The GOP proudly fails the most basic intelligence test…which is no surprise to those who followed Sarah Palin’s recent bus tour (it was amusing when she struggled to enter the Gettysburg Address into her bus’ GPS so she could visit there).
With a square peg in hand that won’t fit into a round hole, the GOP’s logical conclusion is to grab a mallet and hammer the hell out of it until it fits.
Though they’re not big on history, it is helpful for the rest of us.
1. In 2000, when George W. Bush was awarded the presidency by the Supreme Court, there was a budget surplus left by a Democratic president.
2. For the following 8 years, Bush and a Republican Congress aggressively applied the GOP Trickle Down “theory” of big tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation.
3. In 2008, at the end of 8 years of Trickle Down, the US economy was destroyed, millions of jobs, homes and retirement savings were lost and 99% of Americans were worse off while the top 1% owned far more of the nation’s wealth than ever before in US history.
In 2011, the GOP is explaining that the only way to repair the destruction that Trickle Down caused to our economy, is by using Trickle Down economics.
Now, to Village Idiots, Bizarro Superman and Tea Partiers, this may seem like a sensible argument but to those of us who don’t try to put our underwear on by pulling it over our head, this is insane.
To illustrate, let us apply this reasoning in other cases.
If someone is obese, the solution to reversing their weight gain is for them to overeat.
If making a wrong turn in your car has taken you in the wrong direction, the way to reach your destination is to make another wrong turn.
If placing your hand over a flame has burned your hand, the best way to treat that burn is by placing your hand over the flame again.
It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. What’s interesting is that the main platform for the Republican Party is also the definition of insanity (but then wasn’t Newt, Bachmann, Santorum and Ron Paul running for their presidential nomination a bit of a tip off?).
Insanity does play well with the Republican base. In fact, they are addicted to it. If the Democrats aren’t creating universal health care to kill Grannies, they’re electing Kenyan socialists to hand over our government to Al Qaeda. It’s cavemen riding dinosaurs, Jesus hating gays, being pro-life but pro-death penalty, freedom of religion unless you’re not Christian, white people being oppressed by minorities and grass roots groups started up and financed by corporations.
Think of the bumper sticker possibilities:
“You don’t have to be crazy to vote Republican…but it helps.”
“My parents went to the Republican National Convention and all I got was this straight jacket.”
“Vote Republican, it’s time the patients took over the asylum!”
All of this aside, are the rich and powerful running the GOP really insane? The answer would appear to be “yes” but not insane in the way that’s described above.
They do suffer the psychosis that an unquenchable lust for power and greed would bring about. However, it is unlikely that they believe their own BS. They don’t think that their grabbing more of our national wealth will make US society or its overall economy better, they know it will result in the further oppression of most Americans and a degradation of their standard of living. Their goal is not an earnest desire to add jobs or make things better for Americans, it is getting what they want.
So, they count on the ADD of the American Voter, let two or four years go by after they put their hand over a flame and got burned and tell them that the flame will now magically heal their hand and like dumb yokels, they’ll put their hands right back into the flame.
This is how this elite sees the American people. As forgetful, ignorant domesticated animals that can be frightened, angered or tempted into serving them. They can pretend to throw the tennis ball and we’ll run around looking for it. They can dangle yarn in front of us and we’ll paw at it. They can assure us that the only reason things aren’t better for us is that they aren’t wealthy enough yet and we’ll buy into it. But will we?
Are the American People crazy enough to buy into this insanity despite its proven results? I don’t think so.
However, the GOP is counting on it, so much so that they’re considering which of the following they want as their official 2012 GOP theme song: