There are certain watershed moments in the history of our country, when a singular event begins other singular events that affect us all, whether we acknowledge those effects or not.
The singular event that has our entire country in thrall just now is the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Citizen United position that “corporations are people.” This is such an obvious physical impossibility that no matter how one tries to accept it, no reasonable thought can be wrapped around it. Corporations are made up of people, certainly, but corporations are an entity, not a human individual, and so the law of our land has been compromised in a terrible way. This event has then led to the infusion of unfathomable amounts of money being channeled by corporations into our political process, for the only explainable purpose: to control our country politically. When all the sums of money spent on television ads and billboards and all the other forms of political advertising are added together, that total would have made an incredible difference to the people of this country suffering from unemployment, homelessness, and the aftermath of violent weather episodes.
And of course the next singular event which has occurred, in part or in total because of these two other events, is the insight we have all gained into what a political candidate will say to members of his base in candor, for example, the infamous “47 percent” speech of Mitt Romney.
Another sad fact seems to be that we have a large portion of our citizenry who live in a bubble created by Fox News and its subsidiaries, who listen to the pronouncements of commentators such as Rush Limbaugh as if those pronouncements were true, and who never question the methods or purposes of what is said and shown.
Put this series of events together with the control of Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, which has subverted the majority of Republican members of Congress, and we seem to have a perfect storm of events which are testing the political will of our citizenry as has not happened in a very long time, if ever.