I must have been sleeping and missed it, but I read today that the GOP actually has called their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” Are you kidding me?
I know there are some conservative friends who check this blog from time to time and I have to ask you…what the hell is wrong with conservatives today? Doesn’t this embarrass you?
In my previous post I suggest (quite correctly) that you can study Jack Torrance from the 1980 film The Shining to understand conservative politics today, and now that I have identified that connection, it is hard not to see it everywhere. The babble that Jack Torrance typed day after day while going mad at The Overlook isn’t much different than the empty and misleading rhetoric delivered by the right today.
All we hear from the right is boiler plate cynicism, sound bites geared at stoking emotions. And Main Street conservatives support it! Why? Well, suddenly every GOPer thinks he’s Jack Welch just because he backs the Republican agenda. But one should question how much people aligned with the GOP really understand about business and economics.
We hear the same BS about “uncertainty” , “jobs”, and “job-killing” from the GOP. Of course creating uncertainty and killing jobs is something the GOP does know something about. Rebuilding jobs, especially for the American middle class, is another matter.
It is disgraceful — and irresponsible — that Republicans are not smart enough to look into history and economics and see where the trends lie. You cannot be intellectually honest and believe the pointless rhetoric spewed by the misguided right. Prove me wrong. Cite facts. Build an argument.
Progressives on the left need to pay attention. Sadly the cheap rhetorical tactics of the right work. People don’t want to think, they want to be led. The GOP is proving it with greater and greater efficiency. Conservatives have attained the cultural hegemony that Antonio Gramsci warned us about almost 100 years ago. We need strategies of our own. Intelligence should defeat ignorance.
(Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks is worth a look.)
But back to this bill the GOP will pass through the House. Really? Come on! The…what is it called?…”Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act”! Hilarious! It sounds like a grade school clique bullying the kids they don’t like.
Insecurity runs deep, GOP, and it shows.
- On Debt Ceiling and Health Care, GOP Is Just Fine with Uncertainty (crooksandliars.com)
- GOP shows no clear plan for replacing health law (chron.com)
- GOP wants repeal, but fervor slips in poll (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- If they want to talk about ‘job-killing,’ we can talk about ‘job-killing’ (washingtonmonthly.com)