Glenn Greenwald yesterday, in The impotence of the loyal partisan voter, observes:
It was often said that Bush/Cheney used fear as their principal political weapon — and they did — but that’s true of the Democratic Party as well. When it comes to their base, Democratic leaders know they will command undying, unbreakable support no matter how many times they kick their base, because of the fear that has been instilled in the base — not fear of Terrorists or Immigrants (that’s the GOP’s tactic), but fear of Sarah Palin, the Kochs and the Tea Party
I have been saying the same thing for a while, and I call it Strategic Hate Management:
…the Republicans tell us to hate the scary brown people who will either blow up our buildings or steal our jobs and the Democrats tell us to hate the Republicans. All the while both of parties enact policies that rob us blind and give the proceeds to their big donors.
Hate is a lovely, lovely, tool. No oligarchy can long survive without it.
Now the shameless manipulators are asking you if you’re in.
I say I’m out. Way out.