strawman wrote:There is obviously a displacement in the spectrum. Everyone right of center is said to belong to the lunatic fringe. Even tea partiers, who are by-and-large anti-Republican, are dismissed the same way. How can it be that one wing has all the fringes and all the haters, all the greedy wall street bandits? But wait! Goldman gave 70% of their contributions to Democrats, and what do they get? Called up before congressional committees.
I still say it's Evil vs Stupid. You pick.
Is the Goldman 70 percent figure in the last election cycle or over the long haul. My guess would be that seeing which way the wind was blowing they backed what they saw as the winning horse. As far as them still getting called up before congressional committees, I say, well good for the congressional committees. You shouldn't be able to buy your way out of trouble with political contributions, after all.
I don't think anyone on either side of the political spectrum is too thrilled with the Enron's and AIG's of this world. Certainly not their investors. Even Dennis Miller (hardly a liberal) was hoping that Obama tore AIG a new one for partying hardy after receiving a multi-billion dollar bailout.
Likewise with Afghanistan after 9/11. It truly was the fringe kooks that opposed going after Al-Qaeda training camps and the Taliban. Pretty much everyone else, democrat or republican was on the same page about going after bin Laden, dead or alive, as it were. I think the vote in the senate was 99-1 and the one "nay" vote deserved to have his/her (I don't recall who it was) arse booted out of office at the next election.
There really are some issues where there is broad consensus in the public mind.
Let's keep praying/hoping (depending on how you frame such things) that as a nation we can work towards finding those areas of common agreement. i.e. groups flying planes into our financial districts and corporations bilking and mis-managing American investors funds are pretty much bad things that should be avoided.