Things are getting a little aggro on the Left these days. Far from the utopian paradise which was advertised, it appears the Beatles were lying. It turns out that love is not in fact all you need. John and Paul forgot to mention that you also need a boatload of cash to pay for the political prostitution which accompanies all that love. All across the nation, progressives and leftists are scrapping like feral dogs in the charred husk of a once-prosperous Detroit neighborhood. They’ve stumbled upon a carcass and now every bitch and cur wants a mouthful; the carcass, of course, being the desiccated remains of this once-great nation.
Now that the so-called Republican Party has waved the white underpants on a stick to signal their surrender to the Progressive agenda, the fascists and socialists are beginning to turn on each other. Cracks in the Berlin Dam are starting to appear and it remains to be seen if the GOP will do any more than hold the trowel while Alinski’s disciples mix up more spackle.
In Illinois, Democratic super-majorities in both houses of the legislature are having a hard time working with their fellow socialist in the governor’s mansion, Pat Quinn. The useful idiots of Illinois helpfully gave the Democratic Party a foolproof lock on the state’s political machinery during the 2012 election. The result? Much the same as when the Democrats received possession of the federal steering wheel after the 2008 election: complete ineptitude. The butcher’s bill for decades of their deficit spending and political back-scratching in Illinois has arrived in the form of mandatory pension-funding contributions and gaping state budget deficits as far as the eye can see.
The problem is that when you obliterate the party who at least pretends to be fiscally-responsible, someone else is forced into that role. It is simply an economic reality which the Democrat normally never has to face, thanks to the nearby presence of some Republican patsy who willingly takes the blame. Unfortunately for the Democrats, there are no Illinois Republicans with any power in Springfield on whom to stick the blame this time.
In this instance, the reckoning comes in the form of progressives having to go toe-to-toe with Big Labor, who got them elected in the first place. It is an unenviable position, but utterly avoidable. If the progressives in Illinois hadn’t made their Faustian bargain with Mike Phistopholes, Local 4 President, and promised fiscally-unsustainable benefits to state and local employees in exchange for votes, they would not be faced with having to legislate in ways detrimental for their voting bloc.
If Illinois political history holds true, what will happen is the Democratic Party will locate a willing, progressive Republican whose pockets are of more importance to him than his principles. They will work to get this milksop elected as governor or will promote him to a position of prominence in the State Senate in order to have a whipping boy again. This volunteer-scapegoat will make a half-hearted effort at fiscal sanity and give progressives and fascists a common enemy to target, providing them a loophole by which to raise taxes and pay for their mistakes without disturbing the slumber of Illinois voters: by blaming the scary RINO.
These lovers’ spats extend beyond the rotunda in Springfield, however. Strife and contention is cropping up in the most unlikely places these days. Unions are on the offensive across the country fighting Obamacare, the very law they helped bring to fruition. They don’t like Obamacare’s punishment of “Cadillac” insurance plans, which their fat-cat union leaders enjoy at the expense of the union members, and so they are fighting back against Obamacare’s implementation, attempting to intimidate the very leftists they exhorted to pass the monstrosity in the first place. As this column has suggested previously, Leftism is a mental disorder and the schizophrenic aspects of it are on display as never before today.