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Anyone that thinks otherwise is sorely misled.

Look at everything they have done since St. Ronnie it all points to taking the power away from the voters. If not voting power through intentionally misleading voters in key races. It is stealing pensions. If not making it harder to find gainful employment. They are doing only one thing. Concentrating power into a handful of American and not American companies. Driving wages down through arcane work requirements that do not take into account the current economic situation. How many have the time to sort through the media veil to determine the lies being fed the public when so many work until exhausted only to have what snippets of rest they can get interrupted by bill collectors trying to bleed the turnips American workers have become.

Wages are down, way down. So what do they do? Insist those not making a living take any work available. That means unsafe work conditions and sexual harassment have to be ignored in order to keep oneself and ones children fed. Lest you be cut off from the insulting pittance they call welfare and food stamps.

Also by stealing the pensions through making them part of the rigged stock market that means older workers are competing for the same jobs because they too enjoy the luxury of a roof over ones head and food on a daily basis. Driving down wages even more.

And for recent college graduates with student loans they will never afford to pay off in their lifetime-internships, unpaid of course, to gain "experience". So they get all the expenses of working a full time job and conveniently, although illegal, making tremendous profits for their "employer". They too drive down wages.

So we have millions too exhausted trying to survive to vote properly and even if they do we have a stacked Supreme Court glad to not only facilitate a Judicial Coup but allow anyone with an agenda, no matter the nationality, with the cash to do so to buy our politicians off. In secret, of course.

In short I have determined only one outcome drives the Republican plan. Civil unrest. If you look at every thing they have done since the 1980's it only makes sense if civil unrest is the goal.

They are literally wanting to drive us to riot and that will not only make profits soar, it will allow for a radical change in our political system, the economic change is already in full swing.

So what can we do about it?

Petitions are ignored.

Occupying was brutally repressed.

What we can do is what our original founders decided was going to be the best way to run this nation. Step up and run for office. Take the power away from the millionaires club we call Congress.

Originally posted to Income Inequality Kos on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Concentrate fire power on GOP-held seats in House (9+ / 0-)

    And work on defeating as many of these bozos for re-election in 2014.  I don't care what it takes.

    There should be no debate.  We have a country to repair, thanks to the Republicans.

  •  plenty of vets coming back to staff police depts. (4+ / 0-)
    until we are fighting each other for jobs

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:04:24 PM PDT

  •  Right. Democracy is a DIY enterprise. (3+ / 0-)

    If people who have time on their hands don't run for public office, at least they can go hang out at their local court house and watch justice in action.
    Take my word for it. Just being in the courtroom as an uninvolved observer will make a difference. All of the players will stand a little straighter and mind their Ps and Qs.
    You don't have to do a thing. Just sit quiet as a church mouse--no recording or typing allowed. Note taking with pen and paper are OK. Oh, and leave your iphone and camera at home. "Security concerns" have given them an excuse to prohibit electronic equipment. Even in our little burg, the press has to get special permission to bring in a camera.
    Judges like to play tyrant.

    •  This isn't democracy (4+ / 0-)

      This is a Republic with "representative" democracy, and was never intended to be all that democratic by the founders. That's why in the first election of the new democracy, only about 6% voted, since most others who were women, or lacked property, or were the wrong race, could not vote.

      Most "representatives" of the people are wealthy, and they will consciously or subconsciously allow bias to creep into most legislative acts, to protect their interests and power.

      Most of these modern democracies are designed to give more power to the wealthy class. Can't have the soiled rubble have too much power.

      Democracy is a DIY enterprise.

      "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

      by ZhenRen on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:27:02 PM PDT

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      •  Indeed, we have representatives or agents (4+ / 0-)

        because everyone involved all the time is too messy and time consuming.
        However, the difference between a Republic and a Democracy is that the former is rooted in the Latin language and the latter is rooted in Greek. Both mean the same thing -- focus on the concerns of the people.
        That a Republic is different is a deception perpetrated by Republicans who want a hierarchic or stratified society so they can be in charge. The notion of agents of government being public servants really doesn't appeal. They don't mind being servants to a king or ruler, especially one whose tenure is fixed and bound to devolve on one of them, but the public is a threat and "going public" is even worse.
        The genius of the people governing is that power is dispersed, only to be coalesced in time of need. This is good, because power, by its very nature, aims to hurt. So, one doesn't want power to be expressed on a routine basis.

        Agency and care seem to be two concepts which the Cons (I call them that for their contrarian stance) can't comprehend. They do not grasp doing FOR others or caring FOR others. At best, they do unto other others, whether the others want to be done to, or not. See how that works? The golden rule is really not suited to the predator or parasite. It assumes that humans are capable of sharing and caring. Some, obviously, aren't. So, their only option is thievery and thieving they will do until they are stopped.

        •  Actually (5+ / 0-)

          The writings of the founders reveal they weren't all that keen on too much democracy. It isn't because it is too messy, and that people are busy, but because they didn't want ordinary people to have too much power. I don't have the quotes handy, but if I have time I will dig them up. I'm working at the moment.

          The word democracy is nowhere in the constitution. The founders insured that ordinary workers would not be allowed to vote.

          Republicans may think that is a good thing, but that's not my view.

          "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

          by ZhenRen on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 02:23:54 PM PDT

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  •  The first hour of 'Metropolis' is their dream (7+ / 0-)

    Or travel to any third or fourth world country, and see where their policies are taking us. It amazes me that today's everyday citizen Republicans cannot see or admit what's going on - and I say this as a former Republican of over 20 years.

    I'm not locked up in here with you. YOU'RE locked up in here with ME.

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:13:34 PM PDT

  •  Well, if comes to that, I'm down for just taking (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Cofcos, Mannie, Mentatmark, eparrot, Bisbonian

    the rich peoples stuff and chopping off their heads.

  •  Jobs will be the penultimate fight. (5+ / 0-)

    Food will be the ultimate fight.

    It'd be nice if we hit the streets prior to that, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Adjusting to living in a police state. 1984 is here.

    by ceebee7 on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 01:57:46 PM PDT

  •  Pitchforks and Torches Burning Tire Barricades! nt (0+ / 0-)

    Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

    by Mentatmark on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:10:52 PM PDT

  •  Their ultimate labor goal, after killing unions, (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, kurt

    is the repeal of minimum wage.  Then, they will simply race to the bottom and not hire ANYONE unless they agree to the slave wages they're willing to pay.

    When people become desperate enough to pay for food for their kids, they will take those jobs.

    And then they'll lower the wages arbitrarily again and again.

    That's how they'll get around the 13th Amendment--

    "It's not slavery, we're paying them wages.  It's work".

    And SCOTUS will buy it.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Sep 20, 2013 at 03:57:30 PM PDT

  •  Refuse to be divided and conquered (4+ / 0-)

    Dividing working people up -- black against white, native against immigrants, Italians against Irish, union against non-union, etc. etc. -- is and always has been the standard strategy for the elites to stay in power.

    The way to counter it is to reaffirm solidarity among workers across all those false lines. That's why the 99% narrative was so powerful, and why it had to be suppressed.

  •  There is another alternative to running for office (2+ / 0-)

    You know who else has power in our government???

    Business owners.  Job creators.  

    Unfortunately, too many of those business owners are anti-tax, anti-regulation, anti-worker republicans.  It would be great to level out the playing field by getting more progressive business owners in the game.  It's something I aspire to--I personally believe that business owners are always given a bigger voice over other citizens, as if all government function should revolve around appeasing and enabling businesses or something.

    Now, I know most of us aren't going to start multinational corporations that compete with the lobbying of Koch Industries or Monsanto in the halls of Congress.  BUT, maybe a few more of us could start locally important businesses and have progressive seats at the table in our city, county, and even state government.  We shouldn't discount that--look how effective it has been for the regressives.  

    Because progressives don't have the "money above all" mentality of right-wingers (I staunchly refuse to use "conservatives" because the word is both inaccurate and it once had positive connotations), I fully believe that many progressives never even seriously consider starting a business as a possibility, but perhaps we should start looking at entrepreneurship as a vehicle for advocacy and an amplifier for progressive voices?  

    Just don't join your chamber of commerce and make sure you let them know why you aren't.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 03:50:38 AM PDT

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