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This seems to be a theme on MSNBC yesterday.  Was it right wing populism that defeated Eric Cantor?  The idea was floated on several TV shows (Al Sharpton's, Chris Hayes, and I believe Ari Melber's).  It appears that Brat managed to link on at least more than one occasion the Chamber of Commerce and immigration reform - the dreaded AMNESTY!  Other evidence of Wall Street bashing from Brat is cited by Crooks and Liars and The New Republic.

And from some of his rhetoric, Brat takes on what he considers to be the "crooks" in the banking industry.  He claims to be pro-business, but he is against crony capitalism.  And he manages to throw Obama in with those who reward crony capitalist.

While the left would certainly applaud if many of the criminal bankers and lenders went to prison, I'm not convinced that left wing populism can find common ground with the right's version on policy prescriptions.  Frankly, I'm not sure what if any new banking regulations Brat and other so called right wing populists would support.  My limited experience with those who embrace right wing populism is that government is the largest and most powerful enemy to freedom.

Government is a focal point for those who have a special economic agenda, and if those with special economic interest seize the reigns of governmental power, they reward themselves at the expense of others.  This is actually an old idea or argument dating back to the founding of the U.S. government, especially with regards to a national bank.  The belief was that a diffusion of power was necessary to preserve economic and political freedoms from those who wanted to rig the system.

However, the founding fathers and the later Jacksonians didn't take this diffusion of power to its logical extremes, as the current crop of Tea Party folks do.  Instead of limited government, right wing populism wants to ELIMINATE the government or destroy the economic and political system in order to bring down the government.  Think how many of the so called right wing populists go on about raising the debt ceiling.  

Some of those Tea Party or right wing populists go on about how nothing will happen if the U.S. government defaults.  This just shows how deluded some are.  However, I think some of the other right wing populists or extremists know it will destroy the system and the government, and it is their goal.  In one fell swoop they can demolish what they consider to be the greatest threat to the American people:  the government.

So as a progressive, I can never make common cause with the likes of right wing populists.  While I may cheer on the sight of Eric Cantor being eaten alive by the lions in the Tea Party Arena, I will not endorse their ultimate dangerous aim.

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  •  Well obviously you can't make common cause (1+ / 0-)
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    Sparhawk

    with a strawman . . . .

    •  Right wing "populism" (0+ / 0-)

      is often for whites only and it attacks the poor more than it ever attacks the rich.  In fact, Brat is funded by a Big bank that took TARP money.

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:19:08 PM PDT

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      •  Again strawman (2+ / 0-)
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        Sparhawk, chuck utzman

        If you have links to where Brat has attacked the poor to counter the large number of quotes contained in articles like this evidencing that he spent much of the campaign attacking "the rich" (that is to say the crony influence on government), then I'd love to see them. I'd also love to see evidence that Brat got any money from any source in anywhere near the numbers that Cantor enjoyed, much less a bank.

        It's sad to me that so many of the left can't bring themselves to acknowledge that a number of their fellow Americans happen to disagree with them ideologically about how strong of a role government should play in society, but do agree that whatever that role might be, its actions shouldn't be controlled by a privileged few.

  •  I agree with TBogg (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, roberb7

    Cantor lost because he's a dick.
    If 2/3 of the voters don't like you, you probably won't win.

    Let's not over-think this, OK?

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:18:09 PM PDT

  •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 03:18:12 PM PDT

  •  If the Dems don't run on populism (1+ / 0-)
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    chuck utzman

    then the Right will... and Hillary will lose.

    Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

    by The Dead Man on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 04:00:41 PM PDT

  •  falls flag (0+ / 0-)

    Let's look at this like a paranoid right-winger. The GOP rigged the election & threw Cantor under the bus to get the Nevada right wing terrorism off page one. How much press has the Kop Killing Konservatives got lately. If they weren't dead they would be so depressed and underappreciated.

  •  rhetorically they exceed Jefferson Davis, who just (0+ / 0-)

    wanted to be left alone with his confederation of states. I think they are for strong state governments with the feds as a confederacy. But by Union-bashing they give the impression they don't like the feds. On the contrary, as crony capitalists (actually socialists) they rely on treasury handouts. As long as they don't threaten the corrupt system in which they flourish, they reveal themselves as insiders.

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