you'll be facing those folks back in your home district and they'll want to know exactly what you've been doing or not doing for the last umpteen days of the congressional session. You'd be hard pressed to say that you voted against every bill and got absolutely nothing done for the benefit of the home folk. So we have a constituency desperate for jobs, they're loosing their homes, they don't have health care yet and watch as states are cutting Medicaid and most other safety nets that they'll need soon. But like the five year old with hands over ears saying la la la la I can't hear you, we get yet more fear mongering. First it was those evil Mexicans who want to steal your jobs. Now it's those evil Muslims that will set up a training camp right at ground zero. It seems to me that that's all they have left. When all else fails instill fear. But what the republicans fail to realize had they bothered to pay attention in their Psyche 101 class is that negative reinforcement only works when it actually happens. When the shocks stop coming and the rat realizes that then the response is lost. But that's their problem and most have awakened to realize this.
America is waking up to the fact that we have no plan to go back to the failed policies of Bush no matter how hard they'd like to cram that down our throats. So all that will come out of their mouths will be tax cuts. No not for the little guys like you and me but for them and their wealthy friends. And when that doesn't work it will be be afraid of the brown skinned or the none English speaking or any religion that isn't like 'ours' (what ever that is?). What they fail to realize is that we are at present fighting for the freedoms of Muslims in Iraq with the sacrifice of of over 4000 of our men and women in the military. We have done so in other countries such as Bosnia and I'm sure helped Shri Lanka when they fought against the Tamil tigers who were for the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. We've also helped in African nations when they too wanted to rid their populace of Muslims although not on the scale as seen with Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet they'd rather have the freedoms of a minority group restricted in this country. The irony of it all.
But as I said this is about the real problems we face and not some smoke screen. There are the jobs that haven't materialized no thanks to the "No party". There is the capital that isn't flowing into the system because big banks are flush with cash and continue to make massive profits by playing the same games that got us into this mess in the first place. Yes they are still selling that worthless paper world wide. It's just a matter of repackaging it throwing another name to it and nobody will know the difference. I only need to look at foreclosures to say that rather than being put up for auction and having the banks write off the losses these homes are just sitting there rotting. Their once owners have moved to an apartment, in with family or are on the streets. And rather than get even a small cash flow by renting out a home they sit empty waiting for a wrecking ball.
Mainly though it's about the jobs. The jobs that will keep people in their homes. Jobs that put food on the table. Jobs that will help send kids to college. Jobs that will pay the taxes to pay down the debt and prevent states from declaring bankruptcy. Jobs that will give hope to older workers that they might see the finish line of retirement.
But no we're spoon fed real baloney that like a thunderstorm we should fear being hit by lightning even though the odds are something like 300,000 to 1. They continue to dehumanize any group to try and leverage fear for political advantage but I think America is finally catching on to their game. We may be slow but we're not as stupid as they may think. At least I hope not.