6/23/10

Republicans and Democrats: A modern-day "Animal Farm"

The Republicans and the Libertarians continue on with their enthusiastic bashing of Obama over his demonizing of BP.

Anyone listening to them might gain the impression they are and have been beacons of righteous political morality. The Republicans, “the party of family values”, in particular seem to have forgotten - if in fact they ever realized - why they no longer hold political power in this country. Here's a reminder: Many of We the People were completely fed up with the Republicans. It wasn’t a love affair with Obama; it was a wave of disgust with the Republicans. They need to wrap their hearts and minds around that.

Obama has been doing a great job of demonizing BP. He has been hammering the company at every opportunity. And, he has been rather shrilly whining about Tea Partiers and others who want “smaller government” getting what they asked for with the Gulf oil spill, as though the company has been operating in an environment completely free of government oversight. BP stockholders have seen their holdings drop nearly 50% in value. Obama has done a good job of making sure the company takes a beating. In the process, he has deflected a good bit of anger from his administration's inept handling of the matter. He has also deflected anger away from his administration's lack of competent enforcement of safety rules and regulations already in place.

Obama has blamed the Bush administration for the incompetence and duplicity and negligence in the Mineral Management Service, which was responsible for conducting and overseeing inspections on the oil rigs. Yet, the only person to have been fired in this whole mess is an Obama appointee, former MMS director Elizabeth Birnbaum.

Deflections work two ways. Fox News' Judge Napolitano is incensed over the manner in which Obama shook BP down for $20 billion. Joe Barton took a lot of heat, especially from his fellow Republicans, for calling it a “shakedown”. Both Napolitano and Barton have a point; there is, after all that pesky little business of due process, and since when does an American president simply order the forfeiture of any private property? Then Rand Paul thinks the government should keep its nose out of BP's business. Glenn Beck, another paragon of righteous rightness ... well ... if Obama’s cronies are drinking the SEIU-purple Kool-Aid, then Beck continues to sniff the chalk dust . In any case, with all that chalk dust a-flying, we are supposed to forget that entirely too many of our Republican officials are entirely too cozy with outfits like BP.

Obama seems to think that "smaller" government is synonymous with "no" government. But most of us understand that with no government oversight, business is unlikely to demonstrate much in the way of moral responsibility. Our Federal regulatory bodies, though they have become bloated and over-powered, were necessitated by poor behavior on the part of capitalist America. BP's sorry performance emphasizes the need for continued oversight. If the Federal government had not weighed in on civil rights, many Americans would still be de facto if not de jure slaves under a feudal system of economic and political serfdom. Without such oversight, we would sink back into the days when workers were nothing more than an expendable commodity. Does anyone really think Napolitano, Paul, Beck and the Republican Party’s political machine really care about what Carl-Henric Svanberg so condescendingly referred to as "the small people"? I think they are perfectly willing to squeeze everything they can out of the American worker, just in a different way than Obama and his union cronies. There is little difference in the end between uncontrolled capitalist robber barons and socialists and unionists with their redistribution of wealth spending frenzies:

"Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." - George Orwell's "Animal Farm"

Both extremes give poor service to We the People, our Constitution, and our nation. We have formed and re-formed political parties many times in the past. I think now it’s time to give both parties the boot and come up with something new, something that serves We the People, and not the other way around.