I had forgotten just how beastly the Republicans actually can be! They scared the hell out of me when they controlled all three branches of the government, and now that they are out of power they are even more bone-chillingly frightening (who would have thought it even possible that this could actually be!)! They seem to be competing for good standing with right-wing AM radio DJ’s, rather than the affinities of those (seemingly a decreasing number of people with each passing day) who voted them into their positions of office. These people are truly dead-enders (Michael Hudson brilliantly takes down their entire philosophy in this article), unyielding keepers of a flame that died out early on in George W. Bush’s second (s)election to the U.S. presidency (remember you guys you lost both houses of Congress and the White House, you know, that big white thing where burly guys in sunglasses stand at attention outside the doorway, and where, thanks to the voters aka those who also give you the authority to ’serve’ them in Congress, a Democrat and his family, now openly reside!).
I don’t like Obama (he may be an amiable guy to have over for crumpets and tea, but I’m referring to him, more importantly, in his dual roles as the leading U.S. politician and, at least theoretically, an agent for social change), but he seems to be fairly popular, and a majority of Americans seem to want to give him a chance to advance his agenda and policy prescriptions. The Republicans, however, don’t appear to be attuned to this at all (or don’t care even one little bitty iota) and seem to be committed to their usual special interest donors, and, more importantly, intent on fighting Barack Obama tooth and nail on nearly everything that he’d like to achieve (which is a very mild center-left/centrist, even moderate right agenda). The funny thing is that Obama coasted to an electoral victory over the tired, old, ideologically and intellectually bankrupt John McCain (and I can still remember the day when George W. Bush eked out a second term victory and thought he had garnered a vast swathe of political capital, lol, after barely scraping by the inept, non-starter John Kerry, and aided by suspected Ohio voting machine chicanery, he thought he was the second coming of Louis the fifteenth!).
The Republicans are red baiting and trying to scare the hell out of people, saying things like Obama’s program will sink the economy and bankrupt the treasury (where the hell have these people been the past eight years? their man Bush, already did precisely what it is that they are suggesting Obama’s policies will bring about and foster!). I think I understand the theory behind bipartisanship (that representatives from both parties have been elected by the people and therefore all should, according to this theory, work together to pursue the people’s collective agenda), however if some regions of this country are so naive and poorly informed as to elect irrational, high strung, short sighted, narrow minded, cold-hearted right-wing ghouls, thugs, and rapacious predators; then I say what other option do Obama and Congressional Democrats have then to cast aside these villainous ‘people’s representatives’, and work for things that benefit the majority of all the citizens of this great country!
The Republicans only want to work for the chemical industry (the polluting industries in general), Wall Street, billionaires and the extreme wealthy, lobbyists, credit card companies (avaricious financial organizations in general), all of their recognizable rapacious, myopic special interest ‘betters’! I personally don’t think all these interests are out of the mix with Obama either (he and the Democrats have plenty of the same and and even more puppeteers and special interest ear whisperers behind the curtain as well), but the Republicans are scared to death, nonetheless, for their disreputable marching order givers; and they will raise a great fury (at the expense of the majority of Americans and the voters who put them in power), if the deep pockets behind their ignoble agenda are not given enough power and influence in creating the forthcoming itinerary that takes shape in Washington. If who the Republicans represent, and what they are fundamentally about, are who and what Barack Obama wants to give an ear to (and to give a seat at the table), then I say he should, by all means, make every effort to pursue a bipartisan agenda. But if democracy, human rights, social justice, and creating an economy that works for the many (instead of the few) mean anything to Congressional Democrats and POTUS Obama; then I say they should eschew bipartisanship, for an agenda that more closely meets the needs of those that voted them into high political office!