2015 And The March Towards the Right

Well 2015 is marching to a close and  soon election season will be fully upon us.  And lucky us!  What choices we will have!

This past year saw America’s continued march to the right which began under Reagan and has continued now for decades.  Supporters of the Trumpster are now an openly anti-government party – they have no interest in governing but do have an interest in power – especially in the power to keep anyone else from governing.

Whatever happens with Donald Trump’s candidacy — whether he rides his durable poll numbers to the Republican nomination, runs as an independent, or withdraws from the race completely — the ideas he’s introduced to the mainstream political dialogue will have a long shelf life.

In the wake of the Paris attacks in November, a lot of politically opportunistic and personally repulsive individuals began using rhetoric against refugees from war-torn Syria to make national security hay.

Ted Cruz was going to allow only Christian refugees into the country while Ben Carson wanted to close the border completely for security reasons.

After San Bernardino , Trump called for a ban on all Muslims in America, registration and wouldn’t rule out “internment camps.”

While mainstream Republican candidates scoffed at these ideas (these candidates currently poll in the single digits – remember they are “establishment” candidates) Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz chose a different route.   Realizing that the base of the party they wish to head up in 2016 is terrified and scared of their own shadows while toting guns, both men introduced bills in the Senate to restrict migration.

Cruz’s bill called for moratoriums on the entry to the country by individuals from Syria. Paul’s bill went a little further calling for a cease in immigration from countries with majority Muslim populations, full stop.

But what’s more concerning about Trump’s rhetoric than the short-term legislation proposed by Trump, Rand and Cruz that won’t leave committee are the long-term effects on political discourse.

It may not happen for another four years, but one of these lunatics could eventually win the presidency. If that happens, you can expect a massive paradigm shift in the American political culture, driving an already extremely right-wing country further to the right, even into a unique form of American fascism.

If that seems impossible, keep this in mind. In 1976, a right-wing maniac challenged a sitting president for the GOP presidential nomination. His views were seen as too extreme to win a general election, his appeals to racism too blatant, his views on militarism too frankly insane. Four years later, he won election and defined a political generation.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are today’s political heirs of Ronald Reagan, and they’re seen as the left in today’s politics. That’s the result of a shift that began 40 years ago.

Pretty sad when Obama and Hillary Clinton are the “left!”.  Could we find two more corporate Democrats?

Since the time of the Gipper the right has marched on moving ever further to the extreme – to a point where a “serious” Presidential candidate still questions the birth place, and thus whether or not a sitting President, is an “American”.

The vitriol we have heard out of the mouths of candidates – “fat, ugly, schlonged and stupid”, talk of registration of Muslims, internment camps, Mexican rapists and drug dealers, bombing till they glow – these are words which may characterize our election discourse for decades to come.

Once I laughed at Ronald Reagan.  I mean, you know, “He’s in show business!”










About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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7 Responses to 2015 And The March Towards the Right

  1. beetleypete says:

    When I read bloggers in the US calling Obama a Communist, it makes me laugh out loud. Still, you have a good choice in your election, Frank. Veering further to the Right, or already past the Far boundary!
    Good luck with that.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I think all this was inevitable when the Democratic Party decided to abandon the working class.

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  3. leggypeggy says:

    It’s hard for me to watch the US election circus from Australia. Must be much harder to live it.

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  4. doug stuber says:

    Your paragraph: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are today’s political heirs of Ronald Reagan, and they’re seen as the left in today’s politics. That’s the result of a shift that began 40 years ago

    Oh how correct, sir. Once in w while a Bernie Sanders or Ralph Nader or Senator Harkin, or even a Tsongas shows up, is NOT nominated, or runs on a third party ticket, and presto, GONE. It’s nice to see Jerry Brown atop California again, but even his response to the drought has been shaky. I mean are almonds more important than water, Jerry?

    Hillary has NOT moved to the left thanks to Bernie, so that thought by some pundits no longer holds up.

    No one, NO One, NO ONE represents the environment, and labor, and ending mass incarcerations (though Obama gave it a nod) AND MOST IMPORTANTLY there is no one that remotely represents all of the above PLUS getting us out of the middle east in its entirety. OK forget about diminishing the role of foreign armed forces bases in our “Foreign Policy” but it would blow my mind if not just the executive branch, but the rest of Washington was to be filled with representatives that REPRESENTED their constituents, not just the multi-national constituents.

    How did we let this happen? The democracy is a scam by now.

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    • toritto says:

      Doug – great minds think alike! The “new left” made a fatal mistake forty years ago and it continues to this day. It forgot the workers. Regards


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