If the OpEd
topics I choose to write about were a direct reflection of what I think about most,
there would be a lot more about the tragedy being played out in Congress: the
cruel attack on the poor, the sabotage of health care, the fierce effort to
blackmail the country into submission to the GOP-Tea Party agenda. But I can’t
add much to Krugman, Reich, Steiglitz and many others.
I would say that
the Koch-Limbaugh-Cruz-Cantor crowd doesn’t represent simply a different set
of opinions in the national debate. These are mean people, as close to an
American version of fascists as we’ve ever had, no different than Joe McCarthy.
They appeal to a political constituency that includes many honest and decent
Americans, but those adjectives don’t apply to the chiefs of the wrecking crew.
Nor should one
view the present madness as an aberration that will automatically be overcome
by healthy demographic and generational trends. Evil and
fanatic political minorities, fueled by the most reactionary tycoons among the
super wealthy, have sometimes been able to alter disastrously the course of
The majority of
the country is against them, angry at the havoc they are creating, hoping that paralysis
of the government will end. But it’s
hard to see any hope for breaking the destructive impasse without changing the
present balance in Congress. That won’t be easy, but it must be possible.
prelude is a great public outcry against the current scheme to strangle the
nation into acceptance of the GOP’s austerity budget and its hatred of
affordable health care.