Let me strongly assert right off that in this blog I am not alleging any outright similarities in substance to the Nazis. That meme has been far overdone by many politicians and their supporters in recent years. In Mein Kampf  Hitler talks of the success of British propaganda in World War I, believing people’s ignorance meant simple repetition and an appeal to feelings over reason would suffice.

In other words propaganda which prefers image over fact can often be successful. Hitler believed the British had utilized this method in World War I and adopted the same methods for his Third Reich. Those methods may be employed and have also succeeded in other contexts and for other governments or organizations regardless of overriding philosophy.

What is striking about the election victories by Republicans at both the federal and state levels this past November 4, 2014 is that in many cases these wins seem to have come about directly from employing a similar strategy. Now in office, based on track records and campaign rhetoric the character of their philosophy going forward leads one to describe them as the Party Of Won’t.

They won’t be working to raise the national minimum wage.

They won’t be addressing possible solutions to slow or reverse climate change.

They won’t recognize that climate change is a scientific fact.

They won’t act to protect Social Security and Medicare.

They won’t do anything to effectively alleviate any problems in our immigration system.

They won’t realize that military force is usually the worst alternative in any international crisis instead of being the first alternative considered.

They won’t admit that their policies to cut taxes to enable the rich to create more jobs have not resulted in more jobs.

They won’t act to pass or strengthen laws prohibiting discrimination in certain areas.

They won’t act to ensure that our regulatory systems are effective enough to protect the public from poisoned air or water, or from unscrupulous bankers or other businesspersons, or from processes or systems that harm the less well off among us.

They won’t act to correct any flaws in or strengthen the Affordable Care Act, choosing again to attempt to destroy it.

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman,, who has been proven right far more than he has been wrong this century, describes the phenomenon succinctly.

…politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth. Still, it’s not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did on Tuesday.

Some of the blame for these election results must be ascribed to the Democrats who lost. Since many were assailed on the campaign trail with accusations of being rubber stamps for President Barack Obama, and also were subject to the canard that the economy is in the tank with blame for that belonging to Obama, rather than highlight the accomplishments of this administration to which they had contributed, they basically acted as if Obama were Ebola incarnate, avoiding any close contact even with the name.

I have previously written about how much the economy has improved subsequent to Obama assuming office during the depths of a recession, ,

One would reasonably assume that Democratic candidates would be touting this record and his other areas of accomplishment. They did not. Thus they enhanced the GOP’s ability to base their campaigns on the fact that

 people’s ignorance meant simple repetition and an appeal to feelings over reason would suffice.

Krugman continues his vein of thought to cite concrete examples as backup. He briefly summarizes the issues of economic policy, health reform, and climate change to make his point. Further he assesses GOP strategy as

But the biggest secret of the Republican triumph surely lies in the discovery that obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. From Day 1 of the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell and his colleagues have done everything they could to undermine effective policy, in particular blocking every effort to do the obvious thing — boost infrastructure spending — in a time of low interest rates and high unemployment.

Yep, there’s that triumph of won’t again.

In the coming two years the Republican party in charge of Congress will iterate and reiterate its common theme that government does not work. Then, when the needs of the nation cry out for effective government action in enforcing current laws or enacting new laws……….


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  • Devildog  On November 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Well done UMOC. But, as the editor of your forthcoming book, I must inform you that we will not include this essay since we already are including so many of a similar vein that many of our readers might find the subject matter to be “tedious”. I trust you will understand.

    Krugman-Nobel/economics. Obam-Nobel/peace. Both well-deserved!

  • Toadsly  On November 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I’m sick of our government, period. You vote for the best of two evils, hold your nose and cross your fingers. Hope Wolf makes a difference in Pennsylvania, but you wonder how much empathy a multimillionaire who bought the primary will have for average Pennsylvanians. I hope he keeps his promise and increases funding for education.

    • Devildog  On November 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      What would you like to be done with increased spending?

  • Toadsly  On November 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Hey. BFF, anything that improves our public schools.

    • Devildog  On November 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Ain’t money!

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