Okay, so let's get this straight.
We've just elected a new Republican majority to Congress, based upon — at least if I've got the ads they ran so relentlessly during the campaign right — a promise to rein in big government spending and bring actual jobs back to the common Joes like you and me.
These working Joes (plumbers and otherwise) are the very same folks who've spent the last few years fighting for the few remaining available scraps left — since President George W. Bush took the budget surplus handed to him by President Bill Clinton, and squandered it on eight years of fighting a war fueled by post 9/11 emotions and based on false intelligence, all the while giving tax breaks to those who needed it the least.
I mean, is it just me? Or is something completely back-asswards here?
Listen folks, this is about economics, plain and simple. Whatever they may tell you, this is all about the centuries old battle between the rich and the poor.
But the thing is, that in order to push forward their agenda of padding the wallets of the "haves" and the "have mores," the Republican Party has always had to rely upon the populist support of these same underclasses who have stood to benefit the least by it. From time immemorial, this is how it has worked.
In the past however, the Republicans have succeeded at winning the battle by using tactics appealing to the most deeply held beliefs of honest, hard-working people — those who are the most religious and otherwise.
However, in the aftermath of eight years of corporate welfare which has seen nothing in the way of new job creation — and in fact, has completely gutted many positions once held by working class Americans "outsourced" to foreign countries — such empty, diversionary arguments as abortion rights, gay marriage and "family values" no longer hold any water.
And the thing is, "they" know it.
So what are the Republicans to do to regain support amongst the "rabble?" Simple. They have taken on a new tactic, that is really not so new at all. Refocus the message, emphasize fear, and add a little revolutionary "sexiness" to it. It's a simple message that has worked for centuries, and guess what? That's exactly what they have done.
This is precisely how the Republican Party recaptured a congressional majority roughly a month ago, by romanticizing the whole "Tea Party" feel of a largely imaginary populist uprising. It was this sexy, but ultimately dangerous notion of false empowerment that swept so many of them back into Congress. Tea Party? The only revolution occurring here is the one threatening the status quo, and keeping the great unhuddled masses largely trampled underfoot.