As the right-wing attacks on health care reform drone on, it is becoming obvious that is not the real issue.
Heath care is simply the mechanism the far right leadership is using to mobilize a frustrated and angry constituency that refuse to accept the results of the 2008 presidential election, and the fact that Sarah Palin will never hold an elected office outside of Alaska.
Coddled by Ronald Reagan, humored by the first George Bush, and courted by the second, the social conservatives find that when they destroyed the Republican Party over the past six years, they lost.
As the New York Times reported on the town hall meeting in Pennsylvania held by Senator Arlen Specter, Senator Goes Face to Face With Dissent
They got up before dawn in large numbers with angry signs and American flag T-shirts, and many were seething with frustration at issues that went far beyond overhauling health care...This isn’t just about health care,” said Carolyn Doric of Harrisburg, “it’s about political power and a means to regain political power.”
This makes life difficult for Democrats, but it makes life miserable for the moderates within the Republican Party.
The right wing, the social conservatives, have no more regard for the well-being of the economy than many of my friends on the left who believe that if something is good for the business community, it must be bad for everyone else.
The concept of a stimulus package to save the economy was not a Democratic plan but a Republican plan introduced by the economic advisers to President George W. Bush and supported by most Republican members of Congress. Just ask Paul Ryan.
Bailouts, whether they be for the financial services industry or the automobile industry, are difficult to stomach.
I have no love for banks that charge outrageous interest rates and fee after fee for virtually every service that costs them fifty cents or less. In many ways the American automobile industry got what it had coming. Going back to the 1970's it failed to respond to foreign competition and refused to market rational vehicles.
Supporting a bailout for industries lead by morons and thieves is not easy. It was a matter of balancing values - saving industries run by thugs or letting the economy worsen.
Do we sit and do nothing and allow the economy to further unravel sending the U.S. and probably the world into a depression worse than the 1930's, or do we adopt a rational plan that will correct the problem, which in many instances is also 'rewarding' some of the worst of the villains?
The Obama Administration will survive this chaos and go on to lead a strong America. In the meantime the Republican Party will continue to self-destruct as the moderates lack the muscle and the numbers and the extreme right is more concerned about their indignation than contributing to the discussion.
Notice that the Neocons are absent from the discussion.