The world in general has plenty to worry about the outcome of the American presidential elections in November. The stakes are high, and contrary to a popular belief deeply entrenched in the minds of a great number of Americans, this is not a contest between Republicans and Democrats, of Left versus Right, and vice-versa, but between two political ideologies: Fascism versus Democracy, ignorance versus reason.
Serious fascists, such as Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco have always incorporated rhetorical commitments to aspects of social justice generally associated with the Left as a means of connecting with disaffected working class voters. These are rhetorical bones thrown to those voters, as paradoxically it is these voters that are the true backbone of Fascist ideology. The poor, the ignorant, the disaffected, are the bricks of cohesiveness that glues the strong foundation of any extreme Right wing political ideology, and what glues them together is the superglue of Religion.
The role of Religion, its symbolism and rituals, the belief on a “higher being”, a King of kings, has always been a great psychological weapon used by the minority that constitutes the Upper Class to exercise its authority on the lower class.
A perfect example of this is the American Tea Party Movement.
One thing I have noticed studying the phenomenon of the Tea Party Movement in the United States, reading the books of Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and others; listening to the speeches of Michelle Bachmann, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, analysing the endless debates on Newsvine is that the analogy raised by Professor Chomsky, that the America of today has a correlation with the Weimar Republic of Germany in the 1930s holds true. In a sense the Tea Party movement is worse ideologically than the German National Socialist Movement, or the Fascist movements of Italy and Spain, as unlike its predecessors it doesn’t make any real social promises to its working class, aside a very fluid and vague promise of returning the USA back to the 1950s.
Most ultra Conservative Americans look back on the 1950s as a good time. Homes were safe, to the point where many people did not bother to lock their doors. Public schools were generally excellent, and their problems were things like talking in class and running in the halls. Most men treated women like ladies (at least in public), and most ladies devoted their time and effort to making good homes, rearing their children well and helping their communities through volunteer work. Children grew up in two–parent households, and the mother was there to meet the child when he came home from school. Entertainment was something the whole family could enjoy.
There was no abortion unless in the back-alleys and at great risk to the woman, no gays out the closet; the very concept of same sex marriage was unthinkable, American manhood was still embodied by figures like John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Richard Wydmark, Telly Savalas, etc. While true American womanhood was represented in TV commercials by the “stay-at-home-wife, giggly and not very bright, with the big tits and the upper lip dutifully opening her legs on demand, raising the children and baking apple pie. The African American knew his place in society, and when he forgot it, especially in the Southern States, where the “real white, God fearing, men lived”, the men in the white robes and funny hats appeared with their horses in the middle of the night, burn a cross in the garden, and hang “the ungrateful @!$%# from a tree”, while the Mexican knew his place as the inferior” untermensch” whose sole purpose in crossing the border and in his miserable life was to clean the toilets, of those real God fearing white men with guns, and do whatever other menial job required in exchange for a few dollars and a “muchas gracias Señor”. So, it is hardly surprising that the prospect of turning the clock back appeals to such individuals. Their ignorance, frustration, lack of education, and their Neanderthal intellect is the most effective political weapon in the hands of an elitist, well educated, and wealthy minority who knows what psychological buttons to push to make sure that “this mob” reacts to their wishes and does what it’s told when the time to vote comes.
This is the true face of the Tea Party Movement and what the Republican party represents today in the USA. Because what is in reality the Tea Party Movement?
Officially it uses the facade of the Boston Tea Party, the historic event which took place on the 16 December, 1773, that kick started the US rebellion against the British Empire. But that is just a smokescreen, food for the ignorant populace that constitutes the electoral base, in reality the party is anti-government, anti-taxes for the rich, total immunity of the rich vis-à-vis society and the law, destruction of the legal constraints of the US Constitution, an abolition or dilution of the Bill of Rights; and as Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, said, America is locked in a culture war between the country as being an "exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise—limited government, a reliance on entrepreneurship and rewards determined by market forces" or as a country determined by "European-style statism". Basically a country where the rich will get richer and the poor will be in total servitude. The real aim of the Tea party is to create a modern day feudal state under the rule of oligarchs and religious theocrats, in one word: DICTATORSHIP.
If the reverse were true, today instead of seeing Mitt Romney, a Patrician (of limited intellectual capacity, just like his predecessor G.W.Bush) nominated as the Republican Presidential nominee we would have seen a man like Ron Paul getting the Presidential nomination; who in an August 2010 article for Foreign Policy magazine, Ron Paul outlined foreign policy views the Tea Party movement should emphasize: "We cannot stand against big government at home while supporting it abroad. We cannot talk about fiscal responsibility while spending trillions on occupying and bullying the rest of the world ... I see tremendous opportunities for movements like the Tea Party to prosper by capitalizing on the Democrats' broken promises to overturn the George W. Bush administration's civil liberties abuses and end the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A return to the traditional U.S. foreign policy of active private engagement but government non-interventionism is the only alternative that can restore our moral and fiscal health." The problem with Ron Paul, aside the fact of being an intelligent man, a capital crime in today’s American Right Wing, is the fact that he truly believed what he said, and that’s why he polled only 3% of support against the 27% of a Sarah Palin.
In 2011 the Author and Journalist Walter Russell Mead made a pretty accurate analysis of the Foreign policy ideas of the Tea Party, and he came up with the following dichotomy personified in the two opposing trends within the Tea party personified by Ron Paul on one side, and Sarah Palin and Michelle Backmann on the other. While the trend represented by Ron Paul, comes much nearer to “the spirit” of the original mind-set that off the original protest against the Tea Tax of 1773, and therefore has that typified Jeffersonian neo-isolationist approach to world affairs and a definite belief that it is not America’s role to create a liberal world order; on the other hand the trend represented by Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, more puppets than anything else, favour a more aggressive and dominionist attitude that derives from a warped understanding of what is defined as “American Exceptionalism”. Therefore favour a more aggressive and militaristic approach in response of what they perceive as America’s national interests.
This misunderstanding regarding the very concept of American Exceptionalism, can be traced back to the Truman Doctrine, and it’s rebirth during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. While the Truman Doctrine underpinned the whole concept of American Foreign Policy during the Cold War, by exponentially increasing real or imaginary threats to the non-Communist world and to American national Security, it became redundant with the end of the Cold war. Of course it had to be reinvented after the collapse of the Soviet Union as it was a basic survival necessity of the massive military industrial complex that literally owns the United States. All American industry depends on the massive military budgets that each administration be it Republican or Democrat has had to rubber stamp as the price of the massive campaign funds that are provided by these special interests groups. A defence Industry without an enemy cannot justify massive defence acquisition paid by public money that is taken away from much more necessary expenditures in infrastructures, hospitals, or education. Terrorism made the ideal bogey-man in this respect.
The progressive infiltration of the Republican Party by such special interests groups began with Ronald Reagan, and was consolidated by the two Bush Administrations, with an almost complete dilution of the lines between big money and the political executive. It is in this contest that we find the real objectives of what calls itself the Tea Party Movement.
To the masses, especially the blue collar masses of the Southern States, with their limited intellectual capability, reliance on the St. James Bible as their only means of regulating their lives proponents of this warped misinterpretation of American Exceptionalism injected the belief that it was founded on a set of republican ideals, rather than on a common heritage, ethnicity, and that their rulers were chosen by God himself. They created a spinner on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in such a way that it has created in the psyche of ignorant an image that equates liberty with equality, and freedom with lack of accountability. Smart populists like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich his book, A Nation Like No Other, argues the claim that “American Exceptionalism" is "built on the unique belief that our rights do not come from the government, but from God, giving honour and responsibility to the individual – not the state.”
There is nothing patriotic about the Tea Party it is a movement that has been created specifically to infiltrate the Republican Party and make it the political voice and arm of special interests groups like the Koch Brothers, the Defence Industrial Complex, the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex, the Big Oil producing companies. To see this doesn’t require a political genius, the evidence is there right in front of us. David H. Koch, who was a Presidential candidate in the 1980s, advocated the dissolution of the FBI, the CIA and even public schools. Mitt Romney is a typical creation of these special interests groups and his only duty if he is elected president will be to make sure that their financial interests are safe guarded and free from unwarranted scrutiny. Meanwhile the “Mob” will be kept happy and content with good doses of Jesus, racism, misogyny, and ignorance and illiteracy.
In fact a brief look at the Republican agenda that has been announced at their Convention, aside the expected nomination of Romney as the lead Presidential Republican contender in the November election shows exactly what the real objectives are behind the stated intentions:
1) First and foremost a concentration of social measures meant to appease their masses of pseudo Christian fundamentalists:
a) A total ban of abortion rights for women in all circumstances, preferably by repealing the law and amending the Constitution.
b) Allowing more and more the practice of home schooling, thus insuring the brainwashing and idiocy of future American generations.
c) Sex education to be abolished in favour of abstinence-only programs so that kids are stunted in their natural sexuality.
d) A total ban on same sex marriages and here too an amendment of the Constitution is in program, as to define marriage exclusively between a man and woman
e) The dilution of public education in the USA, by imposing the teaching of pseudo-religious garbage such as Creationism, revised history, and even mathematics.
2) The real agenda though is far more insidious and consists of:
a) Reducing the power of the Federal Government in general, especially with respect to Federal Law Enforcement such as the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA, and their ability to interfere at State level.
b) Reducing the power of the Supreme Court of the United States through means of coercion, changes in the Law and impeachment of Supreme Court Justices who make decisions are contrary to what was expected. Basically a serious attack on the principle of independence of the Judiciary.
c) Keeping up tax reductions and fiscal accountability for the very wealthy, by perpetuating the Bush Tax cuts indefinitely.
d) Abolishing any right to health care except for those who can afford to pay insurance premiums.
e) Increase the Defence Budgets exponentially and diluting the line between the executive and the Industry by placing (Like Bush did) Defence industry executives in key Government positions.
f) As a consequence start new wars in other parts of the world.
g) Bring on new laws regarding discrimination of immigrants, and racial profiling.
h) Diluting and scrapping environmental protections and laws, thus allowing industry to pollute and destroy even protected natural reserves in the name of the free market and profits.
In effect the real political objective is to create in the United States a core destruction of the Democratic principles laid out by the Founding Fathers and enshrined in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights while maintaining a façade of Democratic Governance.
Now where is the Patriotism in all this?