March 6th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. REG in AZ

    As with the outlawed pyramid schemes where common sense clearly dictates that they have to ultimately fail, that they numerically can't support their own continuation, the political philosophies, whether spoken or deceptive, that seek to benefit only the few and give the costs and subterfuge to the many also have to fail. In both instances it is the very few at the very top that walk away with substantial gains while everyone else underneath, having been conned, just looses. We have seen it played out repeatedly over several cycles in our financial markets and it keeps happening over and over again as the few just keep coming back with new schemes. People's greed, their need to feel superior and their susceptibility to the con makes them vulnerable. Just the desire to have more, to be better than, to have prestige over and above, even when with only rationalized deserving, opens the door to the manipulation and to the eventual loosing. The proof can easily be seen in the continued cycles of failed markets and in the constant growth of the spread between the very wealthy and everyone else (including the upper middle-class). Like with the pyramid schemes, government needs to rule and regulate against the irresponsible exploitations and not placate the few who perpetrate them.

    The recent cycle, concentrating on substantially benefiting Special Interests and the select few who strongly overtly and covertly support the Republicans, likely started with Nixon, was accelerated by Reagan and then digressed to its extreme under Bush-Cheney. It has cost this country greatly in so many areas and especially in real finances for the middle class. The Republican Party, with the continuing strong support of the few, is now focused on returning to 'more of the same' and is literally using every effort to deceive and manipulate public opinion – to sell the con. Their arrogant obstructive behavior, their gross dishonesty, their focus on benefiting only the few and their irresponsible concentration on their political ambitions at no matter what the cost literally tell the story. It isn't about 'liberal' v 'conservative' as those terms are now used just to excite emotion; it really isn't 'liberal' to be responsible nor is it 'conservative' to concentrate on only the few. The problems aren't the result of the Democrats' spending; the Democrats are spending because of the drastic problems. History clearly shows that under Democratic rule the economy was consistently better for everyone and that under Republican rule there were always real problems and then with only the few gaining. If we want the Republicans to return to being responsible, conscientious and honestly concerned for the majority, then we must firmly reject what they have become and stubbornly deflect their aggressive manipulation.

    I see three categories of those who are swayed to vote Republican today: The 'insiders' being the candidates, their staff, the active Republican Party and those very few who provide aggressive support and are the only real focus for benefit; then, The 'want-to-be's' being those who identify with the few just mentioned and who just want-to-be (or to think of themselves as) in that privileged category; and finally, The 'manipulated' who simply are deceived and swayed by the appeals to their prejudices, biases, fears, loyalties and emotional attachments. The first category represents a very small percentage of the population, those few who stand to greatly benefit, and the real pity is that the last two categories are literally 'shooting themselves in the foot' with their distracted and rationalized aim. Most of us want what is best for this country but buying into the propaganda that is boldly and arrogantly being used to sell 'more of the same' that has already cost us so much, that is again just another pyramid scheme, is simply self-defeatist.

    March 6, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Can't stand ANY of the CNN shows any longer. Rick Sanchez 1 hour was bad, so they expanded it to two.

    It's all about Republian interviews and propaganda - even Crowley is doing it now.

    Do watch Fareed when I can find him on. They move him around too much.

    March 6, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Debby

    We won't be watching we miss Lou Dobbs. To much overdose of both men.

    March 6, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |