Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Last Straw

This is from The Age of Jackson by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

"... since this is a capitalistic society, the class most interested in its security and prosperity is the capitalist class, which thus should have the most power. The theory has survived every test but experience. It simply has not worked. Since the Federalist party the American business community appears to have lost its political capacity; it has not been, in the strict sense, a ruling class. In placid days power naturally gravitates to it as the strongest group in the state; but through American history it has been unable to use that power very long for national purposes. Moved typically by personal and class, rarely by public, considerations, the business community has invariably brought national affairs to a state of crisis and exasperated the rest of society into dissatisfaction bordering on revolt. "


I have been guilty of making posts and comments about donnie the dildo as if he were some new and threatening phenomenon.

I have just realized that error and want to correct it: he is not new; he is last.

He’s the last straw.

A lot of people voted for Barack in 2008.

He came out of a different handful – the executive handful - of straws.

But he was burdened with an alarming number of bum straws from the other –legislative -  fistful.

In 2010 this worsened.

In 2012 Barack’s straw got pulled out of the executive fist again, but he got stuck with a majority of bad – legislative -straws.

That little historical sequence left the United States with an executive with the intellect, ideas and instincts appropriate to the challenges of the times.

But it left that executive with a legislature with one purpose: make the executive powerless and bring the United States to a standstill so that at some future time the executive straw would also be pulled their way.

The legislature won: standstill was achieved; pretend catastrophes like the implosion of Obamacare were induced; no plans, programs, or even ideas were proposed to redeploy the inevitable losers in the supply chainment of the world and the massive growth in technology as a replacement for human labor in the United States.

The executive did propose major investments in infrastructure improvement and replacement but the legislature would not even consider them; their view was that any improvement during the tenure of the executive was a loss for the legislature; how could the legislature expect to get that last straw – the one in that other – executive - hand - to be one of their own unless things were so apparently bad that the straw would be almost automatic?

By inducing disaster in the lives of a large enough segment of America’s voters – many of whom voted for change in 2008 – the legislature has gotten the last straw.

And the rest, as if often said, is disaster.

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