Yeah, I know. Wishful thinking, right?
“We’ve got to save the middle class!”, shouts the middle class.”. Yeah, sure.
So what are you gonna do about the situation today? “Today? Oh uh… well the college football games are on today, lots of big games going on. Promised the guys they could come watch at my house if they bring the beer and chips.”. Uh huh, so how about tomorrow? “Yeah well… tomorrow’s a little bit of a problem too. NFL playoffs and the NASCAR left turn circle jerk and what not. Actually, the whole coming week isn’t so great either what with this huge movie coming out and the Disneyland trip. Tell ya what… I promise faithfully to Tweet and Facebook about all that stuff every chance I get. Wouldn’t want people to think I don’t care or something.”.
Yes, I know, there ARE people… LOTS of people… out there manning the barricades and getting themselves beaten and arrested to bring attention to the situation and a large number who are actually using social networks to put together organized resistance to the March of the Plutocracy and I humbly salute every single one of them but the fact is that they’re only tiny minority of the people while the vast majority pays Twitter/Facebook lip service to the concept of equality but refuses to give up any of the good stuff that comes to the guy a tad “more equal” than his neighbor.
There’s always going to be something that gets in the way of the huge majority of Americans actually doing anything more than gabbling and honking about it on the social networks about the fricking Wall Street apocalypse in which the Citizen United Zombies continue to eat the souls of the working class. We’re a nation of professional grade complainers in regard to what’s wrong with the country but we come up a tad short when it comes to people who are willing to give up their share of the bread and circuses as their minimum contribution to actually doing anything about any of it.
Really people, the only thing that is going to bring Wall Street under control is a drastic cut in the amount of this country’s wealth that flows into the pockets of the leeches and other parasites in the financial sector. Bring them down once and for all and let the system reestablish itself under the watchful eye of we the people. As I’ve said many times, if we don’t want the wealthiest one percent ruling the lives of the rest of us then we need to stop making them so goddamned wealthy in the first place because that’s exactly how they do it.
But dammit we just don’t have the time or perhaps more to the point, the inclination for that. The upper middle classes don’t WANT that 1% of the people who make their fortunes exploiting the other 99%… now that they’ve pretty much run out of anything else to exploit… brought down, they want just enough regulation to make sure THEY get a bigger slice of the spoils of the exploitation. It’s always going to a small knot at the top brutally exploiting those below and the main goal of the upper middle classes will always be solely to expand that knot at the top just enough to make room for themselves. as despicable as that might seem, at least it’s understandable for that particular demographic.
What isn’t understandable is the willingness of many of the “lower classes”, including the working poor, to not only ALLOW themselves to be exploited and manipulated but to turn out in significant numbers to angrily defend their god given right to BE exploited and manipulated. Fortunately for the right, they have a black guy to turn all that hate and ignorance against but if it hadn’t been for that it would have been the filthy “libruls” they were arrayed against.
I have a hard time in my rather limited circle… most of whom are Tea Party grade Republicans… finding anyone who even knows who the Koch Brothers are even though slimy little trails from virtually every financial fiasco in this century lead ultimately to the doorstep of Koch Industries. This total unawareness and matching incuriosity on the part of most Americans in regard probably the biggest threat to face this country since its inception has come to be taken for granted by the Kochs and their ilk to the point that they don’t even bother hiding their hateful avarice and their utter contempt for this country and its people anymore. The huge majority of Americans roll right along buying all the crap the Kochs have to sell and making them rich enough to buy entire countries right out from under the people who live in them.
This excerpt from an OEN piece by Greg Palast contains a one sentence quote from Charles Koch that should be bring chills to the spines of every American who has to work for a hardscrabble living in today’s America. I suggest you read the whole thing if you really want some insight into the thinking of people who will cheerfully kill you in order to loot your carcass of it’s last possessions and then laugh about having done so.
According to the transcript of the secretly recorded tape, Charles Koch was chuckling like a six-year old. Koch was having a hell of a laugh over pilfering a few hundred dollars’ worth of oil from a couple of dirt-poor Indians on the Osage Reservation.Why did Koch, worth about $3 billion at the time (now $20 billion) need to boost a few bucks from some Indian in a trailer home? Koch answered: “I want my fair share – and that’s all of it.” Now “all of it” includes a pipeline, the Keystone XL, which would run the world’s filthiest oil, crude made from tar sands, down from Canada to his family’s refinery on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
That one highlighted sentence, from the mouth of a man whose bloody fingerprints have been found on just about every evil that has befallen America over the past thirty years, should be all any rationally thinking person in the country needs to realize that contributing anything that puts more money in his pockets amounts to selling the world from under our children. There’s only one cardinal rule in the coming battle for control over our destiny as a nation: If it’s good for Wall Street… and ESPECIALLY if it’s good for Charles and David Koch… then it’s so mind numbingly bad for the rest of us that words won’t describe it.
The only way to avoid drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid is not to buy the flipping Kool-Aid in the first place, at least until the contamination has been removed. Alas, I don’t think that many Americans… A people known for having attention spans that only rarely manage to bridge the interval between the last shiny media object of the week and the next one… are able or willing to do without it for long enough to get the job done.