So, I'm back to this train of thought. Some of you have read very similar things from me. This is the first time I dedicated a thread to it instead of mucking up other threads with it. I had actually a dream about the Republicans taking control of the house and senate so I figured I need to keep talking about this because it's clearly intruding on my thoughts.
I see a hot front and cold front that are bound to meet.
The right wing has become so zealous that it sees moderate politicians as internal threats to the USA and even the core values upon which our society is based.
The left wing has experienced its greatest disappointment in what is now around a 35 year history of disappointments, feeling that Obama and his allies controling both bodies of the legislature have proven disillusioningly unprogressive.
If it any point the left wing finally gets someone that it feels represents their beliefs into the political circles of influence again (you know, some sort of great society, new deal kind people), I think all hell will break loose. That is when the two fronts meet.
If the right wing hates the current politicians so much, how are they going to respond to politicians that the left wing can actually call its own? I think they'll handle it like Martian invasion, or the second coming. The right wing will find these new left wing progressives ideologically incomprehensible and will have about as much respect for them as a Bolshevik had for a kulak. The left wing, for their part, will be staunchly rooted in the sense that they are entitled to be respresented by these politicians after what they consider so many years of being impotent and ignored.
The difference, I conjecture, should be irreconcilable. What kind of conflict it will turn into, I cannot exactly say, but a conflict it will be. It's going to be something big, something that will shape the history of this country for the rest of its existence. That's usually what happens with irreconcilable political differences.
But it has to happen. There's only one way it couldn't happen, and that's if one of the two sides is drowned out before it ever has a chance to create conflict. That's not acceptable. That's possible even worse. Since the right wing has been waxing for some time now and clearly has more zeal on its side, if this scenario played out I imagine it would be the left that dissolves and give way to complete right wing hegemony. That would be no good.
Somehow, the whole paradigm of reasonable disagreement and loyal opposition has disappeared. My own guess is that it had to do with the Democrats over-exposing and over-extending themselves, subsequently resulting in decades of their ideological commitment declining directly coinciding with the Republicans ideological commitment inclining. That eventually brought us to this situation, in which letting the Republicans go unchecked would be dangerous for this country, but the political gap is so wide that no attampt to check them can be civil anymore.
Throw in an economic depression and fading glory on the international stage and you have a great backdrop for political disagreements to boil over.
The balance got all screwed up and there is no comfortable way to set it back. Or is there?
Let's suppose that it doesn't have to play out in the boundaries I've set: How could we possible reconcile this situation? One must understand that it can't be acceptable to completely ignore or disregard all the people in the USA who might, for example, actually want universal healthcare (or various other progressive, left-leaning policies). On the other hand, I have no idea how to calm down the right wing at this point. When I see the venom that comes from them, and the incredibly burning anger with which it is ejected, I see people that can't be reasoned with.
Got any ideas?