The political community called the Democratic Party has been stricken by aphasia. The consequences of muteness of leadership can be mortal.
Aphasia is the inability, periodically or totally, to speak. The result in Congress is that the Tea Party is left to run the political show – by default. The mandarins who program the Tea Party’s tactics from offstage hold the Democratic and Republican Parties hostage to their agenda of nihilistic obstruction. The result is the near-total paralysis of the two-party system.
In this vacuum, the Koch brothers, libertarians Charles and David, create legislative havoc through their Tea-Party’s control of the House of Representatives. And “Congress,” that co-equal branch of the government where laws are supposed to be made, is blamed by the public for its inability to do much in a time of national crisis. However, Congress as an instrument is n o t the problem. It’s the Tea Party, and the unelected masters who run and pay for it, who should be held publicly responsible. But the Democrats, their aphasic state, mutely accept responsibility -- with their silence. Latter-day Democrats have forgotten how to hold their rivals accountable. They’ve lost the art of fiery political speech on the old-fashioned stump – to inform, to mobilize, to educate citizens through systematic, cohesive public communications on what’s going on and who’s to be held accountable for it. Their silence is compounded by a great national silence.
Congressional Democrats should be naming and calling out the villains. They should be arousing the populist passions of frustrated and angry Americans at the repeated obstruction of Tea Party members in Congress, and their directors, the Kochs and fellow libertarians. They should be identifying the culprits, and naming them -- ...