Personally, I’ve never understood how things get so turned around and how some people become masters of the turnaround while others are ever the victims of it. To me it’s an enigmatic phenomenon. I think it involves the ability to lie and stand by your lies no matter what. It also involves being able to speak loudly, deflect scrutiny and never admit culpability in anything. It also involves a big sense of self-righteousness and the assumption of having the moral high ground.
Maybe it’s kind of like s/he who screams the loudest and the longest gets stuff turned around the way s/he wants it. Then the rest of us are perpetrators, ever the culprits.
All together, the Republicans have a bad name. This was true before Trump, and Trump, no matter what you think of him, is categorized by it. They, the Republicans, are against the little people, against the minorities and only for big business, Wall Street and those big shots.
That’s what the Democrats would have us believe. They say it every chance they get. But the facts don’t bear that out. The facts show that Democrats get an overwhelming majority of minority votes, but their policies have overwhelmingly failed the minority community. Democrats have singlehandedly run the inner cities for more than half a century. In those inner-city communities, education is failing, unemployment far exceeds the national rate, crime rates far exceed the national average, drug abuse and poverty abound.
So what have the Democrats done? Really, they’ve done just about nothing but exploit the minority community by stealing what they can from it including its vote, and they’ve done this by consistently branding Republicans as racists, sexists and homophobes and blaming them for their own failure.
Spoken about here lots of times, the war on poverty illustrates the point. Begun in the 1960s by Lyndon Johnson, the Democratic president, and continually supported by Democrats like Teddy Kennedy (remember Chappaquiddick?), twenty three trillion dollars later the poverty rate in America has not significantly changed. Yet if any Republicans suggest we revert to workfare to reduce the welfare rolls, they are branded racist. Ironically, Bill Clinton did this during his presidency with great success. Great success means welfare rolls were reduced, unemployment was reduced, more people worked and rose from poverty to the middle class. They did this with dignity and established independence.
Even the suggestion by Republicans that able-bodied people work is met by Democratic derision. Similarly, while economic studies show that raising the minimum wage, as the Democrats are pushing, will increase unemployment in the very community they allegedly want to help, when Republicans cite this fact and oppose the idea, they are branded as racists: the turnaround.
And on and on. If the Republicans fight to enforce immigration laws and end sanctuary cities, they are, you guessed it, racists. If they don’t want to fund Planned Parenthood they are sexist. The turnaround! Since when was it a bad thing to enforce our laws or speak your conscience in America? And that’s being kind to Planned Parenthood.
The Turnaround is a sinister technique. It stifles and suppresses new ideas and alternative solutions and it all too often maintains a status quo which needs to be changed.
We used to say “the pot calling the kettle black,” which is a good start at examining the Democratic mastery of The Turnaround. We should not only follow the money (a previous blog entry here), but we should look at who’s calling who what.
In Shakespeare the truth often comes from the clowns, the jesters and the blind. Even if you feel that way about a candidate, it doesn’t mean s/he doesn’t speak truth at times.
Maybe The Turnaround is suppressing the truth and not reflecting it.