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17h30 UTC; SUNDAY, 10 NOVEMBER 2013: To hear Rep. Steve King (GOP/IA) put it, liberals are essentially using "keyboard jackhammers" as tools by which to Undermine Thy Dear and Lovely Land by essentially (in his words, as caught by Right Wing Watch at a recent conclave of the Eagle Forum Collegians):
chiseling away as if they had a jackhammer at the beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. They don’t like the constitution, they don’t love this country, they don’t appreciate the greatness of America, they don’t think of this country the way I do.
Which, clearly, reeks of the fanatically emotional, not unlike certain Elmer Gantryite fanatics, Zealots even, calling for a renewal of Die Gelofte aan Bloedrivier to Reclaim Thy Dear and Lovely Land in a puerile tone and nuance of voice to better attract their audience of the vulnerable and easily-led. Rep. King, again:
Refurbish those beautiful marble pillars of American exceptionalism. If we all do that, then this country can become something even more than the shining city on the hill. If we fail to do that, the left will take over and we’ll descend down into a place that I don’t think you have imagined yet and if I started to describe it I’d leave you on a down note instead of an up note
(As if seeing these "beautiful marble pillars," &c., on a par with Die Voortrekkermonument about Pretoria, long seen as a Holy of Holies to White Christian Nationalism in its Luscious Glory, especially when the noonday sun's beams on December 16th touch die Senotaaf in die Heldesaal with its Afrikaans inscription ONS VIR JOU, SUID-AFRIKA ("We For Thee, South Africa"), regarded during apartheid's Luscious Glory as the Holiest and Most Sacred Hour of the Year in South Africa.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson elaborates somewhat for in challenging Rep. King's remarks as above:
A notable problem here (I will leave out his ridiculous paean to nationalism, devotion to which led to World War I) is that nowhere in the United States Constitution is capitalism mentioned. Go ahead, take a look yourself. You won’t find it. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, no religious tests, things people like King don’t approve of, but no capitalism. None. Being socialist is not a violation of the Constitution. The Constitution sets out the organization and functions of our government (functions Republicans don’t understand). It is not an economic plan.

King needs to read some history. He seems to be depending like so many Republicans on the pabulum David Barton spits up. The Constitution was written in a largely agrarian society at the dawn of the industrial revolution, where, in America, products were still largely built by cottage industries and not in factories.

Adam Smith’s
The Wealth of Nations was only published in 1776 and you won’t find the word “capitalism” in it because it had not been coined yet (again, go ahead and look). Smith was dealing with a new world of “factories” and “machinery.” The world Karl Marx railed against – a world created by capitalism – in The Communist Manifesto in 1848 did not exist when the Constitution was written or when The Wealth of Nations was penned. In other words, Marx was writing about a set of evils that did not exist in 1776 or even 1787.

That is not to say that there were no economic evils in 1787. The term capitalism itself comes from the word capital, which is something you own, which in the agrarian economy of the 1770s and 80s included slaves and white indentured servants and child labor. Did liberals ruin everything by doing away with indentured servitude, slavery, and child labor? Some Republicans think so, and would happily, they say, bring back all three.

Who is 1776 could have imagined the evils of capitalism run amok as epitomized by the Gilded Age a century later? What could be imagined, and was, was the obligation of the state to provide for its citizens. Adam Smith argued that the national government should engage in socialist activities like building roads and bridges.

Republicans would like to privatize those now but private interests would never build them in the first place, which is why Smith said the government should do it. Smith also though the government should dig canals and build schools, something else Republicans would now like to privatize, even though without the actions of the federal government, we would not have those schools available to privatize.

Capitalism would have been perfectly happy to let the working classes languish in ignorance, another cherished hope of Republicans today. After all, an ignorant electorate, like a white evangelical electorate, is a Republican electorate, which is why they are so diligently engaging in a war on voting rights. They love crony capitalism for the same reason: it keeps them rich and it keeps them in power.

Steve King doesn’t love America. He doesn’t love the Constitution, since he says he puts God above the Constitution (“We’re going to serve God and country in that order”).
Just like apartheid South Africa, especially so when Hendrik Verwoerd held sway in the co-capitals of Pretoria and Kaapstad, holding as it did that apartheid was Divine Right and Will to Save White Euro-Christian Colonialism Upon Africa from Itself. And that capitalism--more specifically, Volkskapitalisme ("people's capitalism"), expected to be "born out of the Volk to serve the Volk"--was part of the reinforcing agenda as would reclaim the Afrikaner's Rightful Place of Honour and Luscious Glory. Only to start collapsing with Verwoerd's martyrdom in 1966.

In any event, we the Real Americans should embrace with pride, as a Badge of Honour even, the vey term "keyboard jackhammers" as challenging Elmer Gantryite delusions of Luscious Glory seeking not so much the Reclamation of Thy Dear and Lovely Land to His Luscious Glory as its betrayal to the forces of Baal, of Molech and even His Satanic Majesty, in the guise of the "New World Order."

Which DESERVE to be thereby challenged.

"Another small house is finished in the next block"
(to Engrishfy the closing remarks on every episode of the "slice-of-life"
radio series Vic and Sade through the years)


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