If the Republicans weren't so constitutionally unable..
... to find something amiss in refusing to ask their their payoff masters to contribute a bit more to the government that protects them from the people they steal from (such as the hedge fund CEO whose personal income last year was $4.9 Billion)
... to imagine it might be a good thing -- an humane thing -- for the government to stand between poor people and cold painful disease and death
...to stop being pompous self-righteous pricks who invoke God to the point of inducing vomit in listeners but seem to believe in a form of Christianity that has Jesus telling the poor "tough shit," who kiss the ass of the Ruling Class, smooching their bums from morning to night, and attacking ANYONE who questions their right to stomp on the poor as "starting a class war."
If it weren't for all these and many other mental diseases they proudly display, I wouldn't find myself regarding H.L. Mencken's observation of people like that to be so apt.
"Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
Purely a fantasy.
I guess the more modern version of that idle fantasy would be to ask the government of Norway is we might borrow or hire their pretty-boy crusader, Christ-mongering mass murderer Anders Behring-Breivik and see what he could do with a tour of our congress.
Right now, looking at the bend over FORWARD dance the Democrats are and have been doing, the fantasy is up to telling Anders -- a good Christian boy -- if he asks who to shoot, tell him -- since they all name-drop God the way Jimmy Olson name-drops Superman -- tell him the old military answer for "I've had all I can stand," i.e., "Kill 'em all and let God sort it out."
Of course that would mean, if it were any more than an idle irritable fantasy, BECOMING one of them.
Meanwhile back in reality -- it would be much much MUCH better (but even MORE of a fantasy, and much harder to imagine) if they learned how to say "NO" to the people who give them their election bribes, and actually do their jobs.
But that would mean they'd have to stop throwing tantrums and yelling at each other in the playground and stop yammering about "A FAMILY has to live within their budget."
Yeah -- does it ever occur to ANY of them that a family doesn't have to repair the roads, put out the neighbor's fires, protect their neighbors from human and natural horrors, get them chemotherapy, teach their neighbor's children to read and write and even learn something about history.
(And can SOMEONE actually mention that a couple hundred million dollars MORE invested in saving infrastructure would create several million well-paying jobs. MORE, rather than less.)
But -- oh fuck it -- a lot easier to throw a tantrum and parrot the same old shit than actually think, isn't it?
"We don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem."
"They keep moving the go0alpost."
and on and on and on and as the song once said:
"Waving flags and carrying signs. Mostly say 'Hooray for our side.' "
(And Buffalo Springfield is having a geriatric reunion tour (oops, 2011 Reunion Tour now the 2012 Reunion Tour), how about that?
Ever see someone play lead guitar while using a walker?)
One of Mencken's contemporaries knew it -- Don Marquis, he of Archy and Mehitabel and other philosophical cat & cockroach sagas"
"If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; But if you really make them think, they'll hate you."