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Pedal to the Metal! (10/05/06)

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They're past the point where they can say "I was just kidding."
 
The combination of party loyalty and the new "conservative" viewpoint has put Republicans in a position that will result in a historical reputation far worse than any blame on Herbert Hoover, he who is supposed to have rigidly stuck with "correct" capitalist principles while presiding over the onset of the Great Depression. Or Woodrow Wilson, who seems to be mostly remembered as a president whose global idealism never took human nature into account.
 
The driving force behind the Republican 30-year climb from the failure of the 1964 election - augmented by the finding of a religious power base of support - was the wide array of political, economic and social propaganda devices that brought about greater power in the ability of their little choo-choo to climb toward a pinnacle.
 
Problem is they have crested that pinnacle and that which heated sufficient steam to turn the big wheels of the economy upward should have been cooled down a bit so as not to peak at such an accelerated pace.
 
The combustible for that engine was primarily the agressive expansion of corporate influence that was already in place prior to 1964 as Eisenhower pointed out when he left office.
 
We now find ourselves in the position of having our accelerator stuck to the floor. Driven by on-going aggessive corporate influence based on a self-inflicted need to continue expanding in order to survive, they've caused us to crest the peak way over the speed limit as we commence barrelling down the other side on a road that is neither straight nor gentle in its decline.
 
That corporate genie who is not going back into his bottle and whose survival involves turning America away from its traditional global role and self-image has to push us ahead out of desparation, regardless of speed.
 
In order to survive, our moneyed giants must get this country to politically follw their needy agenda by force of arms and belligerency ... and an unending array of deception of the electorate.
 
In order to survive, our moneyed giants must get the citizens of this country into that state of a captured audience - forced to face relentless marketing and pressured more and more to spend and borrow.
 
Credit card companies and drug companies typify this need with their brutally self-interested government lobbying and business tactics.
 
It may not have been just the Republican Party that can take credit for this powerful economic transition as we choo-chooed our way to the top of the pinnacle. But it has been irrevocably established that the Republican Party has broken the governor on the accelerator.
 
Arthur Ruger
Publisher, The American Choice online political journal
 
Arthur Ruger 2006

Arthur & Lietta Ruger 2002-2008. The American Choice is a  political internet journal based in Bay Center, Washington. The views expressed not authored by Arthur or Lietta Ruger are the writers' own and do not necessarily reflect those of The American Choice or SwanDeer Productions. Permission of author required for reprinting original material, and only requests for reprinting a specific item are considered.

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