Skip to main content

They didn’t come in jackbooted, but the shut down by an extremist faction of Republican Party thugs is/was basically a coup.  The apparent trigger point was this frothy-mouthed obsession to defund the Affordable Care Act.  The GOP did well at the polls in 2010, but voters gave Obama a second term and left the Democrats in control of the senate, thus dashing reality-based hopes of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Given this turn of events the thugs went back to the huddle and decided they couldn’t wait until 2016 to bury the black guy and the Affordable Care Act.  So they decided to violate the core democratic principle of majority rule, nullify the previous presidential election, and court economic disaster with a manufactured crisis.

Rather than being some off the cuff improvisation, it is traceable to a meeting reported by the New York Times and headed up by Ed Meese, a former Reagan administration attorney and right wing operative, with a loose knit cabal of conservative activists, many with substantial oil and gas holdings.  They decided the only way to defund the Affordable Care Act was to shut down the government this fall.  On purpose.

In essence this gang of thugs doesn’t fit within the normal spectrum of American politics; bear in mind Obama was elected nationally, twice.  By temperament, outlook, and practice these folks are authoritarian, male supremacist, racist, xenophobic and misogynistic.  They despise labor and are committed to the restoration of a high tech, low profile version of the old Antebellum planter aristocracy wherein all the wealth, all the power, and all reasonable access to both lies concentrated in the hands of a privileged few at the top.  They consider their opponents, in essence we the people, illegitimate, un-American, and they ramp up paranoia and panic to the extreme with a willingness to pursue politics via anti-democratic and unconstitutional means.

Take a look at the 25 or so states where Reich-wing Republican governments rule and you will find a secessionist mentality and an utter loathing for every gain and right secured over the course of the 20th century.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site