Spousal Abuse as American Governmental Policy
The premise I’m about to build upon is not mine. It came about during a conversation with a dear Brit friend of mine, Clair Le Couteur. He and I were musing over the commonalities between what’s happening politically in both Britain and America.
“It confounds me,” I admitted. “I have no idea why practical-minded citizens should so consistently and overwhelmingly vote against their own interests.”
“Simple,” said he. “It precisely mirrors spousal abuse. The victims blame themselves and when the police roll by, everything is fine again and they stand by their abuser, arms around each other until the next time—and there is always a next time.”
“By god, I think you’ve nailed it, Clair. Can I use that?”
“Be my guest. Please try to spell my name properly, as you are often careless in that regard.”
We have (we Brits and Americans) been increasingly victims of spousal abuse since the nearly simultaneous elections of Ronald Reagan (1981) and Margaret Thatcher (1979). Thus we have been abused by our …