A Separate Peace
~ Dumping the radicals of a Golden Age.
If you’ve been reading all of my posts lately you may have an idea of where I’m at. Art and politics are as intertwined as the weather and fire; both sets are intertwined with each other. New Mexico is a desert, a spiritual place perhaps, a place where most people have no abiding need for money because in fact there just isn’t much money that goes around. The money that is here comes from federal spending like the Air Force Bases, the labs, White Sands, National Parks and Monuments, Indian appropriations, federal retirement programs. Yes, a little income comes from oil and gas leases of state lands, but that money is only a token of the value of the resources that leave the state tax free.
New Mexico was occupied by Europeans before the original 13 colonies had life. However, more remains of Jamestown than anything equally as old in New Mexico; here we have few “colonial” ruins and few buildings more than 100 years old survive. The main revolution in New Mexico was an effort to have enough to eat, a greater politics was secondary.
In the east things are different. Tea Party radicals ate well, enjoyed the luxuries of life like tea and coffee even before Starbucks was born. They had money not only for day clothes, evening clothes, but also costumes. They had the foresight to “false flag” the event by blaming it on “the Indians”, an idea that makes the “tea party” not so popular in New Mexico to this day.
The idea of the first tea party was to hijack America, the colonies, the continent that included New Mexico so far away. The idea of the “new” Tea Party was to hijack the Republicans and their party and by doing so to put the Democrats on the run, perhaps to even end them. Turn-about is always fair play.
What the Tea Party has done is to leave the Republicans as a party divided. This division makes possible an opportune political attack. It is like Virginia or the Carolinas making a separate peace during the Revolutionary War; like letting the hot heads of the north fight it out in Philadelphia without troops, money or leadership from Virginia. Maybe it is an idea who’s time has come. The states easily remain united when everyone is fed, real sacrifice is not an easy virtue.
The Republicans, the right-wingers, Rupert Murdock and Stauss-Kahn and others have underestimated Obama. They thought he was weak. They thought history was on their side. Now they are in a pincer move, are going down, are taking the Republic with them because after all the whole thing is just contrived. There is no party loyalty at the top, the best patriots are also the King’s men.
The rhetoric has been that default = crisis, major crisis, as in not enough to eat. Banks will crumble, interest rates explode, old people will be homeless and go hungry as Social Security goes unpaid. Even things worse might happen, the USA! would be AAA-, not AAA+. The horror of it!
The point is FEAR drives Wall Street and the fear of fear drives America beyond reason. It’s like believing in weapons of mass destruction in Arab hands, or in Al Qaida or in 9-1-1; the fear will make most citizens support the most dangerous things.
Almost half the Congress is composed of Democrats, half the revolution was composed of southerners. The Republicans are the problem, having hijacked Congress like they did. They will not do their job. They will not authorize the spending of the money that Congress as a whole has authorized to be spent. It makes no sense. Controlling the debt means that as a member of Congress one knows how much one (you) are spending. The national budget is NOT a credit card where the bank tells you you are “over limit”.
So yes, the Republicans and the Tea Party is looking stupid and looking bad. Obama WILL order that all US bills be paid. He is the Commander-in-Chief, he is the President. Solvency is an issue of national defense and national honor. Nobody really understands debt, because most Americans have so much of it. It’s like a “credit card”, just ask the bank for more money, or get another card from elsewhere – life must go on.
But first the nation must default, that’s the law and that is politics. Markets must tumble. There must be a crisis that looks like a crisis before Obama can act and before the Republicans will be ruined (and the Tea Party, and the Republican Party). It’s like Hoover and the Great Depression (all over again) – the Republicans are looking clueless.
John Boehner can now see all of this. Will he lead his party to ruin? Will some in the party seek a separate peace and vote with the Democrats to save the Republicans from “instant destruct”? In either case it is Obama as (obvious) President for another term.
If the Republicans had any real leaders or leadership things could be different. That is the failing of the “Presidential system” of politics that we have. Sarah Palin, Senator McCain, Newt Gingrich just don’t make it as serious news. Democrats don’t threaten to cut-off Social Security, Republicans do. There could be 10 days of chaos, but the President will win the fight, just because he is president and he has ALL the power.
Like after 9/11 I do not believe that America will ever be the same after the default, “after Tuesday”. Settling the debt crisis will come at great cost. The idea of the discussion was to “rattle the cage”, to mix things up, to play politics and help the rich get richer by making middle America feel less secure. The outcome will bring more than that. In New Mexico it looks like a lot more fire, not so much rain.
2011.07.27 – 19:23.