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Pierce writes: "The modern Republican party has become an authentic mechanism for political subversion, and it's not just unknown crazy people from Texas who are driving the train."

Republican senators John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Republican senators John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


The Republican Party Is a Party of Subversives

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

12 March 15

 

Applying a like view of the subject to the case of the U. S. it results, that the compact being among individuals as imbodied into States, no State can at pleasure release itself therefrom, and set up for itself. -- James Madison to Nicholas Trist, February 15, 1830

verybody having a good chuckle these days over a Texas state legislator named Molly White, who has gone full Calhoun on the issue of marriage equality. What a funny lady she is, ho-ho.

Now, Rep. White has filed a bill that she believes would effectively nullify any U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would find a right for same-sex couples to marry. White's bill, HB 2555, would amend Texas law to state that its ban against same-sex marriage would "apply regardless of whether a federal court ruling or other federal law provides that a prohibition against the creation or recognition of a same-sex marriage or a civil union is not permitted under the United States Constitution."

I'm sorry. But I am not laughing any more. I think they mean it.

The modern Republican party has become an authentic mechanism for political subversion, and it's not just unknown crazy people from Texas who are driving the train. A rookie meathead submarines the president's foreign policy. Rick Perry is currently running for president on a platform more suited to a campaign conducted under the Articles of Confederation. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the United States Senate, has suggested that governors out in the several states ignore the Environmental Protection Agency. At every conservative gathering, from CPAC on down, there at least is one panel touting the benefits of nullification and old-school states rights politics. Yes, a lot of it is about how states rights got whipped over civil rights in the 1960's, but it's not all about race. It's about a deliberate, calculated attempt by one of the only two political parties we allow ourselves to dismantle the federal union. They want the country to come apart so they can sell off the pieces to the people who run their campaigns. They are free to prove to me that I'm wrong.

That is not only subversion, but history tells us that it always has been the most fundamental heresy against the constitutional order, from the Articles to the tariff crises under Andrew Jackson, all the way through the Civil War and Reconstruction, right up to the day that John Lewis got his head busted by the side of an Alabama road. (And, yes, even the morally laudable efforts of abolitionists to "nullify" the Fugitive Slave Act subverted the constitutional order of the time. It's hard to look at the Civil War and think otherwise.) This heresy, which should have died at Gettysburg, is part and parcel of the modern conservative movement, which was born out of the flotsam left behind by the (partial) fall of American apartheid. For years, Republican politicians have accepted the money, and the support, and the cheers of nullification subversives from the League of the South and the Council of Conservative Citizens to the Wise Use people and the militia people out west, to the claque of subversives who set up camp at the Bundy Ranch. Without the support of people engaged in polite -- and, occasionally, not very polite -- sedition, the Republican party would be a bunch of rich old white guys pissing themselves in the grill room of a restricted country club.

I believe they mean it. I believe they want to carry us back not just to the Gilded Age, but to the golden era in the 1780's when you needed a passport to go from Connecticut to New Jersey. I believe that is the basis for the efforts of people like Perry and Governor Bat Boy down in Florida to poach industries from other states and to hell with the national interest. I believe that is what animates ALEC in its campaign to create little hell-states individually across the map and its larger campaign to keep the federal government from doing anything about it. I don't think the modern Republican party believes in anything called "the national interest."

The Republican party is a mechanism for the subversion of the federal republic. It doesn't matter if the party's stars are doing it to please The Base, or because they don't know any better, or because they think it's the right thing to do. They are actively working to undermine the American union. This should be the first question asked of any Republican leader, of any Republican candidate, and certainly of obvious anagram Reince Preibus, the emptiest suit in American politics. They should be asked, every day, in every forum, if they believe in the Supremacy Clause, the Reconstruction amendments, and the federal union. These are yes-or-no questions. I hope we can get the answers before Molly White gets elected to the House of Representatives. But one thing I'm not doing any more is laughing.

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+110 # MainStreetMentor 2015-03-12 13:03
Your analysis, Mr. Pierce, while eloquent and accurate, is something the rank and file American Citizen has known for sometime. That knowledge was a major contributor to the success of Obama's last Presidential election.
 
 
-22 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 18:39
...then Obama turns around and stabs his supporters, and the rest of the 99%, in the back:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29595-trade-agreements-rigged-to-protect-capital-from-democracy

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/03/12/trade-deals-will-supplant-democracy-corporate-tribunals-warn-critics

If you're into global corporate governance, Mr. Piece, Obama is your man.
 
 
+46 # kalpal 2015-03-13 06:57
Obama was elected because no sane person would ever vote for McCain/Palin or Romney/Ryan. Those RW choices were depressingly stupid. By default the RW lost the presidency. At that point the RW determined that America must be punished for not backing the insane choices offered by the RW. Without gerrymandering the GOP would have quickly followed the Whig Party down history's commode.
 
 
+171 # LeeBlack 2015-03-12 13:19
Republicans profess to love their country, with the implication that they love our country more than Democrats. However, their hatred of the President (racist or not) overwhelms that love of country.
With each election, 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Republicans have had a chance to begin to compromise with the President, knowing that he will be gone in 2 years. Instead they have traveled further down the road of non-cooperation..
It seems they would rather have us go to war than work with the President.
 
 
+112 # jon 2015-03-12 16:09
"It seems they would rather have us go to war than work with the President."

47 of them manifestly so.

If the the DOJ does not do something about these destructivistas , they become part of the problem.

Why enact a law (Logan) if it is not to be enforced?
 
 
+70 # MainStreetMentor 2015-03-12 18:44
The authors/signers of this “letter” in addition to initializing what could be categorized as a treasonous act, are the cutting edge sycophants and lackeys of the Tea Party controlled Republican Party. These are the leaders of a concerted effort which originally commenced as a methodology to discredit an individual. That individual happened to be a black man, and President of the United States of America. This “letter” is an example of just how out-of-hand such prejudicial stances can get. These letter authors/signers are now so engrossed in their hatred of an individual, that they have elevated that hatred above the needs of our country. All those authors/signers need to resign from their elected offices, or face federal criminal charges.
 
 
+59 # skeeter 2015-03-12 18:25
Quoting LeeBlack:
Republicans profess to love their country, with the implication that they love our country more than Democrats. However, their hatred of the President (racist or not) overwhelms that love of country.
With each election, 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Republicans have had a chance to begin to compromise with the President, knowing that he will be gone in 2 years. Instead they have traveled further down the road of non-cooperation..
It seems they would rather have us go to war than work with the President.

I agree with you LeeBlack. The Republicans profess to love the country so much...yet they despise 80% of the people in it. Also, they would be well advised to avoid the number 47. It trips them up everytime.
 
 
-1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2015-03-15 18:08
I've spent a little "holiday" time on Newsmax. If you have not in the past accessed this Republican "News service," you might want to check it out.Currently, on most subjects, it goes like this:
1. I hate Democracy (major premise)
2. Hillary Clinton is a Democrat (minor premise)
3. I hate Hillary (conclusion based on agreement between major and minor premise)
The hatred on that board is boiling in temperature.
 
 
+139 # Blackjack 2015-03-12 13:29
Sane people have got to start speaking up--loudly! And voting in huge numbers. These are the only things that will send the crazies packing!
 
 
+32 # Vardoz 2015-03-12 18:07
I totally agree. I called Boehner's office and Rand and gave them a piece of my mind. I call my reps and the Obama hot line and email Obama regularly and I believe big public outcries do make a difference. So folks even if you think it's hopeless get on the horn- 202-224- 3121 and ask for your rep. or for Obama 202 456 1111
 
 
+14 # kez1 2015-03-12 13:45
Senator John Boehner?!
 
 
+23 # AndreM5 2015-03-12 16:38
I saw that immediately as well. Maybe he is not sure himself? After all, he thinks he has responsibility for advice and consent.
 
 
+103 # Buddha 2015-03-12 14:09
"It's about a deliberate, calculated attempt by one of the only two political parties we allow ourselves to dismantle the federal union."

And you know what? I'm tired of fighting against them on this. Perhaps the experiment that was the USA has run its course. We certainly have issues with corporate corruption and "personhood" that can't be fixed probably without an entirely new constitutional convention anyways, and does anybody here doubt that our Far Right nutjobs wouldn't screw that up if it ever came to pass? I think it is time to "Balkanize" and us to break up into separate countries. It would have the side benefit of wealthier blue "donor" states no longer having to subsidize through our tax dollars the poorer "moocher" red states, and we would be far more able in our now freed blue states to implement a more Progressive agenda, like single-payer-he althcare, reinvigoration of unions and blocking "free-to-offsho re-your-job" bills, etc. Places like Texas and Alabama with their nullification crap can go back to the 1800's for all I care, just so long as I don't have to be associated with them, I'll be fine with that. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
 
 
+60 # reiverpacific 2015-03-12 14:13
Quoting Buddha:
"It's about a deliberate, calculated attempt by one of the only two political parties we allow ourselves to dismantle the federal union."

And you know what? I'm tired of fighting against them on this. Perhaps the experiment that was the USA has run its course. We certainly have issues with corporate corruption and "personhood" that can't be fixed probably without an entirely new constitutional convention anyways, and does anybody here doubt that our Far Right nutjobs wouldn't screw that up if it ever came to pass? I think it is time to "Balkanize" and us to break up into separate countries. It would have the side benefit of wealthier blue "donor" states no longer having to subsidize through our tax dollars the poorer "moocher" red states, and we would be far more able in our now freed blue states to implement a more Progressive agenda, like single-payer-healthcare, reinvigoration of unions and blocking "free-to-offshore-your-job" bills, etc. Places like Texas and Alabama with their nullification crap can go back to the 1800's for all I care, just so long as I don't have to be associated with them, I'll be fine with that. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I dunno where you live but to echo y'r sentiments, I and some others have been thinking a lot lately about the possibility of a "United States of Pacifica" en re' Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii (Sorry Alaska and Idaho-you don't qualify in my book).
Think about it.
 
 
+19 # PCPrincess 2015-03-12 16:37
Or, UBSA: United Blue States of America?! I'm game. ; ) Man, I do wish we could take the city of Atlanta with us though.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2015-03-13 21:48
Quoting PCPrincess:
Or, UBSA: United Blue States of America?! I'm game. ; ) Man, I do wish we could take the city of Atlanta with us though.


And new Orleans.
 
 
-18 # Depressionborn 2015-03-12 21:54
I think is wrong for one state to own part of another. People should be free to live the way they want.
 
 
+15 # kalpal 2015-03-13 06:59
If a corporation is a person and it is owned by another person, is that slavery?
 
 
+5 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 14:53
No, slaves can't quit
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2015-03-13 09:31
Quoting Depressionborn:
I think is wrong for one state to own part of another. People should be free to live the way they want.


It's not working too well in the "Fragmented States" right now, is it?
Civilized discourse is not in the vocabulary of the knuckle-dragger s ruling both houses with their corrupt, feudalist-aspir ing overt hypocrisy and the country has been deeply fragmented by their disregard for the very constitutional structure of the United States experiment in representative republicanism.
The west coast states and Hawaii as a bloc, are heading in the directly opposite, more progressive direction of the rest of the country with the possible exception of the northeastern seaboard, and had by far the highest voter turnout in the last midterm elections, Oregon being the highest.
So why should a mass of voters who really are trying to move forward peacefully to at least attempt to join other civilized nations, be part of and pay taxes towards the regressive-aggr essive, military/corpor ate tax-gobbling wasteland in which populism and any measure of solidarity of the grassroots is vanishing in the corporate state.
I would posit that if Pacifica were to become a reality, Universal Healthcare and other populist human rights basics would follow swiftly, as it is indeed progressing towards a bill in Oregon.
So that rather overturns y'r statement dunnit, as the backward-moving "Other States" are dragging down, or partially "owning" these others?!
 
 
-11 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 14:55
Some sure, but no one has a right to control another.
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2015-03-13 21:49
Quoting Depressionborn:
Some sure, but no one has a right to control another.


Eh????
 
 
-14 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 22:35
Eh? "No one has rights over another"

It means that in a sane world if someone tries to tell you what you do or say you can tell them to go jump in the lake and they can't do a darn thing about it. It also means that what is yours is yours.

Think about it slave.
 
 
+9 # reiverpacific 2015-03-14 13:13
Quoting Depressionborn:
Eh? "No one has rights over another"

It means that in a sane world if someone tries to tell you what you do or say you can tell them to go jump in the lake and they can't do a darn thing about it. It also means that what is yours is yours.

Think about it slave.

Thanks for the insult.

You think you live in a free country?
Creativity combats slavery and exposes the status-quo which is dragging this country into a feudalist Oligarchy -which by default requires a suppressed majority as slaves or pretty near it. Take a wee trip to see it in full operation since the coup of Zelaya aided and abetted by those experienced slave-makers, the CIA acting in YOUR name.
achieves Creativity combats slavery and exposes the status-quo which is dragging this country into a feudalist Oligarchy -which by default requires a suppressed majority as slaves or pretty near it. Take a wee trip to see it in full operation since the coup of Zelaya aided and abetted by those experienced slave-makers, the CIA acting in YOUR name.
And then look around back in the homeland with an honest eye as to where it's headed.
I and many others don't wish to contribute to or be part of this. We're NOT telling anybody else what to do, simply trying to establish a bloc of progressive and populist free states with a government and representatives that are answerable to the voters and not the Elites.
Think about it (no insult appended -it achieves nothing).
 
 
-7 # Depressionborn 2015-03-14 18:51
You misjudge me sir, your points are agreed. I simply point out that if the bad guys could not interfere with our lives we would not on the road to slavery. I consider those who propose socialism to be helpers of the bad. Socialism leads to war and poverty. Not good.

And bad guys can be creative too.
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2015-03-14 19:53
Quoting Depressionborn:
You misjudge me sir, your points are agreed. I simply point out that if the bad guys could not interfere with our lives we would not on the road to slavery. I consider those who propose socialism to be helpers of the bad. Socialism leads to war and poverty. Not good.

And bad guys can be creative too.


O' well; I think you are misjudging and misunderstandin g me.
However, we seem to be at cross-purposes so lets relax and drop it.
BTW (not to start it all up again) but it's not Socialism that started wars AGAINST left center democratically and popularly elected self-determinat ion all over the world, including Iran in 1953 and almost annually ever since (and I've seen some of it in situ up close and personal in several countries). It was imperialist resource-greedy capitalism from (and before) the British East India Compandy, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP) as they handed over the helm of Military-Corpor ate "New World Order" to their successor, the US.
And remember that many "Bad Guys" were just fine as long as they were "Our bad guys", a good example being Saddam Hussein -and there's more where he came from.
I'm all tuckered out now so I'm offski; y'rs truly, a lifelong Socialist.
 
 
-5 # Depressionborn 2015-03-14 20:00
Yes, there are many causes of war, socialism but one. See Mises, "Human Action".
 
 
+56 # MEBrowning 2015-03-12 14:16
Right there with you, Buddha (and reiverpacific, too). The blue states have their problems, but I've had enough of my tax dollars going to prop up areas of the country where ignorance prevails, and where people, pollution and poverty are far less important than profits and plutocracy. Let 'em go.
 
 
+13 # Vardoz 2015-03-12 18:10
So make the call and tell them what you think and how outraged you are. Millions of call can make a difference. 202-224-3121
 
 
+35 # cymricmorty 2015-03-12 15:08
Red state refugees would come in droves.
 
 
-6 # indian weaver 2015-03-13 08:17
I agree. I think this nation is fried and done. I see no success for We The People ever again in the good ole Amerikan corruption program, funded by We The People. Time to bail on a loser, somehow. Otherwise, We The People will and do continue to lose our means of self support. Millions of us already are desperate to survive, and the government makes our lives worse daily. We no longer need or want it. It's a threat to the survival of We the People, really, no joke. Serious business. A constitutional convention will never come to pass. Nothing We The People need and want will ever come to pass in the current fascist terrorist regime under Obama, or anyone, ever again.
 
 
+21 # Kit 2015-03-12 14:38
Quoting kez1:
Senator John Boehner?!


kez1 is right. It's House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell. Fix the photo caption, guys.
 
 
+28 # Tigre1 2015-03-12 14:39
The author is a slow child: it's been obvious to anybody who has read a bio of Freddie Koch. The reeps have been a clandestine and highly effective, gradual take-over subversion since Freddy worked for Stalin in the thirties...he came home with piles of money and knowing how the true political Master of the recent two centuries, Joseph Stalin had it drilled into him daily by one of Stalin's top operatives...



where the oped Hellery have our so-called 'leaders' been this seventy years while thier 'frog' was slowly being expertly, gently heated to cooking point?

JERKS, all of you beltway idiots and military experts who could have recognized the plot but who keep being distracted and given money, like our so-called Supremes...

It's ALL over, they've done it. Generations now think crazily and hatefully toward their fellow and necessary citizens...than ks, Freddie, thanks Uncle Joe.

And what retards and moral cretins we have as "leaders"...JER KS and the bought off, what a choice...
 
 
+28 # mh1224jst 2015-03-12 14:52
"Without the support of people engaged in polite -- and, occasionally, not very polite -- sedition, the Republican party would be a bunch of rich old white guys pissing themselves in the grill room of a restricted country club."
Yes, and they are the guys with all the money. Provoking sedition is the only way to maintain a corporate plutocrcy.
 
 
+29 # CragJensen 2015-03-12 15:09
One can't help but wonder how all of this will end up. But - it is not all-that-hard to imagine how things just might, in the not-so-distant future turn out. Imagine a theocracy run like a modern day corporation. (This, of course, is naught but medieval feudalism lavished with all the bells and whistles of the modern age). All religions, save fundamentalist Christianity, will be forbidden within the US and made targets for a military-indust rial complex gone mad that bleeds the nations resources dry while pursuing a world-wide slaughterhouse agenda here-to-for not even imagined. Homosexuals will not only not be allowed to marry - they will not be allowed to even exist. Art and Science will be encouraged only when they meet the approval of the corporately run state-theocracy . Otherwise - artists, intellectuals, scientist etc. will be driven underground or out of the country. Things such as torture, slavery, debtors prison etc. will no longer be off the table - we have already seen the return of torture under the Bush regime. The Republicans are well armed and ready to launch a second revolution and if they can't do so by politically subverting the system they will, I fear, have no problem turning to violent means to achieve their reactionary goals.
 
 
+25 # CragJensen 2015-03-12 15:09
I have lost several friends in the past few years because my political views were not the same as theirs. So - the problem is not just something

one reads about on the Net or in the papers or sees on television... it is real and it has come home to roost.
The Republicans are well armed and ready to launch a second revolution and if they can't do so by politically subverting the system they will, I

fear, have no problem turning to violent means to achieve their reactionary goals.
I have lost several friends in the past few years because my political views were not the same as theirs. So - the problem is not just something

one reads about on the Net or in the papers or sees on television... it is real and it has come home to roost.
 
 
0 # joe_me 2015-03-17 12:21
I avoid talking politics with friends/family especially when I know there views are very contrarian to mine.
 
 
+60 # Larry 2015-03-12 15:12
It seems to me that aside from the hardcore anti-government nut cases, today's GOP is an unholy collaboration between the wealthy, who care about nothing but themselves and their money on the one hand, and the workers they exploit on the other. To obtain the loyalty and support of the workers, the wealthy, most of whom could not care less about social issues, offer them a platform and bullhorn to promote such cherished fundamental beliefs as racism, homophobia, religious bigotry, gun worship, hatred of immigrants, abortion-as-mur der, etc. Apparently stupefied by their obsession to impose this fetid agenda on the rest of the country and encode it into law, these wrong-headed marginal-middle -class workers obediently vote for candidates and support policies that skew economic tax laws and other benefits to the 1% and undermine the very unions that could be helping them. Instead, what "trickles down" to what is left of the middle class from the "job creators" are stagnant wages, full-time jobs that deliver nothing but subsistence, part-time jobs that deliver noting but poverty, and a congress that is determined to destroy the only opportunity to buy affordable health insurance that many people will ever have.

But the GOP rank and file yearn for the day that once again, they can legally refuse to hire, or sell their property, or serve anyone who is not just like them, and the wealthy are only too happy to keep that dream alive.

Their dream; our nightmare.
 
 
+33 # motamanx 2015-03-12 15:37
Where is the law that says there can only be two parties? Don't all the other democracies on the planet have more than two? Seems as if democracy itself would be better served in the US if the choice was expanded beyond the money grabbing duo we have now.
 
 
+24 # reiverpacific 2015-03-12 17:19
Quoting motamanx:
Where is the law that says there can only be two parties? Don't all the other democracies on the planet have more than two? Seems as if democracy itself would be better served in the US if the choice was expanded beyond the money grabbing duo we have now.

Aye; trouble is, the US isn't a Democracy.
 
 
+3 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 22:41
..reiverpacific gets it. 1) we are actually a public, and 2) we have only one political party in need of an other that is for the people in defiance of special $ interests. Don' hold your breath.
 
 
-55 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 15:52
I'm so sick of this partisan crap!

Obama is trying to undermine our federalist form of government with the TPP and the TTIP. Nothing in my lifetime has been more subversive than what Obama is trying to shove down our throats: global corporate governance.

Obama is a traitor! People need to wake up and smell the corruption: it's bipartisan!
 
 
+38 # jon 2015-03-12 16:15
Man, you need to go back and review the politics of globalization since Nixon went to China to sell our manufacturing jobs "down the river".

Obama is not exclusive in this regard.
 
 
+9 # Merlin 2015-03-12 18:53
Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 15:52
I disagree with your judgement that Obama is a traitor. He is not that.

Definition:
Traitor
a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc.


Obama never betrayed us. He was never our friend, as much as he appeared to be, in 2007. Obama was the greatest Trojan Horse, we, The People, ever pulled inside our compound. He has worked for the oligarchy from the minute he was elected in 2008. That was immediately shown, by his putting Geithner and Summers in to “solve” the financial crisis in 2008.

If you want to call him something, it would be more accurate to say he is the enemy, at least as much as the oligarchy, for whom he works, is our enemy.

Regarding the rest of your post, you are spot on. Obama is pushing the TTP which will virtually destroy the sovereignty of every nation that signs it. This is the most serious threat to our country, that I have ever seen in my 60 years of following politics.
 
 
-6 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-13 17:28
Obama is willing to betray the principle of federalism. THAT makes him a traitor. He's trying to betray the 99% who would be damaged in some way by the TPP and the TTIP.

Enemy? I would not use that word. The Koch brothers are worthy of disdain, contempt and wrath, but I don't see them as "enemies."
 
 
+5 # punditalia 2015-03-13 11:41
Quoting Inspired Citizen:
I'm so sick of this partisan crap!

"Obama is trying to undermine our federalist form of government with the TPP and the TTIP. Nothing in my lifetime has been more subversive than what Obama is trying to shove down our throats: global corporate governance.

Obama is a traitor! People need to wake up and smell the corruption: it's bipartisan!"


Why all the negative votes? Promotion of the TPP and TTIP with the inclusion of ISDS courts is treason, regardless of who makes up the conspiracy. If successful, this will be nothing less than a Corporate Fascist coup d'ètat, bringing with it the end of representative government throughout the world. The trade concerns are real and like its predecessors probably will do the US far more harm than good. However, the real problem here is the end of democracy, with little chance of its restoration except through a very bloody revolution.
 
 
+1 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-13 17:31
Thank you. At least some of the RSN readers understand just how bad his global corporate governing pacts would be.

You're right. There is no clause allowing withdrawal from these pacts. The only chance for restoration would be revolution, bloody or otherwise.

I'm not sure what is more terrifying: ObamaTrade or the down votes from RSN readers I've been getting.
 
 
+27 # Shorey13 2015-03-12 16:12
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, once asserted that "you can't step in the same river twice." OK, so the river is running pretty fast now, faster than ever, but the truth is that ALL reactionaries, religious, political and economic, are existential cowards.

Instead of just preaching to the choir (notwithstandin g the occasional troll) on these "liberal" (I prefer '"progressive") web sites, we need to begin shouting from the rooftops that we have allowed COWARDS to do their best to derail our progress. There is no middle ground on this. If we continue to fail to organize and confront these reactionaries, we deserve our miserable fate.

It's imperative to understand that these cowards are using power (and the things that confer it, like money and political office) as a buffer against their extreme fear. Our clever words have no effect on them. Fear tightens the mental sphincter--noth ing goes in. They will only respond to equal and opposite power. Nothing less. Words are not just worthless, they are counter-product ive.
 
 
+29 # Robbee 2015-03-12 16:15
zomblicans are cannibals, they eat their young, their old, their women, their workers, their vets, their minorities

anyone can be zomblican, gays, gay haters, pro-life, pro-choice - their perfect candidate was itt romney, who was squarely on both sides of every issue, for example he was against obamacare that he invented - the only litmus test whether you qualify as a true zomblican is whether you want tax cuts for rich folks, absolutely everyone is welcome, belongs in their tent, so long as this is their prime directive

rich folks are such a tiny minority of voters that, for all practical purposes their votes don't count! they can only propigate their interests by acting thru the zomblican party, and, all too often, the dem party too, which explains why we need to get money out of politics, any solution short of amending the constitution, cannot restore democracy
 
 
+25 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-03-12 17:01
The partisan crap os merely a smokescreen so we don't see the corporate control of "our" government/and resources. FASCISM at its FINEST.
 
 
+15 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 17:41
Quoting jon:


Obama is not exclusive in this regard.


Nope, but that doesn't make him any better for it. You REALLY need to find out more about the TPP. This is "NAFTA on steroids," or better "Citizen United on crack."

The TPP would end federalism as we know it.
 
 
+5 # Merlin 2015-03-12 19:12
Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 17:41

Amen!
 
 
+32 # treespeaker 2015-03-12 17:45
Government main purpose is to protect its citizens. Basically the republican party is a bunch of evil individuals who only think of serving themselves and their personal agenda instead of serving the American people. Everything they do is based on fear. Look at their record on the environment, the economy, wars, EPA, GMO's and just about anything they touch. They are so bad that they take food out of the mouths of needy children and adults. Americans had better wake up and vote these freaks out of office before they completely destroy our freedom and way of Life.
 
 
+22 # Vardoz 2015-03-12 18:11
They would eat their children if it paid and in away they are- they are hurting people all across the nation.
 
 
+7 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 17:45
Quoting Madmedic:
you dumb F*CK. Just how stupid do think the readers of RSN are?


First of all, your comment should be deleted for its ad hominem quality.

Second, you really have no idea about the political duopoly. Both major parties are tools of Wall St.

http://www.amendmentgazette.com/2015/02/13/political-duopoly-and-corporate-personhood/
 
 
+9 # Madmedic 2015-03-12 18:42
Quoting Inspired Citizen:
Quoting Madmedic:
you dumb F*CK. Just how stupid do think the readers of RSN are?


First of all, your comment should be deleted for its ad hominem quality.

Second, you really have no idea about the political duopoly. Both major parties are tools of Wall St.

http://www.amendmentgazette.com/2015/02/13/political-duopoly-and-corporate-personhood/


Can't quite make out the photo. Is that you Rush?

You are the one replacing the asterisk in the third word with a vowel that makes the word offensive to you.

OBTW, it appears to me (and apparently some other RSN readers) that the really distasteful ad hominem remarks on this board are the ones being posted by you and other President Obama haters.

As for my having no idea about the "political duopoly" and both major parties being "tools of Wall Street," I do not agree with much that many Democrats do, but I'm also smart enough to know that they are currently the only game in town for progressives like my self.

Stomping off into third party land is a prescription for more republican policy victories and the elimination of any effective resistance to their depredations.

What, pray tell, is your interim solution/replac ement (party) for unhappy liberals/progre ssives currently supporting the Democrats, while the republicans are in charge of the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court? Let them take the Presidency too? BRILLIANT! Please share your better option.
 
 
+21 # jon 2015-03-12 19:55
Trolls never have anything to offer in the way of solutions - only hate, again caused by fear.

The opposition would love nothing more than for us to split our voice into a 3rd party fight. They could relax, and go shoot a round of golf.

Again, you are right, Democrats are fighting for the same dollars to get re-elected the Republicans are - from corporations. Therefore they must dance sufficiently to be in the show at all. Until we get a Democrat dominated Congress, Senate, and Administration, we can not make any changes to this system - such as eliminating gerrymandering - the Koch brothers most productive tool.

The Democrats are the only thing separating us from a complete Fascistic coup. The Republican's owners will not be satisfied until nobody has any memory of the most basic precept of Democracy - we all do better, when we all do better.
 
 
+14 # Madmedic 2015-03-12 20:36
jon, Your observations above are spot on! Thank you for being another sane voice in the ever continuing struggle to keep those who seek immediate perfection from causing the destruction of those of us who are willing to accept the realistically doable while we work toward ultimate perfection.
 
 
+12 # jon 2015-03-12 21:05
Sometimes it is difficult for people to keep emotion out of it and evaluate the playing field and rule book, and proceed with a plan that is realistic.

We all feel the same here about what is right and wrong. Our only differences are about how to go about rectifying the many injustices we face as Americans.
 
 
-2 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 15:12
I am probably a Troll. I think things are worse than anyone writing in rsn reaizes. I too have no solutions except to suggest that evil eventually destroys itself.

Socialism and Revolution never work. We are a republic of laws by the people, or supposed to be. It worked but for a short while. I measure we are now half way down the path of the end of the Roman Empire.
 
 
+4 # Inspired Citizen 2015-03-13 16:30
If you can't distinguish between criticism from the left and the right, you need to take a political theory course or two.

I'm not engaged in ad hominem attacks on Obama. He is pushing a "trade" regime that would render federalism obsolete.

You really need to wake up and listen to what Senator Warren has been saying about the TPP and its ISDS clause.
 
 
+3 # bingers 2015-03-14 16:50
I fail to see what is so great about federalism as practiced here. On paper it may be wonderful, but don't forget that the federalists in SCOTUS are the ones destroying America huge batches at a time.
 
 
+1 # Merlin 2015-03-12 19:27
Inspired Citizen 2015-03-12 17:45

I agree with your post here.

Thanks for the link
 
 
+27 # FLAK88 2015-03-12 17:52
In any other developed nation, an action like that taken by these 47 would be considered an arrestable offense. That's exactly what should be done with them here. Some Federal Prison time might set a good example for any others who might want to commit treason.
 
 
+6 # Robbee 2015-03-12 18:13
all i am saying, charles pierce, is that you can ask every zomblican in america whether s/he believes in federal supremacy or not and all you will learn is that they are squarely on both sides of that issue, and itt romney is on both sides at the same time, your story is a brain teaser that has no answer

a more productive use of your pen and our time would be to review the pro's and con's of various proposed amendments to restore democracy, pick the one you think works best and get behind it, or else propose a better one of your own, thanks!
 
 
+6 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 17:01
Federal supremmacy stops at Tenth Amendment. The Bill of Rights was a consitution game changer for ratification by many states. Too bad the oligarcy found so many ways around it. Power does corrupt.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2015-03-12 18:44
okay, as if you asked, here's one concrete example, consider that every single female zomblican senator voted against equal pay for women - do they hate women? i don't think so - only the interests of their sex was outweighed by a common interest far more important - the less rich folks' corporations pay women, the more corporations they own profit, so, to pun, female zomblican senators votes against personal interest were a "no-brainer"

zomblican judges have a nearly secret society, the "federalist society", many zomblican texans openly espouse seceding from the union - your story may entertain esquire readers, who like to momentarily confound zombie friends, but it only provides narrow, escapist intellectual entertainment - please aim higher, thanks!
 
 
+11 # m... 2015-03-12 20:10

During the Vietnam war WE had a Policy.
Faustian in its nature to the moral, ethical and spiritual values most Americans felt we held together as a Nation at the time…

'FIRST, WE HAVE TO DESTROY THE VILLAGE IN ORDER TO SAVE IT'

A Horrific Policy then…. and a Terrifying Policy here at home now….

…As The Republican Party has brought this Faustian Policy to all of our doorsteps with their Obsessive, Destructive, Anti Federalist, Smaller Government Scam and the Methodical, Subversive and so far, quite Successful Effort to FIRST DESTROY THE ENTIRE REPUBLIC IN ORDER TO RESHAPE IT ACCORDING TO POLITICAL BENEFACTORS AND NARCISSISTIC POLITICO VISIONS OF A NEW ORDER…
...
 
 
+14 # futhark 2015-03-12 21:29
South Carolina Republican Senator and would-be presidential candidate has gone about as far as a public official can go in advocating the destruction of our constitutional republic without actually taking up arms. He has openly advocated using the U.S. military to intimidate Congress into passing legislation authorizing support for more aggressive military engagement in the Middle East.

Somehow that seems to me to be a violation of his oath to support and defend the Constitution. Maybe it's treason. In any case, he should resign his office as senator or be ejected from the Senate.

http://www.infowars.com/lindsey-graham-meets-with-terrorists-threatens-to-overthrow-u-s-government/
 
 
+11 # Kwamined 2015-03-13 02:15
The Repugnicans are saboteurs, traitors. Are traitors hanged or shot?
 
 
+4 # Depressionborn 2015-03-13 17:10
It is better not vote for them. Politicians need to be in office, throw them out. We have to stop voting for the lesser evil. Quit looking for security, it doesn't work. You will end up a slave.
 
 
-12 # WaaDoo 2015-03-13 10:26
OK, so there is a deep disagreement between Conservatives and Leftists on what constitutes a "marriage". We get it, and eventually the Right will have to adjust to the reality that homosexuals have "equal rights" under the U.S. Constitution. As a Conservative, I see that.

Now let's look at the creature called Charles Pierce who writes for Esquire. Did he not take Civics in Junior High School? The first rule of Civics is
"Avoid Glittering Generalities".

Calling the GOP the party of "subversives" is a damnable glittering generality. If it was not such a dangerous sociological statement, we on the Right could ignore it. However, to be silent is to violate the principle of letting public opinion keep leaders under control.

"The responsibility of a Patriot is to protect his country from its government". In Pierce's case, he incites with invectives to influence public opinion improperly with a blanket statement.

I know of a journalist or two who lied:
i.e. Dan Rather and Brian Williams. On that basis do I have the right to say that Journalists are Liars? Of course not.

Pierce stirs up trouble improperly and is exposing his dirty underwear of a hidden agenda. What is it Charles?
 
 
+5 # cymricmorty 2015-03-13 12:32
waaaadoo: Ha. Hahaha! What a low-rent troll you are. You're a Pierce wannabe. (Taibbi, too, for that matter.)
 
 
+7 # bingers 2015-03-14 16:54
Dan Rather didn't lie, Brian Williams lied a little, he was actually in the next helicopter behind the one shot at, Bill O'Reilly lied through his teeth. And calling the Republicans subversives is not a glittering generality, it's actual truth.
 
 
+5 # futhark 2015-03-15 08:46
When a Republican senator openly advocates using the U.S. military to intimidate Congress into passing legislation he favors, I call that subversive, possibly crossing the line into treason.
 
 
+5 # dbrize 2015-03-13 12:42
Your criticism of Pierce is not without some merit.

That said, a regular reader of RSN would note that many on the left have taken him to task from time to time. These days for whatever the reason, the left is far less monolithic in philosophy than the right.

As well, your criticism of Pierce can and should be directed at many right wing sensationalists ; Bill Kristol, Jennifer Rubin, Charles Krauthammer, Mark Levin among those passing themselves off as "informed" and joined by the major domo's of "glittering generalities, Rush, Sean and nearly anyone appearing on Fox News.

Since those on the right are fond of biblical exhortations, "...remove the log from your own eye..." Luke 6:42, seems appropriate here.
 
 
+7 # cybersleuth58 2015-03-13 18:32
Ha, ha, ha! You forgot my personal favorite, hate-monger extraordinaire Ann Coulter.
 
 
0 # joe_me 2015-03-17 12:54
Why would any sane person listen to that womans trash talking on more than one occasion?
 
 
+7 # nickalagna 2015-03-13 16:38
Good one, Charlie. I must admit sometimes your pieces confuse me. I think your readership must know a lot of inside the game references that escape me, but this article is right on. The republicans are qualitatively playing on a different level than the democrats. And that is what you left out, what do the activists do with the democrats? Are the democrats oblivious or are they letting their republican colleagues do the dirty work of deconstructing our democratic republic? Do the dems think they can pick up the pieces because I can assure you there will be no pieces left to pick up. This is the issue you need to explore. Everyone at RSN knows the republicans are not constructive to human values, but what are the democrats actually doing to counter the republican revolution?
 
 
+8 # nickalagna 2015-03-13 16:42
The press is as much to blame as anyone with their insipid equivocating. Its nauseating, this article does something positive but you must take the dems to task for not making this the horrific catastrophic politics that it is.
 
 
+5 # cybersleuth58 2015-03-13 18:29
Quoting Buddha:
Places like Texas and Alabama with their nullification crap can go back to the 1800's for all I care, just so long as I don't have to be associated with them, I'll be fine with that. Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Hear, hear! I keep offering to send a check each time I read that Texans are threatening to secede.
 
 
+1 # futhark 2015-03-15 08:56
Concerning this notion of Texas seceding from the Union, what I don't get is that Texas was authorized by Congress in its act of admission in 1845 to split itself into up to 5 states, subject to action by the Texas state legislature. Think of it! 10 senators from Texas instead of 2! They could virtually dominate the rest of the country. If they have an agenda to push, that would certainly be the most sensible way to do it.

(Full disclosure: I am a native Texan living in California and heartily disagreeing with most positions of Texas politicians.)
 
 
+5 # bingers 2015-03-14 16:57
I say, don't let them secede, sell them back to Mexico for 5 Slurpees.
 

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