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This is CLASS WAR. This is it. The super rich and their corporations are more profitable than ever. They have robbed us. Their banks throw us out of our homes. They shipped your jobs overseas. They bankrupted our nation, and they want to lower our standard of living so they can increase their profits. The Corporatists who did this to you and your countrymen call themselves "Conservatives".

And only one man stands in their way. His name is Barack Hussein Obama.

They said he "palled around with terrorists"

They called him a "socialist"

They said a black guy beat up a white girl because Obama is black.

And still you voted for Obama instead of McCain. Still you rejected their failed and corrupt ideology despite their attempts to use fear, hate and lies to scare you into voting for the same stupidity that has decimated America since the year 2000.

The fact is, this is CLASS WAR, all out class war, and any Democrat, voter or candidate, who can not admit that has already accepted defeat.

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Happy servants who do their masters bidding. Bush, Bachmann, Rush, Palin, Beck, Boehner, McConnell, teabaggers. Damned idiots and corrupt bastards, all of them.

A diary on the RecList asks the question Why Does Fox News Have More Power Than Any Progressive in the Country?. My answer, respectfully, is that it is because Fox News has more MONEY than any progressive in the country, and this is CLASS WAR, so all the richest people on earth are on their side.

And they are elitist, racist assholes who care only about how much profit they can make and who will cut their taxes the lowest. They want happy slaves that do their bidding and who do not ask questions, and anybody who doesn't agree with them equals Hitler.

Happy, misinformed, outraged at their allies, friends to the thieves who impoverish them, Fox viewers, Conservative voters, fools, fools, all of them. Slaves to a failed and fradulent ideology. Hate filled, prejudiced, easily manipulated fools. Happy slaves. These are our countrymen, and whether they know it or not they are helping destroy the nation they love. They are fools, and they know not what they do.

In the time that the corporatists had absolute control over all 3 branches of the Federal Government from 2000-2006 they were so efficient in robbing working class people, redistributing wealth from the working class to the super rich, war profiteering and every other form of Corporate Capture of Government imaginable that a majority of the voting public whom they exploited finally threw them out of power in our legislative branch. 2 years later the leader of the Corporatists, George W. Bush, left office and his political party and their failed ideology were again utterly defeated, and thus began the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, a man who embodies everything that the Corporatists are NOT.

Now the Corporatists have declared WAR on the working classes who rejected them with a ferocity that they have never used before in our lifetimes. They have declared WAR on this President. They hope he FAILS. They want his WATERLOO. They want to punish the public who spurned them. They will deny you unemployment benefits in order to create the outrage they seek, so that we might be duped into "throwing the bums out", even if those "bums" are the only people trying to reign in the rampant Corporatism that created the biggest probelms that 98% our countrymen face. The 2% of America that controls the vast majority of our wealth, ALL of our media and MOST of our politicians want "their country back", because they OWN it, and they will do ANYTHING to go back to the days that were so good to them under George W. Bush, when the whims of the wealthiest among us were always met no matter how detrimental it was to the majority of our citizens or to our nation.

They hate this President and all of his supporters.

And why? Because Barack Obama is NOT their happy slave like Bush was.

Because YOU ARE NOT THE HAPPY Wage Slaves you should be.

Barack Obama challenges the rights of the super rich and their special interests. His very existence is a rejection of the reality that the Corporatists have tried to create. He refudiates them (heh). For that, he is labelled Hitler, commie, muslim, unamerican, tyrant, and more.

Say whay you will about the methods Obama has used to challenge the super rich and their special interests, the fact that he even makes the attempt is enough to earn him the undying hatred of the economic royalty that OWNS the Senate, and our nation.

Useful idiots and happy slaves are what the super rich prefer. Morons in tri cornored hats who prattle on about reducing Government, cutting taxes, cutting spending, continuing wars, torturing suspects, denying trials by jury to those suspected of crimes, all while happily and often unwittingly doing the bidding of the billionaires who are robbing them of their freedom and prosperity. The happy, ignorant wage slaves who consume the corporate propaganda they are fed, who think all brown people are lazy, bad and hate them, who think seperation of church and state is a myth, who think global warming is a myth, who cherish their civil rights but not the civil rights of their fellow Americans, who jump before the plutocrats say "how high" and who protest the Government that is trying to protect them from Too Big To Fail banks because the 19th richest man on earth, David Koch, paid for their protests and it feels so grassrootsy. Fucking idiots.

Happy slaves don't complain, and they NEVER bite the hands that starve them.

Obama is not the happy slave that Bush was. Obama is not the useful idiot that Bush was. The wealthy patrons of the Bush Empire and the Corporatist movement would have you hate the one tool that can fight the corporatist exploitation of the American citizenry with; good government. They prefer NO Government. They believe lies and conspiracy theories, without the lies they are told their world would fall down around them. One of those lies is that White Americans are superior to everyone else. Obama's existence as President is a direct challenge the lies they have created to get you to vote for your own yoke and chains. They would have you vote for tax cuts for your banker instead of health care for your children. They hate the fact that some of you are not the happy slaves they would prefer, and in the face of Barack Hussein Obama they see the beginning of their own demise. In the face of Barack Hussein Obama they see the beginning of a more tolerant, harder to decieve America, more intellectually curious America, and that scares the living shit out of them.

We should all count our blessings, for truly, we have idiots for enemies. The Corporatists do not know how to do anything other than they have been doing since Nixon and Reagan, and it is no longer working. For all of their money, for all of their astroturfed protests and ginned up scandals, for all of their race baiting and "divide and conquer" strategems they STILL can not win, not decisively. We are witnessing either the slow death of the Corporatist/Conservative movement or the slow death of the American working class. This. Is. WAR. We have two choices. We can either FIGHT BACK, or we can accept defeat. How we shall do this, I do not know, but it must be done, for our sake, for our children's sake.

We are NOT the happy slaves to the special interests that the Corporatist Conservatives are. Neither is our President. For that, we have much to be grateful for.

Now, my question to you, dear reader, is HOW?

I know one answer, and it is NO MORE HALF MEASURES. No more Conservative/Corporatist Democrats. No more bipartisanship with people who call me Hitler and hope I fail.

This. Is. WAR!

Now, the big question is, how do we fight back?

We can not accept defeat, but neither can we win without a strategy?

So, any ideas?

I open the floor to you.


Crossposted at The Progressive

Originally posted to MinistryOfTruth on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:31 PM PDT.


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  •  This diary is worthless... (7+ / 0-)

    but only because it doesn't include a poll option for I FUCKING LOVE PORTISHEAD!


    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:40:30 PM PDT

  •  Our enemies are not idiots (4+ / 0-)

    Last time I checked they got our guy to appoint their guys to over see the economy. The corporatist have the money and the power, but we have the people when we manage defeat corporate propaganda which is quite a rare event. Obama is not their slave but he is under their influence. If you want to change something it helps to complain, and if we stop complaining about what Obama does he has no reason to go against the corporatist pulling the strings in the background.

  •  I'm confused. I thought Obama was selling us (8+ / 0-)

    out to the Corporations and his policies were a continuation of Bush's.

    BTW, I know I'm just asking to be flamed, but I have an intense visceral reaction to the title. I know what the point is, but Obama and happy slave just really don't belong together, even if it's a metaphor.

    "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

    by blueintheface on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:47:30 PM PDT

    •  My point by the title is that Obama is NOT (7+ / 0-)

      the happy servant of the super rich ONLY as Bush and the Corporatist Conservatives are, but in the light of the race baiting we see on Fox and elsewhere I think the term "slave" is appropriate, because certainly the Conservative movement is entirely enslved to the demands of the super rich and their special interests, and for that, he has earned their hatred.

      For daring to serve the needs of the PEOPLE, Obama has proven he is NOT the slave of the Corporatists. That is my point, and THAT, along with his sustained popularity in spite of their fearmongering and lies, has earned him their hatred.

      Apologies if I might have confused people by the title

      End Corporate Personhood, no excuses

      by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:51:35 PM PDT

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      •  I hate to be the Diary police. (3+ / 0-)
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        It's your diary, your title.

        But I wish we had more diaries that recognize the difference between Bush and Obama and remind us that as much as we wish Obama could just use his magic powers to even the class divide, there's a reason why 5% of this country has an unbelievable amount of wealth and power.

        "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

        by blueintheface on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:01:53 PM PDT

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        •  This "magic powers" horseshit (2+ / 0-)
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          has to go. What is with you guys, you don't do nuance?

          Using the Bully Pulpit is not a magic power.

          Standing firm on things the people need is not a magic power.

          Standing behind campaign pledges is not a magic power.

          Not treating Republicans as if they are honest brokers, and giving them, and vested money interests, concessions right out the gate is not a magic power.

          Deciding to get advisors who understand that the rigged games of the last decades are killing us, instead of people who haven't moved past c. 1995 "sophistication" is not a magic power.


          Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

          by Jim P on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:40:56 PM PDT

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          •  The lecture on nuance is ironic considering the (2+ / 0-)
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            Banging a shoe on a podium isn't going to get us anywhere, and as we have seen populism (as much as I believe the ideology) is easily manipulated to mean whatever the Ruling Class wants it to mean. So of course when Teabaggers use populist terms to support the current class divide, it's great. But when Obama does it, the media gets the vapors and portrays him as Karl Marx.

            The bully pulpit is not a serious answer to what kind of leadership we need, even if it feels good to see him us it. He uses it sparingly because to keep it effective. And as easy as it is to call Republicans out here, the fact of the matter is that Obama harms more harm than good to his efforts by going down to their level.

            This is an Oligarchical society, and the Ruling Class have most of this country strung up like puppets. The media is going to spin whatever Obama does as phony and wrong no matter what, and the system is so rigged against us that one man, even the President, can't fix it. No one can change it overnight. And a subversive, water on rock approach can work against the system as it is now.

            But unfortunately, subtle changes can be lost on people. Which is what I see so often by so many who criticize Obama no matter what he does. Because it's never enough for them to recognize the changes that are happening.

            "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

            by blueintheface on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:56:38 PM PDT

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            •  Exactly, blueintheface. Thank you!!!! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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              Dear Father, hear and bless the beings of the sea and singing birds; and guard with tenderness small things that have no words. ~A child's prayer

              by ParkRanger on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 09:04:41 PM PDT

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            •  Seriously, you have such a twilight zonish, (1+ / 0-)
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              cartoonish, view of legitimate criticism — do you even cede such a thing is possible? – I don't know what to say with you. Please cut out the "magic" horseshit.

              You're telling me that he can

              1. campaign with a public option and transparency in negotiations, but,
              1. As President he can't go on TV and say "look, the treasury needs it, the people need it, the rest of the world does it better and cheaper, tell your Congress, but
              1. It's no problem that he then gives away the public option in secret negotiations.
              1. If anyone notices, and complains, they want "magic ponies"

              That's just fucking weird.

              You're telling me that

              1. he can hear some Republicans and Wall Street whine about Deficits
              1. he can echo the need for Social Security "Reform"
              1. he can appoint a Deficit Commission, pronto hasto, chockfull of people who are clearly on record as wanting to "reform" Social Security i.e., take money away from people, and possibly give it to Wall Street
              1. But he could not say "take Social Security off the reduction table" nor could he appoint a majority not vested in reducing it, and
              1. If anyone worries about this, they are being unrealistic

              That's just plain nuts.

              You're telling me that

              1. He can see we are in the worst employment frame in almost 80 years,
              1. That 55% of people report they've either been jobless or had their hours cut back
              1. That everyone in his administration who has commented says this level of unemployment will be with us, even into 2021.
              1. but it is impossible, not even relevant, that he push the creation of a "Jobs Commission"
              1. and if he could, I'd guess you say he couldn't appoint labor, inventors, grassroots organizers and the like to such a commission. Nope.

              What in the name of all that's sane and holy would you be thinking?

              There's another 20 things like this.

              What does the election depend on? We've got a Deficit Commission within days of the first Wall Streeters/Republicans saying "oh the deficit," but the one thing that could decide elections, the one thing that the actual living people here on this earth could use.... it's okay we do nothing about that, just say "oh well it'll be bad a long time, nothing to say about turning that around, change is hard."

              I really don't know if it's just a personal loyalty you have, or a complete disinterest in winning elections, or an acceptance that we've lost, or just what, but one thing that has nothing to do with magic is: You are clearly on the people's side, or you are not. There is no middle ground on this. You can win elections if you are merely seen to be trying to act in the people's interest, when the people know it is an "either us or them" situation.

              That people expect this and demand it, after an election based on Change, is not a sign of immaturity. Denying what is going on, however, most definitely is.

              You cannot blame bloggers, or make them go away, by childish insults, for the widespread public sense that we are still being screwed over, and that's all that's on the schedule for the long term.

              Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

              by Jim P on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 09:23:57 PM PDT

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              •  Obviously trying to explain political reality to (0+ / 0-)

                you is beyond my means. You're obviously happy living in your ideological bubble, and I'd hate to burst it by pointing out that the mantra of "You're either with us, or against us" doesn't work for purity-demanding bloggers any more than it worked for George Bush.

                But best of luck to you to try to force your ideology on the rest of the world. It didn't work for Bush when he was POTUS, but maybe you'll have more luck if you just demand it from Obama.

                "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

                by blueintheface on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:11:57 PM PDT

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                •  Beautiful. Pony. Ideologue. Bully. (1+ / 0-)
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                  enough already

                  A perfect compendium of magical phrases to banish the fact you can't deal with one, not even one, objective situation as described. Not even attempt it. "Hexamus Maximus Ideologue Pony Bubble! Gone!" HaHahaHaHa.

                  You really can't get out of your cartoon view of life, can you? You can't deal with a real human.

                  Check out the real world: people who've lost their homes, their businesses, their health care, their income, about 30 of them, I can name from my daily life. Make them and their disapproval and feeling let-down go away with your infantile chants. Listen, if you hold your breath long enough, I just bet reality will bend to your wishes.

                  Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

                  by Jim P on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:31:00 PM PDT

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                  •  PS: Take your magical chants to (1+ / 0-)
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                    enough already

                    Markos, the bubble-unrealistic ideologue, as someone posted in an earlier diary from Netroots Nation:

                    On jobs and the economy.  The Democrats haven’t done enough, Moulitsas said. “That’s gonna come back and bite ‘em in the ass in November.”

                    On what progressive activists can do to force the administration to make the right kinds of change:  “Oh, Jesus Christ, what do we do to get them to listen? Become conservatives, apparently, because the second you’re a conservative and they tell you ‘jump,’ you’ll ask how high.”

                    We’re asking for what they promised for in the last election.  “We’re asking for things that are popular in the polling, and they’re not responding, and that’s what’s frustrating, and they’re not delivering on what they promised.”

                    “They’re full of excuses. God knows they’re full of excuses. Harry Reid from Day One kept whining about sixty votes. You never heard Bill Frist whine about sixty votes., right? But Harry Reid couldn’t stop talking about sixty votes because it was a convenient excuse.”

                    I'll give you that you know a lot about being in a bubble. that's for sure.

                    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

                    by Jim P on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:36:52 PM PDT

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                    •  I'm sure that Markos would be thrilled to know (0+ / 0-)

                      that his suggestions for practical political activism are being used to justify purist ideology that Obama could do so much more if he just tried harder and stopped making so many excuses.

                      And I'm just amazed at how easily you figured out that I knew nothing about people losing homes, income, healthcare and businesses. All of that just from posting comments that go against your ideology.

                      You really do have a gift. It's a shame that you waste it by only talking about what people should do instead of getting out there and leading by example. I would have loved to see how you would have solved the problem of the corporate-owned media, the wealth gap, corruption in govt, etc. I bet you would have done so much better than Obama.

                      "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

                      by blueintheface on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 10:59:25 PM PDT

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                      •  look here (0+ / 0-)

                        I'm not an ideologue. I'm a human being living amongst human beings. I have ordinary standards of right and wrong and have never adhered to any kind of political doctrine or philosophy. I believe only in the obligation to be honest, truthful, conscientious, and good.

                        I've two children, now adults, who everyone praises as outstanding people. One of them organized the air relief for Haiti in the weeks after the earthquake. I've been hired (except the last 10 months) for over 30 years on the strength of my reputation as a brilliant worker. Never even had to make a resume since I was 20.

                        So don't tell me about how to handle my life. Especially when you show you can't handle basic disagreement and the discomfort of that, which is among the first things I taught my children.

                        Everyone I know is suffering extensively. Everyone I know, me too, voted for Obama.

                        I cannot talk to any of those people about Obama now. (including neighbors who are doing well in this economy.) They didn't want to hear me when I told them he's way better than the other choices we have (and he still is and will be come 2012), but he is a Company Man. They'd shut me up. "No, no. I can feel it, he's different."

                        Today, I cannot even raise his name with any of them without getting eye rolls, snorts, "change my ass," or a long-winded rant. They don't read blogs. They read the news, they read their lives.

                        Your concluding argument is that if I can't do it, I can't tell it's wrong. So I can't fix my car, that means I can't say it won't start. I say use the bully pulpit, you say it can't be done. I say stand up for us and against them (like, you know, FDR won 4 elections with), you say it's meaningless. I say create a jobs program, you ignore it.

                        Look, I don't mind if you have a need to have an idol. Please, if that is your path, that is your path. I would not wish to stop you.

                        What I object to is your compulsion to dehumanize someone just because they don't say what you like to hear.

                        This is Teabagger Mind you've got going for you. "I want, therefore you must. Or I'll get nasty on you." Drop that infantile shit and then we can talk like people.

                        "It's sugar for sugar, and it's salt for salt."

                        Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

                        by Jim P on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 11:27:12 PM PDT

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            •  PS: Do you admit that what you (0+ / 0-)

              call "subtle" can also be, in the real world, "too little, too late"?

              Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

              by Jim P on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 09:25:15 PM PDT

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      •  Even if the likes of Ugyur don't want to hear (8+ / 0-)

        it, Obama has done more to advance a Liberal agenda definitely since LBJ and maybe even since FDR. He's not perfect (no one is), but he is pretty damn good and if I hear him called a corporatist one more time ....

        To be hopey and changey, or not to be hopey and changey, that is the gotcha-question!

        by kev9100 on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:04:32 PM PDT

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  •  MoT, great diary as usual, but a minor correction (4+ / 0-)
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    is needed. I think his middle name is spelled 'Hussein' not 'Hussien'.

    If I thought it would do any good, I'd stand on the corner every day shouting, 'down with the greedy corporate bastards', but alas I fear all that would accomplish is getting me committed or arrested or both.

    I agree that we are in a war, but what can we do when the folks with the most to lose refuse to join the army?

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand." Frederick Douglass

    by AntKat on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:48:40 PM PDT

  •  Happy slave, huh? (7+ / 0-)

    Not sure that image works, but you're right. They don't like this president and they don't have any ideas.

    But they have money. Lots of it. And a Supreme Court that endowed their criminal enterprises with personhood. That's a little intimidating.

    How do we fight back? Millions of small donations to the right candidates. The enemy knows it, too, which is why they want us to have just enough to eat so we can't spend anything on campaign contributions.

    It's not a war. It's a storm. We'll get through it.

    "♪♪ It's a-gonna happen...someday ♪♪ You're gonna see way!" Buddy Holly

    by Giles Goat Boy on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:49:49 PM PDT

    •  That will never work (1+ / 0-)
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      We have to move to reform the campaign financing by not re-electing the jerks who depend on the status quo to stay in power. We need to make public financing or extremely low donation caps a reality. Ten dollars a person for example. If the leaders don't support these reforms it's probably because the prefer to sell us out and keep their job.

  •  There was so much outpouring of support (7+ / 0-)

    for Obama in 2008 - from the young people. They were thrilled to campaign for someone like him. You saw sheer joy in their exhausted faces when they were interviewed. Nothing was going to stop them.

    And now the media has stepped in and is attempting to tear down all that the campaign workers did in '08. It is the media who feel they are in charge now. And they are as condenscending as hell. Something you never saw in '08 from the campaign workers - other than - WHY DOESN'T HE GET MAD!!!! lol

    President Obama has to go over the media and talk directly to the people who support him. There are certain things people need. Assurance is one.

    And they want it with President Obama. They want to be assured time and time again that he is working for them. They don't want to hear from Gibbs, Rahm or Axelrod; they're not interested in watching Meet The Press.

    They want to hear from President Barack Obama himself. He is the one man with dignity, who carries himself with grace. And they look up to him, still to this day.

    •  Agreed. Obama needs to go on the warpath, IMHO (5+ / 0-)

      against Fox News and the GOP who calls him Hitler and protects the special interests and the rich from reality and their responsibilities to the nation they call home.

      I want to see Obama go after these crooks and their failed ideology FDR style. I know that is not his style, but I think it is what our nation needs

      End Corporate Personhood, no excuses

      by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:00:14 PM PDT

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    •  And a generation of young people will remember (7+ / 0-)

      how bad Bush fucked up, what an idiot he was, and how the GOP called Obama Hitler over and over and over.

      The generation watching "The Daily Show" will NOT vote for these Neo Cons again. They will remember the lies that got us into Iraq, and the lies about Obama they hear everyday on Fox. In the short term the Conservatives may win, but they are totally screwing themsleves in the long term.

      Couldn't happen to a bigger bunch of jerks

      End Corporate Personhood, no excuses

      by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:05:01 PM PDT

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  •  Somehow, we all have to figure out (3+ / 0-)

    how to get along.
    If we all win, that's what works b

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 05:53:00 PM PDT

  •  Oh MOT... Why so angry? Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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    Why not talk about all the positives? Huh?

    There is so much to be Fired Up and Ready to Go about.


    If you can't tell... I'm totally being snarky

    "Trying to hold back the revision of history is always a good thing." -- Peter Christopherson

    by jethrock on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:03:02 PM PDT

  •  It is infuriating watching America's (14+ / 0-)

    corporations and uber-wealthy sitting on nearly 2 trillion in cash assets, more than any time in history, hoping, dreaming, drooling over the prospect of a split Congress next year so they can continue to enjoy free rein (and reign) in a regulation-free world.

    These bastards care nothing for the future, the nation or its citizens. Our job is merely to bleed.

    I'd like my life back, too, Tony ____ Video and more songs at da web site

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:05:28 PM PDT

  •  Jeepers (4+ / 0-)

    You got "slaves" and "Hitler" in the same sentence.

  •  It IS time to call it as it is and as it has been (3+ / 0-)
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    for decades..a class war..I agree completely and the leaders of the pack for the corporatists and power elite is the US Chamber of Commerce..the head of that organization warned us that it would hurt if we elected President does hurt, but if it does not kill me, I will be stronger..I am stronger than twenty years ago when it all began in ernest and I will be strong until the day I die..

  •  Anyone who starts a diary (14+ / 0-)

    with this:

    This is CLASS WAR

    gets my tip and anyone who writes a good diary (like this one) starting with this:

    This is CLASS WAR

    Gets my recommend.

    Thanks MinistryOfTruth

    We need to teach people that the environment has a direct bearing on our own benefit. Dalai Lama

    by maggiejean on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:24:30 PM PDT

  •  I am pleased that you framed it this way. Good (4+ / 0-)

    diary.  Much truth.

    God is good. If it isn't good. It isn't God.

    by publicv on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 06:37:56 PM PDT

  •  Class war, like any other war... (4+ / 0-)

    ...usually requires at least two sides. What you have here is the usual kabuki dance that follows the crash.  Some gnashing of the teeth, tearing of the loincloth, and musical chairs with the regulatory establishment.

    Republicans and teabaggers ain't the only adversary,   they're simply the most visible. The far more powerful enemy is as massive as it is innocuous, is global, and currently cuts paychecks for the vast majority of humanity.

  •  Well said (4+ / 0-)

    When the filth on the right started including talk of violence, the simple reason why Republican politicians and operatives either embrace hate talk or say nothing to condemn it suddenly dawned on me. It can all be explained by one simple graph: That line cannot dip!

    Y'en a pas un sur cent et pourtant ils existent--Leo Ferré, Les anarchistes

    by Anak on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:07:28 PM PDT

  •  MOT , love your passion (1+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg

    and get your point. But, I am really finding the title cringeworthy. Really gut reaction....not teh good.

    Our real adversaries are not each other

    by Vita Brevis on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:10:39 PM PDT

  •  Love your rightous truth speaking MoT. (1+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg

    Thank you for spelling the reality out so clearly.

    "I get up, I walk, I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing." Daniel Hillel

    by Onomastic on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:11:53 PM PDT

  •  Oh no you didn't... (2+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg, JordanRules

    Because Barack Obama is NOT their happy slave like Bush was.

    I think shit just got real!  This really IS a class war, not a freaking culture war.

    If I wasn't a christian man, I'd be kicking yo ass! ~Daddy Rich

    by Dahankster on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:12:17 PM PDT

  •  People power beats money power (5+ / 0-)

    People power beats money power.  That's why the elites are spending so much money to preserve their money power.

    You defeat them by outnumbering them at the polls.  That means some strong intervention for some Fox-addicted folks that might be your neighbors, friends, co-workers, or members of your family.  They fight with e-mail spamming. We fight with conversation, not slinging back insults and propaganda, but conversation.  Tough as Shirley Sherrod conversation.  So it starts with your personal networks. And whatever you do, describe the situation without using propaganda terms like "class war"; the label is accurate but not saleable in post-Bush America; Warren Buffet can get away with it because he's a billionaire and it plays against type.  Describe so its real and not abstract ideology to them.

    You defeat them by taking away the power of the national media to shape opinion in a mass market of ideas.  You don't deal with a mass market but a narrow market.  One narrow market is blogs, another is local media (especially those that are not owned directly by national media), another is free shopping/entertainment papers with strong investigative local journalism.  Another is appropriate tabling at appropriate public events.

    You defeat them by participating in the full electoral process.  You canvass, you phonebank; remember these are people who are already identified as not hostile; you work your butts off to make sure that the Republicans lose this November.  To make sure that the national media gets a big slap in the face.  To make sure that the elites get the message that they can't manipulate people with ignorant stunts like Glenn Beck or Tea Parties.  You defeat John Boehner, Michele Bachmann, Virginia Foxx, Sue Myrick, Steve King, Charles Grassley, Richard Burr, David Vitter, Johnny Isakson, Lisa Murkowski.  You pin down Jim DeMint, Mike Crapo, Tom Coburn, John Thune, John McCain, and Richard Shelby in their home states.  You defend the open Senate seats in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana (yes, Indiana), and West Virginia.  You capture the open seats in Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Ohio.  And defend the Senate seats in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, both seats in New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.  And you defend House seats (even Blue Dogs for this election) and work to pick up open seats and capture seats from Republicans.  And worry about sorting out the party later.

    And you do this by helping local Democratic organizations (willingly or unwillingly) turn out "unlikely voters" -- the ones who pollsters write off for various demographic reasons.

    And you communicate to the apathetic or the frustrated or the independent-minded that if they seek change, their vote is once again important because there is a war going on and the Republicans must lose because they are the one who declared war instead of governing.  Forget frustrations with Obama, Blue Dogs, New Democrats.  A stunning Republican defeat is required to change the narrative and the process in American politics.

    And remember the math. It takes 160,000 votes to capture a House seat.  Figure out the Senate by looking a previous races for that seat and add 15% for population growth and a safety margin.  And start figuring out who those 160,000 voters are (they will vote Democrats for the Senate and downticket, won't they).

    The general national math is in my sig.

    People power beats money power every time. Every time.  And the only things that can defeat people power are the fear, greed, and hubris that divides people.

    That's how you fight back.  It's no different than any other time in history.  Just more connected and faster.  And this time, the people have better tools than they've had ever in history.

    Finally, toughen up and wise up like Shirley Sherrod.  Figure out how to get to Yes and how to create alliances out of single-issue groups.

    Dare to win.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:22:56 PM PDT

  •  do you really think Obama is an advocate... (0+ / 0-)

    for the working class? He ain't George Bush, but he sure is hell not Teddy Kennedy. Obama is an average run of the centrist Democrat from the Bill Clinton school of politics.

    Palin denunciates reversaled racialism didacted from President of Georgia Shirls Sherrod dealy down there. Constitution.

    by jbou on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:34:11 PM PDT

    •  Thank goodness Teddy stayed (0+ / 0-)

      in the Senate so your words could ring true. His role was sooo different and sooo necessary I hope we see many more of him.

      Yeah, the community organizer who didn't grow up with Kennedy cheese has noooo populist bonafides at all.  SMDH

  •  Class is the elephant in the room (2+ / 0-)
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    Except for a very few, no one is talking about it.

    Joan Walsh at Salon said:

    Shirley Sherrod is right: A lot of people are spending a lot of energy to get folks like the Spooners and Sherrod to think they should be enemies, when the real issue is class. The left should remember that lesson, because the right is invested in making sure no one learns it.

    And what digby said.

  •  Bingo. (2+ / 0-)
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    yella dawg, SouthernBelleNC49

    The fact is, this is CLASS WAR, all out class war, and any Democrat, voter or candidate, who can not admit that has already accepted defeat.

    Eye on the ball. Eye on the ball.

    BP - Proving Oil and Water do mix.
    A Presidency Among the Vuvuzelas.
    palin's ability to sound like a vuvuzela while twittering is remarkable.

    by amk for obama on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 07:44:53 PM PDT

  •  A quibble: (0+ / 0-)

    Because YOU ARE NOT THE HAPPY Wage Slaves you should be.

    You can't be a wage slave if you don't have a fucking job; you can't give the rich money you don't have. They've made a small miscalculation. They need to let us have money to spend or they won't make any more from us. (And then what will they do once they've bought up all the yachts and diamonds? No one will give a shit.)

    Great diary, great rant. Right on.

    "'club America salutes you' says the girl on the door/we accept all major lies, we love any kind of war"--The Cure, "Club America"

    by Wheever on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 08:08:20 PM PDT

  •  While we're busy pussyfootin (0+ / 0-)

    I'm wondering how many black haves are conspiring to keep the white have nots down?

    I mean, besides Oprah.

    yes, snark of the covenant.

  •  One of the most telling (0+ / 0-)

    things to me about Sherrod's speech to the NAACP was that after she reconciled race within herself she came upon the nexus of it all.  

    So ironic that her character assasin chose that clip to distort because he and his fellow traders know that is the last bit of truth they want out there to the masses.  

    I like to imagine him getting pissed that she realized it's about the poor and that's why he ran with it. Probably not, but it's not hard to imagine.

  •  Could this be SOMETHING?" (0+ / 0-)

    Like David Letterman might ask, "could this be SOMETHING?"

    Shirley Sherrod could be as significant in our time as Rosa Parks was in hers. And her central point that it's not about race, its about class, is a powerful message. It has worked well for the powers that be, that whites, blacks and latinos in the bottom 90% fight amongst each other, fueled by racial division or competition for meager jobs. We've been lined up at the starting blocks by the corporatists for a race to the bottom.

    Fox really screwed the pooch this time, because the deception was so blatant and badly executed. Hey Fox, I have a news flash---our president is black/biracial and most of his supporters were white. People aren't buying the racial fear BS like they used to and it was an effective club to beat down people of all races for many years. And it will become less effective everyday.

    Kill them with kindness. If that fails, just kill them.

    by JesusQ on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 08:49:21 PM PDT

  •  How can someone be a slave to them if he's one of (0+ / 0-)

    them?  Seriously MOT, Bush IS and always has been one of them.  He grew up one of them and he didn't reject them the way FDR did.

    He can't be in a subservient status, as a slave is, when he is one of them.

    The ruling class doesn't and has never cared if you are a happy slave/servant/serf - in fact it's better for them if you are miserable struggling to feed yourself and your family and keep a roof over their heads ... because then you have no time to act against them.

    They just want you enslaved, they will give you tons of opiate tv and religion just a long as it keeps you docile while you struggle for food and shelter ... they could care less if you are happy ... you see that's something only for THEM.

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Thu Jul 22, 2010 at 09:24:54 PM PDT

  •  When I die (1+ / 0-)
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    I want MOT to write my obit.

    Anyone who's been paying attention the last few years can tell you it's been an assualt on the poor. Listening to Republicans wail about "transfer of wealth", which they claim is headed to the poor, will tell you all you need to know about what's happening. They're moving it upward instead.

    "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring" - Carl Sagan

    by draa on Fri Jul 23, 2010 at 03:18:30 AM PDT

  •  "But I want to be Rich too!" (0+ / 0-)

    I think this sentiment and the accompanying lottery mentality is a big problem in the US (and always has been).  Many have-nots identify with the haves--look up to them, fear them, take direction from them, want to be them someday (if not then their children).  That is the big difference I see with European class identification now and certainly in the past of Marx.  

    Also in largely homogeneous societies, the absence of the boogey man of the "obvious other" made focusing on class alone easier without all of the other sociological "isms" getting in the way (since sexism wasn't taken seriously by most).

    Don't know how to take people's dreams away without being a bad guy.

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