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This page is a rebuttal to The Strange Death of Republican America by Sidney Blumenthal, Huffington Post; August 6, 2008.
The author of the piece cited above is utterly ignoring how corrupt US politics has become in terms of election financing and mainstream media coverage, thereby forcing ALL of our politicians towards the right end of the political spectrum.
Most of those politicians in office today labeling themselves Democrats would (at best) have been called moderate Republicans 20 years ago-- if judged by how they vote today. That's what Bill Clinton was, in terms of those of his decisions with real impact on the populace.
The very worst intentioned of the wealthy and their Republican lapdogs have won a tremendous victory: for they've successfully changed the political argument in America.
Today, American public debate most often hinges on wildly different standards from before. Namely, whether our policies should be guided by Robber Baron era anarchy, or Medieval Dark Age aristocratic/religious prosecutorial ideals.
The more modern of these two concepts (Robber Baron era) is now portrayed in the mainstream media as being somewhat 'liberal' in nature, and the older (Medieval Dark Age) as red-blooded patriotic conservative.
Is it any wonder America is collapsing into third world nation status in all but military terms? (with the military too to fail, eventually; for the USSR already proved a superpower with little more than a powerful military cannot long survive)
For further details (including references) on this collapse in American ideals and progress, please refer to:
The enormous hidden costs to society of 'right-wing' political governance
The astonishing decline of America
They own you and all your property too