by Bill Forman
There was a time when the threat to the American way of life was believed to come from outside our borders.
But that scenario may be changing, given Baby Rand Paul’s successful bid in last week’s Republican Kentucky primary, followed by last night’s Idaho win for Raul Labrador.
In fact, the Republican Party's current corporate takeover by tea party-driven, Libertarian fairy dust-sniffing, multinational corporation-worshipping candidates is almost enough to make you nostalgic for the Cold War days, when the goofy politicians weren't all homegrown.
In the recent K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist (available, by the way, at the Colorado Springs Penrose and East libraries), author Peter Carlson recalls how, during perpetually intoxicated Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to America, his planned trip to Disneyland got canceled for security reasons. Instead he was driven around Orange County for a couple hours, which pissed him off immensely.
The Soviet premier did get to go to the Iowa State Fair, but that’s not the same. Would Cold War tensions have eased if Nikita and Mickey had been allowed to bond in the Magic Kingdom? Would he (Nikita, not Mickey) have pounded his shoe quite so loudly at the United Nations a year later? Who can say?
In any event, Raul is probably still better than Rand, who after all doesn’t believe in the Civil Rights Bill and fabricates “facts” in order to attack the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Raul, on the other hand, is backed by Idaho Chooses Life and the NRA (aka America Chooses Death) and, according to his campaign website, is a believer in “self-governance by individuals.” And if those “individuals” happen to be Fortune 500 companies, hey, all the better.