Ever argue with someone who will not budge off their position no matter what you say or what data you provide to support your case? The close minded ideologue is a tough nut to crack because facts do not matter to them. Their position is bolstered by faith or emotion and nothing you can do or say will change it. A dangerous cocktail of misinformation along with millions in corporate election funding has allowed ideologues to raise a wave of anti-incumbent furor that could lead to a very, very bad time in American history.
As we approach the elections on November 2nd it seems that the ideologues rule. There are some experts predicting that democrats could lose as many as 50 seats in the house with another 20 or so on the fence that could be lost if things broke right for republicans. This to me is baffling in that it really hasn’t been that long since republicans ruled the roost and opened the door wide for the fox. Their pro-business, anti-middle class politics has lead us to a point where high unemployment and general dissatisfaction with government is at extreme levels. And yet here we are just a few years later preparing to put them back in charge.
Republicans have demonstrated that they are the party of the large corporation and profit over the interests of the citizenry at large. Income disparity between the lower and upper classes is at an all time high. We are suffering through an economy that has brought about a massive transfer of wealth and property where the top 2 percent of American tax payers are the winners, the middle class are the losers. The number of people living at or below the poverty line is increasing and the middle class, once the pride of America, is shrinking.
All of this you would think would be enough to keep democrats in power, to fire them up, but that isn’t the case. A campaign of lies and misinformation on everything from the Presidents’ religion to the contents of various pieces of legislation has lead served to stir up the anti-government republican base. In the uproar the democrats have been disheartened. Like fans of a perennial losing team they are moving toward the perceived winner abandoning their principles in the process.
Democrats know that republicans offer more wealth transfer to already well to do Americans. They know that there will be more military spending and consequently more war. They know that social programs will be cut and that people will suffer because of it. They know that the modest gains of the past two years could be lost. The thing is that republicans aren’t even hiding it: they are telling everyone every chance they get that this is what they will do if given a chance.
Yet even those who know what to expect are either sitting this one out or defecting to the other side. There is so much at stake. This willingness to give up and give in just doesn’t make any sense. This is truly a year when 2+2=5.