Conservatives dodge and weave and hide from the facts of history, while a gullible, low-information populace wafts in forgetfulness. Conservative-think blames this near-Depression on Obama’s “failed policies,” braying he has run up a titanic deficit as the “food stamp president.”
Lost in the unfathomable mists of time, which is to say three years ago, is the picture of George W. Bush falling like an Italian cruise ship captain into a waiting lifeboat and fleeing the scene while the ship of state was still in its earliest stage of distress from the catastrophic recklessness of 30 years of conservative economic policy.
We didn’t realize that “trickle-down,” which more accurately should be termed “gush up,” would eventually threaten to sink the entire enterprise.
Conservative ideology left the American economy in shambles, and Republican presidents are responsible for two-thirds of the current deficit. But according to the Republicans, it’s all Obama’s fault, oh, and the liberals, unions, public employees, poor people, illegal immigrants, gays and lesbians, any scapegoat to divert attention from what clearly caused the problem: deregulation and the conservative double-mantra of coddling the rich and corporations.
Forgetting their own past is a conservative tradition. Conservatives fought violently against independence from Britain, rights for poor white men, public education, the abolition of slavery, worker’s rights, child labor laws, women’s rights, civil rights, environmental protections, gay and lesbian rights, and just about every form of progress in our nation’s history.
Remember that record of wrongness as they continue to try to rewrite history.