Let’s start here…
1 a: disposed to seek revenge : vengeful b: intended for or involving revenge
And then go here…
And then I will try to explain what kind of revenge I want, and what I mean by “destroying Republicans” And why I think that that is a necessary part of the new world that Obama wants in one way, with post-partisanship….and that and Pfiore8 wants in another way with post-Democratship.
Revenge is a nasty, mean word…especially amongst us civilized liberals. It conjures up all the worst parts of human nature, violence, mayhem, death, selfishness, a kind of greed, and an uncontrolled rage against others that have been perceived to have hurt or persecuted you. If you think about it is almost a synonym for Republicans, the Republicans that are in power right now. The Republicans that are in power right now that are the culmination of the Republican Party post Eisenhower. Nixon, Reagan, Bush One and Bush Two. And as bonddad says in the link above…IT DOESN’T WORK!
And not only does it not work, it is incredibly destructive…and divisive.
Republicanism is based on greed and hatred, inspired by fear, that causes them to lash out at the world outside of their little enclave of White Maleness. It’s very purpose is to create an elite in what is allegedly an egalitarian society. And not just to create an elite, but to enforce it through political power and legislation. How can we ‘move on’ to anything while that philosophy is part of our culture? While it is accepted and fostered and applauded?
I want revenge, not revenge on PEOPLE who are Republicans like Pfiore’s Aunt. Not even revenge on Republican politicians, except in so far as that accomplishes what I really want…revenge on the Philosophy of Republicanism.
I want that philosophy that inexorably fosters and creates and coddles greed and hatred of gays and brown people and waging war and torture to be destroyed and repudiated and the revenge I REALLY want is for the core thinking at the heart of Republicanism to be shunned and deemed socially unacceptable. The revenge I want is for the philosophy of Republicanism to be completely exposed (say by something like an impeachment trial where all of the crimes and lies are laid out on national tv) so that everyone…and particularly everyone like Pfiore’s aunt who supports it…thinking it is something else, something benign…to see what is truly at the heart of Republicanism.
If they see that, how can they continue to support it? They can’t… and thus Republicanism will be ‘destroyed,’ and I will have my revenge, such as it is.
It SEEMS to me…and I could be wrong, that the reason that Pfiore and Obama want to embrace Republicans is that they think Republicanism CANNOT be destroyed, that it will be with us always, as Jesus said of the poor. Maybe they are right and I am wrong. We certainly need to make peace within ourselves with the impulses of selfishness and destruction that lead to Republicanism. We need to make peace with it by realizing that those impulses are within us, so that we can KEEP them within us. So that we can then resist them, and not impose them on others.
But we as a society can no longer afford to indulge them as part of our government and part of our society. We are going to be FORCED to build a world of cooperation and consensus by looming events such as climate crisis and population. Either that or we are going to be FORCED into wars for resources. There will always be room for the ‘me.’ But we are rapidly running out of room for the ‘me first‘ philosophy that is at the heart of Republicanism.
WE all want a peaceful ad prosperous and just world…Republicanism doesn’t, it wants a world where it has the advantage, that is what it is all about, gaining advantage and protecting it.
As a planet, which like it or not Republicans…we are, and as equal members of the Human Race…which like it or not Republicans…we are, if we are to create a world of something other than endless war for dwindling resources we have to make the Philosophy of me first Republicanism unacceptable…with a vengeance. We are running out of time.
NOT vengeance or revenge against individuals, but against that philosophy…and by extension the Party that espouses that philosophy and wishes to impose it on the rest of the world against their will, by using force (and torture)if necessary….as they have shown again and again that they are willing to do. ONLY when that has been done will we be able to build the new world that we all want…and that we need if we are to be a truly civilized human race.