Conspiracy is fun. Perhaps it's my conservative roots, perhaps it's just a natural reaction to a good ghost story. And like a good ghost story, here's one you haven't heard yet:
In December of 2012, while we were all waiting for the end of the world, the Republican Party was in complete shambles. Yes, they continued to control the US Congress, but they were divided and beaten. It appeared that, perhaps, the beast of Austerity was finally slain, and America could breathe a sigh of relief.
Of course, that's not the situation now, just 3 months later. For some unknown reason, the Democrats in the US Senate chose to pursue a list of social policies, including gun control, rather than issues that could have driven the Republicans into the ground, like Social Security, the Post Office, bank regulation, and ending the Bush tax cuts.
And instead of swinging America back to a moderate position, we now see conservatism even stronger than ever. Instead of marginalizing the right-wing radicals, this latest string of Democratic initiatives has energized and empowered them.
Obama is caving on every single economic issue, he's championing our radical foreign policy, and he has fully left progressives in the dust. These social issues are just an excuse to get everybody fighting again. The Democratic Senate continues to issue bills that they know won't pass the House, but that don't challenge the grassroots support that the Republican House still retains.
And Austerity continues.
So, is this a conspiracy? Reasonable people will weigh in on every issue that's put before them. But who puts these issues before us? Have you noticed that for the past 3 months, all that MSNBC wants to talk about is guns and gay rights? I mean, sure, we all have opinions on that, and reason should prevail. But is THAT the issue facing America that should be unifying us?
If you want to get rid of a hornet's nest, you don't go up to it and smack it with a stick first. That's just stupid. So either the secret masters behind this battle plan are stupid, or they're diabolical.
Help me uncover this grand conspiracy, this great betrayal. There's no need to attack Social Security and Medicare, no reason to kill the Post Office, no reason to starve America into submission. And there's no reason to empower your enemies with pokes and prods when such core issues are at stake.