I produced a Seattle Times blog post on the "You didn't build that" manufactured controversy. The comments are as instructive as anything I wrote. We're going to see a summer and fall of silliness before the elections. But beneath many of the trivialities are profound truths — such as the refusal of wealthy Republican Willard Milton "Mitt" Romney to release his tax returns, as his father did when he ran for presidency. And this seeming kerfuffle.
The Republicans and "independents" (who really lean Republican) are embracing a philosophy that can only be described as nihilism. As I pointed out in my post, only in a nation that became wealthy and safe thanks to the delicate balance between government and the private sector could we even have the luxury of this discussion.
It's easy to think that, once in power, the Republicans will continue their own brand of big government: Heavy subsidies for arms merchants and polluters and all members of the oligarchy that have gained control of our politics. The government will grow just as it did under Reagan and both Bushes.
Their Ayn Rand dream is the total destruction of the commons, from "government schools" to Amtrak to the repeal of the Great Society and the New Deal. That they are driven by vast ignorance doesn't matter. They are driven. The oligarchs will let them go; there's plenty of America left to loot. By the time they realize that the revolution is poised to eat them, they can relocate to better climes.
As Emil would say, my computer time is limited today, but I throw this out. We are facing a formidable force. The destruction of the American way of life is its aim, whatever its patriotic sloganeering. Their nirvana will make the Articles of Confederation look like good government and Somalia look like a strong nation-state.