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White Collar Anarchy

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The disingenuousness with which Republicans refuse to constructively involve themselves in the political process is as lethal as it is confounding. Because it doesn't have anything to do with Democracy or the various governmental procedures which allow this country to survive generation to generation, year to year, day to day.

It's because they suck.

The barrage of false comparisons, spurious assertions about bipartisanship or "what the American people really want" fills the news and information vacuum like so many styrofoam packing peanuts---excessively squeaky and bad for the environment (and a pain in the ass to clean off a carpet).

But obstruction is the name of the Reps' game and team sports (which the spectacle of congressional action/inaction resembles most) cannot be played if one team just plain refuses to even take the field.

Watching grown Republicans laboring to come up with baroque yet obtuse formulas as to why they oppose this or that Obama legislation, or this or that Obama appointee, or this or that Obama anything can certainly be enjoyable, like watching roided-out pro wrestlers phlegmmily growling comic book threats to their simpering rivals. But as it impacts how real people live and die in America, it amounts to white collar anarchy.

How else would organized, purposeful obstruction be described? For, while they wear their suits and meticulously angled old glory lapel pins, while they comb their hair neatly and bow their heads in supplication to Jesus, they are every bit the spirit of the disheveled homegrown idealogical zealot, so casually corrupt, so intent on mangling the machinery of the government which, by virtue of its own potential for hope and change, has rendered them and their old white guy ideals obsolete and, hence, dangerous.

It's a smorgasbord of schmucks, with Boehnor, McConnell, Cantor and the rest of the canned clan of conniving con-artists regurgitating instantly refutable falsehoods every day, hammering all the talking points into the malleable skulls of the toothless faithful, and proudly wearing their "Luntz's Dunces" souvenir propeller beanies.

But the president, for all the implications of his being a master politician, still has belief in the basic decency of real people, even those who have turned their backs on him and on all reason. It's this basic faith that just might carry the country through the 24 hour-a-day assault on progress being waged by the Republican party and their gang of whopper-wielding white collar anarchists.