Around the ancient towerWe have been circling around the most important story in American politics for years now.
And I have been circling for a thousand years
And I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.
-- Rainer Maria Rilke
Like most Liberal misfits, I have written about it over and over again practically since the day I began this blog (from 2006):
Because when I look across the fence at the remnants of what once was the Republican Party, I see self-blinded ideologues smiling and drowning in a brine of hate and fear. Men and women mesmerized into stupefyingly self-destructive acts of denial and delusion by the Stalin-like cult of personality that has been erected around the epically corrupt and incompetent Bush Administration.A dead press that steadfastly will not report on what matters.A dead Center where critters like Andrew Sullivan, Tom Friedman and David Brooks camp out and hobble hither and thither to find some fake “other side” of every fucking thing from Creationism to bestowing monarchical powers on George W. Bush. Who have debased themselves into useless, human difference engines that reflexively infuse their editorial tintures with one part rat poison and and one part wine, divide the brew by two, and declare whatever half-toxic slurry that they have left over to automatically be the “Reasonable Middle”.Well guys, there is no fucking philosophical “Center” that can accommodate the racists and Dominionists of the Right and free thinkers and Compassionate Christians of the Left.Or to paraphrase Lincoln – who your Party used to esteem highly, once upon a time, before you sold your Founder out the heirs of Jefferson Davis --A house divided against itself cannot stand.
I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half Wahabi Christian and bigot, and half tolerant.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing or all the other.Because in the end, you must choose.This Sunday, for example, on the Chris Matthews Show, the Wall O’ Pundits flipped through one Republican corruption and treason after another like a deck flash cards in the service of a conversation mocking and sniping...at Democrats!Scandal after Republican scandal. Failure after Republican failure. And buttlicking drivel like this from Andrew Sullivan -- “The only opposition is coming from the Conservatives. Democrats are nothing but whiners and spectators.” – went unrebutted and unquestioned.Hey, cocknoggin'! Isn’t carving into the people that are actually destroying this country, actually lying to the public, actually bleeding our Democracy dry sorta Your Fucking Job?!Oh, it was quite the gigglefest until Cynthia Tucker threw a sharp elbow into the throat of Matthews’ "Ain’t the Dems a buncha bumblefucks" party by letting the phrase "Southern Strategy" pass her lips. Then she actually fleshed out the ugly, racist-pandering history of the modern GOP; reminding the panel of the true face of who it is they actually serve as Matthew’s fum-fuhed around, trying to find the escape hatch.Then…silence. Crickets. Nothing.Instant right-handed circle-jerk buzzkill. Hit Sullivan so hard that it almost knocked Bush’s dick out of his mouth...
Here is Air America up-and-comer Rachael Maddow being interviewed by MSNBC lead sled-dog Keith Olbermann on the very same unforgivably dishonest media behavior a year and a half later:
And here is the inimitable Digby from today, once again recapitulating exactly the same, disgraceful condition of our wildly overpaid media in the pages of Salon eight years after that:
The media’s most destructive meme: Why we need to admit that the GOP’s extremism is virtually unprecedented
For years, the political press has covered for Republicans, insisting (without evidence) that Dems were just as bad...This disease is getting worse at an exponential rate, and the people who get paid a fortune to lock arms and pretend this problem isn't happening seem to just keep getting stronger.
We have been circling this problem for years, and by now it should be clear that the cavalry is not coming.
Because while each of us in our own way may or may not be a falcon, or a storm, or a great song, like it or not, together we Liberal misfits are the cavalry.