Monday, July 15, 2013

Rhetorical Questions

Robert Reich poses a rhetorical question in Salon.

"Suppose a small group of extremely wealthy people sought to systematically destroy the U.S. government by (1) finding and bankrolling new candidates pledged to shrinking and dismembering it; (2) intimidating or bribing many current senators and representatives to block all proposed legislation, prevent the appointment of presidential nominees, eliminate funds to implement and enforce laws, and threaten to default on the nation’s debt; (3) taking over state governments in order to redistrict, gerrymander, require voter IDs, purge voter rolls, and otherwise suppress the votes of the majority in federal elections; (4) running a vast PR campaign designed to convince the American public of certain big lies, such as climate change is a hoax, and (5) buying up the media so the public cannot know the truth.
"Would you call this treason?
"If not, what would you call it?
"And what would you do about it?"

Actually, I would call it a coup.

But the real question that Reich didn’t ask and the one that begs to be answered is how on Earth can a population, only a few years removed from the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression and still suffering from its effects, continue to fall for such an obviously treasonous act by said small group of wealthy people?

The words of the incomparable W.C. Fields seem a fitting answer to that rhetorical question.

“Never give a sucker an even break.”


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