The time has come to call out crackpots who still incredibly somehow believe that “President Obama is a Muslim” and expose them as the stupendously stupid sacks of shit they truly are.
Despite his 6 long years and 241 days and nights in the White House while attending hundreds if not thousands of state functions, there are still tens of millions of United States citizens who earnestly believe and defiantly maintain that President Obama is a devoted practitioner of the Islamic faith, which in this overzealous era poisoned with so much fear mongering actually is intended to imply that he’s “anti-American” or worse, part of some Marxist conspiracy to wipe out Christian America.
How many of the pissed-off rich people who live in swanky houses along Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas call themselves “free-market capitalists?” What’s the breakdown of those within that wealthy gated enclave who support the sanctity of private property rights?
Bear with me, now. I’m looking for some philosophical consistency. But I don’t expect to find it. What I do expect to uncover is this — hypocrisy. Good old-fashioned “not in my back yard (NIMBY)” hypocrisy.
Sure, protecting and defending private property ownership is sacrosanct within conservative and libertarian circles. The belief held is that a property owner can do pretty much what he or she damn well pleases. After all, it’s their home. It’s their land. Accordingly, homeowners and landowners have a fundamental right to use their property as they wish, so long as the fair use of the land is legal and doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others.
Sure sounds good, doesn’t it?
Trouble is, the real world isn’t guided by principles, nor consistent patterns of belief. This is especially true when lots of rich people get angry.
Look at the facts. The candidate leading the G.O.P. pack right now is a megalomaniac who bleaches his hair bright orange. He’s blundered his way through several failed businesses and has filed for bankruptcy four times. He rambles incoherently without a script each time he steps in front of a camera. What he says often offends millions of people. And, he’s wasted half of his life hanging out inside casinos.
If those are credentials for the most important job in the world, then I don’t just have a fighting chance. Hell, with my resume that should make me the frontrunner.
Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby announce my candidacy for President of the United States….as a Republican.\
The super rich have never had it so good. At least not since the late 19th Century, a reprehensible period in American history known as the Guilded Age when wealthy robber barons in mansions and plantations treated the working class like farm animals, and government did next to nothing to help common people. In other words, unbridled capitalism and conservatism at its unapologetic worst.
It took the mass collectivization of workers and the formation of labor unions to mobilize enough power and pressure to achieve an unprecedented series of bold landmark legislative victories, several of which were enacted by President Theodore Roosevelt, the last true Republican progressive to embrace the working class. By today’s standards, “TR” would be Bernie Sanders. The 40-hour work week, mandatory overtime pay, the elimination of child labor, food and drug standards, workplace safety, and the right to unionize and bargain for fair wages and benefits without reprisals were but a few of the monumental triumphs that would never have come about without labor union activism and progressive politics.