Beloved establishment dispenser of conventional wisdom bullshit biscuits Thomas Friedman at the New York Times has outdone himself with his latest piece of neoliberal hooey. Friedman, the celebrated author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree and The World is Flat is calling for total one party rule in a column where he abandons any sense of journalistic objectivity and exposes himself as the shill for globalist interests that he has always been.
Friedman’s audacious argument is an interesting contrast to other liberal nitwits like R
ichard Rachel Maddow who are growing hoarse from crying Hitler over Trump in that the new Thousand Year Reich would be perfectly acceptable if it is presided over by the blood-soaked, power-mad, criminal psychopath Hillary Clinton. But liberals are perfectly down with authoritarian, one-party rule as long as it is theirs that hold absolute control on power. Americans are increasingly seeing displays of liberal contempt for democracy and social order as they become increasingly frantic that Trump may survive any coup plots at the convention and line up against their putrid nominee in the general election.
Friedman absolutely goes off in “The (G.O.P.) Party’s Over”:
This column has argued for a while now that there is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy. At least a one-party autocracy can order things to get done.
A one-party democracy — that is, a two-party system where only one party is interested in governing and the other is in constant blocking mode, which has characterized America in recent years — is much worse. It can’t do anything big, hard or important.
We can survive a few years of such deadlock in Washington, but we sure can’t take another four or eight years without real decay setting in, and that explains what I’m rooting for in this fall’s elections: I hope Hillary Clinton wins all 50 states and the Democrats take the presidency, the House, the Senate and, effectively, the Supreme Court.
That is the best thing that could happen to America, at least for the next two years — that Donald Trump is not just defeated, but is crushed at the polls. That would have multiple advantages for our country.
First, if Clinton wins a sweeping victory, we will have a chance (depending on the size of a Democratic majority in the Senate) to pass common-sense gun laws. That would mean restoring the Assault Weapons Ban, which was enacted as part of the 1994 federal crime bill but expired after 10 years, and making it illegal for anyone on the terrorist watch list to buy a gun.
I don’t want to touch any citizen’s Second Amendment rights, but the notion that we can’t restrict military weapons that are increasingly being used in mass murders defies common sense — yet it can’t be fixed as long as today’s G.O.P. controls any branch of government.
If Clinton wins a sweeping victory, we can borrow $100 billion at close to zero interest for a national infrastructure rebuild to deal with some of the nation’s shameful deferred maintenance of roads, bridges, airports and rails and its inadequate bandwidth, and create more blue-collar jobs that would stimulate growth.
If Clinton wins a sweeping victory, we will have a chance to put in place a revenue-neutral carbon tax that would stimulate more clean energy production and allow us to reduce both corporate taxes and personal income taxes, which would also help spur growth.
If Clinton wins a sweeping victory, we can fix whatever needs fixing with Obamacare, without having to junk the whole thing. Right now we have the worst of all worlds: The G.O.P. will not participate in any improvements to Obamacare nor has it offered a credible alternative.
At the same time, if Clinton crushes Trump in November, the message will be sent by the American people that the game he played to become the Republican nominee — through mainstreaming bigotry; name-calling; insulting women, the handicapped, Latinos and Muslims; retweeting posts by hate groups; ignorance of the Constitution; and a willingness to lie and make stuff up with an ease and regularity never seen before at the presidential campaign level — should never be tried by anyone again. The voters’ message, “Go away,” would be deafening.
Friedman like his other elitists at the NYT just can’t wrap their privileged minds around the truth that Trump’s popularity is driven by a rejection of exactly the type of horseshit that they have been selling for years now as the country has slowly slid into the abyss. He brings to mind Upton Sinclair’s famous quote that “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
The mustachioed one closes with the line:
I make no predictions about who will win in November. But I sure know what I’m praying for — and why.
Mr. Friedman better start praying extra hard because since his column was published, his own fish-wrap has just released a poll that shows Trump has pulled dead even with his savior, seems like the unwashed masses that guys like him sneer at actually place a value on honesty and integrity, neither of which are traits that Mrs. Clinton is known for.