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It is really interesting how American commoners can support a political party that obviously serves interests of the top money earners and wealthy elites in this country. Perhaps they are waiting for some scraps to fall off the table? Or some of that lucre to dribble down their way in the form of a fabulous $9.00/hr retail job? But, “commoners”? What does that mean?
I figure that since the country seems bent on heading in the direction of a 19th Century-style society of stratified income classes, we may as well dust off the Victorian terminology and talk about how life is going to be.
Power is the ability to allocate resources. As more and more resources come under the control of a wealthy minority, government seems to align itself increasingly to a small pool of influential and wealthy elite. With the election of the upcoming congressional class, it is very clear that wealthy corporations and individuals are getting what they paid for- statutory favors and influence in the deconstruction of the federal system of government. It is no coincidence that politicians from southern states, where an upswing in antebellum sentiment is afoot, are especially keen on the topic of states rights and other confederate sympathies. Old antipathy is being dusted off and tried on for size.
Since SCOTUS has affirmed that money equals speech in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, and that corporate funding of broadcasts cannot be limited under the First Amendment, anonymous streams of cash from conservative donors have flooded the 2010 election. Such is the power of persuasion made by big money that a class of deconstructionists has been elected to the next session of congress.
Americans commoners have a fetish about the ways of the megawealthy. Dial up CNBC sometime when Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are interviewed at one of the Ivy League B-Schools. Watch all of the gaga-eyed MBA students as they hang on every utterance proffered by these two American Plutocrats. It is a form of rapture. The students and faculty are under a kind of enchantment. But this is no different from the country at large. Watch how commoners behave around Donald Trump, or Oprah for that matter.
One of the things that will have to change in the near future is a rewrite of the local zoning codes pertaining to shanty towns and squatting. As the population grows, as raw material scarcity increases, and as wealth continues to shift toward the wealthy side of the bell curve, more and more people will find themselves unable to house themselves. Increasingly we see a housing system heavily relying on credit and background checks, high rents, and the need to commute in America’s now balky system of suburbs. The suburb system places a great distance between work centers and living centers, making transportation problematic for our up-and-coming dirt poor class.
As the population of dirt poor and destitute rises due to deindustrialization and dissolution of social safety nets (say, by 2030), all flexibility in the system will begin to play out and people will find themselves living in shanties and refrigerator boxes. They’ll become squatters. The local constables will have to deal with them because municipalities will refuse to compromise property values and will shun the homeless.
Let’s see. What will the growing class of homeless do with their time? Write poems about the joys of laissez faire orthodoxy? I think that somebody will put together an appealing manifesto on insurrection.
Maybe our own village idiot, Glenn Beck, is right. Maybe there is a revolution underway. But I don’t think it is the one he is expecting.
How can it be that people like CNN’s Glenn Beck and Fox brainwave Sean Hannity can land high paying spots on cable television? It obviously not because they are scholars. These professional 8th graders may have a grasp on something, but it’s sure not high level thinking. Aren’t they embarrassed? I’ll bet their mothers are. Obama a socialist? WTF?? Fascist?? WTF?? Have they bothered to look up the definition of these words?
Fascist: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality (from Merriam Webster).
Socialism: 1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods2 a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done (from Merriam Webster).
The very notion that Obama is a fascist or a socialist is barking mad. If anybody was a fascist, it was Dick Cheney and his band of goons. Nobody has the political power to convert this nation of unruly curs into a socialist country. The notion that anybody, even the most irate left wingers, could undo centuries of private property ownership in favor of socialist wetdreams is absurd on its face. The 20th century’s big socialism experiment failed. Who wants to try that again. Obama is no socialist.
I’m sure these curs and mental halflings on cable clearly understand that they are spouting nonsense. It is all a put-on to get America’s legions of low information voters (LIV) out of the pews and into the community centers for some old fashioned swift-boating. Republicans know that if you hurl enough shit, some of it is bound to stick to something and the LIV’s will pick up on it.
What lit my fire this day? See the HuffPo article.
So what is Karl Rove up to during this run up to the ’08 election? I was reading an article on fascism in America and my minds eye naturally turned to this character. I hear he is writing a column for Newsweek. But what else is he doing? What is he up to? Hmmm.
The “Architect” should be hounded mercilessly by reporters for pictures and interviews a` la Britney Spears. This nocturnal creature should be in plain view during election season.