The Illusion of a Democracy is Gone- Welcome to The Oligarchic State of America

As we watch this clown car of Republic presidential candidates play their roles in the theater of the absurd by seeing who can say the most outrageous comments, and as we watch the Democratic candidates try to appear without the influence of the cabal, and we witness a total media blackout of the only true independent candidate, it seems impossible not to come to the conclusion that the coup by the ½% in America is complete.

BUT if there are any reasonable people out there that think that is not the case, we challenge you to come forth with any logical argument to the contrary. To be specific, how do you refute these following facts.

An Associated Press analysis of fundraising reports filed with federal regulators through Friday found that nearly 60 donations of a million dollars or more accounted for about a third of the more than $380 million brought in so far for the 2016 presidential election. Donors who gave at least $100,000 account for about half of all donations so far to candidates’ presidential committees and the super PACs that support them.

The review covered contributions to outside groups that can accept checks of any size, known as super PACs, and to the formal campaigns, which are limited to accepting no more than $2,700 per donor. The tally includes donations from individuals, corporations and other organizations reflected in data filed with the Federal Election Commission as of Friday, the deadline for super PACs to report for the first six months of the year.

That concentration of money from a small group of wealthy donors build on a trend that began in 2012, the first presidential contest after a series of court rulings and regulatory steps that created the super PAC. They can openly support candidates but may not directly coordinate their actions with their campaigns.

  • “Now [the United States is] just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. … So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors …” — Jimmy Carter, former president, in 2015.
  • “You have to go where the money is. Now where the money is, there’s almost always implicitly some string attached. … It’s awful hard to take a whole lot of money from a group you know has a particular position then you conclude they’re wrong [and] vote no.” — Vice President Joe Bidenin 2015.
  • “Lobbyists and career politicians today make up what I call the Washington Cartel. … [They] on a daily basis are conspiring against the American people. … [C]areer politicians’ ears and wallets are open to the highest bidder.” — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2015.
  • “When you start to connect the actual access to money, and the access involves law enforcement officials, you have clearly crossed a line. What is going on is shocking, terrible.” – James E. Tierney, former attorney general of Maine, in 2014.
  • “Allowing people and corporate interest groups and others to spend an unlimited amount of unidentified money has enabled certain individuals to swing any and all elections, whether they are congressional, federal, local, state … Unfortunately and rarely are these people having goals which are in line with those of the general public. History well shows that there is a very selfish game that’s going on and that our government has largely been put up for sale.” – John Dingell, 29-term Democratic congressman from Michigan, in 2014 just before he retired.
  • “When some think tank comes up with the legislation and tells you not to fool with it, why are you even a legislator anymore? You just sit there and take votes and you’re kind of a feudal serf for folks with a lot of money.” — Dale Schultz, 32-year Republican state legislator in Wisconsin and former state Senate Majority Leader, in 2013 before retiring rather than face a primary challenger backed by Americans for Prosperity.
  • “The alliance of money and the interests that it represents, the access that it affords to those who have it at the expense of those who don’t, the agenda that it changes or sets by virtue of its power is steadily silencing the voice of the vast majority of Americans … The truth requires that we call the corrosion of money in politics what it is – it is a form of corruption and it muzzles more Americans than it empowers, and it is an imbalance that the world has taught us can only sow the seeds of unrest.”Secretary of State John Kerry, in 2013 farewell speech to the Senate.
  • “I think it is because of the corrupt paradigm that has become Washington, D.C., whereby votes continually are bought rather than representatives voting the will of their constituents. … That’s the voice that’s been missing at the table in Washington, D.C. — the people’s voice has been missing.” — Michele Bachmann, four-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota and founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, in 2011.
  • “The banks — hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place.” – Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in 2009.

These statements coming from politicians and government officials as diverse in ideology as Michelle Bachmann and Jimmy Carter should be the wake-up call for us all. Any hope of representative government has officially ended. Any hope to achieve a fair shot of opportunity outside of the cabal is a pipe dream. Any future for 99.5% of our children simply does not exist.

The truth of this election cycle is the “in your face America” manner that the process is unfolding. The ballot box IS the place where we have equal power. Think for yourself, ignore the spin, and start to participate in the process as both voters and candidates. Saying nothing and doing nothing simply is not an option. We cannot wait for someone or something to “empower” us, we must empower ourselves and we must take aggressive and specific actions, EVERY ONE OF US. This is not a conservative or liberal issue, it is an AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC issue.

We Need to Understand the Citizens United Ruling was an Act of War

As we watched these last mid-term elections, nearly $4 Billion dollars was spent by special interest groups, most outside the area where the local elections were held. A majority of republicans were elected and it is now certain that this term of Congress will be even more ineffective than the current congress which broke all the records for being a “do nothing” congress. This was by design of course, along with ten years of relentless gerrymandering.

Now this is not a political argument we are about to make. No, it far more serious than politics. What we are witnessing are the final acts of war against the people of America. No, that is not a conspiracy theory, it is fact. It is official and substantiated by none other than the honorable academic institution, Princeton University.

First, we need some background and some history of how the war was fought. The acts of this war took place and continue to take place in our controlled media, by insuring ignorance through the expanding blocking of access to higher education, in our local communities with re-districting, and through our higher courts. It is being conducted by people unaccountable to us and they are using our legislative process and the alphabet agencies, along with our now militarized police as their “boots on the ground”.

American media is fond of speaking about “Russian Oligarchs” as if Russia were the only nation that allowed accumulation of such unprecedented wealth. The Yeltsin days of disorder and collapse indeed saw the rapid rise of many fortunes and oligarchs — persons of very much wealth. Some of them have proven patriotic citizens, some like Khodokorvsky or the late unlamented Boris Berezhovsky proved to be loveless gangsters.

A new study, however by a Princeton University Professor, of the influence of very wealthy or economically powerful persons on American political policies makes clear for the first time that a genuine American Oligarchy has staged a slow coup d’état of our US foreign and domestic policy over the past three decades since the era of Ronald Reagan. This American oligarchy today is the major force for war and disorder across the planet.

One of America’s most elite universities, Princeton, concluded this fact. It is ironic since during the early 1960’s, like other prestigious universities, Princeton was accessible to anyone and still classmates came from elite preparatory private schools like Andover or Exeter. Classmates with names like Firestone or Prince Faisal were attending. Then tuition cost $650 a year, the price of a used 1956 Chevy at the time.

Today tuition for one year at Princeton costs $41,820. Princeton speaks of money and elite families. So it is significant that a new study would be published by two Princeton professors on wealth in America since 1981. Martin Gilens is Professor of Politics at Princeton University together with Benjamin I. Page, Professor at Northwestern University, have published results of a unique analysis “using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.”

The study concludes that, “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of EconomicElite Domination…”

Their study further concluded,

“When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for the elite class, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

Finally they conclude,

“…Our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

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In a subsequent media interview, Gilens noted what they concluded in their analysis of volumes of data from 1981-2002 for government policy decisions and the role of elites versus ordinary citizens in some 1,800 different policy initiatives:

“One central factor is the role of money in our political system, and the overwhelming role that affluent individuals and organized interests play, in campaign finance and in lobbying.

And the second thing is the lack of mass organizations that represent and facilitate the voice of ordinary citizens. Part of that would be the decline of unions in the country which has been quite dramatic over the last 30 or 40 years. And part of it is the lack of a socialist or a worker’s party.”

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The study verifies with ample empirical data what we all know from living life as an American over the past four decades. There has been a silent coup d’etat of the monied class, an American oligarchy. It is also significant that their study’s analysis of data ENDED before the last two election cycles and BEFORE the absolutely corrupt Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. It has only gotten worse since that ruling. In fact, one could argue that corrupting the Supreme Court was the FINAL and decisive action that killed any notion that democracy still exists in America.

Names such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller, Sheldon Adelson (main financier of Mitt Romney for President), the Koch Brothers (main financiers of the Tea Party political movement), George H.W. Bush and family have dominated the last two election cycles. The top 1% has reshaped the fundamentals of American life, culture and above all politics. A decision to wage war today against Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria depends not on the will of average Americans, but on the profits gained by the banking industry and the military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about during his famous farewell speech.

Obama was elected on a pledge to close the US Army torture center at Guantanamo and six years on has yet to do. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in his first month and proceeded to wage more war in Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and most recently Syria and Ukraine.

It is important to have this in mind when judging “America.” The United States of America today bears little resemblance to that ideal we think we know. The oligarchy has taken policy control behind a thin façade of “democracy” and has ultimately ruined the industrial and social fabric of the United States.

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We need to wake up to this reality and not allow their continuing propaganda to keep us polarized over issues that really don’t matter in the larger picture. This is truly about the future of our families, our children, and grandchildren. What are we going to tell our grandchildren when they have no dreams, no hope, only labor and poverty to look forward to in their lives? We didn’t act? We didn’t vote? We didn’t resist? We didn’t care?

These are not political opinions expressed in this article, these are facts, and now facts verified by reputable academics that have conducted a several years study. What more do we need to understand? How much longer are we going to continue to be the sheep sent to slaughter on the altar of profits for the few? The term slaughter is used here both literally and figuratively. Literally, slaughter of our young men and women in contrived wars financed on both sides by the bankers and orchestrated by military contractors’ orders to paid cronies , and figuratively by the continuing impoverishment of workers and the denial of access to health and educational benefits for our children.

Stories That MSM Don’t Want You to Hear- Part 4 – Why is $ 4 Billion Being Spent on Mid-Term Elections?

Here is a logical question. Why would a person spend $22 million dollars of their own money to get elected to a job that pays $170,000 dollars a year for 4 years? Think about that for a moment. Just so we keep it all in focus here, the answer is several candidates have done so and it doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat or Republican. It is happening on both sides. This is the true definition of an oligarchy, which is defined as a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

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So one has to ask the next logical question, why would those few see the economic advantage of investing these massive amounts of money? Where is the profit in that move? The answer is obvious and factual.

The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling.  Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, that is less than $13.50/hr. wage, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000, which is less than $9.75/hr. wage.  If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000.  So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling.  This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country.  In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar.  And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession.  In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost.  We are witnessing the slow-motion destruction of the middle class, and very few of our leaders seem to care.

The “average” yearly wage in America last year was just $43,041.  But after accounting for inflation, that was actually worse than the year before… American paychecks shrank last year, just-released data show, further eroding the public’s purchasing power, which is so vital to economic growth. Average pay for 2013 was $43,041 — down $79 from the previous year when measured in 2013 dollars. Worse, average pay fell $508 below the 2007 level, my analysis of the new Social Security Administration data shows.

Flat or declining average pay is a major reason so many Americans feel that the Great Recession never ended for them. A severe job shortage compounds that misery not just for workers but also for businesses trying to profit from selling goods and services. Average pay declined in 59 of the 60 levels of worker pay the government reports each October. And please keep in mind that “average pay” is really skewed by the millionaires and billionaires at the top end of the spectrum.

Median pay in 2013 was just $28,031.02.  That means that 50 percent of American workers made less than that number, and 50 percent of American workers made more than that number. Here are some more numbers from the report that the Social Security Administration just released…

-39 percent of American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

-52 percent of American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

-63 percent of American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

-72 percent of American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

It has been estimated that it takes approximately $50,000 a year to support a middle class lifestyle for a family of four, and so the fact that 72 percent of all workers make less than that amount shows how difficult it is for families that try to get by with just a single breadwinner.

The way that our economy is structured now, both parents usually have to work as hard as they can just to pay the bills. But there was one group of Americans that did see their incomes actually increase last year. Those making over 50 million dollars had their pay increase by an average of $12.8 million in 2013. That’s a startling 25%+!

Posted below is a chart that comes from the Federal Reserve.  It shows how real median household income in the United States has declined since the year 2000…

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Meanwhile, the cost of living has continued to rise at a steady pace. Needless to say, this is putting a tremendous squeeze on the middle class.  With each passing day, more Americans are losing their spots in the middle class and this has pushed government dependence to an all-time high.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49 percent of all Americans now live in a home that receives money from the government each month.  This is completely and totally unsustainable, but our long-term economic problems just keep getting worse.

Our politicians have stood by as millions upon millions of good paying jobs have been shipped out of the country.  Millions of other middle class jobs have been lost to technology.  This has resulted in intense competition for the middle class jobs that remain, and huge profits for the corporate elite, which in turn invest huge amounts of money to insure that our government continues its policies of not raising the minimum wage and denying the real cost of living to those on social security and disability. They then create propaganda through their media outlets to convince us that 72% of us are “takers”. How bold is that? Shame on us for buying this crap.

And at this point we are even losing lots of lower paying retail jobs.  For example, it is being reported that Sears plans to close 110 more stores and lay off more than 6,000 workers.  Sears says that the report “isn’t accurate”, but it isn’t denying that stores will be closed either… In an email to USA Today, Sears spokesman Howard Riefs said the store count and closures “isn’t accurate,” but did not provide store closures or layoff numbers. “As we stated in our (second quarter earnings report), we disclosed that we would be closing unprofitable stores as leases expire and in some cases will accelerate closings when it is economically prudent. And that we would consider closing additional stores during the remainder of the year,” Riefs said. “Make no mistake, we believe the store will continue to play an integral role in our transformation, however, if a store is not generating a profit, it is straightforward that the store should be considered for closure.” Hmmm. If people have no money to spend how can there be demand?

Are we going to remain silent until, as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power – he’s free again. Wake TFU.

How Bad is the Inequality in America Today?

You aren’t going to like these facts, but America is experiencing the worst inequality in history … and it will only get worse unless we change policy. Inequality in the U.S. is now the highest ever recorded in the country.
Inequality in America today is twice as bad as in ancient Rome, worse than it was in Tsarist Russia, Gilded Age America, modern Egypt, Tunisia or Yemen, many banana republics in Latin America, and worse than experienced by slaves in 1774 colonial America. Economist and inequality expert Thomas Piketty notes that – according to an important measure – inequality in America today is the worst in world history:
For those who work for a living, the level of inequality in the U.S. – writes Piketty – is “… probably higher than in any other society at any time in the past, anywhere in the world …”
In other words, there might have been some squalid country in the distant past where the disparity between people without any job and the king was higher than between a jobless American and the top fatcats in the U.S, but there is no record to validate that fact. The spread between the minimum wage American worker and the American oligarch is the greatest in world history. Indeed, inequality in America has become so extreme that the “99% versus the 1%” meme is grossly inaccurate … because it’s really the .01% versus the 99.99%. 85 people in America have more wealth than 250 million Americans combined! In fact, they have more wealth than 4.5 billion people globally!
Paul Krugman notes:
A lot of what we know about inequality actually comes from Piketty, because he’s been an invisible presence behind a lot. So when you talk about the 1 percent, you’re actually to a larger extent reflecting his prior work. But what he’s really done now is he said, “Even those of you who talk about the 1 percent, you don’t really get what’s going on. You’re living in the past. You’re living in the ’80s. You think that Gordon Gekko is the future.” And Gordon Gekko is a bad guy, he’s a predator. But he’s a self-made predator. And right now, what we’re really talking about is we’re talking about Gordon Gekko’s son or daughter. We’re talking about inherited wealth playing an ever-growing role. So he’s telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy; A society of inherited wealth, “patrimonial capitalism.” In fact, we are already there.
So we are going probably, unless something gets better, we’re going to look back nostalgically on the early 21st century when you could still at least have the pretense that the wealthy actually earned their wealth. And, you know, by the year 2030, it’ll all be inherited. In other words, we’re going from oligarchy to dynastic royalty.
Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller and Former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins also say that inequality may get much worse than it is now. Mainstream economists like Krugman – who long discounted the importance of inequality – now finally admit that runaway inequality destroys the economy. Unfortunately (and ironically), the policies which they push are the very thing causing extreme inequality in the first place.
The sad reality is that “We The People” have the ability to correct this gross injustice by simply casting a well informed vote to change the government policies these oligarchs have pushed through CONgress while we have apathetically snoozed away.
It is no accident that voter suppression laws are being sought in nearly every state. It is no accident that bills are being passed to suppress our constitutional rights to assembly and free speech. It is no accident that our local police forces look like military special operations units. It is no accident that there is resistance to raising the minimum wage to a livable wage in the 21st century. It is no accident that we are being pitted against each other along religious and anti-government lines. It is no accident that that our schools are crumbling and our educational system is in shambles. It is no accident that even after the affordable health care act has passed that CONgress has voted 50 times to repeal it and states have opted out of Medicaid expansion. It is no accident that mainstream media create “facts” that really don’t exist or that 5 corporations own 96% of the major media outlets in this country.
Our only question is why do we not see what’s being done to us. As a majority, do we not struggle to pay for our children’s education? Do we not face the financial hardships of a catastrophic illness? Do we not struggle to feed and house our families? So then, why do we not unite and fight back against the reality staring us in the face? Why do we not say enough?!
Not one single incumbent should be re-elected in 2014, not one! Not one “Tea Party” candidate should stand a snow ball’s chance of winning. The most elected candidates should be “none of the above”! We should be occupying congress every day! We should be calling for the arrest and criminal prosecution of every congressional member and all of the banksters.
Truly if you do understand what is really going on here, you are a slave with a slave mentality. Is this what you really are? Is this what you want for your children’s future? If you wake up and it’s too late, there is a cold hard reality that awaits you…You were responsible for your reality because you did not act, you did not take the time to realize and resist. You put the chains on yourself and your family for the foreseeable future.

The End of Democracy in America?

For over two years we have been writing about the undue influence of money in American politics and government. We dared to say on several occasions that we now live in an oligarchic society, not a democracy. Some of our readers thought that was somewhat extreme, however, now, a scientific study seems to bear out what we have been saying all along.
The reality of the study is the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do SEEM to enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories of America. In America, money talks… and democracy dies under its crushing weight. A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities organized interest groups are controlled for and by the elite, and the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.
The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled “Testing Theories of American Politics.” The authors clarify that the data available are probably under-representing the actual extent of control of the U.S. by the super-rich:
“Economic Elite Domination theories do rather well in our analysis, even though our findings probably understate the political influence of elites. Our measure of the preferences of wealthy or elite Americans – though useful, and the best we could generate for a large set of policy cases – is probably less consistent with the relevant preferences than are our measures of the views of ordinary citizens or the alignments of engaged interest groups. Yet we found substantial estimated effects even when using this imperfect measure. The real-world impact of elites upon public policy may be still greater.”
Nonetheless, this is the first-ever scientific study of the question of whether the U.S. is a democracy. “Until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions [that U.S. policymaking operates as a democracy, versus as an oligarchy, versus as some mixture of the two] against each other within a single statistical model. This paper reports on an effort to do so, using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.” That’s an enormous number of policy-issues studied.
What the authors are able to find, despite the deficiencies of the data, is important: the first-ever scientific analysis of whether the U.S. is a democracy, or is instead an oligarchy, or some combination of the two. The clear finding is that the U.S. is an oligarchy, not a democratic country, at all. American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media). The U.S., in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious “electoral” “democratic” countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now. Today, after this exhaustive analysis of the data, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” That’s it, in a nutshell.
In the years we have been blogging, our hope that the electorate would finally wake up and understand the danger that their apathy toward the political process would eventually cause their enslavement. We all understand the words “erosion of the middle class” but we don’t seem to link that statement to concepts such as extreme poverty, lack of opportunity for our children, police state, political suppression, lose of freedom, and several more realities that we seem to believe we still have and don’t have at all.
It is time we do what we need to do. We need to understand that our democracy and freedom must be fought for and defended at all times. That is not only our right to vote, but our RESPONSIBILITY and OBLIGATION to vote and when voting, cast an informed ballot. Today, the American people are the least informed voters of any of the developed nations and most of the under developed nations. In each of those nations we clearly understand the plight of the people and the poverty and hardships they are enduring on a daily basis. We are now numbered among those nations.
The recent changes in political campaign financing orchestrated through what should be the least corrupt arm of government, the Supreme Court, and the effectiveness of the number of state efforts to suppress voter’s rights should be a ringing bell to wake us up! We, the people, still have the power to correct these atrocities and assaults on our democracy and constitution, but to do so we must take the time and effort to understand the issues and most importantly cast an informed vote. That means voter turnout needs to be in the 80-90% range even in off term elections like those coming up in 2014. We need to repeal these ridiculous campaign financing laws and voter suppression actions, and finally those among us who can run for office as true patriots should step up and run. The cast of characters lining up in state and congressional seats so far are the most pathetic in our history.
Stop for a moment, forget the political rhetoric, and simply look at your children. If you fail to participate, what is their fate?

Conservative Elites vs. Liberal Elites- No One is Representing the Middle Class and Workers

What is the difference between G W Bush and Barack Obama? Nothing! Therein lies the problem for the disappearing middle class and workers in this country. Why hasn’t the economy improved? Because no one is demanding it change. The 1% control media, politics, and corporate policies, moreover, and more importantly, they also control unions and those organizations that have traditionally provided the pressure to insure the system remains balanced. Like it or not we are living in a corporate oligarchy.

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The Occupy Movement represented something this corrupt system really feared. They were really independent of the influence of Wall Street or politics and did show the potential to grow rapidly. Ever ask the question of what happened to Occupy? They were effectively crushed. Some pinned their hopes on the Tea Party, but we have all witnessed the complete take-over of the Tea Party by the Koch Brothers and now the Tea Party representatives are being used to try to dismantle the very government structure that could act effectively to restore some equality in the system.

Some ask what happened to the influence of labor unions and liberal organizations in relationship to the Democratic Party and their platform and agenda. They simply were dwarfed in spending by Wall Street. The so-called “Wall Street” Democrats and firms simply outspent those organizations and therefore the issues of economic equality went to the wayside. Just simply look at what help or influence the union bosses played in the Auto Bailout. The unions accepted shaving senior workers, slicing benefits and pensions, and allowing the hiring of new workers at $12-14/hour! Now we find Detroit declaring bankruptcy! This was a combination of sellouts by the union leadership and the fact they were out-lobbied in the halls of CONgress.

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It is interesting to watch the current “angst” of Obama supporters as they slowly are realizing they have, for the most part, been betrayed. What next? I would suggest that we take a page from the Occupy strategy. The current political system as we know does NOT represent us. The MSM does NOT report the truth about the real condition of the American economy or the American political system. Therefore there is no way to affect change “within the system” as we know it. Secondly, trying to form any type of third party or movement will be aggressively attacked as it arises and therefore there is no sense in looking to the traditional political approach to resolve the problems we face.

As we look around the world, what we see as effective is to once again create a healthy fear in the oligarchs and their politician cronies.  In a recent interview, Chris Hedge stated the last true liberal socially oriented president was NIXON! That was a remarkable statement until he explained that at the peak of the protests against the Vietnam War, massive amounts of people took to the streets in the capital and around the White House. These protests were so significant that the Secret Service lined empty school buses around the White House as a barrier. The story goes that Nixon was watching all of this from the Oval Office with Henry Kissinger. He apparently turned to Henry and said, paraphrased, “Jesus Christ Henry, these people are going to come through these barriers and get us! We have to put an end to this damned war now.” Therefore, as Chris points out, this was the last president who had any fear of the public’s opinion.

As we approach this 2014 election cycle these points should be considered. We all know what the problems are, because we are living them. We need to SHOW UP at political campaign speeches and events and begin to confront those who say they represent us. Forget about conservative or liberal, black or white or brown issues and approach this as it is – an attack on the middle class and poor of this country. That is 95% of US regardless of “party” or ethnicity. Watch what is happening in Britain, Germany, and France. Show up and don’t allow these incumbents and potential candidates continue the false narrative and divisive rhetoric. Demand an address to unemployment, hunger, equal rights, unrelenting surveillance, and corporate benefits and monetary support with our tax dollars. Demand redress to the issues of a living wage and decent housing and health care. An end to this usury as it relates to student loans and credit. In a word an end to the corporate Coup ‘d’ Etat of our government. We should pack every hall, every venue and simply not allow these idiots speak their crap, but do so in a peaceful, but civilly disruptive protest. Send the message we are on to the game and we are not going to allow it to continue.

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We ought to think about gathering our conservative and liberal friends together in our neighborhoods and have discussions to insure we grasp the reality we are being “played” against each other.  We need to understand that we are being polarized to insure we don’t come together. In these “block parties” find the REAL issues that effective us all, regardless of our personal political philosophy. In other words framing the truth about what is happening. We all have been betrayed, and we all are being victimized here! Let’s start now to understand the truth like adults and not like sheep!