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I am calling the enemy out for who they are.
It is time to realize that Liberals and Tea Party people actually have common cause.
It is time, to borrow a concept from George Lakoff, for a "Strict Parent Liberal" to call out the enemy, and declare right from wrong.

I am that liberal.  I hope to be one of many.

First, some background for this particular rant.

A few months ago, I made the decision to return to Arizona from the Bay Area.  I've been unemployed since November, and the money has run out.  My family, friends, and girlfriend are there.  As I stare down the barrel of moving to Arizona right as the rest of the nation boycotts the state, tensions are heating up in the desert full of concealed weapons. I worry that my brother's fear of a looming civil war is credible.  The discourse is getting out of control.

And then there's Glenn Beck, who is doing worse.  His tactics were pretty clearly exposed by Jon Stewart in this video

But my blood absolutely boiled when I saw this:

A few points about this.

Around 5:50, Beck suggests that, in the event of a major event, that free speech will be shut down.  No, Glenn, that was Bush.  In 2002.  It already happened, but it was the Republicans and Fox News doing it.

In minute 9, he actually has the gall to say that Obama is going to get people to spy on their neighbors.  No, that was Bush also.  They already did that in 2002.

I am so sick and tired of listening to the Fox news talking point bastards consistently accusing the left of plotting to do what they themselves already done.  In the name of "freedom".

Seriously, this is a dangerous, disingenuous man.

Beck actually called Bush a progressive recently.  Perhaps that confusion is why he thinks progressives will act like Bush did?  What the hell?  Black is white!  Up is down!  Facts have a liberal bias!  Facts are irrelevant!

So here is my own conspiracy theory.  I believe that Glenn Beck might actually be persuaded to agree with me.

The enemy is clear.  The enemy is those who make their living gambling on their investments, instead of working for a wage.  They are using immigration to divide and conquer the working class.  It's obvious, and disgusting.

They lowered their own taxes, shifting the tax burden onto the working class, so that they had a pissed off population they could manipulate into lowering their own taxes further, damaging the very infrastructure we depend on - especially the schools.  (Castro Valley High School has $0 for athletics in next years budget.  Teacher layoffs are rampant.  An entire building will sit vacant next year because they will have no teachers to put in the classrooms)

They are slightly less influential in the Obama administration as they were in the Clinton and Bush administrations.  They gambled with our money and lost, and then asked us to pay the bill.  They lobbied for laws and trade policies that allowed them to destroy the foundation of the US manufacturing economy and used predatory lending practices to keep us distracted, fat and happy while it happened from 1995-2005 (or arguably 1980-present).  All the while, they placed short bets against us and made profit from our failures.  We have been suckered.  We have been had.

They only call it class warfare when we fight back.   What needs to be acknowledged is that the "Tea Party" (size: less than the anti war movement, by the way - but gets far more coverage in the so called "liberal" (hahahahahaahahaa) media than the anti-war movement ever has) has common cause with the liberals.  We are all in the same tiny liferaft, while the investment class sails away to the Cayman islands with our tax dollars.

Enough of this bullshit argument about fear and communism.  This is about the existing corporate feudalism masquerading as democracy.  Time to get serious about the class warfare that has been being waged for decades with nary a response from the serfs.  Time to make common cause and call out the real enemy.  They are not Democrats or Republicans.  They are the ones who use those party lines to divide us, just as immigration is used to divide us.

My fear about the big legislation that's being pushed right now isn't that it will bring about a socialist state.  Far from it.  My fear is that it will mollify and increasingly aware working class into not taking the sort of drastic, transformative, action required.

I want my country back.  I want the country I was told I was born to.  The one where the arrangement was that if you went to work and paid your taxes, you could be assured of some semblance of security.  The cops and the fire department were there.  The schools were a good place for your kid to be.  You pay your social security taxes today so that it's a fair deal when you retire and others take care of you.  Where a single income meant a comfortable but not lavish lifestyle, and where there was reason to believe that your kids would be better off than you were.

To my Republican father, who named his cat "Dubya" and encourages me to watch Beck: Dad, your kids are not better off than you were.  Your grandkids will have it even worse.  It's not because of liberals.  It's because of the money addicts.

Originally posted to FireBreathingLiberal on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 03:55 PM PDT.

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  •  The Right's conflation of nationalism (1+ / 0-)
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    with its commitment to privileging capital above all other social goods is coming undone.

    I'm finding it difficult to imagine just what the most humane and viable alternative might look like. I would like to see a progressive form of economic nationalism that would neither embrace racist nativism nor start a destructive international trade war.  

    Pretty vague, I admit but I'm not enough of a policy wonk to offer more detail.

    The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

    by Wolf10 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 04:15:20 PM PDT

    •  I'd start with a NAFTA repeal (6+ / 0-)

      Want to strike a blow for US workers and address some immigration concerns?  I'll start there

      •  While we get much of our oil, (0+ / 0-)

        a currently vital resource,from Canada I'm not sure what, besides relatively inexpensive labor, that we get from Mexico. But the problem of U.S. workers having to compete with lower paid labor who have poorer working conditions and who are suppressed by undemocratic governments goes way beyond Mexico.

        The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

        by Wolf10 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 04:31:56 PM PDT

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        •  true again (4+ / 0-)
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          And thus we are back to the issue of the monied interests vs the working class.  There are many fronts to fight.  Off the top of my head:

          1. Media/information/net neutrality:  The uninformed populace, and specifically television, have been a disaster for representative democracy
          1. We need the "corporations are not people" campaign.
          1. Immigration reform, perhaps.  But how about enforcing existing laws about companies hiring illegals?  Yes, the price of produce will go up.  Deal with it, America.
          1. Reinstate a progressive tax structure.  Tax capital gains and all stock transactions.
          1. Close the loopholes and make corporations pay their taxes.  End corporate welfare.
          1. Invest in renewable energy as a jobs program
          1. Put unemployed construction workers back to work rebuilding the schools.
          1. Much stricter trade and tariffs.  More protectionist trade policy in general.  WTO has got to go.
          1. Increase the minimum wage.
          1. Strengthen the rights of workers to organize.  
          •  I believe the WTO has (0+ / 0-)

            this provision whereby a member country may not refuse to accept an imported product on the basis of the labor conditions under which it is made or the environmental damage caused by its production.

            Again, interests of capital favored over worthy considerations.

            The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

            by Wolf10 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 04:53:57 PM PDT

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  •  Rich investing in businesses (2+ / 0-)
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    One of the reasons for class warfare is that today's rich class does not invest in business enterprises that hire people.  Instead they spend their money on palatial houses and decorating.  People did not have so much resentment against the rich when they created businesses and hired large numbers of people (if the employees were treated well).

  •  Good post firebreathing (2+ / 0-)
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    In the socialist haven that is Europe (I live in Ireland BTW) most of the left wing political groups use the motto "Workers of the country UNITE" on there campaign literature. This diary reminded me of that well used slogan.

    One book I would suggest reading is "The Coming Insurrection" by The Invisible Committee. They are the French Marxist group responsible for the Paris riots of 05 and it is a very good practical guide to organising people/unions/protests/riots/movements.

    Granted they are fairly hard left (most of the core members live in communes) but they don't push there views just offer practical advice for people interested in taking whatever action against Class War.

    The book was widely read during the Greek campus protests last year. The current protests seem to be more labour union organised.

    But all over Europe (especially Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and Ireland) I am seeing a lot of movement/progress from Anti Capitalist groups.


    Non Violence is fine... so long as it works. - Malcolm X

    by Dr Marcos on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 05:13:07 PM PDT

  •  Nice post (1+ / 0-)
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    Hey - a thing or 3 to remember:

    - Clinton signed away the glass steagall act.   It worked great for 60+ years.  Republican congress put it on his desk.

    -  wall street failed.  The markets worked - their ponzi scheme of creating synthetic debt out of other synthetic debt failed.  Capitalism (is that a dirty word here?) was preparing to give wall street their comeuppance good and hard.  So what happened?

    Bush and a dem congress bailed them out.  Senator Obama said "aye" to bailouts, so did other dems.  President obama kept the bailouts going.  He even appointed geithner, the architect of the AIG to goldman taxpayer wealth transfer, as treasury sec.

    Dem congress:  epic fail
    bush: epic fail
    Obama: epic fail.

    The country's opposition to TARP and bailouts was overwhelming.  Congress, bush, Obama...they didn't care.  They looted your treasury to protect the elite class.  And the debt they stuck us with to do it is unserviceable at any tax rate.  It's simple: compound interest grows exponentially.  Tax revenue is an S-curve, meaning no matter the rate, it levels off.  The only way out (short of big war or collapse) is through protracted high inflation.

    You ready for that?  (hint: no). The recently bailed out rich don't care about inflation.  They own capital assets that are denominated in dollars.  You get paid in dollars.  Who gets screwed in that deal?  (hint: you).  

    See, this right / left's divide and conquer.  And the longer we fall for it, the
    longer the elite class uses us to pay off their bills.  Is it a surprise that we're most divided as a country when we're being most egregiously robbed?  Nah.  

    Hey quick look over there: Palin just did something dumb.  Ooo look Obama just misspoke.   Right.  Left.  Left.  Right.  It's not right vs left.  It's people vs. Power, and power is kicking our ass.  

  •  I agree with everything you wrote (0+ / 0-)

    Over the past year, it's been really eerie to notice, at times, that the teabaggers are the best allies we could have and that if we would ever be able to align our common interests, rest assured that our elected officials would finally DO something for the people.

    The problem is that teabaggers have totally given into the xenophobic, homophobic, taxophobic, governmentphobic racist fear that they can't even think straight long enough to focus on their own best interests. Before we could even find common ground, they'd have to enter into the 21st century and that could take a while.

    That said, there has got to be a way to join forces on those very few, but extremely important issues where we do agree like on financial reform or skinning goldman sachs.

    "The truth shall set you free, but first it'll piss you off." -Gloria Steinem

    by Cleopatra on Fri Apr 30, 2010 at 10:47:31 PM PDT

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