Stuck In A Fail Loop: Why The Republican Nominee Doesn’t Matter

In the criminal justice world, recidivism is when a criminal repeats an undesirable behavior after they either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or were treated or trained to extinguish that behavior. Recidivism has a direct correlation to psychopathy defined by uninhibited gratification in criminal or aggressive impulses and the inability to learn from past mistakes. In the case of criminals, they gain satisfaction through their antisocial behavior and lack remorse for their actions. There are those who claim that if criminals are taught there is a different approach to living that is not criminally based, they will see the error of their ways and choose a path that is beneficial to themselves and society. Regardless of knowledge, bad consequences, and re-education attempts, many criminals repeat their mistakes and they are not far removed from Republicans who are so locked in with conservative ideology that they cannot, and will not, change their despicable behavior.

Over the past decade, Americans witnessed Republicans revert to the same failed policies and agendas despite losing elections, destroying the economy, and starting two disastrous wars, and like career criminal psychopaths, the presidential hopefuls are campaigning on promises to repeat their predecessors’ mistakes. There is little, if any, difference between the three remaining Republicans seeking their party’s nomination because they all promise a recurrence of Bush-era policies featuring entitlements for the wealthy and their corporations, cowboy diplomacy, more deregulation, and religious extremism. It is true that Republicans revel in pursuing corporatism and theocracy regardless the damage their agendas cause to most of the population, but personal gratification aside, they simply do not have anything else and like career criminals; they revert to what they know.

It is interesting that Republicans readily concede their errors when they lose elections, because like criminals, they understand forgiveness and second chances are based on acknowledging guilt and repentance. For example, George W. Bush promoted privatizing Social Security in 2005 and he claimed Americans would be better served investing their retirement in the stock market that crashed and burned two years later. Americans opposed the privatization scam and it cost Republicans the 2006 midterm elections; Bush claimed he misjudged the American people. In 2010, Bush claimed his administration’s biggest failure was not privatizing Social Security and Republicans picked up where he left off as soon as they took control of the House in 2011. Their goal, like Bush’s, is not helping Americans have security in their old age, but to enrich Wall Street and dismantle the popular and successful program.

Instead of pushing to privatize Social Security at the start of the 112th Congress, Republicans promoted a Heritage Foundation Medicare privatization scam, but Willard Romney promises to privatize Social Security if elected president as a “fix” for retired Americans. Romney, like all Republicans, rejects eliminating the cap for people earning over $102,500 that would guarantee the system’s solvency for generations because Republicans, like criminals, revert to the only thing they know; protect the wealthy at all costs.

During the lead up to the 2010 midterm elections, Eric Cantor said that Republicans “screwed up” and lost their way but they learned their lesson and would work diligently to create jobs and stop their wasteful spending. However, before they took control of the House, they fought tooth and nail to keep the wasteful Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, and spent the entire first session of the 112th Congress killing jobs and attacking women’s rights. In negotiations to reduce the nation’s debt, Republicans refused to consider raising revenue and eliminating tax cuts for the wealthy and it cost America its stellar credit rating. It’s not that they don’t know how to raise revenue by letting the tax cuts expire, they just revert to what they know will have dangerous consequences like common, career criminals.

The point of this rant is thus; it does not matter which Republican wins the nomination for president, or which Republican runs for Congress because they all will resort to failed policies they tried in the past. The difference in 2012 is that this crop of Republicans will take their previous policies to extremes. Romney’s 59-point economic plan is a prime example of repeating Bush mistakes to the extreme. He plans on giving $6.7 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations as if taking Bush-era tax cuts to the extreme will give a different outcome than in 2001. Romney, like Santorum, Gingrich, and every other Republican just do not know any other policy than giving more tax cuts to the rich. Americans will be paying for Bush-Republican economic malfeasance for a generation and Republicans are asking Americans to give them another opportunity to decimate the economy. They are repeat offenders who, like criminals, know only one way of life and they must get great personal gratification from their antisocial behavior. They certainly show no remorse for their actions unless they lose an election or they would cease and desist their failed policies.

Many Americans say Republicans have gone off the rails, but they are only repeating their Republican predecessor’s mistakes to the extreme. It is not that they are unaware of their previous mistakes, because like every career criminal, they acknowledge the error of their ways when they lose elections or are begging for another chance. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich are begging for another chance to repeat Bush to the extreme and it does not matter which candidate wins the nomination because they are identical in purpose. The only difference between the three idiots is the title they aspire to; Romney – CEO of America Inc., Santorum – Pope of the Christian Republic of America, and Gingrich – moon president. Call them what you will, they are all Bush extremists, psychopaths, and recidivist Republicans.

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10 Replies to “Stuck In A Fail Loop: Why The Republican Nominee Doesn’t Matter”

  1. While I agree with your analysis of the Republican party, I must point out some false stereotypes.

    People who get out of prison face unbelievable stresses and problems. They have a stigma worse than being an illegal immigrant (and almost if not equally bad as being homeless in this society or even being gay). They often cannot find employment, and when they do it’s often (if not usually) minimum wage and abusive (exception – white collar -relatively rich or rich- criminals who generally DO fit the stereotype). They are discriminated against heavily in the housing market – if I remember right, they can’t even apply for most forms of housing assistance. Many of them end up homeless. Having studied a trade in prison, they get out and find that all of their studies and attempts to improve their lot were in vain. It’s easy to give up in such a situation. Plus, the police are twice as vicious towards ex-convicts as they normally are. For instance, an ex-con drinks a beer (one) and gets arrested for public intoxication (I’ve heard that one as a complaint and reason the person was sent back to prison). That sort of thing is not uncommon.

    The recidivism was often due to trying to cope with stress. Most of the people who are jailed again end up there for drug use, or breaking their curfew, or things like that (not contacting their parole officer on the day they’re supposed to seems to be a common story – but there is often no flexibility and if they can’t reach a phone OR are hindered in any other way, it’s just too bad). Some DO commit violent acts again… and society doesn’t give them the break that the rich get (or that ordinary people sometimes get).

    Of course, violence is not excusable, but American culture tends to only look at the act and usually not take into account the reasons behind the act and try to deal with them. It’s easier just to blame and punish the accused.

    When I had my business, only one of my customers would openly and knowingly hire ex-cons. The employees were quite thankful for the minimum-wage-and-no-AC jobs… and some told me stories of how hard it was to be an ex-con. Plus we studied and discussed the plight of ex-convicts as part of my classes on poverty and race. As usual, the reality is far more complex than either of us have portrayed it, but the “bad traits learned and must be unlearned or reprogrammed” is getting really close to medicalization – blaming the individual for “inherent personal failings”, just as poverty and homelessness is often blamed on the poor individuals.

    (BTW… most ex-cons I’ve met were quite up front about their crimes. Another big problem is this culture and it’s penchant for putting the wrong people in prison – and then demanding that they admit to their guilt (otherwise there would be no need for the Innocence Project). The stereotype you used would only really apply to the white-collar criminals and the “career” predators, not for the ex-convict and presently in prison population in general.)

  2. Walkaway,

    The justice system needs some serious fixes to correct the culture of self-perpetuating job security by law enforcement. There are no easy answers or solutions without first addressing the cause of criminal activity. That being said, there are career criminals who, like Republicans, reject society’s norms and the numbers are far greater than you may imagine.

  3. Parolees are often sought out by unethical employers, who extract extra, unsafe, and often unpaid work from them under threat of turning them in.

  4. I can think of no place better than our current prison system for turning a one-time offender into a hardened sociopath.

  5. …that’s why so many “ministries” started going to the prisons when Bush got in office…as I recall, lots of $$$ flowed to faith-based prison programs with little over-sight. As I also recall, the Jews, Catholics, even old Pasty Robertson said (at that time) they weren’t interested, not going to take the “governments” money as they had their own “sources” for their prison ministries …but, they lied.

    They ‘saw the light’ and bellied up to the trough once they found out that all kind of other “religions”, such as certain cults “teaching” yoga as “calming” lifestyle* had programs and were tapping into the mainstreamers “resources”; now, they wanted in on the action, too.

    *(I teach yoga, so I’m not dissing it; there were a few cults who taught “peace and love through yoga” who wrangled the faith-based money so they could get a foot in the door as they were looking for the same “criminal element”; the used cons as drug mules when they got out…I happened to have “known” one of these people who joined a neo-easter yoga group while in priso, and, after there release was arrested shortly after transporting drugs for the group)… ISKON was notorious for shipping their drugs internationally via their “icons” of Krishna and of course, they had a prison program too…and a motorcycle gang in case anyone got out of line…

    I digress…the point being, these religious types who are connected to the GOP are no different in their sociopathic adventures into criminal activities; they are birds of a feather, so to speak.

  6. Two links: one discusses a “minister” who talks about conversion in a prison via yoga (which is a “front” as it is well-known the minister grows his own; his wife tried to sell their home-grown to a friend of mine) and, the second, the indictment of one of the groups leaders in international drug trafficking. Both links are “older” but, gives a picture of how behind the scene drugs work within an organization that held itself out to be “religious”…funny thing, this was the same group who’s security company was supposed to be “guarding” the Muir Building in OK City the day it was bombed…

    My point: if this religious group has remained an “unknowns” to most Americans, more than the religious rights con-artist that are well-known today, imagine what criminal activities are going on within the “known” institutions (K Street for instance) who have bought so much power in recent years…these “ministries” didn’t get it all by passing the plate, ya’ know…and, in order for them to stay squeaky clean, somebody else has to do the dirty work behind the scenes.

    http://www.rickross.com/reference/3ho/3ho12.html

    http://www.rickross.com/reference/3ho/3ho85.html

  7. I’m pretty sure that there are still 4 Republicans in the race. Or are you meaning there are 3 clown, look-alike Republicans and one true Libertarian who has shown himself to be both morally and intellectually superior to the others?

    Once their election frauds are exposed, it will galvanize the sleeping giant like never before. Ron Paul is going to be our next president…

  8. He isn’t a true libertarian at all. And he does want to see you in slavery for some corporation with no regulations for your treatment. He sigged the personhood amendment that takes rights away from women proving that he is not a true libertarian. He is also connected to the religious dominionist movement.

    Ron Paul wouldn’t make it in the convention door. The GOP will simply block him out the same way they blocked him from winning maine

    No, there are only 3 people running for Pres.

  9. Very true, however, I’ve seen the fallout from the other side. I also know of the career criminals – the predators. They usually never change (but I admit that is also probably a stereotype).

    Like I said, it’s a complex situation – and both of our perspectives are of the same elephant. I’m not so sure that I would agree there are that many predators out there, unless you want to put the “Good Christians” in that category – and I’d argue that for most of them, they’re programmed and brainwashed and not inherently evil (their leadership, on the other hand…). Still, it only takes one career predator to cause a lot of misery.

    The frustrating thing to me is that it seems that the real predators are the ones who get off and are free to harm others (like many of the preachers), while the poor jerk who gets caught with a marijuana cigarette ends up behind bars and has a hellish time afterward. I’ve seen my fair share (far more than my fair share, actually) of the monsters – after all, I do live in an area considered really bad by Florida standards. However, most of the ex-cons I’ve met didn’t fall in the career/predator mold (and they weren’t putting on an act either). Yet they got treated as if they are the scum of the filth of the earth – while a few of the really bad people got to run for the Republican candidacy.

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