THE BLOG
02/06/2012 09:08 am ET | Updated Apr 07, 2012

Read the Label

(WARNING: prolonged exposure to corporate right-wing toxins can cause unfounded and unnatural fear and loathing of "others", decreases in income and productivity, increased wheezing due to unregulated industrial waste and a marked rise in purchases of Sansabelt Slacks®.)

The more the corporate right-wing tries to influence, cajole and otherwise force-feed its Gilded Age ideology down citizens' throats (and there will always be a malleable demographic willing to do just about anything a well-groomed authoritarian wielding id-laced rhetoric tells them) the more the body politic's natural instinct -- and it is surely a survival instinct -- rears and rejects the right's toxic message.

As is already being reported, buyer's remorse for all the crap-encrusted candidacies the corporate right-wing machine had incubated, hatched and set loose is starting to find purchase in our already dross-saturated politics/news/entertainment culture. Republicans voters are torn between two loafers in Mitt and Newt, each more irresponsible, uncaring, denuded and detestable than the other.

Still, true to form right-wing loyalists throw their bulk behind whomever the anointed one is for the moment, hence the hilarious GOP presidential candidate whack-a-mole over the past months. The machinations of the right-wing machine have been exposed through its own lack of restraint, intoxicated by years of talk-radio dominance and unparalleled reach into the heartland of American gullibility.

It's an attempt to sway the masses by using incendiary rhetoric that still, despite its pathetic hyperbole, evinces a knee-jerk response: be disgusted by the poor, be afraid of the brown, be uncaring for the old, be pitiless to the sick, be hateful of the liberal. They simply rearrange their hackneyed and historically refuted ideas the way a child rearranges its vegetables to make it look like they've actually been eaten.

Dividing in order to conquer is a standard GOP tactic and one that's clearly effective; witness the rank and file lower and middle classes who have bought into the GOP game plan, even though it will benefit them the least, if at all; so delirious from hunger after years of starving under insidious right-wing messaging that they will happily scoff down pie in the sky.

But it should be apparent by now that in a modern society, trying to control behavior by legislating morality -- morality which is in many cases utterly subjective -- is a mistake. Just erect enough regulatory road signs that are positive in nature and execution, road signs that keep people from hurting and exploiting others. In fact, it should be a legislative imperative to create and enact laws which responsibly utilize diversity, embracing the vast swath of opinions and personalities making up these United States, rather than codifying, demonizing and disenfranchising them.

By acknowledging the nation's diversity and governing to that reality (instead of the myriad fictional ones concocted by Republican word doctors and think tanks), America will have finally matured, its true potential -- so much of which has already been realized -- accessible to future generations.

It's a message that needs to be repeated, if only to counter the incessant backwards-marching drum that beats on right-wing radio and Fox News all day, every day. Steadily, people are realizing that the promised benefits of the right's fear-based ideology are hollow and cruel, that their masters are out of touch with real people's needs and wishes, that the hope of the nation lay in its diversity, not its division.

So next time you ingest some hate-laced bromide peddled by the right-wing corporate liars, remain calm, get the facts and let truth be your Ipecac®.