Comment on HorsesAss': Republicans Should Stop Lying
I wanted to respond briefly to Jon DeVore's post at HorsesAss suggesting that Republicans need to stop lying if they want to win another election:
As Republicans survey the smoldering wreckage of the party of Lincoln and the inevitable reassessment occurs, here’s some free advice for them: stop lying about everything.
I don’t mean spinning and fudging and trying to put a good face on your policy positions. I mean stop lying as a first, middle and last resort about every last damn thing under the sun.
I think this oversimplifies what's happening. Republicans have to lie because their agenda is aligned with corporate power, not with the rights of individuals. If voters knew that Republican's policy vision actually empowers corporations at the expense of individuals, they would never vote against their self-interest. Republicans therefore have to lie.
After McCain's failure, I expect that Sarah Palin will form the extremist evangelical wing of the Republican party - but it's not clear what will happen with the deregulatory, laissez faire, corporate class. Can these two groups continue to work together or is this path dead for them? It might be more honest if one wing of Republicans splintered off and formed the "Corporate Power" party. It might actually garner some mainstream support. Then, they could stop lying and run on an honest platform of traditional fascism, deregulation, etc.