Dorothy is Wrong – We ARE in Kansas – And it Sucks

Forcing Austerity Down Their Throats in Kansas  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan, Arthur Laffer, and the ghost of Ronald Reagan hog tie Kansas and force austerity down their throats.
Forcing Austerity Down Their Throats in Kansas
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan, Arthur Laffer, and the ghost of Ronald Reagan hog tie Kansas and force austerity down their throats.

I was reading about how Kansas Republicans have made themselves slaves to a monster – Gov. Sam Brownback – of their own making, a guy a lot scarier than the Wizard of Oz and the flying monkeys. And my first thought was, of course, that this is true of the entire conservative movement in the United States. Worse, thanks to the House of Representatives, we are all of us, in a sense, in Kansas. And it sucks.

Let’s set rampant and debilitating Boehnerism aside for now. You have only to look at Red States in general to see where Republicanism is leading the nation. If you require more proof than Kansas, look at Michigan and especially Detroit. Look at Wisconsin, where Scott Walker is mortgaging our futures. Look at Texas and Oklahoma. The much-maligned Roman Empire granted more autonomy to cities than does Oklahoma. The list goes on.

Rick Perry, like Kansas’ Brownback, ran his state into the ground. Fresh from that experience, he wants to do the same to the country as a whole. He claims to have more executive experience than Obama. He claims to be the answer to ISIL.

I think that’s the reason ISIS has gone forward, I think that’s the reason Putin is standing there basically laughing at us as we have one lack of impact after another in the global world that we’re living in.

Putin doesn’t know what laughter is yet, buddy.

Perhaps Perry is the answer, if ISIL laughs themselves to death. Drunkards shooting pistols in the air will no doubt be cheered by a certain segment of our population, but neither Perry nor the overweight, middle-aged white beer guzzlers doing the cheering will have to fight in any war Perry starts.

Rick Perry at least is actually funny, he is so completely clueless, and he is more likely to end up in a prison cell than in the Oval Office anyway. But Perry, like so many other elected Republican officials today, is a symptom, not a cause.

Once upon a time, he would no more have been taken seriously than bumbling George W. Bush. Another Texan, six-foot-four Lyndon B. Johnson, could have whupped them both – and you can throw Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert in there for good measure – with one arm tied behind his back. But not because of his size; because he was not an imbecile.

The GOP long ago sold its soul to the Religious Right and became corrupted by that contact. Which is exactly what the Founding Fathers warned was the result of such intermixing of government and religion. They said, “Don’t go there.” The Republicans went there, with predicted results.

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer isn’t worried about America losing jobs because of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He just doesn’t want to see “sexual deviancy” exported to the rest of the world, as though we’ve invented sins here the rest of the world has never heard of.

Should we be offended more by his stupidity or his arrogance?

At the same time, if he is talking about the Duggars, I’m with him. Especially if the means of export is a sealed cargo container.

Republicans have also sold their souls – and this goes way past the more recent Religious Right – to corporations and especially to the fossil fuel industry. The more recent deals with ALEC, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Kochs, are almost anti-climactic in a sense, just formalizing a slavery out of the old times.

And after all, what do Republicans have left to sell?

Other than America itself, of course. And they are already doing that as well. They want to sell our National Parks. Or let Red State governors run amok on federal lands that belong to all of us:

John Boehner – and we can say this as we eye the rising sea levels – will soon have some swampland in Florida to send your way. Snorkeling to his new retirement home will become tiring, you can be certain.

Speaking of global warming, how does California Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove figure liberals are to blame for California’s drought? This isn’t 10,000 BCE. We know where droughts come from and it isn’t God.

The Biblical practice of scapegoating won’t work. But if it means driving Shannon Grove into the desert, I’m willing to try it.

Speaking of Biblical, it’s hard to know what to say to a labor plan that involves workers putting off retirement until, like Noah, they are 600 years old.

I do, however, want to meet Billionaire Greg Gianforte’s friends so I can learn their anti-aging secrets.

And then I’m going to go dig up my dad and ask him why we buried him when he could be working. He was nowhere near 600.

I mean, seriously. Our graveyards are full of slackers.

I just wish I could be as stupid as Greg Gianforte. Then none of this BS would upset me.

As corruption goes, Republicans are taking America the way of Russia, but who needs the Russian mafia when you have the GOP?

A couple of things have become very clear: America needs to lose the Republican Party – at least as it exists now – while there is still time. Not only to save our real estate – including our National Parks and Native American sacred sites, but everything we have worked so hard to build since 1789.

This is what America has come to under the influence of Republicanism. It is time for an intervention, America. It is time to “Just say no” to Republicanism. We cannot let this nonsense go on any longer.

They are selling everything that isn’t nailed down, America, and it doesn’t belong to them. It belongs to us. Yet not only have the wheels started to come off democracy everywhere Republicanism reaches, but they have sold the damn wheels.

Ann Coulter says Americans may flee to Canada, which will apparently remain safely white while America becomes “Latinized” by immigration. It’s a win-win: Ted Cruz gets to go home to Canada and we get to go back to being the smart country.

I say we take her up on it. We keep the wheels, however.

Image by DonkeyHotey under Creative Commons License.

Edit: This post has been corrected to reflect that the flying monkeys were in fact the Wicked Witch of the West’s minions and not the Wizard of Oz.

23 Replies to “Dorothy is Wrong – We ARE in Kansas – And it Sucks”

  1. Technically the flying monkeys belonged to the Wicked Witch of the West. But since the Wizard was a Humbug, I can understand the mix.

    And unfortunately all too many folks refuse to consider that they have been scammed.

    Look at the biggest scam of them all- Religion.

  2. And after all, what do Republicans have left to sell?

    My cynical response: It’s not what they have to sell… it’s simply a change in sales technique. They’ve begun using psychological tactic of Good cop/bad cop to sell the same income inequality policies.

    – If Kansans continue believing in “trickle down”, then “bad cop” policies of cutting tax rates for corporations and the wealthy can prevail.

    – If Kansans begin demanding a balanced budget, then “good cop” policies of raising taxes for ALL citizens can prevail; using an increase of sales tax and property tax to pay for the prior tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy… the ones that caused the Kansas budget debacle.

  3. This is a spot on commentary of the dire condition of our country. The republican party needs to die. Catering to the hate mongering xtian right has gone way too far. Signing pledges from quacks like Grover norquist indicates how shallow they are. Following NRA orders like puppets indicate how afraid they are. Repugs are not politicians. They are well paid lackeys for evil charlatans.

    I remember 1980 when the actor Reagan was elected. I knew he was wrong for America. The fact that repugs have totally rewritten his history where he is now their icon is totally laughable and indicates how far they have reached.

  4. I remember that also. For that dreaded deflection, I must take some responsibility.

    No, I never voted for Reagan. Perish the thought! I thought it a joke when he became the Republican candidate. But President Carter had disgusted me by repeatedly giving in to the tyranny by tantrum tactics already being deployed by the right, and when John Anderson mounted what appeared to be a serious independent candidacy, I backed him and I voted for him. I had hoped he would peel off enough of what were then fairly liberal Republicans to at least throw the election to the House. Unfortunately, his supporters were mostly disillusioned Democrats, like me. Between that and the Republican October treason, the country has been plunged into a moral coma from which I fear we will never awaken.

  5. Naw, if they keep accepting trickle down in Kansas, the next visit to your home will be: Damn Betsy Lou, ya’ll smell like a piss mill!!

  6. Those German descedents, Charles & David, AKA Pinky & the Brain:”Were going to take over the world!”[wink]

  7. NC is in the same tea party toilet.
    And the fools keep right on voting red.
    Like Jon Stewart sez,”Learning curves are for pussies.”

  8. Democrates should use Brownback’s trickle down economic policies as the prime example of what America can expect should the GOP win the presidency 2016, have control of both houses of Congress, and also think about how they could effect the future make up of SCOTUS.

  9. Though Coulter is as odious as anyone could describe, I have deep reservations about linking to a blog that cites Pam Geller and Brigitte Gabriel as authorities.

  10. When Ronald Raygun ascended to the White House in 1981, the American people sacrificed their sovereignty to the almighty dollar.

    “The woodcutter’s axe begged for its handle from the tree.
    The tree gave it.”

    Rabindranath Tagore

  11. These Governors are stripping us of Federal constitutional rights. And everything our parents and their parents bought for us with their tax dollars.

    Rather than upgrade and maintain what we owned, they have sold it off to privateers and then rented it back to us.

    Red state governors have denied the authority of the Federal government to protect and provide for its citizens. Our much-honored-in-the-breach Constitution is enforced at the Federal level, by our 3 branches of government.

    Laws that curtail our Constitutional rights are un-constitutional. ALL of us. It reads : “We, the People”, not we the ‘right’ people. We’re trying for a more perfect union, and these people want to bring back plantations.

    Knowledge makes a people unfit for slavery.

  12. OOOOOHHHHH How this has HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!! I think Reagan would even laugh. How ANYONE can say, with a straight face, that Reagan was GOOD for America, just shows how out of touch with reality they all are. But here in Red Neck/ Red Dirt Ga. they all praise him as a “REAL Man” that MADE Gorbachav “tear down that wall” or he was gonna tear it down all by himself! Ha Ha. Me Thinks they been watching too many movies and smoking the GOOD SHIT!! Maybe just “TRIPPIN”! All I can say is if one of those Stupid, Ignorant, Delusional, Wanna Be Christian Clown Car Occupants, DOES get elected in 2016, I am giving up my SS and VA Benefits and getting the hell out of this country and I will toss the match on my way out. I know many of you are SOOO confident that they “Can Not WIN”. Nothing in this life is guaranteded except death and taxes, well no taxes if you are a GAZILLIONAIRE! NEVER SAY NEVER!! The way they have Gerrymandered the states, in my humble opinion, IT IS VERY POSSIBLE!!

  13. If anything is going to send Americans high tailing it to Canada, it will be The Tea Party/Repuklican take over of this GREAT NATION. I certainly hope that Brighter minds will DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to ENSURE THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN!! And I mean WHATEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT TAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Why can’t these Southern white folks see that voting in a replug would be devastating to this country in so many ways. If by chance it happens I will swear off any politics just like I did when “W” was in. I stood and watched while “Rome Burned.”

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