I’ve searched and searched the links of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference website and can’t seem to find a declaration of their platform. Nothing that states what their position is on anything. Evidently this is one of those brotherhoods bound together by emotion and not reason. Cultists and para-militiamen. Disenfranchised and disillusioned. Their stand is a slogan or a rallying cry. Do they truly believe that a laundromat or a government can run on a simple slogan? Do they expect that if chaos reigns they will at least get theirs in the looting that will follow? At this point it’s all emotion. And a lot of that emotion is hatred.
Of course we’ve seen this form of government play out before. The leader is a “big picture guy.” The way it works is we hire a leader and the development and implementation will be carried out by his/her staff. We don’t have to go back too far in history for an example. Our most recent CEO president, George W. Bush, a renowned, failed manager in a number of businesses, and one of the prime examples of political nepotism (at least among C students in our country's history), supposedly delegated his messy details to the specialists. Condy and Karl were his brains, remember? Unfortunately, as often happens, individuals elected as leaders often succumb to their own ego and disregard the data, research, and intelligence, choosing instead to rely on intuition or some religious imperative.
Of course movements like this don’t run themselves and don’t run for free. It will take bag loads of cynical dollars to bankroll the apparatus that makes this splinter group a viable contender or even a force in determining the platform of the major party. Along the way there will be slander and mischief of all sorts done in the name of returning our country to its rightful state in the world. That’s where we're at these days.
The word that keeps popping up when I see the smug face of Dick Cheney or any one of a number of Wall Street bankers is cynicism. Cynicism is always lurking in the background of a lot of our political, financial, and educational arguments today. Cynicism is about the backstory. Cynics buy and sell people. They use them like marionettes. Of course all is well until the Don calls in his favor. That’s usually when reality confronts ego. The current state of the GOP is testament to that. Bush betrayed all of the core values of conservatives and left them to the mercy of wingnuts and fringers. One would have expected him to be a keynote speaker at this event or others like it. At least as leader of the party in residence.