From the DNC:
RNC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL STEELE BETS AGAINST OUR TROOPS, ROOTS FOR FAILURE
“Here goes Michael Steele setting policy for the GOP again. The likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham will be interested to hear that the Republican Party position is that we should walk away from the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban without finishing the job. They’d also be interested to hear that the Chairman of the Republican Party thinks we have no business in Afghanistan notwithstanding the fact that we are there because we were attacked by terrorists on 9-11.
“And, the American people will be interested to hear that the leader of the Republican Party thinks recent events related to the war are ‘comical’ and that he is betting against our troops and rooting for failure in Afghanistan. It’s simply unconscionable that Michael Steele would undermine the morale of our troops when what they need is our support and encouragement. Michael Steele would do well to remember that we are not in Afghanistan by our own choosing, that we were attacked and that his words have consequences.”
Of course this out of the Rovian playbook. Actually, I think this a recycled RNC Press Release attacking Howard Dean back in the day. Just substitute Steele for ole Howard, Lindsey Graham and McCain for Lieberman, and Afghanistan for Iraq. Presto.
The Orwellian reality of the American State is a proto corporate fascism, ever so inevitably sliding into outright Mussolini Corporate Fascism, covered up by a political class serving up a mileu of recycled FDR vs. Recycled Reagan, with the ambitious, nihilistic politicos of both parties employing the modus operandi of the Karl Rove Ministry of Truth.
If you don’t buy the propaganda, well that’s what the Department of Homeland Security is for. From libertarian class analysis, we know the political rent-seeking of artificial rents for artificial security can greatly benefit the few while having devastating welfare effects on the many. The National Security State is an egregious form of plunder by the political class, pure and simple. And in such a case, a State is going to need a powerful internal security infrastructure to enforce the plunder. The primary function of DHS is to not only serve as a bureaucratic umbrella for enforcement of “law and security” in the United States, but to, by the very fact of it’s mere existence, explicitly and implicitly propagandize and condition the obedience to authority as a matter of National Security. Condition the sheep.
It should be clear that “Hope and Changey” is not going to free you from the tyranny of the political class. Indeed, the lessons of any “cult of personality” is that they usually don’t end well in terms of the liberty side of the ledger. In terms of America, Obama is hardly the first. We can go all the way back to George Washington himself, whose cult of personality upheld the legitimacy of the political class that had forged a “constitutional government” as means to thwart a democratic revolt around who would bear the burden of the revolutionary war debt.
Obama has served the purpose to re-legitimize the political class built around American exceptionalism that had become imperiled by Bush. The Change turned out to be the same rhetoric, same actions, same shit. And it’s becoming high comedy, continuing these long wars that incur trillions in debt and future liabilities, while the federal government now dispenses with the formality of a budget and the State governments toy with bankruptcy.
And at this point, I suppose most have had enough with the recycled FDR religion of the “Great Recession” and “The Recovery.” So, get ready for “Mourning in America,” courtesy of the ‘revived’ GOP.
America, fuck yeah, land of the Slave, home of the Sheep…