Burning the House Down

Posted on October 7, 2021


Life in the Boomer Lane has been around for a long time, so long that she remembers when everyone listened to the same news and either agreed or disagreed. It’s a crazy thought now, the idea of our choices being limited to either agreeing or disagreeing. Now, we are on a different path. It’s like a married couple disagreeing about paint color, and, as a way to avoid argument, they simply burn the house down.

Rush Limbaugh, Deceased Mouth, and proponent of the Burn-the-House-Down strategy, announced on the air that he would rather see the nation fail, than see Obama succeed. It’s an interesting thought, giving up the welfare of the country for their own political gains. LBL remembers the old adage, “cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.” We have become masters of self-mutilation.

The GOP learned a long time ago that it’s far easier to change the rules than try to convince people of anything. Convincing someone of something is hard, really hard. It takes a huge effort. Changing the rules is another Burn-the-House-Down tactic. Poof. Gone. No need to expend all that effort. Gerrymandering and voter suppression mean that the election goes the way one wants. It’s tyranny by the minority.

It’s a waste of time to refer to Trump, here. He simply wants to exercise power in order to make Money and be Important. His world is a big beautiful Ponzi scheme. There is no complexity, here. He’s a simple guy with a simple agenda.

Congress and GOP presidential wannabees, on the other hand, have learned that the threat to burn the house down (and coming armed with gasoline and matches to show how serious they are) are keys to re-election. It shows those who have it that they will continue to have it. It shows those who don’t have it that, even if they don’t have it, their elected officials do.

So we have now been brought to the brink of yet another debt ceiling crisis. You’d think after 30 years of this, we’d be used to it. But each time, the stakes are higher and the matches bigger. Each time, the GOP stands closer to the house, ready to toss that gas toward the front door. It’s so much easier than actually doing something that might benefit the country.

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