No one should be astonished at the recent letter sent by Senate Republicans to the Iranian government. Tom Cotton, the leading Republican Senator behind the letter, is a product of the Conservative Wingnut Factory. Something that traces its history to long before this letter to Iran was crafted. Personally, I am not as outraged as many others are about this seemingly unprecedented breach of protocol. This is par for the course when it comes to these people. Frankly, this is nothing more than a stunt to gin up controversy for the sake of their pig people base who want to see the Kenyan Usurper humiliated before the eyes of the world. And frankly, again, undermining the Federal Government of the United States is their raison d’être. During LBJ’s peace talks with the North Vietnamese before the 1968 elections Richard Nixon had his underlings sabotage the talks to ensure the war would continue past his election and enable him to be the President who brought the war to an end. There are now tapes, recently made available at the LBJ Presidential Library, in which Johnson talks to a Republican representative about the “treason” committed by the Nixon campaign.
During negotiations between Carter and Iran regarding the embassy hostages taken the year before the Reagan campaign sabotaged the talks to ensure the hostages would not be released until Reagan was elected. The hostages were released minutes after Reagan took the oath on the steps of the Capital. And who could forget the Supreme Court decision that made George W. Bush president? A decision that went against the grain of every argument ever made about states rights, and federal intervention into states rights, by every conservative on that bench? These are only a few of the atrocities committed by Conservatism against American Democratic Republicanism. This is what they do, who they are. They only care about setting the federal government on fire, even, and especially, if they have to do it from within the federal government. The Republican Party of modern times is the direct ideological descendant of the Confederacy. Though by the looks of it the legacy of the Confederacy is present in other forms as well.
The Department of Justice recently released a report on the death of Michael Brown by Daren Wilson, and the Ferguson Police Department. The first part of the report deals with the specific case of Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, and how there was no credible evidence to support witness claims that Brown was killed while attempting to surrender. But the other DOJ report deals with systemic violence perpetrated against the African American community by the Ferguson Police Department and fills in the blanks regarding how, and why, such a confrontation between Wilson and Brown started, and ended, the way that it did. The Ferguson Police Department was far more focused on generating revenue for their operations than they were on protecting the public they exist to serve:
“This emphasis on revenue has compromised the institutional character of Ferguson’s police department, contributing to a pattern of unconstitutional policing, and has also shaped its municipal court, leading to procedures that raise due process concerns and inflict unnecessary harm on members of the Ferguson community. Further, Ferguson’s police and municipal court practices both reflect and exacerbate existing racial bias, including racial stereotypes. Ferguson’s own data establish clear racial disparities that adversely impact African Americans. The evidence shows that discriminatory intent is part of the reason for these disparities… Partly as a consequence of City and FPD priorities, many officers appear to see some residents, especially those who live in Ferguson’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods, less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue…”
So, when Michael Brown was walking down the street and eventually pulled over by Darren Wilson, Brown did not recognize Wilson as a legitimate officer of the law. Instead he saw a gangster the likes of Henry Hill coming to shake him down. This is not far afield of how the rest of the society should view the Conservative movement. Not as a legitimate, good faith actor, interested in the common interest, but as a gang of cultists bent on destroying the institutions that work at cross purposes with their impulses. And they rarely have anything more than the impulse to make liberals scream because their paymasters in the American oligarchy have pumped their brains with Fox “News” and right wing talk radio bile.
There is no reasoning with these people. They are going to get what they want and they will get it at any cost. Even total victory would not satiate these people for they will always need an enemy, like the Ferguson Police Department, to justify their existence. A few resignations, as has happened in Ferguson this last week, is not going to be enough. They must be cut off from engagement with the national discourse. Any time these lunatics are permitted to spill their lies across the table, whether it be on television, online, or in newspapers, is another loss fore the future of this country. Therefore, we must target those useful idiots in the mainstream press who give them soapboxes from which to spout their deceptions.