Contained in the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention and the namesake of Fort McHenry, there is a report of a famous anecdotal conversation between a "Mrs. Powel" of Philadelphia and Benjamin Franklin. In response to Mrs. Powel's question as to the nature of the government produced by the Convention, Franklin is alleged to have replied, "A Republic – if you can keep it."
Based on the anecdotal reporting of friends and family regarding yesterday's "Tea parties", that republic is lost. I have not seen or heard of another situation in my lifetime in which so many two-digit IQs were running amok without adult supervision.
It isn't like we didn't have ample warning that the republic was in danger; it's just that many of the sources of alarm are in themselves suspect. The NRA, for example, has been crying "urban unrest threatens" for fifty years. Another such weak source is Lyndon LaRouche, whose October 10, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review included a dire assessment of the decline of the American condition even before the presidential election did the unthinkable to the MIWASPs – put them under the political rule of a non-white.
I'm sure that you recognize at least part of the acronym I here present, and it means what you think it does. But the "MI" part is new to you. It stands for "Male Ignorant", and I am deliberate in being gender-specific in my definition.
Much of the unrest in this land has been caused by the displacement, mostly in their own minds, of the American White Male as the dominant wolf of the pack. Life was so much easier for them when stereotypes would pass for fact, and no brain power had to be wasted assessing every situation for correctness. It was already absolutely defined. Women, kids, and minorities all "knew their places" and didn't challenge the loudly-professed and violently-protected superiority of the Male White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.
So how does ignorance enter into the mix? Let's begin with "They let those dominated escape their control". How could any dominant group holding the kind of power that men in our society did up to about 1965 allow this? Simple. They were too ignorant to avoid getting into that situation of trying to control everything for their sole benefit in the first place.
It's my personal opinion that the assassination of John Kennedy cracked that entitled invincibility myth in the minds of the American WASP, and Lyndon Johnson's unchaining of the feared and despised non-white portion of our nation completed its destruction. Because LBJ was a Southern male WASP himself, he was deemed a traitor by his former peers.
I also believe that it is no coincidence that the rise of the current version of the Republican Party is rooted in the rubble of the myth of the MIWASP, for there was no way that the Democratic Party would ever again be deemed trustworthy after performing such a vile and dastardly act as the American Dolchstoßlegende. How DARE American politicians stab the victors of Normandy and Iwo Jima in the back by giving equal rights and political power to obvious inferiors! It was just this separation between the middle-class workers and the government that gave them prosperity through legal rights to organize that the Party of Plutocracy needed to make their move.
The Gilded Age of our history was the Nirvana — nay, the Valhalla! — of the wealthy class. Northern money had recently gained dominance over their former peers and rivals of the South once the basis of Southern economic, and thus political, power was destroyed. Without unpaid slave labor, the South had no power, and Northern money saw to it that Southern faces were rubbed in the muck of that fact every chance they got.
Unable to fight back, the South turned to weaker groups to extract a measure of revenge and to reclaim their delusions of superiority. They again used religion to justify their excesses just as they had prior to their military defeat, and no woman, child, or non-white was ever going to look down upon them again. We'll ignore for now the exclusion of the Northern wealthy class from this list.
Such hubris wasn't the exclusive property of the South, however. The victorious Northern interests began to consider themselves invincible, and practiced similar kinds of Social Darwinism upon the society-at-large as well as among themselves. For example, Thomas Edison used the economic power stemming from the patents awarded for the creation of the light bulb to crush any competition he couldn't purchase through the selective application of the law and the courts. His cutthroat legal strategies were adopted by the railroad and steel magnates, whose large workforces emulated the large slave populations of the South and inspired similar control practices.
These titans of industry were further empowered when awarded the patents and properties of the German aniline dye industry by the Versailles Treaty, which they then abused to create the first truly consumer-driven society during the 1920s. They became SO rich they HAD to be smart, and nothing they did was seen as inappropriate or unwise. "Anything goes" went the saying, and did — until it didn't anymore.
The Great Depression was the unchaining of the unwashed masses from wage slavery and dominance by wealth. Because FDR was of that class himself, he was deemed a traitor by his former peers. Regaining that lost power and glory became the goal of wealth in this nation, and their efforts didn't take long to make that fact known. If it weren't for Marine General Smedley Butler, a two-time Medal of Honor winner who exposed a coup attempt organized by some of the beneficiaries of the lucrative aniline dye patent awards, it is likely that the United States would have followed a path similar to that of Germany at that same time. And just as George W. Bush attempted to establish during his felonious reign, the rights and liberties of the American people would have been curtailed in the pursuit of reclaiming power and prestige for the wealthy through the destruction of world communism and opening up Russia for economic exploitation by force.
Had this actually been achieved (look up Operation Bagration if you want to know the likely outcome of that effort), there is no reason to believe that this would have been the end of it. As there is no honor among thieves, the victors would have fallen out amongst themselves and created a new struggle for domination (as they did in historic Cold War reality). Our rights would have remained as unrealized as those granted by the early Soviet Constitution (which was itself modeled after our own) as we marched off for yet another war in the service of Gen. Butler's "Wall Street capitalist racketeers".
Since the Republican Party engineered the South's Rising Again using MIWASP economic and racial hatred as the prime mover, nothing good for most of the American people has come from the effort. The Executive Intelligence Review article hints at the truth of why this is so: "Many people are enraged at what the government has done, but being mad is not enough, as the oligarchs are quite skilled at channeling popular rage into dead ends."
Hence the "tea parties". Stirring up political, economic, racial, and gender animosities for private gain and power enhancement is a recipe for tyranny, and not the sort that the tea baggers believe they are preventing with their juvenile expressions of displeasure. It isn't without reason that some of us see the parallels with the German street gangs who later led their nation into disaster with their deadly foolishness. In both cases, wealthy interests are using those who shower after they work to perform their evil deeds, taking by force that which they cannot win by persuasion. The rules are for fools, feel They Who Deserve To Rule. The end — giving them control of everything — would justify the means, and the rest of us can just like it!
Because nothing resembling the outrage expressed by the tea baggers — not the repeated violation of Constitutional liberties, not the illegal acts openly flaunted by the Bush administration, not the donation of the American economy to the wealthy class by the Obama administration, not the impoverishment of the middle class — can get the American people off their sorry asses and into the streets or into the voting booths, I fear that at the very least the American people don't care about our traditional American values anymore. I have come to believe that at most the American people are OK with becoming stupid fascist bullies, the rabid corporatist dogs of eternal war that the world will have to put down before they can again know a semblance of peace. I cannot conclude otherwise, for over the time that I have attempted through my meager blogging efforts to awaken awareness of the problem in people, the nation has rapidly gone in the opposite direction. No amount of persuasion seems to affect the outcome, so I have to conclude that destroying the nation is what We, the People of the United States want. If we could destroy Vietnamese villages thinking we were saving them, could we not also think and do so regarding our own nation?
I guess it's better than admitting we were wrong about so many things, and winning means never having to say you're sorry.