So ladies and gentlebees, while I’ve been hobnobbing around Bungwahl, getting my legs cut open with razor grass, half drowning in swamp and surf, nearly getting bitten by a snake and drinking my own piss, some interesting things have been happening in the world. One of which is this, Republican Congressman Allen West, channeling the spirit of our beloved Douglas McCarthy from beyond the grave. Our lovely Comrade McCarthy, no longer content with making baseless accusations in that big right wing caucus in the sky has decided to employ his impressive powers down here on Terra Firma, through faithful patriot and compatriot, Mr Allen West.
Mr West, a figurehead of the Tea Party movement and a possible Romney running mate, was speaking at a town hall in Palm City, Jensen Beach, when he uttered this gem.
“Moderator: What percentage of the American legislature do you think are card-carrying Marxists or International Socialist?
West: It’s a good question. I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.”
Remind you of anyone? Perhaps a certain famous Cold War senator? A man who once said:
“I have here in my hand a list of two hundred and five people that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.”
Indeed! The similarities are manifest! Manifest! Which sounds like Manifesto! I rest my case. But in all seriousness, Mr West claims to have been misquoted. His rationale is that the Communist Party of the USA publicly declared the Congressional Progressive Caucus an ally, and therefore, by extension, makes all the CPC’s members, approximately eighty Democrats, tarred with the same red brush. Going by that logic, Stalin’s decision to ally with Roosevelt and Churchill in the Second World War, makes those two statesmen card-carrying Reds also. Churchill! How could you! We thought you were so butch when you advocated gassing the Kurds!
But giving Congressman West the benefit of doubt, and perhaps even temporarily suspending logic, it would be remiss for us not to examine other comments undertaken by other Republicans of the Tea Party strain. Allen West’s one time candidate for his Chief of Staff, Joyce Kaufman, fell from grace with this revolutionary statement, more resembling Mao-Zedong than a God-fearing daughter of America. “If ballots don’t work, bullets will.”
Looking at things more broadly, conspiracy theories surrounding Obama’s birth certificate are widespread, and the primaries to this point have been plagued with nominees waxing lyrical over how they would bomb Iran even gooder than their political competitors. Elevating taxes against the wealthy to fall in line with middle class tax rates are seen as “class warfare”, the entire system of progressive taxation and even a rudimentary welfare state is increasingly falling from a position of mainstream agreement, to the mainstay of the radical left. Like this aptly named British group, which happens to be one of my favourite bands.
Rick Santorum, the now sidelined conservative candidate for the Republican Presidential bid advocated his own version of Christian Sharia law and crusaded against pornography, striking fear into the hearts of teenage boys everywhere. Personally, I’ve breathed a deep sigh of relief now that he, and his fellow conservative candidates have, to quote a quaint Australian expression “died in the arse”. Ron Paul’s libertarianism is never going to catch on, and Gingrich is just wallowing about in the shallows, wondering what happened. That of course leaves the ground open to another type of politician, Romney.
Romney of course, is harder to criticise, because his platform seems to shift with the wind. The sane “fiscal conservative” of 1994, is now a committed social conservative also, although the details of such seem to shift depending on the time and the question. Romney is a chameleon, emblematic of the unscrupulous nature of cash-saturated merchant-statesmen, shifting with the political climate and using vast cash reserves to fill in the cracks.
I could trawl across the internet finding more quotes and links, and generally rant for hours, but I think I’ve made my point. America is shifting to starboard faster than the Titanic upon it’s meeting with that fateful iceberg. The fact that there is a strong progressive opposition, exemplified by the Occupy movement is perhaps even more frightening. Put simply, from this radical young Australians’s perspective, America needs to conciliate with the various interests existing in it’s borders, eliminate the influence of big money in the political system, and generally just take things a little more easy. Otherwise, it will rip itself apart.