You may want to check out Roger Ebert's most ambitiously political blog post. He argues that the tide of history
runs against the Republican party. Although I agree with all of his points, I do not agree with his bottom-line conclusion. His argument does not take into account three factors:
1. The decisive role played by propaganda. Our current propagandists are so skilled they could convince a substantial number of people that running headlong into a brick wall cures headaches. They could convince a substantial number of people to trim their nails with chainsaws. They could convince a substantial number of people that they will become wealthy if they burn their paychecks.
2. Regional electoral advantage. Alas, this problem is built into the Constitution: The institutions of the Senate and the electoral college give Republicans an unfair advantage.
3. The failure of the Democratic party. I have not given up on the Democrats. There are probably 70-something decent dems in Congress right now, and that number represents a good start -- certainly a better start than starting over. The eternal pipe dream of a new party makes me either laugh or grimace, depending on mood. But there is no denying that Obama has failed, although more Americans must understand that Obama failed because he embraced the Republican party's "Wall Street ueber alles
" value system. The failure of his "GOP-lite" governance has diminished the Democratic brand.
Ebert offers no defense of Obama per se
, although he does note that polls show that Americans favor Obamacare (which has not really been implemented yet). Our President has become the elephant in the room -- and the familiar metaphor has seldom been so amusing.
By the way: Did you know that Barack Obama is the all-time number one recipient of donations from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp?
Eventually, liberals must learn to say of Obama the same thing that I've said all along: This man does not represent us