Posted by: Rick | Monday, April 12, 2010

Winning Battles, Winning Wars: Obama And The Supreme Court

The Republican Party’s primary function is to concentrate as much wealth as possible in as few hands as possible. Most Republican politicians go into public service in order to feast on the table scraps thrown their way by the oligarchs they so slavishly serve.

The freak show known as “Republican politics” is merely a diversion.  Karl Rove, Frank Luntz and other “geniuses” biennially instruct GOP candidates on which lies to tell and which shiny objects to flash.  Since right-wing ideology dictates that government can’t do anything anyway, Republican campaigns invariably consist of empty slogans coupled with hate speech directed at the cultural villains of the day.  Welfare queens, homosexuals, black presidents — it doesn’t really matter who the boogeymen are.  Republican candidates are simply trying to motivate their base without completely repulsing independents.  Once they get elected, it’s back to corporate business as usual.

Barack Obama might finally be catching on to the Republican game.  Here he is last week:

Once again, I view the process of selecting a Supreme Court nominee as among my most serious responsibilities as President.  And while we cannot replace Justice Stevens’ experience or wisdom, I will seek someone in the coming weeks with similar qualities — an independent mind, a record of excellence and integrity, a fierce dedication to the rule of law, and a keen understanding of how the law affects the daily lives of the American people.  It will also be someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in a democracy, powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. [Emphasis added]

Nothing better illustrates the true nature of Republicanism than the Court’s recent ruling that corporations have the right to buy elections.  That’s exactly why John Roberts and Sam Alito were put on the bench by George W. Bush. 

The Republican Party doesn’t give a damn about individual liberty.  The GOP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Corporate America.  Democrats need to make that the centerpiece of their political rhetoric in the looming SCOTUS nomination fight.  Leave the social issues for another day.

This is going to be an important battle in a permanent war.  It’s essential that we stop letting Republicans get away with grandstanding about their concern for “freedom” and the common man.  It’s all a lie.  The voters — and the media! — need to hear the truth.

As Rush Limbaugh says: Learn it, live it, love it!


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