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It fell into our laps. Or maybe it crawled into our laps since it originated so far below us, but this "going Galt" this is just too valuable to pass up.

Briefly, untethered Republicans are vaguely threatening to "go Galt", that is, to retire from leadership, take menial positions, and wait for the public to beg them to come back and rule us.

Why is this a goldmine?

First, because it's a bald admission that we live in a plutocracy. The unstable people leading the Republican party and vocally supporting it are unknowingly saying that we don't have a democracy and that they don't like democracy.

Second, because it won't happen. Like so many Republican ideas it's based on a fantasy and a complete misunderstanding of human nature - even their own human natures! (Yeah, ultra-rich people are going to give up their incomes and work at menial jobs to prove an economic philosophical point. Right.) So, like so many Republican ideas - can we say "all" - it will prove to be a failure.

Third, they've thrown an opportunity in our lap. We need to start a campaign, a very broad and very active campaign, that encourages John Thain, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Bernie Madoff, Gov. Mark Sanford, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, William Krystal, a ton of top CEOs from banks, hedge funds, AIG, GM, Ford, and so on, and your favorite wingnut to "go Galt."
Hit 'em in the ego: You're one of the geniuses who runs this country; let's see how the world would get along without your brilliance for the next six months. Go away.

Letters to the editor, blogs, people who know people who know people, letters to media personalities, guests on moderate talk shows, jokes via email, jokes for Leno and Letterman and suggestions to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, sign-carriers in front of corporate headquarters, etc. This could be really fun, it opens the door to some really creative possibilities, and makes a huge point.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

A Southerner in Yankeeland

Originally posted to A Southerner in Yankeeland on Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 04:11 PM PDT.

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