In some murky anatomical zone of procreation, the race-baiting strategies bequeathed via a grotesque gothic Ark of the Covenant to the Republican Party, for utilization by decades of political operatives and apparatchiks as a sacred touchstone for electoral profits, inseminated the Objectivist hallucinations of Ayn Rand, which divide humans into golden geese and fleshly detritus, in order to create today’s creepy and teeming Libertarian-Conservative mongrels.
Still Golden Boy of the Idiocracy, Paul Ryan, despite hornswoggling elite cadres of our slow-witted, dreary media drudges into regarding him as intelligent, even well meaning, perhaps is smoothest in assimilating the characteristics of his progenitors.
He switches effortlessly, and with professional aplomb from “Right now about 60 percent of the American people get more benefits in dollar value from the federal government than they pay back in taxes. So we’re going to a majority of takers versus makers in America and that will be tough to come back from that. They’ll be dependent on the government for their livelihoods [rather] than themselves,” to “There is a tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” This facility for simultaneously tooting the racist dog whistle while playing the feudalist, neo-aristocratic Kazoo as well, is an impressively virtuosic multi-instrumentalism indeed.
But he is hardly alone, as we all know. From prominent Washington wall fixtures and famous nabobs in the vein of Grover Norquist to the highest level of Republican officialdom to every garden-variety Tea Party troglodyte comes a display of similar characteristics of the ignominious offspring of Tricky Dick and the Sage of Capitalist Noblesse Baloney.
There is more than just convenient overlap here from these inglorious runts of Nixon and Rand, but in fact purveyance of an entire ethos, whose instruments are the stigmatizing, demonization and degradation of enormous swaths of the population, including America’s huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but getting instead, bought governance and economic vassalage. To slag the poor and the worker and the middle class with a twist of racial stereotyping is the ingenious one-size fits all modus for the practicing Rightist. All in service of the perquisites and tax consideration and ease of accumulation and retention of largesse on behalf of America’s corporate and financial class, and all but exclusively venerated merchants.
When Republican Precinct Chairman in Buncombe County North Carolina states a plank of the ethos publicly and rawly, exposing the operating belief intrinsic to Republican electoral trolling since Richard Nixon’s hatchets theorized the “Southern Strategy” and launched it operationally: “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it,” it is only the flipside of the exact coin when Home Depot emperor Ken Langone tells us, “Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy,” such spleen directed toward the temerity of progressive and populist initiatives, or even impulses on behalf of the great unwashed, paramount among them no doubt denizens of the “inner city” (wink).
Enjoyable as the image is, of Ken Langone or Tom Perkins (“I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,”) cowering under their Louis XV Escritoire Tables in trepidation while they await the rabble moving on from the Bastille to the tossing of their mansions, we are told by Politico, naturally, in another fomenting of the narrative in the guise of a dubious temperature-taking of the zeitgeist, that what we are about to witness is how, “The Rich Strike Back”.
If indeed it is possible to coin a title or concoct a narrative more inane than the “The Rich Strike Back” it is the narrative jockeys at Politico who can be counted upon to do the deed. From their lips to CNN’s ears and onward. Indeed, there is little for our wealthy to strike back from other than a position of sustained and unthreatened domination of our politics and economics. At a time when the loot piled in corporate bank accounts is so historically high as to threaten suffocation of them and us alike, when marginal tax rates and effective corporate tax rates have bottomed out, and wealth disparity compares to the glory days of the Roman Empire or the Gilded Age, talk of the wealthy back on their heels but striking back again is more ludicrous than even typical fare from the usual crackerjacks holed up in the bleariest redoubts of Hackdom.
Nevertheless, let’s remember the moral ragamuffins chastening the “lazy blacks” and the many “takers” are only as wretched as their parents raised them.