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The horse they rode in on:  
Ideological Clueless-ness on the Mountain Top ... Frustrated Common Sense in the Valley
Friday night I watched James Glassman of the American Enterprise Institute (a conservative think tank) aggressively argue the discredited ideology against the likes of George Carlin, Cynthia Tucker and Bill Maher on Real Time. His argument and philosophy were powerfully stated by sheer force of volume, a willingness to interrupt and an attempt to dominate discussion - all in detachment from the reality of both human nature and the human condition.
I listened to Newt Gingrich and other of the original and current architects of down-sized government and corporate capitalism, read Gingrich's memo distributed to Republicans this week and see reality continue to discredit these "wise-governing" theories that began implementation with Republican electoral success back in the late 80's.
Grover Norquist's shrink-government-until-it-drains-away theory of prosperity for all is the same inflexible mistake of pre-Depression corporate capitalism renewed again in our time.
The horse these naive intellectuals rode in on continues to drag American power and influence to political and military venues not directly connected to protecting the mountain tops and valleys of America.
It's a horse these naive intellectuals - whose personal perspective of war and power has not been refined by personal experience with real war and real power - continue to ride as abstractions. It's a horse they have had to resort to validating with lies, slander and truth-twisting; abusing our understanding of core American values and the real meaning of patriotism by wrapping themselves sanctimoniously in the American flag - an abuse in and of itself.
It's a horse these naive intellectuals rode in on that faces discrediting by a single military mother and those who have awakened to her taking the moral high ground away from Republicans, leaving those discredited naive theorizers to pretend to patriotism with whine, whimper and slander.
The horse these naive intellectuals rode in on is not the horse that pulls the American plow, pulls the wagon of American commerce nor carries the cavalry of American military force. It's a horse expected to work without adequate care and nourishment, a horse rarely curry-combed nor re-shod with focus on the actual terrain over which it must labor for its masters.
It's a work-animal these naive intellectual horse-traders bought for themselves and then convinced the actual laboring and voting heart of the American economy and society to accept as a replacement for the more effective original.
It's a work-animal these naive and out-of-touch intellectual horse-traders believe will allow everyone to move out of the valley and into the mountain tops of intellectual capitalism.  Personal monetary wealth in and of itself will support every family; will effect a financial personal responsibility that will free all citizens of the need for government of any size - except of course for large expenditures into the military-industrial venue to protect all of us would-be rich folks.
It's a work-animal these naive and out-of-touch intellectual horse-traders feel is not needed in the valley where those who do not reach the mountain tops deserve their fate and must remain as cogs in the economic machine. Valley-ites are to remain subject only to that which they can obtain thru financial slavery distracted by cheap promises and meaningless entertainments. They remain subject to what  happens when storms, political and economic disasters somehow bypass the influence of the mountain tops and fall into the valley below.
It's a work-animal even  these naive and out-of-touch intellectual horse-traders do not fully understand. Those in the valley who truly actuate productivity, the humanpower of American military prowess and the reality of American social responsibility have come to know well that this horsel is inadequate and a now-proven poor imitation of what the real thing looks like.
Listen to the Republican apologists at all levels from the bottom-up or the top-down and what you see and hear is the same blind devotion to a political and economic philosophy that overrides common sense.
Chertoff and Brown - political appointees with totally inadequate experience for the specific callings given them by those who do so with political ends in mind - ignorantly and openly displayed the ignorance of arrogance by approaching the Katrina disaster as bureaucrats. First and foremost they acted as political bureaucrats elevating procedure, protocol and political permission above common sense and a leadership style that acts immediately and decisively.
Chertoff, Brown and those above continue to fall back on the Republican bureaucratic thinking based on the now-discredited horse they rode in on.
Cheney, Rumsfeld and those below continue to fall back on Republican and neocon ideological and bureaucratic thinking based on the now-discredited horse they rode in on.
They know no other way, no other approach and no other method available that would be consistent with the naive and intellectual horse-trading theories that got them here. They insist on continuing to ride the old nag that may manage forays into the valley but more and more struggles to get back to the mountain tops.
Our baby boomer generation's time is coming to an end. Those of the next generation will take control of whatever we pass on.
Maximus in the film Gladiator tells the power-mad Republican Commodus, "The time for honoring yourself is coming to an end."
Barack Obama this morning told George Stephanopoulos, "These children are our children."
Our children are even now moving in the direction of taking their rightful places on the mountain tops. The best we can do is our part to reveal and repudiate the fraud of the horse the politically naive regime rode in on.
The least we can do is help them get our time-proven horse back and send the horse-THEY-rode in on to where - neutered and impotent - it will serve well at the glue factory.

Arthur Ruger 2005

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