So that has what the United States has become. We have become a banana Republic. We are packing the courts and letting the courts pick Presidents and letting the legislature bend over backwards to suit the Presidency instead of acting as a separate representative body of government. We are producing an executive that holds secret military tribunals in extraterritorial areas to evade judicial oversight and violating legislatively ratified international treaties. We have a legislature that has proven itself incapable of restraining the executive’s ability to make war, not once now but consistently over a period of many years. That we can manage to do so and manage to go against the popular will at the same time is a deep sign of the corruption and decay of the Republic.
But the question is, how do we explain this to mainstream Americans in ways they will understand and care?
What does this mean to regular people’s daily lives? If it means we’re going to invade more countries to take their oil, or that we’re going to borrow ever more money to make the economy appear prosperous, or even persecute more minorities, I fear that the ones getting the oil and appearing to be prosperous, and doing the persecuting aren’t really going to care that much, and might even enjoy it. As long as they don’t think it harms them.
So, comments please. How will the end of democracy and representative government — and that is exactly what is happening here, make no mistake about it, these people believe that democracy is an affront to rule by God’s wishes — be bad for the majority of Americans? How does it harm their interests in ways they can feel?
Update – After posting that I was driving to the office (that pesky day job thing) and a woman calls into Rush, and is CRYING about how “unfair” it is that the Democrats are obstructing this poor woman from becoming a judge! Yesterday, on the Senate floor, Senator Hutchinson was CRYING about how “unfair” it is that the Democrats are obstructing this poor woman from becoming a judge.
In other words, the Right has tested “unfair,” and they know it makes an emotional connection with their target demographic. They aren’t arguing details and facts and technicalities, they are making an emotional connection with the people they are targeting. Let me repeat that. They aren’t arguing details and facts and technicalities, they are making an emotional connection with the people they are targeting.
They are making their audience care about this.
How do we phrase all of this in ways that connect with those parts of the public we need to reach? Comments, please.