What has struck me forcefully about the so-called "health care debate" is how little actual issues debate there has been. And how much orchestrated noise from paid operatives has been ginned up to distract the public from the real prize: real reforms.
It illustrates a fundamental political operative truth: sowing dissent, even based on outright falsehoods, is a means to an end in a public divide and conquer strategy. Something folks like Armey use to their moneyed clients’ advantage whenever possible because it is the way they earn their multi-million dollar Beltway living.
Think about the interests involved and their objectives for a moment: maintaining the status quo in health care means that the people making the money continue to rake it in, which means they can continue to dole it out on the Hill. People like Armey bring access on the Hill to the halls of power and that translates into valuable legislative inroads, for which moneyed interests pay handsomely.
In exchange for said donor largesse, keeping the angry public — who are clearly well and truly tired of feeling screwed these days — on the fringes of the discussion had to be a strategic priority.
The best means of doing that? Sow dissent that keeps the public’s eyes off the real ball, thereby throwing any chance at unity of purpose among the public out the window.
Why? Because a unified public pushing for reform is what drives any substantive change this country ever sees. It’s what gave FDR the ability to push through New Deal legislation and Wall Street regulations. It’s what eventually forced an end to the Vietnam War. It’s the engine that has driven major changes through our entire history.
And the forces of the status quo know that, fear it, and undermine it at every turn.
Status quo means profit. Change means instability which makes things tough to control or outright loss of profit, and that is not acceptable, now is it? (more…)