From a Salon letters forum. I had a previous post arguing that the McCain campaign functions by essentially abusing, or bullying, both the Obama campaign and the media. The letter below holds an insight into the Washington elite that builds off of the "abuse" concept.
Do we identify with the bully? Why come back to the person that has hurt you the most? The Wall Street fatcats will take care of themselves, billions will be wasted, and the problem will compound. These are the same people that sent $40 million in US currency -- cash -- to sit on a crate in Iraq thinking it could do some good.
It's not just absurd, it's disturbing. It reminds me of victims of domestic abuse turning to their abusers for care and comfort.
It's even more disturbing when one realizes that the similarity goes deeper. One of the reasons why abuse victims often turn to their abusers for care and comfort is that the abusers have manipulated them into believing that there's no-one else to turn to, nobody else who really cares. This is done not just with simple dishonesty, but also by limiting access to (and actively sabotaging any contact with) other points of view.
How this plays out in our current politico-economic system is left as an exercise that should be fairly simple for anyone paying attention.