As democracy in the United States approaches its endgame, a question arises: how will the compressed rage of the excluded boil over?
Consider: On almost every issue facing the country, the majority of Americans is at odds with the rightist Revolutionary Power (as Paul Krugman calls it) that directs the national government. Although the President remains popular, and will be easily re-elected, this fact is misleading. The Revolutionary Power rules by diverting popular discontent into military adventures abroad and, at home, by the racial and sexual scapegoating of minorities.
A few facts:
Most Americans favor some sort of national health insurance, and, specifically, a drug benefit for seniors. The Congress, under the tutelage of the insurance industry, is busy constructing a benefit that is not only dauntingly complex and chintzy, but will actually disempower large sectors of the elderly population.
Most Americans are strong supporters of environmental regulation: the White House, in partnership with industry, is cheerfully dismantling such protection.
The country overwhelmingly opposes the media consolidation imposed by Michael Powell’s FCC; however, thanks to the machinations of the large media outlets, there will be no Congressional vote overturning these rules.
Perhaps most importantly, a solid public majority is against the $87 billion aid package to Iraq, and has been ambivalent about the war from the beginning. It has been overruled. A fierce minority, meanwhile, to which I belong, opposes the entire venture and regards the U.S. government as illegitimate and oligarchic.
It can’t go on forever. At some point, the excluded voices will lash out.
There won’t be a “revolution.” Nor will there be an outburst of crime and rioting. These are the fantasies and delusions of the far right and the far left. There will, however, be a reaction, unhealthy, possibly violent, and horrific to witness. What will it be? I don’t know.Powered by Sidelines