The conclave of white supremacists, banksters, war-criminals and their historically ignorant sycophants known as the CPAC convention closed its festivities with a speech by the admitted emotionally tortured manic depressive alcoholic Glenn Beck. The emotionally unstable Fox “News” propagandist’s pro-corporate rhetoric likened normal people (Liberals/Progressives) to a “cancer” much the same way Hitler railed “The Jews are a Cancer on the breast of Germany”.
The sole reason that Beck and his right wing brethren in the corporate media exist is to run cover for the institutions of the elite who are actively turning “The Land of the Free” into The United States of Serfs and Lords”. The particularly pervasive meme purports that indentured servitude to transnational corporations equals (=) freedom and the original intent of the Constitution is to facilitate 1% of the population riding 99% of the population to the bank unfettered by the pesky government!
Beck and the rest of the Republican Media Misinformation Machine have tapped into the rage that average Americans feel as the result of being under the boot of middle-class-killing Republican policies for the past 30 years. This inconvenient truth is purposely misdirected and funneled into a populist rage against the very progressive policies that created the middle class in the first place and have the poor dupes crying, “liberals are bad!” without a sense of irony as they collect their unemployment check, Social Security and/or want government to keep its hands off their Medicare.
Bill Maher summed it up brilliantly in the closing of Real Time where he succinctly laid out the fact that the Teabaggers, rather than being a populist movement, was in actuality a cult.
- People in cults believe in ridiculous unattainable goals like “edifice reduction by way of giant tax cuts”
- Cults have their own vocabularies: Freedom means Guns, Diplomacy means Weakness, Elitist means Reader, and Socialist means Black.
- Cult members attribute all the problems to one person – in the Teabaggers case, this one:
A poll showed 90% of Teabaggers thought that taxes had gone up or stayed the same under Obama. Only two percent thought they went down. The simple reality is: for 95% of working families, taxes went down.
Only 2 percent of the people in a movement about taxes and named for a tax revolt have the slightest idea about what is going on – with taxes.
Watch the whole clip here:
Make no mistake. We are in a class war and the elites are winning. The Economic Royalists view the Constitution solely as an apparatus to concentrate wealth further into their hands and make the middle class as “quaint” as the Geneva Conventions – all with the “patriotic” agreement of those most hobbled and exploited.
This economic war is deliberately shadowed in swatches of misinformation, some of which is couched in a so-called “culture war” as another way to convince average dupes to support the side in the economic war which is actively destroying them.
From the wreckage of the Republican policies that caused the Great Depression, FDR gave us a “New Deal”. This was a social contract that attempted to realize the dreams of the Founder’s intent to create “a more perfect union” by uplifting our nation as a whole and put the power the power of OUR government on the side of the People as well as set standards and regulations designed to “promote the general welfare”.
These were a guarantee that workers be paid adequately, provided safe working environments, and ensured a retirement, which would maintain one’s dignity in old age after a lifetime of work. This system also ensured all citizens a decent education, regardless of one’s economic station at birth – and if FDR had lived to complete his fourth term in office, a Second Bill of Rights that would have guaranteed all citizens a job with a living wage, freedom from unfair competition and monopolies, a home, an education, recreation and health care (much like every other industrialized nation on Earth currently does).
A system like this is anathema to Republican (and sadly, some Democratic) sociopaths whose only motivation is to secure as much profit and power for themselves as is possible. Period.
The American Aristocracy are currently winning in their mission to dismantle the New Deal and anything else that gets in the way of their profits – even if that means sentencing another human being to die without lifesaving medical treatment. That fact is a sad example of the moral bankruptcy of the Republican worldview.
Although these Republican sociopaths wrap themselves so unabashedly in the flag and adorn their lapels with “made in China” American flag pins, they fundamentally loathe democracy because democracies bend towards democratic socialism.
In the gap that is the disconnect created by the Republican attack on public education and their lack of intellectual curiosity cherished as a badge of honor, steps the likes of Glenn Beck who turns his audience’s ignorance into a fear that any attempt to restrain corporate power or promote the interests of the middle class has something to do with “Hitler.”
These are the corporatists who are currently running our government and promoting a hierarchical system ruled by money who we believed Barack Obama would be standing up to when we sent him to Washington with a mandate for “Change we could believe in.”
After a year of disappointment, watching Obama capitulate to the Right and betray the progressive base who elected him, I’m beginning to believe that the only way We The People will ever rebuild the middle class is when the daily lives of millions stand in stark contrast to the right wing propaganda machine telling them that it’s the liberal’s fault. That is the time when the idiots who clap whenever Sarah Palin says “tort reform,” not understanding that they are (once again) blindly supporting something that limits the power of the PEOPLE over the corporations who harm them, will understand that they have been the willing accomplice in their own demise.
As it stands today, without real “change we can believe in,” it’s going to get a lot, lot, worse before it gets better.
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