While Economic Royalists, their Republican and DINO operatives in government and their corporate-cover propaganda outlets, fan racist flames to keep the people divided against themselves, some in media are finally starting to talk about the class war Republicans have been waging against working people since Reaganomics inflicted it’s supply-side, trickle-down, disaster on a once-vibrant middle class.
Shirley Sherrod gave voice to it when she noted in her speech to the NAACP that the conversation the nation needs to have was not about “black versus white” or “white versus black” but “rich versus poor.”
The Republican response to the utterance of this truth was to take her speech calling for unity among working people and heavily edit it to ensure racism maintains it’s fresh, painful and divisive utility. An actual, mature, conversation about class and race in America is considered blasphemy in world where wedge issues are vital to keeping people angry, distracted and misinformed enough to vote for their own demise.
Simply put, Republicans care only for their wealthy benefactors who sent them to Washington to make government, as FDR said, “an appendage to their own affairs,” ensuring that they can continue to ride your back to the bank without the “pesky” interference from the only institution powerful enough to slow them down – our Constitutionally-limited, democratically-elected, representative government of “We The People.”
If you listen to FDR’s speech in 1936, it’s clear that we are fighting the same forces of “organized money.” Unfortunately, at the moment, they are winning.
Read the transcript of the speech here.
The fact is that 30 years of Reaganomics have made America the LEAST upwardly mobile of all the industrialized nations, given us the widest gap between rich and poor since the first Republican Great Depression and turned the middle class into overworked, underpaid, compliant Serfs who have to work 3 “uniquely American” jobs to not even come close to the same standard of living of the “Greatest Generation.” Even Reagan’s Budget Policy Director, David Stockman, admits that Reaganomics destroyed the American economy – saying the Republican party’s “new policy doctrines have caused four great deformations of the national economy, and modern Republicans have turned a blind eye to each one.”
That’s right out of the Republican Dirty Trick playbook – pillage what you are meant to protect and then blame the villagers. The Republicans have no ideas to change our economy for the better because they have no desire to change what, for them, it is working just fine. If only the “small people” would just accept their new Serf status instead of longing for a living wage!
It was heartening to hear Keith Olbermann talk about it. Check out his segment on the Republican class war and their filthy attacks on the unemployed their policies created:
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