Both Parties Should Be Worried About Cantor’s Defeat

Obama’s popularity hits a new low – 64% say the country is on the wrong track:   link

It wasn’t just a defeat suffered by Eric Cantor, it was near-landslide loss. CNN is promoting it as being disruptive to the Republican Party.  Fox News is pimping it as a big victory for the Tea Party.  But the truth is, Cantor’s crushing loss was a definitive message sent to the electoral Establishment.

Seriously, can anyone really tell me if there’s any difference between the two Parties? Is there any difference between Bush and Obama?  Bush gave us the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts – both reflective of Totalitarian creep.  Obama gave us Obamacare and ratified Bush’s Detainee Bill, both are reflective of even more Totalitarian creep.

In my view, the message sent by the electorate in the Cantor crushing was that Americans are sick of big Government, both Republican and Democrat style.  I suggested a year ago that we could well see voters hand all of Congress over to the Republicans in 2014 as a means of trying to put Obama’s Totalitarian agenda in check, similar to what happened in 2006 when voters gave Congress to the Democrats to try and offset Bush’s agenda.  N

Note:  if the voters give Congress to the Republicans, it’s not an endorsement of Republican politics – which are not much different than Obama politics (Obama is an even bigger war-monger than Bush was) – it’s about trying to create legislative gridlock in order to stop ALL legislation from being enacted.   Obama’s popularity numbers are doing what Bush’s did in his last 18 months:  plummeting.

But, just like 2006, once the new faces are firmly in their seats, K Street will go to work with Wall Street and Corporate PAC money and buy the new bodies, just like they bought the new bodies elected in 2006.

Nothing will change and this country will continue its inevitable march toward Banana Republic status.

7 thoughts on “Both Parties Should Be Worried About Cantor’s Defeat

  1. In Robert Greene’s excellent book “The 48 Laws of Power,” Law 32 is: “Play to People’s Fantasies.” His description is of 16th-century Venice, then in decline after centuries as the wealthiest place on the planet.

    In times of scarcity and decline, the masses rarely believe that their problems arise from their own stupidity. Someone or something else is to blame.

    So instead of returning to the harsh-reality values of their ancestors (hard work, thrift & entrepreneurship), the Venetians were drawn to alchemists (people who claimed they could turn common elements into Gold). The State even supported these charlatans, who never created the gold right away, but “needed time” and “couldn’t be rushed.” These delays only increased the popularity of the alchemists.

    Greene: “Anyone armed with a detailed analysis of the city’s economic decline and hard-nosed steps to turn things around would have been scorned. The reality was too ugly and the solution too painful.”

    People don’t change: we are repeating the stupidity of our ancestors. Politicians (and their friends at the Fed) are our modern-day alchemists playing to people’s fantasies, who re-elect them time and time again.

  2. “…it’s about trying to create legislative gridlock in order to stop ALL legislation from being enacted. ” YES! A neighbor and I have been discussing this thru many elections.

    100% agree with your article, Dave. The only reason I vote is to stop ALL state bills that propose tax increases. No matter where the money is SUPPOSE to go (like edumacation), it always ends up in higher salaries for state, local, and edumacation officals. part-time / temp jobs and 2/3 of homes are underwater. With so much poverty here, why do they need such high six-figure salaries?

  3. If the goal of American citizenry is to create gridlock in Congress (which I think it is currently), then what useful purpose does Congress perform (rhetorical question)?

    Not all voters are on the same page. Some are happy with “free lunch” principles and so will vote for the party that continues to provide this “service” on the backs of the working taxpayer.

    My view is that Congress + WH are not upholding their oaths of office to protect and defend the Constitution, and as such (should be) subject to consequences. However, no such outcome is forthcoming in our “liberty and justice for some” system of gov’t.

    Suggestion:

    Past is prologue…

    “The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced if the nation doesn’t want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” – Cicero 55 BC

    On a more practical matter, instituting the following would move us generally in the right direction: publicly funded (only) political campaigns, removal of all K-Street lobbyist pond scum, balanced budget amendment, term limits (1 term only Nancy Peloci, for example: 27 years and counting), and finally, Congress pond scum to be a true cross section of US, instead of plutocrats, oligarchy, elitists, and finally an end to “entitlements”. Oh, and much smaller Fed. gov’t, sound money, end the Fed, pretty much everything that is intuitively obvious to the most casual observer…

    Also need to have many fewer “low information voters”. Removing “free lunch” programs would go a long way to achieving this goal.

    Just saying, and if pigs could fly… 🙂

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

    “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain

  4. Warren has a couple of interviews that blend with your theme and the populations dissatisfaction with the status quo. Food for thought.

    Fed-Gov Wants You Big, Bigger, & Biggest

    Published on Jun 11, 2014

    The US Government, and Global Oligarchy, actively discourages individual innovators and small dynamic corporations from emerging. The existence of large-only-entities works to stifle variety, destroy innovation. Large-only-entities also provides a necessary mechanism of control on the part of the oligarcy as any dissent is quashed.

    http://youtu.be/VePpwrG2VfE

    War (Crisis) is a Racket – So Is Divide and Conquer
    http://youtu.be/a2vv-kA_8_Y

  5. Russia to support expulsion of the dollar from the East

    In late May, during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China, where he met with his counterpart Xi Jinping, the parties agreed to abandon settlements in the U.S. currency and make payments in Russian rubles and Chinese yuans. An adequate document was signed by First Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank, Vasily Titov, and head of the Bank of China, Chen Siqing. Then, in early June, at the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation, which was held in Vladivostok, Russia and North Korea (DPRK) signed an agreement on the transition to ruble settlement. The North Koreans thus consolidated their confidence in investors from Russia.

    For Russia, especially in the light of Western sanctions, farewell to the dollar in international transactions is a matter of urgent need. Earlier, Vladimir Putin said that Russia should develop settlements in national currencies with countries of the East. Thus, agreements on this issue and cooperation in the monetary sphere in general with the DPRK will help place gold reserves.

    http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/09-06-2014/127762-russia_dollar_expulsion-0/

  6. “Brat has not talked like a forty-seven-per-cent conservative complaining about how tax dollars are being shovelled to the undeserving poor (although maybe he does believe that and didn’t emphasize it in the campaign). He comes across, instead, like a ninety-nine-per-cent conservative who sees the real villain as corporate America and its addiction to government largesse. One of his biggest applause lines is about how bankers should have gone to jail after the 2008 financial crisis.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2014/06/david-brat-the-elizabeth-warren-of-the-right.html?mobify=0

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