03/09/2015 As always, the basis of my own cynicism lies in the ongoing narrowing of the ideological gap between Democrats and Republicans. While the bought and paid for, thoroughly AstroTurf Tea Party still looms large as a major factor in the downfall of democracy and freedom in this country, one can’t even contemplate the rise of Fascism in the US without stipulating the fact that it couldn’t have been accomplished without the connivance of the GOP… which freely elected to act as guest host to the Tea Party parasites who never would have made it on their own… and, to an only somewhat lesser extent in recent years, the Democratic Party.
I’m referring to today’s Democratic party which has basically abandoned any pretense of operating on any of the principles of liberalism attributed to it in the past, principles that served to differentiate the Democratic Party sharply from the ideologies embraced and espoused by the Republicans. A Democratic party that instead functions as a willing accomplice in the introduction of an updated and modernized version of the amalgamation of corporate and government power that was termed Fascism when Mussolini introduced it in Italy in the late 1920s and a modified version of which became the basic foundation for the system eventually imposed by the National Socialists in Germany a short while afterward. Call it Fascism or Oligarchy (as so many of today’s Dems are wont to do) or whatever “ism” happens to float your personal boat, the result is merciless exploitation of the poor and working classes for the gain of those in positions farther up the food chain.
While we can conceivably argue about the degree to which the Democrats have moved to the right, we can no longer deny that any such shift has taken place. For one thing, true liberals in the Democratic Party have for quite a while now been largely shunted aside by those whose agendas occupy a sphere distinctly to right of liberalism and who prefer the term “progressives”. Progressivism itself is almost impossible to pin down as a distinct ideology because so many people use it to describe so many and widely varied agendas, positions and opinions.
The two things common to most progressives though is that a) anyone calling themselves a progressive is infinitely preferable, in any office, to anyone deemed conservative (another term the definition of which has changed drastically in recent years) and b) none of them have any use for actual liberals. Indeed, progressives will often attack liberals with far more vigor and venom than some of the less intellectually lazy conservatives do.
There will always be a cadre of ignorant and intellectually lazy Tea Party types still playing the “librul” card because they simply lack the intellectual capacity to realize time has passed them by and wouldn’t believe it even (or maybe especially) if the Republicans told them so. Fact is that most Conservatives who can read above a 5th grade level and a whole lot of Progressives know that the whole system has become one big snake with a head at each end and the battle is between those two heads. There is no other snake. No liberal snake, no socialist snake, no communist snake… that poses any threat to our two headed snake. Pogo’s immortal line, “We has met the enemy and he is us.”, has never applied more than it does today. Both parties are pretty much headed in the same direction, the only real question for us peons being, “How fast are we going to get to wherever the hell they’re taking us?”.
If you’ve read this far, thanks I appreciate it. Next chapter we’ll try to get into a few specifics in regard to the manner in which the two parties have become more alike along with the few clear differentiations that still exist.