Much of the American political right is now populated with mediocre minds who subscribe to the “When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout” school of civic philosophy.
On health care, for example, these small minded office holders simply do not have a grasp of the practical solutions long since in place in every other industrialized nation. The irony is that big pharma and their lobbyists are in fact global and much more sophisticated – – so they can simply sit back and make fools of our parochial elected officials while lining their own pockets.
The really dangerous part is that these elected numbskulls know they are all surface and no depth, and when they are forced to interact with a few minds of some genuine distinction their impulse/strategy is to sabotage rather than to creatively engage such opportunities. Hence the rise of the teabaggers and those calling for Obama’s Waterloo, etc. (I also happen to believe that racism is a more deeply embedded and potent psychosis in this country than will ever be admitted, even as it keeps bursting forth in endless gaffes that no one in the public sphere really knows how to handle.)
We focus on the half-baked Alaskan (splendid phrase from blogger Leon Sterling) for the jackass she is, but we do not denounce the Republicans, given their candidate’s age and health, for the lunacy of attempting to place her a heartbeat away from the presidency.
White House 2009 Christmas Card