There is a foul festering rotten core at the heart of the American polity. This core is comprised of pure undiluted hatred: for women, for anyone of non-European origins, for foreigners, for non-Christians, for “intellectual elites”, for pretty much everyone. This core has its roots in American slavery and has existed as a defining element of our polity since the Founding.
The slavering keening 27 percenters who hate Jews, blacks, women, foreigners, Arabs, Muslims, and everybody else, and who think George Bush has done a bang-up job as President, are the moral, intellectual, and emotional heirs of the anti-Federalists of the Founding era. The leading anti-Federalists did not want to see a strong national government, because they feared–rightly so–that a strong national government would put a damper on their way of life based on depraved brutal exploitation of other human beings.
These are the people who were willing to fight to the death in a devastating war to protect their right to own other human beings. After they lost that war, they continued complete de facto domination through Jim Crow.
Until the mid 1960s, these sick bastards resided in the Democratic Party. Now the Republican Party is their home. The neo-con global-corporatist wing of the Republican Party plays these fearful angry hate-filled motherfuckers like fiddles.
Look! Over here! It’s homos wanna turn your cheeldren GAY! It’s illegal aliens takin’ your job! Abortionists killin’ babeez! Secular humanists burnin your bibles! Black people pimpin and shootin and giving your cheeldren drugz! Islamofascists gonna blow up your cheeldren in a MUSHROOM CLOUD!!!!!!!! Communist socialist fasceests takin away your gunz!!!!!
And while these sick fucks are diverted by the “social conservatism” shill in the right-wing three-card monte game that has been the explicit program of the Republican Party for 30+ years, the corporate oligarchs are busy robbing them (and, unfortunately innocent bystanders like you and me) totally fucking blind and recreating a feudal state where they are lords, and the rest of us, including the stupid deluded shits (the Republican “base”) that fell for their scheme, are serfs.
These people are not reachable. They are beyond contact with the tools of human reason and compassion, as their minds are addled with pure unreasoning hate. They rue the Enlightenment, and wish for a return to the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, they have bought the right-wing lie that they would not be serfs in this new feudal age they long for.
This is the “poison pill” at the heart of any possible political compromise or bipartisan scheme or any of the other happy horseshit that mainstream politicians and media shitbags blather on and on about. And if allowed to persist, it will be the death of our American experiment in constitutional republicanism. There is no bargaining with these people; there is only consigning them to the dustbin of history.