Caveat: I’m not a licensed historian.
And yet it seems to me that the US Chamber of Commerce, by backing amnesty and siding with labor union leadership in that effort — a leadership who (historically, but then, what do I know: remember, I’m not a licensed or credentialed historian, and so therefore have no certified ability to collect or recollect known and documented historical facts), under, eg., Cesar Chavez and the UFW, vehemently opposed amnesty, illegal border crossing, and were even joined in their efforts by former Dem presidential nominee Walter Mondale, John F Kennedy biographer Arthur Schlessinger Jr, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr, et al., because the view at the time was that illegal immigration harmed American workers and diluted the labor pool with cheap unskilled labor, while potentially changing the character of the country — together with its open support for corporate welfare packages like the various “stimuli,” debt ceiling increases, and it’s open admission, through leader Tom Donohue, that it will help fund “centrist Republicans” against TEA Party upstarts in order to restore us to “a government that can fix our problems” (which, how Reaganesque!), has joined a GOP establishment and the progressive Democrats in a war to create (or more aptly, “restore”) a permanent ruling class, one in which big business and government are intertwined and symbiotic, with politicians using corporate donations to finance their campaigns and grow fat off kickbacks, while big business receives favorable bureaucratic regulation that minimizes competition and kneecaps upstart companies.
And that, I’m fairly certain, is fascism, if only the more velvet-gloved liberal fascism outlined by Jonah Goldberg, even as (ironically) much of NRO, under its new stewardship, has turned into a combination cheerleading squad and enforcer for the establishment GOP party machinery. That is, the jackboots and brownshirts have been traded in for wingtips and white boards and permanent spots on the only “conservative” news channel on cable.
Fascism — and again, forgive me that my credentials come in other related areas of the Humanities, but not as a licensed historian — though once ardently supported by American progressives, turned out, if I can be allowed to draw my own historical conclusions to be a rather bad thing, the stopping point before Marxism in which the leaders of the worker’s revolution joined with big business to create a striated system wherein the ruling class, in league with corporatist and crony “capitalists,” oversaw and managed the masses. And it ended most famously with a guy dangling from a meat hook.
Which raises the question: if the GOP leadership is in engaging in liberal fascism at the expense of those it ostensibly represents, why in the world would we want to vote for more of them simply on the criterion that they carry an R by behind their names and have been guided through difficult and contentious primaries by the Party machinery in league with corporatist interests who are, when all is said and done, nothing more than wealth and power -seeking statists out to destroy those who support constitutional principles and seek to limit the power of a centralized government that has clearly overstepped its authority?
Consider that a rhetorical question.
Once again, I’ll repeat what I’ve said here a million times — with that message all too consistently squelched by the GOP fanbois, guard dogs, sycophants, and wanna-be future insiders that have taken over the primary position of influence peddlers inside the supposedly conservative “new” media: we will know that change is coming, and that the country stands a chance of restoration and revitalization — or at least has a fighting chance — when we see an enormous uptick in participation in GOP primaries (and a movement to close “open” primaries, which the GOP leadership naturally rejects, relying as it does on Democrat crossover to dilute conservative numbers), coupled with a very concerted refusal, if thwarted in those primaries, to back the lesser of two evils. Which, from one perspective, may not even be the lesser of the two evils, given their disingenuous posturing.
Me, I’m prepared to take the blame for electing Hillary if I refuse to vote for
Chris Christie Jeb Bush Rob Portman; and that’s because I’m prepared, as I was last time, to tell the sanctimonious capitulators to fuck right off.
You want my vote, earn it. I’m an individual. And while individuals have the capacity to be strong and loyal team players, they are not slaves to those who demand their support under the threat of something supposedly much worse.
Thus endeth today’s jeremiad. Except to say this: remember, I’m not a licensed historian. Which means that I have no right assembly historical facts and extrapolating out from them positions that, at least empirically, have proven correct time and again.
One needs a parchment from Brown to do that. At which point, getting it wrong is still right, because at least the right kinds of training went into getting it wrong.