If you are really hungry and don’t have many resources, it might make sense to use a lot of strong spice in a two-week old stew and then hope it doesn’t make you sick. But it is a dangerous gamble.
Today’s mainstream conservatives stand for many of the same policies that they have for decades, such as an unfettered free-market with minimal taxes and little regulation. Some of these ideas may have made sense in a bygone era, when capitalism was young and thriving, but they seem increasingly problematic and even dangerous in an era of exceedingly wealthy mega-corporations with little national loyalty and lots of carefully camouflaged, untaxable income.
Well-crafted restrictions and regulations are clearly necessary to protect the public from the huge, uncaring footprint of global behemoths, often unwilling to carefully police themselves and take appropriate action for dealing with their environmental and financial detritus. Moreover, some amount of taxed income siphoned from the untouched trillions buried offshore would do wonders for the needs of many nations struggling after the collapse of 2008.
As an aging capitalism moves increasingly towards oligarchy, a situation when more and more wealth and power is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, balance can be restored with conscientiously constructed policy. But today’s Republicans seem incapable of looking at the modern world with an unjaundiced eye. To say that the old, rancid stew the Republicans offer is dangerous to the health of the nation is a vast understatement. But they season their toxic concoction with the seductive fires of righteous wrath and the piquancy of manufactured grievance of the Tea Party, and, in so doing, are able to effectively sell their tarnished wares.
This unholy alliance of mainstream conservatives, with their old and repeatedly disproven ideas, and the firebrands of the modern Tea Party seems a partnership destined for big trouble. Already there is a feel among many that the Right has created a form of Frankenstein’s monster: an uncontrollable fringe that is incapable of flexibility in the face of reality. Facts are twisted or simply made up out of whole cloth to fit with an ideology based in fantasies of victimization and unbridled fury. When the nation’s legislature derives its purpose from this noxious brew, the country is likely to become ill.
The current battlefield in the immediate post-election season is shaping up to be immigration. The Right is practically apoplectic over President Obama’s pledge to craft an executive order on the subject following more than a year of congressional inaction and obstruction. In their twisted and misanthropic world view, letting Hispanic-American children, as well as foreign-born but legally-documented children of Hispanic descent, keep their illegal parents around to support and protect them is such an egregious abuse of power that it might even be grounds for impeachment. In reality, the steady stream of breathless vitriol frothing from the mouths of conservatives is vintage Tea Party hyperbole and has literally consumed the entire Republican narrative. Although the more practical mainstreamers would secretly love to find a way to mine that rich vein of Hispanic voters, their fear of the fringe’s political blood lust is palpable. But stress fractures are deepening within the coalition.
Two of the most prominent leaders of today’s Republican Party are Senator Mitch McConnell, the newly-elected Senate Majority Leader and establishment politician, and Senator Ted Cruz, the demagogic Tea Party firebrand. The birth charts of these two individuals point to significant difficulties in the coming months, likely indicative of a festering struggle between these two branches of Conservatopia.
For Mitch McConnell, progressed Mercury has joined the conjunction of progressed Saturn and progressed Uranus (29Taurus20) beginning around August 2014 and intensifying through April 2015. This configuration will be crossed by an opposition from transiting Saturn (29Scorpio) from December 9 through December 18, 2014, and triggered by minor hard aspects from Pluto (14 Capricorn) and Uranus (14 Aries) from early January through early March 2015. Saturn will return to activate the waning progression during June 2015. In addition, transiting Saturn will square McConnell’s Sun (1Pisces26) three times over the coming year: in January, May and September/October 2015. These aspects all point to significant difficulties for McConnell in December 2014 and much of 2015, including obstruction, frustration, and the need to compromise or face failure.
Interestingly, Ted Cruz has natal Neptune at (1Sagittarius41) in an exact square to McConnell’s Sun (1Pisces26). Cruz will experience a series of strong Saturn transits to his Neptune at the same time that McConnell will experience a potent Saturn square to his Sun: in January, May, and September/October 2015. Saturn crossing Cruz’ Neptune will tend to squash unrealistic expectations and bring disillusionment and upset. During late 2014 and all of 2015, Cruz will additionally be under a progressed Sun square to his progressed and natal Saturn (15Taurus58, 16Taurus18). This aspect underlines the theme of frustration and points to the need for limited and incremental goals. Ultimately, it seems likely that the simultaneous Saturn transits in McConnell’s chart and those in Cruz’ chart are connected, indicating that each of these Senators will likely be a key player in the other’s struggles.
As of the spring 2015, Cruz is also entering a particularly charismatic period in his life, which is likely to endear him to the base of the Republican Party and establish his influence and popularity in 2016, in a similar manner to what Sarah Palin did in 2008. Progressed Venus will be conjunct his natal Sun (00Capricorn31) through the Spring of 2016, followed by progressed Sun square natal Venus (17Scorpio53) from June 2016 through June 2017. These two back- to-back progressions point to Cruz becoming the darling of the Tea Party for the next two and a half years and a force to be reckoned with for those who would like to see politics as a means to solve problems rather than a way to inflame and agitate the masses.