Call it it the politics of nostalgia. Call it the politics of ancestral loyalty. Or, call it as I do, umbilical politics. It doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is the fact that a majority of Americans are unwilling–even in their own heads–to make the break with the politics of the past which got us into our present rut; chasm might be a better term.
So what we have is the alternation of pawns in the game. I notice on Facebook that so many who were breathlessly promoting the Tea Party protests are now reduced to the old fools’ game of the Republicans will save us in 2010. When that happens, and the Republicans insist on acting like Republicans, then it will be the Democrats’ turn to play the role of Savior. And so it goes.
They keep on rotating and keep changing disguises. But always hitched to the past. How many ‘truthers’ were once Republicans? Probably none; that’s not their role in the game. How many ‘birthers’ were once Democrats? Probably none; that’s not their role in the game.
How come militias and secessionist movements perk up when a Democrat is in the White House and die down when Republicans take over? Was Bush that much better than Clinton? Or is it just another case of the brain dead unable to break from ancestral loyalty? Now we’re going down the same path!
Folks calling themselves independents and rebels but always going back to umbilical cord politics.
One good start would be to quit personalizing things. Democrats did that with Bush and we ended up with Obama. Now Republicans are doing it with Obama and God only knows where that will end up. No change, I can assure you.