Originally posted by sh76
They win some elections, storm into Washington and then slowly but surely get ensnared in the same behind the scenes machinations that everyone else in Washington gets involved in. The people slowly lose interest as they see nothing really changes over a few years.
Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Yeah, I know, this guy is just one of those that can be ignored. The facts on the ground will not be. For 30 years (and more) the rich (and I don't mean corporations - I mean those who own corporations and control their agendas) have been systematically withdrawing their support from the US (and I mean here the people, not the institutions) because they felt entitled to the full use of their wealth without interference from those who they considered only parasites and wage-slaves. When the actual state of the country becomes clear and Detroit is no longer an aberration but a norm we will see how difficult it will be for them to survive. Where will they go? China? A Brazilian ranch? Only the overwhelming decent humanity of the mass of Americans will save them, if at all.
Right now they are using a stick to poke the hornet's nest of disaffection (what the tea party is) because they calculate short-term gain. I am again reminded of Gottfried Benn and his succinct disposal of Nazism, "We are using our own skin for wallpaper and we cannot win." (And of course, he wasn't speaking metaphorically and neither am I.) When enough neighborhoods explode from the neglect of basic services, when enough bridges collapse under the weight of stupidity, when money ceases to represent work and only serves only as casino chips for confidence men, when the resources become too dear to justify the murder and environmental devastation necessary to extract them, we will enter a dark hallway from which there is no turning back, and we may well be resting our weary hopes against the cool walls that stretch into that darkness right now.
In our present situation, any political solution presupposes the capability to appreciate a rational argument and the problem is not that the populace can't do that - the ruling class cannot.