This morning I was reading a slew of editorials that attempted to describe what is going on in the Republican Party. Then it hit me, Ted Cruz is Jack from ‘The Lord of the Flies’. Here it is, the script that describes exactly what has gone down in the Republican Party for the last decade.
Sane educated politicians board a plane for ‘Jesus Island’ a resort that panders to Republicans sympathetic toward the evangelical rank and file. There is a plane crash on Beezlebub Island. The party of survivors splits in two, and the rest is history – with one major change! There will be no rescue ship of Sane Secular Adults, because, here are the Children of the Lord of the Flies all grown up, and ready to play some more in the vortex there is no escape from! Ted Cruz is making sure of that, because he is emerging as ‘The Winner’…….’The Leader’.
Above is a photo of Ted Cruz putting on the Tea Party Savage make-up so he can lead his Tribe up the mountain in order to take a collective piss on the Rescue Fire lest it be used to give the world the signal that the Republican Party is willing to return the Good Ol Boys to Sanity Island. And then what?
The source for the name Beelzebub is in 2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16. Ba‘al Zəbûb is variously understood to mean “lord of the flies”. Originally the name of a Philistine god, Ba’al, meaning “Lord”.
In the midst of a wartime evacuation, a British plane crashes on or near an isolated island in a remote region of the Pacific Ocean. The only survivors are boys in their middle childhood or preadolescence. Two boys—the fair-haired Ralph and an overweight, bespectacled boy reluctantly nicknamed “Piggy”—find a conch, which Ralph uses as a horn to call all the survivors to one area. Due largely to the fact that Ralph appears responsible for bringing all the survivors together, he is quickly elected their “chief”, though he does not receive the votes of the members of a boys’ choir, led by the red-headed Jack Merridew. Ralph asserts two primary goals: to have fun and to maintain a smoke signal that could alert passing ships to their presence on the island. The boys declare that whoever holds the conch shall also be able to speak at their formal gatherings and receive the attentive silence of the larger group.
Jack organises his choir group into a hunting party responsible for discovering a food source; Ralph, Jack, and a quiet, dreamy boy named Simon soon form a loose troika of leaders. Though he is Ralph’s only confidant, Piggy is quickly made an outcast by his fellow “biguns” (older boys) and becomes an unwilling source of laughs for the other children. Simon, in addition to supervising the project of constructing shelters, feels an instinctive need to protect the “littluns” (younger boys).
The semblance of order quickly deteriorates as the majority of the boys turn idle, giving little aid in building shelters, for example, and begin to develop paranoias about the island, referring to a supposed monster, the “beast”, which they believe to exist on the island. Ralph insists that no such beast exists, but Jack, who has started a power struggle with Ralph, gains control of the discussion by boldly promising to kill the beast. At one point, Jack summons all of his hunters to hunt down a wild pig, drawing away those assigned to maintain the signal fire. A ship travels by the island, but without the boys’ smoke signal to alert the ship’s crew, the ship continues by without stopping. Angered by the failure of the boys to attract potential rescuers, Ralph considers relinquishing his position, but is convinced not to do so by Piggy.
While Jack schemes against Ralph, twins Sam and Eric, now assigned to the maintenance of the signal fire, see the corpse of a fighter pilot and his parachute in the dark. Mistaking the corpse for the beast, they run to the cluster of shelters that Ralph and Simon have erected and warn the others. This unexpected meeting again raises tensions between Jack and Ralph. Shortly thereafter, Jack decides to lead a party to the other side of the island, where a mountain of stones, later called Castle Rock, forms a place where he claims the beast resides. Only Ralph and Jack’s sadistic supporter Roger agree to go; Ralph turns back shortly before the other two boys. When they arrive at the shelters, Jack calls an assembly and tries to turn the others against Ralph, asking for them to remove him from his position. Receiving little support, Jack, Roger, and another boy leave the shelters to form their own tribe. This tribe lures in recruits from the main group by providing a feast of cooked pig and its members begin to paint their faces and enact bizarre rituals including sacrifices to the beast.
Simon, likely an epileptic, wanders off on his own to think and finds a severed pig head, left by Jack as an offering to the beast. Simon envisions the pig head, now swarming with scavenging flies, as the “Lord of the Flies” and believes that it is talking to him. The pig’s head tells Simon that the boys themselves “created” the beast and claims that the real beast is inside them all. Simon also locates the dead parachutist who had been mistaken for the beast, and is the sole member of the group to recognise that the “monster” is merely a human corpse. Simon, hoping to tell others of the discovery, finds Jack’s tribe in the island’s interior during a ritual dance and, mistaken for the beast, is killed by the frenzied boys. Ralph, Piggy, Sam, and Eric feel guilty that they, too, participated in this murderous “dance.”
Jack and his band of “savages” decide that they should possess Piggy’s glasses, the only means of starting a fire on the island, so they raid Ralph’s camp, confiscate the glasses, and return to their abode on Castle Rock. Ralph, now deserted by most of his supporters, journeys to Castle Rock to confront Jack and secure the glasses. Taking the conch and accompanied only by Piggy, Sam, and Eric, Ralph finds the tribe and demands that they return the valuable object. Turning against Ralph, the tribe takes Sam and Eric captive while Roger drops a boulder from his vantage point above, killing Piggy and shattering the conch. Ralph manages to escape, but Sam and Eric are tortured until they agree to join Jack’s tribe.
The following morning, Jack orders his tribe to begin a manhunt for Ralph. Jack’s savages set fire to the forest while Ralph desperately weighs his options for survival. Following a long chase, most of the island is consumed in flames, drawing the attention of a passing naval vessel. Ralph suddenly runs into an officer from the warship and weeps for the death of Piggy and the end of innocence that the darkness inherent in human nature has brought. The other children arrive and also burst into tears; the officer turns away to give them a moment to pull themselves together.
If you’re in a hurry, and you can only memorize one fact about the coming congressional debt and budget war, try this: There will be no “defunding of Obamacare.” It’s impossible for Republicans to admit it, great energy is being spent to prevent them from admitting it, and large sums of money are being raised and spent to stop conservatives from realizing it. If you want to skip to the end of this drama, past Friday’s likely vote on the resolution that defunds Obamacare, the final page reads “… and Obamacare survived.”
To get to that ending, House Republicans—who really do want to shred the law—have to construct a series of hallucinations for their holdouts. They’re very convincing hallucinations. The current plan, which Republican leaders were confident enough to endorse on camera today, is to pass a continuing resolution that funds the government at a shrunken, post-sequestration level, but ends funding for Obamacare—implementation, subsidies, etc.—permanently. And if that fails, Republicans are going to try to demand a one-year delay of Obamacare in a deal to raise the debt limit.
The GOP Is Threatening Murder-Suicide With New Shutdown Warnings
by Kirsten Powers Sep 19, 2013 5:45 AM EDT
If the president refuses to defund Obamacare, House Republicans are happy to retaliate with a government shutdown. What they’re really headed for is complete ruination, says Kirsten Powers.
Harsh words, yes. But inescapably true. It’s a bit of a murder-suicide. House Republicans’ willingness to lay waste to the country to satisfy their fringiest faction will ultimately guarantee the GOP irrelevancy as a national party, unless they change their ways. In the meantime, they seem determined to take us all down with them.
Last year, Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of Brookings wrote a book about this dysfunction known as the new Republican Party. It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism makes a compelling case that the problems in Washington are not the result of “both sides”—the oft-preferred media frame—but of a GOP that has become all but unrecognizable to most Americans.
Ornstein and Mann, both widely respected as straight shooters, describe themselves as moderates and have had long careers working with both parties. In an interview this week, they expressed exasperation with the GOP’s behavior in the debt-limit and budget negotiations. Ornstein lamented that the title of the book today would be It’s Even Worse Than It Was.
Said Ornstein: “The bizarreness of this monomaniacal focus on Obamacare, given that it is fundamentally a Republican program from the 1990s mixed in with Romneycare,” says it all. “Obamacare relies on the private sector; there is no public option. That you are willing to bring the country to its knees to sabotage it … just shows this is a party that has gone off the rails.”
Just how damaging have the congressional Republicans been to the country? “If you look at what could have happened in a reasonable political system, with give and take … we would have been on a more robust path to growth,” said Ornstein. “We’ve gone from one credit agency downgrading us to a far greater likelihood that we will default. If sequester continues … it is a cancer eating away at national parks, food safety, basic research … it’s a terrible situation. No matter how much [Republicans] talk about how it was Obama’s idea … the whole idea was to create such awful consequences that no sane person would accept it. But these aren’t sane people
Ornstein said the two aren’t taking sides. “We want a Republican Party that returns to problem-solving mode,” he said. “We are suggesting that what works in American politics and our system is when parties focus on how you can solve the big problems and how you can have some give and take. There is one party that has lost its way and is being dominated by people who by historical standards are on the fringe.”
Both men agree that the GOP will likely get worse before it gets better. How is that possible, you ask? Looks like we are about to find out.
The Republican Party, somewhere along the line, has lost its way. It is no longer the party formed in 1854 by anti-slavery activists. It is no longer the party boasting Abraham Lincoln as its first president. Can anyone say it is still the party of saving the Union, ending slavery and the progression of equal rights to all men?
These are the tenants of the party. Yes sir, the GOP. In the beginning, the Grand Old Party supported business, generous pensions, high profits along with high wages, tariffs to promote growth, business and hard money. And also, the annexation of Hawaii. Good move Republicans, good move.
Today, they appear to be the party of grumpy old men waxing poetic on what women should be, what control they should have over their bodies, crazy gun owners, hatred of a population based on sexual preference and creating the largest biased media station in America. When did the Republican Party drift off and lose its way?
This is the party of the Sherman Anti Trust Act and the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission, formed as a result of complaints from small business and American farmers. This is the party of small government; not the party micromanaging every aspect of the individual. Dictating every private choice was never the moniker of this party. Where did the Republican Party take left?
About a year ago, Lindsay Graham, senior Republican senator from South Carolina uttered, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” Really? The party of Abraham Lincoln is trying to summon only white guys? Is there a shortage of conservative leaning women, brown, black and red guys? Are there not young white and multi-hued people who stand a little to the right? Is there a reason people need to be angry to be Republican?
According to many polls and demographics, many opinions of the current platform of the Republican Party are dying out with the older generation. These include such topics as gay marriage, drug policy, high military intervention/expenditures and many others. No longer are the images of “Reefer Madness” or a global communist apocalypse something that pertains to the social zeitgeist — for the most part at least.
The conservative think-tank Freedom Works put out a poll earlier this year to all registered voters and the results were relatively favorable to Libertarians. The data from the polls show that out of all Republicans and right-leaning independents that 78 percent are fiscally conservative and socially moderate.
On top of that, among the 18 to 32 year old demographic, 40 percent have a positive opinion of Libertarianism. However, when asked this question 30 percent responded that they did not know enough about the topic to give an educated answer.
The former religious-right that previously carried the Republican Party with social issues in elections is becoming an obsolete asset.
When republicans were asked about the importance of social issues such as gay marriage, a majority of 41 percent responded it is not one of their top ten issues. When asked about protecting traditional marriage yet another 38 percent responded that it wasn’t a top ten issue.