Listen up. Are you having fun as much as the daddy watching the GOP implode before your very eyes? Check it:
*You got talk show radio blowhard druggie Rush Limbaugh saying he wants President Obama to fail. He's saying this a brotha working 24/7 to keep us from going into a depression and to get this back on sound economic footing;
* You got other Republicans stumbling over themselves trying to minimize druggie Limbaugh's blatant anti-American statement while, at the same time, trying not to offend him; and
* You got Michael Steele, the new head of the RNC and supposedly a great communicator, going on foul-mouth D.L. Hughley's television program, calling druggie Limbaugh a mere "entertainer" whose words are "incendiary," and "ugly" and then apologizing to him within hours. Why this Negro did everything but iron Limbaugh's mafia-looking black shirt, shine his shoes, and, as Limbaugh is walking away, cry out in ebonics "I loves u, massa!"
Yes, it's funny, but what is this all about really? Not sure? Well, let the daddy smack it for a minute:
1. Generally speaking, Republicans are angry that Barack Obama became president. A Black man running this country? Why it goes against their racist concept of the very order of things. In their small minds, white males run things. Women and nonwhites provide sex, serve as an alarm clock to wake them up for work, make up their beds, pick up their clothes from the cleaners and shine and buff their shoes. But in a dizzying reversal of fortune, they had to stomach the tall skinny black guy signing into law bills to make it easier for trial lawyers to go to town suing employers for past discrimination against women. They could only grimace as the tall skinny black guy reversed one executive decision after another made by President Bush as he was unceremoniously being kicked out of the White House door. And worst of all, Republicans from both the house and the senate had to watch the very popular tall skinny black guy and President of THEIR country give a State of the Union Address, signaling the end of Reagan the B-grade actor's ideology demonizing government as the enemy and heralding rich white folk as the trickle-down savior of us losers and unwashed masses (And you thought a fat white Santa Claus coming down chimneys every yeas was jive!). Worst of all, the tall skinny black guy had that fast-talking, long-winded white dude (VP Joe Biden) and that "Sanfrancisco liberal" (in other words, representative of gays) white woman (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi) sitting BEHIND him. OH-MY-GOD...For the GOP, this was almost too much to bear. Poor things.
2. The tall skinny black guy is succeeding. He's succeeding in demeanor, remaining as calm as James Bond steering a plane going down, as cool as Shaft giving instructions to homies under gunfire. He's succeeding in leadership, calmly directing some of the best minds in our country to deal with perhaps the greatest economic crisis since the depression. Confident but sobering, he's treating the American people like adults--admitting that getting out of this economic crisis may take years. By speaking the truth to them, by keeping their expectations in check, he remains believable and popular, no matter what Republicans say.
3. While the Obama administration is succeeding, the Republican party is imploding from within. Republicans say that Rahm Emanuel started the problem with Republicans by proclaiming Rush Limbaugh as their leader. Not true. Emanuel and the dems are just taking advantage of a divisiveness that was just under the surface-- the divisiveness between moderate Republicans represented by Steele and the right-wing branch represented by Limbaugh. By chastising Steele and protecting Limbaugh, Republican leaders are trying to hold onto what's left of the Republican party (its right-wing base) until it can come together and figure out a way to fool middle and low-income whites again.
The key thing to remember here is that Republicans no longer have an ideology. Once upon a time, they clung to the Reagan ideology like monkeys on a tree branch. But Reagan's keep-the-government-out-of-it- ideology is of absolutely no service to the country. His notion of letting the free enterprise system work its "magic" on the market is like telling a secretary to dispense with a Dell computer and go back to the Royal typewriter. Like the Royal typewriter and buggy whips, Reaganism is a product of a bygone era.
Without an ideology, even a simplistic one, Republicans are like a starving, half-naked man wandering in the desert for days, craving water but only seeing mirages. For now, that mirage is Limbaugh, but there will be others. But what this proves is that, if you don't have a working ideology, you probably won't have much of a leader either. You will only have a party wandering from idiot to idiot, devoid of real leadership.
Yes, it's funny. The GOP is sticking its foot in its mouth, Limbaugh is only a fill-in, and Steele is just shining shoes. But what simplistic, ideology and manufactured, corporate-backed "decider" will they contrive and market to us unwashed masses next?