Republicans have adopted a very strange view of life and politics. It is so strange that it makes the rest of us chuckle to ourselves. But not much.
Republicans think that the people at the very apex of evolution are the owners of businesses. (Never mind that so many of them deny evolution.) Moreover, they think that everyone who is not the owner of a business (by which, incidentally, they mean a big business) is properly dismissed as a virtual nonentity. Drones. The worthless.
The people at the very apex of evolution
are the owners of businesses.
This is not a benign idiosyncrasy. People who run big businesses are in a position to manipulate the movement of money in ways that enrich themselves and make all others less well off. And they do. Not all are malevolent, of course, but the whole world is still suffering from Wall Street’s amoral money manipulation.
The big banksters of Wall Street are the worst of them. They endlessly work to stack the deck so that the rest of us yield up our pennies to enrich them. It is almost impossible for an individual investor to participate in the stock market without either losing money outright or gaining a diminished return because of a variety of banker-arranged factors, and the balance of what should be theirs goes instead to the banksters in the form of outrageous salaries and disgusting bonuses. The cozy relationships within the industry assure this outcome. There are endless ways they finagle around the laws and regulations, which themselves are the result of millions of dollars spent daily on influencing legislators.
There isn’t any particularly outstanding
feature of these business heroes.
The reason so many of us find the Republican choice for hero worship so odd is that there isn’t any particularly outstanding feature of these heroes. Yeah, they’re smart, but so are lots of people. Scientists, say, or novelists. The only singular thing about the owners of big business is that they accumulate a lot of money for themselves. If elephant trainers somehow were the ones with four homes, two yachts, and above average IQ, would they worship elephant trainers?
No one would care much who they worshipped if the result of their worship helped build democracy and equality. But it does the opposite, something that we can clearly see from the movement of money to the already rich over the past four decades, following the path that Republican conservatives have laid out from the time of St. Reagan. Worse, it’s a self-reinforcing downward spiral, bought with large political donations. Our national inequality stands at an all-time high, and at present shows no signs of lessening.
Meantime, our national inequality
stands at an all-time high.
White Republican males over sixty have had their way for so long that they are unable to even envision others as perfectly capable of managing their own lives. A look at any photo of a Republican committee shows nearly exclusively white males over sixty.
So there are some serious attitude changes in order, lessons to be learned. Women are not an inferior species whose opinions can be ignored. Profit is not the primary goal of all life. People of color are not stupid, lazy, or unwilling to work. Democrats are not the devil, or communists. (Some of these benighted business owners won’t even let Democrats in their stores!) The government does, in fact, have a large responsibility for maintaining the democratic distribution of goods and money, because the so-called Free Market does the opposite. People want what’s theirs, a fair game.
White Republican males over sixty
have had their way for so long
that they are unable to even envision
others as perfectly capable.
Republicans were shocked to find that the majority of the country disagrees with their antique vision of things. Let us hope they were shocked enough to develop a better attitude toward others, more in line with the Christian virtues they profess to the last person.