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What is being attempted today in Congress by the far right is little more than an American Putsch, a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow  the government. By distorting the economy and America's standing as economic and political leader of the world they hope that in the long run the American people will turn to them as a "strong hand" to restore America's prestige in the world and to impose their dogma on the American people.

Safe in their gerrymandered districts they do not fear retribution for their acts even if they should fail this time. They should not be treated as merely a "lunatic fringe" in American politics but serious domestic terrorists.

The use of a front group such as the Tea Party to achieve their radical goals is nothing new in America. As Vito Marcantonio one of the great progressives in American political life said on the floor of Congress:

"At that time Abraham Lincoln was being attacked by "Liberty Leaguers" [the Liberty League was an anti-New Deal organization of the 1930's sponsored by big businessmen] and other reactionaries of his day. He had had bitter experiences with these people. War profiteers, especially, who founded a fortune by purchasing condemned rifles from the Government for practically nothing and then selling these same worthless rifles back to the Government at exorbitant prices. How history does repeat itself! The descendants of these Civil War profiteers profited largely out of the last war, and when investigated set up a howl about protecting the memory of the 1917 war leaders. I have just given you a brief history of the house of Morgan. War profiteers, industrialists, and other so-called respectable citizens were attacking Abraham Lincoln, and they were calling him a radical. They did not call people Communists in those days. That word was not well known. Now it has become a fad. Whenever they want to draw a herring across the trail, whenever they want to dodge an issue or protect nefarious plundering of the American people, they call a person a Communist. But in those days they did not use the word "Communist,"... they called him radical."
The equivalent of the war profiteers today, the natural resource profiteers, the military contractors and the parasites on Wall Street who make their living off them, have funded and created today's version of the "Liberty Lobby," "The know Nothing Party" and the other dismal organizations that have flourished in the dark belly of America from its beginnings.

These industries, who rely upon government for their very existence do not fear the radical putsch because they know it will not be them that suffer if the radical right takes over but other industries whose financing is not tied to those industries.

They are not cowed by either polls or media since they believe that once America collapses into chaos, the general public will soon forget who led us there and will turn, as we only so often do, to the strong hand to lead us out of the crisis.

Keeping the American economy in a state of turmoil they believe works to their advantage. The so-called "compromise" to put things off into the early part of next year works to their advantage because the turmoil continues until the next election when the majority of the public will have forgotten who caused it but only seek to turn to whomever proposes the simplest solutions and identifies the most acceptable scapegoat.

We cannot allow it to happen here.

I hope everything I have written is wrong.

 

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  •  Not everything (2+ / 0-)
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    Cantabria, achronon
    I hope everything I have written is wrong.
    But most.  

    Easy on the hyperbole.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 10:33:00 AM PDT

    •  i don't see hyperbole (0+ / 0-)

      ...this is a real crisis and our country might not survive.

      "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war." -Mark Twain

      by humanistique on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 10:37:06 AM PDT

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    •  Wisper (0+ / 0-)

      We are losing the hyperbole war. Whispering which appears to be the Democratic response seems not to be working very well.

      •  Attempting to win the Hyperbole War (1+ / 0-)
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        achronon

        discounts the idea that the American People have the ability to see through it.  

        These are old strategies to which old strategists are clinging.  They work on some people, no disputing that.  Hell, they work on A LOT of people!  They haven't been used for decades for nothing.

        But ....  ...perhaps we are seeing the worm turn on this.

        I worry about policies.  I worry about politics.  I worry about budgets and agencies and my fellow citizens.

        I don't worry about this country surviving another crisis (and one that is NOT the worst thing we've ever seen).

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 10:46:25 AM PDT

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  •  so (2+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, Statusquomustgo
    They should not be treated as merely a "lunatic fringe" in American politics but serious domestic terrorists.
    Should the Republicans in congress be sent to Guantanamo or simply drone striked?
  •  Wasn't Lincoln (0+ / 0-)

    "At that time Abraham Lincoln was being attacked by "Liberty Leaguers" [the Liberty League was an anti-New Deal organization of the 1930's sponsored by big businessmen]

    ----

    dead by then?

  •  and there's no Beer either (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 10:36:53 AM PDT

  •  I'm not a fan of Marcantonio (1+ / 0-)
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    Gung ho opponent of Hitler until the Soviet-Nazi Pact of August 23, 1939 that divided Poland.  That suddenly converted him into an opponent of American involvement in the war - a war between two sets of fascist capitalists - an "imperialist war" both Marcantonio and Stalin called it.  Until June 22, 1941, when Hitler broke the pact and invaded the Soviet Union.  Suddenly Marcantonio became a gung ho supporter of American entry into the war.

    Sorry, but these gyrations were how you could spot a Communist back then, defined as a person whose primary loyalty was to the Soviet Union and not the United States, and who was therefore blind to the mass murder and tyranny occurring therein.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 10:43:41 AM PDT

    •  Navy (0+ / 0-)

      Perhaps you know little about Marcantonio then other than that.

      You should also know that most Americans especially Republicans opposed entry into the war. We were mostly happy that the Nazi's were doing what they did. You should go back and read the statements of the equivalent of the Fox News correspondents of the time.

      Many, but not all, of those who opposed entry into the war changed their mind. Marcantonio was not alone in this. Many of them were Communists and Socialists and served bravely in the War.

      We accepted Russia as an ally, like it or not.

      •  Absolutely, the enemy of my enemy (0+ / 0-)

        is my friend.  And we forget that it was primarily the Soviet Union that defeated Nazi Germany.  What Americans and Brits were doing in North Africa, Italy and France were side skirmishes compared to the mass blood letting going on on the Russian front.  22 to 30 million Soviets died - civilian and military - compared to about 400,000 Americans.  And yes, isolationists who opposed the war were primarily right wing Republicans - defeated, I would note, when Wendell Wilkie, who supported all-out aid to Britain, defeated Robert Taft and won the Republican nomination in 1940.

        None of which affects what I wrote about Marcantonio.

        "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

        by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 11:09:18 AM PDT

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      •  Isolationism was complicated (0+ / 0-)

        As a rule the R party was against involvement in WWII.  Given that the entire generation of politicians alive at that time likely served in WWI, this is somewhat understandable, especially as the USA wasn't part of the League of Nations etc.

        Roosevelt was more inclined to intervene and pretty much did everything he could politically to help, against fairly united opposition on one side of the aisle and a fair bit of opposition on his side.  In spite of that opposition though, he won the 1940 election and pushed through a MASSIVE naval appropriation and military mobilization bill, which is a lot of why we weren't totally screwed after Pearl Harbor, had the logistical tail for a modest invasion of North Africa in 1941 and were able to bury the Japanese in ships and aircraft by 1943, while simultaneously sending bombing raids every night.

        A majority of USA wan't anti-interventionist.   A plurality might have been, depending on when you checked.  As is typical there was a large chunk who didn't care, and with the executive interventionist, with still significant majorities in congress, those of his party who were wobbly went along because they didn't care enough to buck the party on that issue.

        •  Also the parties were less homogenoeus then (0+ / 0-)

          Some Rs were interventionist and some Ds isolationist.  Only the Rs fielded isolationist candidates for president but I'm sure at the lower levels of government there were some in all walks of life.

        •  greblos (0+ / 0-)

          While what you say is right as far as it goes, you forget the influence of the Bund and the early version of right wing media. They were mostly swept away by Pearl Harbor.

           

          •  Yeah, I'm not very up on that period (0+ / 0-)

            I know a lot more about Europe in the 1930s because I've been interested in the origins of WWII since I was a child, but really only know about the USA in that period because of my interest in where exactly the python lump of ships that burst onto the scene in 1943 came from.  From there I also learned about massive mobilization efforts already underway by mid 1940 and preparations by industry to rapidly shift over to a war footing.

            By that time though (mid 1940) the R primaries were over and the isolationist faction had pretty much lost the fight.  They  might have made a comeback without Pearl Harbor, but we'll never know.

  •  When the Capital is burned (0+ / 0-)

    and blamed on the Democrats, I guess we'll have our proof.

    I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

    by woolibaar on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 11:13:06 AM PDT

    •  Woolibar (1+ / 0-)
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      Would it have to be physical burning or would metaphorical burning work as well? I suspect they will blame the crisis on the Democrats and if the economy tanks even more, perhaps pick up seat in Congress. It is a little late then to agree on definitions.

  •  Nailed it mang (1+ / 0-)
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    Trenz Pruca

    Nice job!

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