Now that Romney has lost whatever hopes he had of carrying Florida and Ohio and having a ghost of a chance of actually winning the election by his selection of Ayn Rand disciple Paul Ryan as his running mate, I thought I’d expound upon an idea I stumbled across last week and have thought about since.
What I read was a reply by Blindpig on a thread in the Bell Forum, where he in essence said that only an Obama win in November followed by four more years of him and the Democrats showing their true corporatist colors will convince those who still believe that Obama is a true progressive just waiting for the chance to show it that the Democratic Party cares nothing about their interests and therefore must be abandoned.
There has been much good discussion here on FDL of what a second Obama Administration will actually do. For example, earlier today David Swanson described in eloquent detail just what Obama will actually do to Social Security and Medicare after no doubt beating Romney and Ryan over the head for being foolish enough to come out say the exact same thing before the election:
In addition to turning Medicare over to the same health insurance corporations we are now mandated to purchase health insurance(NOT health care) from, Obama will undoubtedly accelerate the dismantling of the public school system in favor of for-profit schools and the inflation of the student loan bubble, do nothing to rein in the crimes of Wall Street, do everything he can to increase the power of the national security state, as well as everything he can to make the working and middle classes more susceptible to wage serfdom.
In short, he and the Democrats, amid much hand-wringing about the necessity of the demolition of what is left of the New Deal/Great Society/Nixonian safety nets in the face of “tough choices,” will use government power to advance corporate interests.
Benito Mussolini had a word for that: Fascism.
And then, to fan the patriotic flames and distract the public’s attention away from its increasingly declining standard of living, he’s going to find another war to fight somewhere in order to defend freedom.
As for all of those people, white, black, hispanic, gay, whoever( unless they’re members of no more than the top 10% of the wealthiest Americans), who still support the Democratic Party now but protest in a year or two, they will at best be ignored or at worst prosecuted for being terrorists. Well, they’ll be ignored at first, then ridiculed, then told to shut up or else.
Maybe then they’ll finally get it. If Romney somehow wins, all they’ll do is whine and make excuses for four more years. Like Blindpig said, I don’t think I could stand that. Better for Obama to win and the Democrats prove with clear and convincing evidence that they no longer have any place for the likes of FDR, LBJ, or for that matter Ike and Tricky Dick, in their party.
Hat tip once again to my Commie friend from the Bell. And to everyone here for helping to keep me informed.
All that said, Obama will win the election, and I’m STILL voting for Stewart Alexander.