On Sun, 27 Sep 2015, 8:33am PDT
John Boeher resignes, leaves congress,
Bellingham Bill said:
As for Boehner, stunning that a mainstream political party is tearing itself apart like this.
They've got narrow majorities in the House, Senate, SCOTUS, and much of the judiciary.
Conservatives are 30-40% of the population. Just because they can take over the GOP and much of the periphery surrounding government (think tanks like AEI, Heritage, lobby groups like US Chamber of Commerce, Federalist Society, ALEC, media outlets like Fox & EIB, etc etc) -- doesn't mean they can take over the country like their Nazi counterparts did in Germany.
They're going to find this out the hard way I guess.
Then again, my understanding of electorates is that they are pretty slow on the take-up of what's really been going on, and as Lincoln said you can fool some of the people all of the time.
The blithely ignorant average media consumer is going to be exposed to a media mix in the political realm that is 40% outright conservative (Fox), 40% pro-corporate conservative (CNN), 10-20% center-left (the few leftish media shows here and there).
Progressives are a smaller bloc than conservatives so we're both fighting for the minds, such as they are, of the muddled middle.
Japan's progressive movement has been utterly beat down by the resilience and institutional power of their systemic conservative apparat, what van Wolferen called "The System" in his "The Enigma of Japanese Power".
Our "System" requires the voters to show up at the polls only every 4 years, if that. Less voting the better for the right wing, as the only power poor people can have in our society is at the ballot box. Wall that off and the rich are perfectly safe here.