Monday, January 07, 2008

It's a Class War alright!


David Sirota, in his post Thoughts about Iowa brings up a point I've been thinking about for years but NO one ever mentions:

This, beyond everything else, is the storyline that will never be written by the Beltway media - because class awareness among the masses is something that threatens the powers that be. The system in Washington is set up to crush class awareness and solidarity among the masses - to break us up along racial, ethnic, geographic and religious lines so that we do not unify in support of an economic agenda based on fairness and equality. This Washington system exists, ironically, to preserve a well-coordinated class war being waged by an economic class very aware of itself - a class war by the wealthy against the rest of us. This may sound like hyperbole, but polls show most Americans know this is the undeniable truth. And no matter whether your personal preference wins or loses tonight in Iowa, We The People have already won, because class awareness and class-based politics is on the rise.

It's time to start talking about the screwing we're all taking at the hands of teh rich persons.... you know - that vast rightwing conspiracy to enslave all of us punch the clock type persons, while they all become vastly wealthy on our labor, stealing our savings and our retirements and the money in our treasury for their own.

The bastards. (they're killing Kenny!)


and - Krugman on Obama:

Hmm. Do Obama supporters who celebrate his hoped-for ability to bring us together realize that “us” includes the insurance and drug lobbies?

O.K., more seriously, it’s actually Mr. Obama who’s being unrealistic here, believing that the insurance and drug industries — which are, in large part, the cause of our health care problems — will be willing to play a constructive role in health reform. The fact is that there’s no way to reduce the gross wastefulness of our health system without also reducing the profits of the industries that generate the waste.

As a result, drug and insurance companies — backed by the conservative movement as a whole — will be implacably opposed to any significant reforms. And what would Mr. Obama do then? “I’ll get on television and say Harry and Louise are lying,” he says. I’m sure the lobbyists are terrified.

As health care goes, so goes the rest of the progressive agenda. Anyone who thinks that the next president can achieve real change without bitter confrontation is living in a fantasy world.

Which brings me to a big worry about Mr. Obama: in an important sense, he has in effect become the anti-change candidate.

There’s a strong populist tide running in America right now. For example, a recent Democracy Corps survey of voter discontent found that the most commonly chosen phrase explaining what’s wrong with the country was “Big businesses get whatever they want in Washington.”

And there’s every reason to believe that the Democrats can win big next year if they run with that populist tide. The latest evidence came from focus groups run by both Fox News and CNN during last week’s Democratic debate: both declared Mr. Edwards the clear winner.

But the news media recoil from populist appeals. The Des Moines Register, which endorsed Mr. Edwards in 2004, rejected him this time on the grounds that his “harsh anti-corporate rhetoric would make it difficult to work with the business community to forge change.”

And while The Register endorsed Hillary Clinton, the prime beneficiary of media distaste for populism has clearly been Mr. Obama, with his message of reconciliation. According to a recent survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, Mr. Obama’s coverage has been far more favorable than that of any other candidate.

So what happens if Mr. Obama is the nominee?

He will probably win — but not as big as a candidate who ran on a more populist platform. Let’s be blunt: pundits who say that what voters really want is a candidate who makes them feel good, that they want an end to harsh partisanship, are projecting their own desires onto the public.

And nothing Mr. Obama has said suggests that he appreciates the bitterness of the battles he will have to fight if he does become president, and tries to get anything done.

Got that right! The one thing we don't need is a naif who wants to bring the Insurance Corps and the energy Corps to the table when we are trying to reboot the Constitution and the Rule of Law.


Blogger Woodstock said...

If you really want some terrifying insight into how our government has failed us as left us at the mercy of BigPharma read a book called Generation Rx by Greg Crister. It starts with the legal and FDA "reforms" that made possible the "ask your doctor about the purple pill!" state of medicine we are in today.

And no, no one ever talks about class in this country, you're right. Part of the problem is that in the 1980s Reagan awarded the corporation the same rights, sometimes more, as private citizens. But the major problem is that those who have do not want to share. Since we're far, far, far from the time when those who have even tenuously "worked" for what they have (think Paris Hilton as fourth generation "new rich") it sort of makes me wonder why they think they have a right to have more.

8:45 AM, January 10, 2008  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Because they're Bush's base - The Have-mores! They got him in, and darn it, they want their due. He's happy to give it to them, via Halliburton et al.

11:45 AM, January 11, 2008  

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