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This week Paul Ryan said the following on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show:
We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work. […] There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.
Everyone understands whom Paul Ryan was alluding to when he made his self-described inarticulate remarks. He was stereotyping black and brown men in general.

Paul Ryan and his ilk are not dumb. They know what they are doing. The problem they face is that the systemically disaffected in the country comprise the vast majority of people in the country. They must divide and conquer.

Republicans depend on a populace with a shallow thought process. Disaffected Americans are working so hard to stay afloat that shallow thinking is their only escape. I saw this firsthand at a talk I gave at a junior college in town and speaking to many folks in my local Starbucks. It is not apathy. It is a feeling of not mattering.

This was seen in the winnable election between Alex Sink and David Jolly. If more Democrats had bothered to vote, Alex Sink would have won.

This will continue if Americans fail to see that they are being played like puppets on a string. Republicans are playing a race, gender, and poverty chess match to distract from what is really going on. What is really going on? Americans are in a class war that is leaving the middle class not behind but pilfered.

More analysis below the fold.

As the plutocracy continues to extract the wealth of the masses, delegating more and more of them to poverty, they must divert blame. Systemic poverty in the inner city is the fault of black and brown men not wanting to work. Women are making a fraction of what men make because of their choices of leaving the workforce to support families. The poor, whether they are in Appalachia, rural areas or inner cities are poor because of the culture of waiting for uncle sugar.

These groups in the aggregate all pay or must pay a premium to enter, stay or move up out of the middle class. One knows if one has a good financial planner based on the first advice given. What is that first advice? Start saving, start accumulating early. The compounding of one’s wealth in the aggregate ensures that in future years even if continued accumulation is stopped, wealth can still grow.

If the A train takes off 10 hours before the B train, and both are traveling at 100 miles an hour, train A will never be caught. Many blacks, Latinos, women and the systemic poor got onto the access to opportunity bandwagon much later. In the process large groups were left behind. Absent external intentional policies they can never catch the A or B train. Most will never catch those sprung forward. They cannot pay the opportunity premium. Their new reality is a normal way of life. Their poverty is existential.

What is that opportunity premium? For the systemic poor it is the overcoming of the mental chain that prevents them from demanding access to success. It is the inability to assert their worth. It is what stops them from voting or skews their vote away from their own interests. It is the lack of resources to attempt to get the already limited access provided by the plutocracy. Jobs require mobility and education—yet transportation and education are unaffordable. One then remains in their poverty-infested island.

For women the opportunity premium is more subtle. It is a culture that scorns a woman who has a “man’s ambition.” It is the unspoken forced responsibility that within the heterosexual family unit she is the mother and caretaker of the home. It is the disrespect of the plutocracy to promote her to the top in the aggregate. It is her choice, bodily or otherwise, taken away. It is the overcoming of the chauvinist troglodyte.

For blacks, Latinos and other identifiable minorities, the opportunity premium is all of the above with a dose of racism that fails to abate. It is many times invisible but felt. It is the sound of the dog whistles similar and sometimes more graphic than Paul Ryan’s whistle.

The problem for Republicans is as they support the wealth extraction policies of the plutocracy, those not use to paying the opportunity premium are falling into poverty. Conquer and divide has been fairly successful. At some time a critical mass will occur. The dog whistle won’t work because the opportunity premium will be required of most—not just women, minorities and the systemic poor.

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  •  This is true (37+ / 0-)
    This will continue if Americans fail to see that they are being played like puppets on a string. Republicans are playing a race, gender, and poverty chess match to distract from what is really going on. What is really going on? Americans are in a class war that is leaving the middle class not behind but pilfered.
      It is also true that the Democrats aren't exactly going out of their way to offer an alternative, and to promote it with anything like the same passion the Republicans promote their racism with.

       Republicans' race- and class-baiting would never work if faced with real opposition resistance.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 02:57:27 PM PDT

    •  True. (7+ / 0-)

      Dems are [usually] less harsh about it, though.

      So there is that.

      Blogging as Ché Pasa since 2007.

      by felix19 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:00:01 PM PDT

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      •  They just never fight hard for these things. (2+ / 0-)
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        chrisculpepper, cipher14

        Because Dems in Congress are like Republicans in that once they get elected they want to stay elected and that becomes more important to most of them then their beliefs about what is right. They soon side with the plutocrats who help them get re-elected and don't want to stick their necks out. They come to think they are doing all they can do which is basically, these days, NOTHING.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 03:04:17 PM PDT

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        •  If they fight hard (1+ / 0-)
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          cipher14

          then the opposition will beat them over the head with. "You are soft on crime" "you coddle the welfare cheats" "You do not want to educate the young with useful skills". And those are the easy messages to get across to a large portion of the voting public. We have to fight hard for things from the bottom up. Not top down.

    •  Thank you (26+ / 0-)

      This kind of crap sets my teeth on edge anymore:

      This was seen in the winnable election between Alex Sink and David Jolly. If more Democrats had bothered to vote, Alex Sink would have won.
      Alex Sink was a shitty candidate with terrible messaging, as has been extensively documented.  How about, instead of blaming Democratic voters for not turning out to vote, instead we start blaming Democratic candidates for not giving their voters a reason to turn out?  It's up to the candidate to win enough votes.  If a candidate -- if a party -- doesn't do that, they haven't done their damn jobs.  

      Maybe the way to get better Democrats faster is to place the blame for losses where they belong:  on the Democratic leadership and Democratic candidates for not going out with a winning message.  Not taking votes for granted, but actually realizing you have to go out and earn them.  Opportunity for poor and disadvantaged groups should be a central tenet of all Democratic campaigns.  The disadvantaged are coming to include an increasingly overwhelming majority of us.

      We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

      by Dallasdoc on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:59:18 PM PDT

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      •  You've got to wonder if it's deliberate (10+ / 0-)

            To run on cutting Social Security in a retiree-heavy district is just such a galatically cement-headed message that one does wonder if Democrats are deliberately trying to lose elections. Because no human brain is THAT stupid.

        "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

        by Buzzer on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 04:13:14 PM PDT

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      •  Go ahead (2+ / 0-)
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        Aquarius40, Arun

        Yell at me.  I blame the voters.  Many do manage it in presidential election years, same candidates.  I'm not aware of any empirical evidence for your hypothesis about Dem turnout.  "Can't be bothered" strikes me as the more likely explanation.

        •  Do you have evidence for yours? (5+ / 0-)

          Why can't they be bothered?  They certainly can in presidential years, so why not for midterms?  What alternative explanation, other than the massive and institutional ineptitude and uninspired campaigns of Democratic candidates, can you produce?  Well, there is one reason that comes to mind.

          The midterms are indicative of the Democratic party's brand, even more than of individual candidates' virtues and vices, when you look at the long-term performance of Democrats in the midterms.  The brand sucks -- and it sucks because the Democratic party no longer stands for what it used to stand for when it was much more successful in those very midterms.  The empirical evidence is historic.

          I await your alternative explanation, with whatever evidence you can muster.

          We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

          by Dallasdoc on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 05:55:59 PM PDT

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          •  Excusemongering (2+ / 0-)
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            sharman, raspberryberet

            I am originally from Mass. Martha Coakley lost to Scott Brown because the Dem base in the urban areas didn't turnout. The blame needs to be put on the people who don't care enough TO PROTECT THEIR OWN SELF INTEREST.

            I hear constantly how horrible GOP candidates are. Yet the GOP
            base turnsout and votes for them. Do you think they turnout more
            because their candidates are the Lebron or Sidney of politicians or because they are protecting what they believe IS IMPORTANT TO THEM? Seems real easy to answer that.

            The blame goes to the people who don't show up and PROTECT THEMSELVES...PERIOD.

            •  The GOP base can rely on the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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              Dallasdoc, wolf advocate

              Not to act in their true interests, but to act on the hate, fear and indignation of the core GOP base, and for the small percentage of GOP base who are actually wealthy, to act very much in their interest.  No wonder they can be relied upon to turn out on election day.

              We DON'T have a slew of Democratic officials who do that for us as their base.  They run on our agenda, they often win on our agenda, but they fail to act on our agenda.  They fail, time and again, one "compromise" after another, with GOP politicians who repeatedly prove that they DON'T compromise when it's for our benefit, never have, never will.

              Most Dems have the same paymasters, and the same true agenda, as most of the GOP.  The same corporations that donate to GOP candidates also donate to Dem candidates, and the Dems are happy to act helpless in the face of the "GOP" agenda.  Wouldn't you?  Your paymasters are happy because their agenda gets pushed through, you're happy because you think you're inoculated against accountability because it's usually the GOP who gets blamed, and what is your base going to do?  Suckers don't have any alternative - or so we've been treated.

              If you were a corporation (since they're now people too), why would you give money to Dems if you didn't know that is precisely what they'll do?  I'm fed up with it, I'm done supporting Dems who govern this way, and if it means a few more GOP get into office because I and others who feel as I do vote non-Dem, then I've decided I'm willing to live with that.  I used to be a single-issue voter (pro-choice), but we've broken down so very far that I can't afford to do that anymore.

              •  So you would have been just as happy if Obama (0+ / 0-)

                lost?  And you still defend a vote for Nader because there was no difference between Bush II and Gore?  

                IF you do not like the Dem candidates - get out and run, or work for those who you do like.  Just sitting back and complaining and promising not to vote for the moderates so the radical right wins strikes me as doing exactly what the 1% want.  Are you sure you are not a paid troll for the 1%?

                •  Quite sure (0+ / 0-)
                  Are you sure you are not a paid troll for the 1%?
                  Yes.  But thanks for the laugh, and the other assumptions you've decided to make about me.  I am going to enjoy sharing this with my friends.

                  There have recently been a lot of excellent comments on this site about the necessity to force the Dems in office to adhere to a populist agenda once elected.  I don't remember precisely where on this site (my budget from the 1% doesn't stretch far enough for me to keep track of them all) but I do recall one in particular that pointed to the 1930's, when people did just that, and the improved government we got for decades as a result.  There's also a comment, perhaps in this diary, I can't remember but if not here then in another diary on a recent rec list, saying it is the responsibility of Dem leadership, not the voter, to find truly viable candidates.  Another commenter or diarist pointed out that many in the gay community threatened to abandon Obama in 2012 unless he actively furthered their agenda, and resulted in more aggressive and positive action by Obama for the gay community.  (I apologize to these commenters/diarists for not crediting them properly.)

                  As for the radical right winning, it looks to me as if they already have been.  (I thought I made that point in my first comment, so I'll take this opportunity to clarify.)  Would you advocate more of the same?  I prefer to stick with forcing them to behave if they don't act in the interests of we who elect them, by using a credible threat to get them out of office.  Those who need the reminder of how they got votes don't seem to respond to anything else.

                  Thank you for your reply.  My only snark herein is in the first set of parentheses.

            •  No (1+ / 0-)
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              Dallasdoc

              Democrats have been hostile to much of the "urban base" -- at least, the poor. Between wiping out poverty relief and implementing NAFTA, it makes no sense for low-income/poor Americans to vote for Democrats. When  Dem politicians (like Elizabeth Warren) state that they stand solidly with the middle class, those with incomes roughly $50k, there's no reason for the rest of us to vote for them.

        •  Mistaken (1+ / 0-)
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          Dallasdoc

          Perhaps understandably. The traditional Democratic Party base consisted of the poor-to-middle class. Democrats have utterly alienated much of this base. Think about it.  Clinton/Gore targeted the poor, giving us 8 years of Bush. The poor didn't vote for Bush.  The middle class did. The poor either voted third party or withheld their votes.  The fact is, between wiping out basic poverty relief and implementing NAFTA,  Democrats have caused far more harm to the poor than Republicans. Liberals responded to this crisis by waving the Middle Class Only banner. The poor largely voted for President Obama, only to see Dems in Congress repeatedly block his proposals. With the latest budget, 89 Democrats voted to cut food aid to the elderly, disabled and poor.  Again. It doesn't make sense for low-income/poor Americans to vote for Democrats.

      •  Spot on Dallas! (3+ / 0-)
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        Dallasdoc, Cassandra77, Arkenstark

        We need something to vote FOR, not just against.  The old Republicans are evil, Dems are less evil doesn't inspire enough people anymore.

        Too bad Dem leadership hasn't figured out that table scraps aren't enough for us.  We want a seat at the table.  We don't need filet mignon, but a pink slime burger from McD's won't do it anymore!

        In an insane society, the sane man would appear insane

        by TampaCPA on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 05:58:38 PM PDT

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        •  Less evil? (1+ / 0-)
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          Dallasdoc

          That's debatable. Democrats (since Clinton) actually implemented more of the right-wing agenda than Republicans. Dems looked at the policies that were in place from FDR to Reagan, which took the US to its height of wealth AND productivity, and chose to reverse course. They wiped out the Great Society as a necessary first step toward ending the New Deal, and have begun by targeting the disabled (yep, we pay into Social Security retirement and disability). Democrats implemented NAFTA and workfare replacement labor, two policies that have been serving to help phase out the middle class while maximizing corporate wealth.

      •  No (0+ / 0-)

        instead we start blaming Democratic candidates for not giving their voters a reason to turn out?

        There is sufficient reason for voters who would vote Democratic not to want a Republican in office.  

        This "I won't take care of my own interests unless you give me a compelling reason"  pass that you give Democratic voters is simply wrong.

        It is exactly a dependency of the kind that Republicans keep claiming that liberals want to foist on the people in general.

        •  You are self-evidently wrong (3+ / 0-)
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          allenjo, Arkenstark, wolf advocate
          There is sufficient reason for voters who would vote Democratic not to want a Republican in office.
          Sufficient reason for you, perhaps, but not sufficient reason for enough voters to turn out to reliably win elections Democrats should be winning.  Blaming voters for not giving a damn about Democratic candidates is a self-defeating strategy.  Blame the candidates for not attracting enough voters.  Then you can put the pressure where it belongs.

          We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

          by Dallasdoc on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 06:10:39 AM PDT

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      •  Issue is money (2+ / 0-)
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        miango113, raspberryberet

        I'm less convinced that the message was the issue, the issue is money. Like it or not, when the Supreme Court made their fateful decision, The Koch brothers and the rest of those like them, systematically have begun to by district by district. Wherever we have a closely contested district (there are not that many) money will be the deciding factor.
        Lets be honest, the GOP represents those that have wealth, that is their reason for being in todays political arena. Long gone is the GOP of yester year, today, they represent the elite, period. Unless the Democrats are somehow able to combat being outspent in these districts, the outcomes will be purchased by special interests like the Koch brothers and Rove, whose agenda is simply self serving.  That is democracy in America Today, the best government money can buy

        •  You get what you pay for (0+ / 0-)

          I remember my mother telling me that Republicans represent the rich/big business, and that was back in the early 1960s. Democrats represented the poor-to-middle class from FDR until Clinton. Now they declare that they stand specifically with the middle class, ready to represent those with incomes roughly $50k and higher. The rest of us don't have representation. Period.

      •  And if my Aunt had a .... (1+ / 0-)
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        Arkenstark

        Democrats "bothered" to vote for Obama in large numbers.  Do they generally feel fulfilled, or betrayed?  Are they excited to vote again, or disillusioned?

      •  Basic competence and the Blues (2+ / 0-)
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        Dallasdoc, wolf advocate

        Dallasdoc writes:

        "How about, instead of blaming Democratic voters for not turning out to vote, instead we start blaming Democratic candidates for not giving their voters a reason to turn out?  It's up to the candidate to win enough votes.  If a candidate -- if a party -- doesn't do that, they haven't done their damn jobs. "

        I stand in agreement.

        As a Blue, I'm about sick and tired of "Hope", "Change", etc, etc, etc. How about some basic competence?

        Like:

        Get your own votes out.
        Winning an election when you have as much Red garbage at your disposal to leverage your success.
        Should you be victorious, how about seeing to the basic competences? Like, running your Dept., Government etc, etc, etc.
        Like not botching the job when it comes time to roll out a program like, oh, I don't know, O'bamacare?

        I could go on, but why?

        •  Unfortunately... (0+ / 0-)

          President Obama stressed from the time of his first campaign for president that there would be little he could achieve unless the people got to their feet and MADE Congress listen. And we almost did that, too, with Occupy.  But before we even had time to catch our breath, Occupy was redefined (mainly by lib media) as a movement of middle class workers alone, the better-off. The discussion in lib media was all about, only about, the middle class (incomes roughly $50k). The rest of us walked away.  Dems and Congress have blocked most of President Obama's progressive proposals, and with rare exception, lib media has ignored this. With the latest budget, 89 Democrats voted to cut food aid to the elderly, disabled and poor.  

      •  I've been thinking about how Dems once in (0+ / 0-)

        Congress do not care about people. They rarely speak up about jobs or working poor, wages, safety net, importance of infrastructure, etc. Things that help real people. They sit there and work to get re-elected, for the most part. Unless shamed into something by the president or the people.

        It's a terrible thing how we are now a plutocracy and Democrats are doing nothing to help elect more Democrats so we have a chance to pass things that will help people, fight Climate Change, etc., etc.

        Think about it. There are no real leaders in Congress who rally the troops, their peers or anyone. The leaders have left the building. I am increasingly fed up with them. Just because they are better than the Republicans is no reason to think well of them. Sure I'll vote for them.

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 03:09:32 PM PDT

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        •  Middle class opposed to aid (1+ / 0-)
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          Gorette

          I won't vote for any pol who declares he/she stands only (or specifically) with the middle class, so I don't expect to have anyone to vote for in the upcoming elections. The reason Democrats won't legitimately address poverty is that the middle class doesn't want them to. Climate change is a lost cause, in my opinion. With every serious effort to address climate change, govt launches another "war" on the handful of people who smoke tobacco. (note: Climate change is the result of excessive soot/oil droplets in the air, and the main cause is motor vehicles. We can also note that the most carcinogenic - cancer-causing - type of smoke is the kind that contains oil particles. This is from burning fossil fuels -- gas and oil -- and not from burning tobacco.) Infrastructure work, providing jobs almost exclusively to men, is the only area of employment that has been given serious consideration. Instead of the progressive voice we need, all we have heard for years  are cheerleaders for the bourgeoisie.

          •  Yes, I agree with you........... (0+ / 0-)
            The reason Democrats won't legitimately address poverty is that the middle class doesn't want them to.

            "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

            by Gorette on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:04:40 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, agree...... (0+ / 0-)
            The reason Democrats won't legitimately address poverty is that the middle class doesn't want them to.

            "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

            by Gorette on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 08:05:10 PM PDT

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    •  This will continue... (1+ / 0-)
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      raspberryberet

      This will continue because Americans don't want to be bothered. They have been trained that the government handles everything and we have no say in anything.

      I get this message every time I contact someone like Gov. Rick Scott or my district Representative, Dennis Ross or the local police. They politely and smugly tell you they aren't going to do a thing.

      These people are supposed to have been put in there to do the will of the people, but this is a joke. They are doing the will of the wealthy class owners and the rest of us just get to pay for them and their behavior with our tax dollars.

      But if you try to bring up politics in this country, or any other for that matter, you are treated like a skunk at a lawn party and it has become a social faux pas to discuss politics and so everyone is wandering around in this state of denial, forever accommodating less and less and less.

      People have left their brains outside the door and have NO intentions of retrieving them. And things getting worse and worse and worse is going to continue as long as they accommodate the insanity.

    •  There isn't resistance (0+ / 0-)

      because liberals, too, embraced the class war since Clinton made it cool. This isn't the first time that the US has been in this miserable situation, when the richest few gained too much power, to the harm of the country. Each time in the past, the poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, ultimately united to push back -- to everyone's benefit. That can't happen this time. Not everyone can work, due to health or circumstances, and there simply aren't jobs for all who need one. The US shipped out a massive portion of our working class jobs since the 1980s. When was the last time you heard some liberal call for restoring basic aid to the jobless and unemployable? We have a poverty crisis in the US, and another 30+ years of merely calling for job creation doesn't mean crap to those who desperately need food and shelter right now.

    •  What evidence do you have for the claim that you (0+ / 0-)

      make:  "Republicans' race- and class-baiting would never work if faced with real opposition"?  So far as I can see, dividing workers through race, class, gender, sexuality, age, etc. work all too well.  
      The best counter example I can think of is Obama, who managed to get a very strong minority of white votes and won twice.  But he is a moderate.  When has a true liberal won nationally in the US?  FDR?  but he had the great depression to help, not to mention WWII.  

  •  Goes along with... (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, thomask, 417els

    ...that earlier full stomach/empty soul assertion by Ryan.  But if your stomach is empty, you won't get very far.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:11:01 PM PDT

  •  It's the cookie story all over again (30+ / 0-)

    A rich man, a middle class white man, and a poor minority are all sitting around a table. Someone brings out a plate of 12 cookies. The rich man takes 11, then whispers to the middle class man, "Careful -- that other guy is trying to steal your cookie." Distract the masses -- makes it easier to pick their pockets.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:11:46 PM PDT

  •  Whenever I hear a conservative use the word (9+ / 0-)

    "Culture" I run, fast. If they use the word "Heritage", well, I have the ACLU on my speed dial.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:20:58 PM PDT

  •  Until we restrict money in politics, it's just (11+ / 0-)

    Shouting into the wind.   We need a movement, not a party.

    ". . .as singularly embarrassing a public address as any allegedly sentient primate ever has delivered." - Charles P. Pierce

    by Rikon Snow on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:23:24 PM PDT

  •  Why do Republicans consistently vote against (15+ / 0-)

    their self interest, and Democrats refuse to vote for their self interest? Why.

    Now they have the 2nd (safety net for sloppy) Amendment, and can't be infringed to actually treat their gun like a gun and not a video game controller.

    by 88kathy on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:26:31 PM PDT

    •  Exactly the right question ......... (5+ / 0-)

      Best short answer is television and google ads. Keep people distracted from the whip and chain but not so distracted they forget about salivating after the golden ring of materialism.

      Do that and maybe no one goes to jail or looses any of their money for killing 4,000 young americans, physically and mentally maiming 10s if not 100s of thousand more. Not to mention murdering 100s of thousands Iraqi, condemning their whole nation to a bad if not worse situation than they already had? Just to keep the spice flowing and the Lords profit margin.

      Seen the new Cady commercial lately? Buy one, feel better about yourSELF. Look, it even plugs in.

      21st Century America: The distracted, superficial perception of a virtual reality. Gettov Milawn

      by geez53 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:58:02 PM PDT

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    •  Not so clear-cut (5+ / 0-)

      For example:  Democratic pols are all hepped up about the TPP, just like they were about NAFTA.  How is voting for the TPP or NAFTA in our self-interest?  When you deliberately blur the lines yourselves, don't be shocked when things are blurry to onlookers.

      It's the modern Dems.  Remember the recall elections up in Wisconsin?  Obama's ONLY effort was one single tweet, which didn't even say "Vote for the recall".  Do we really think Harry Truman would have found that satisfactory?

      Neoliberals ain't liberals, not by a long shot.  At least in the American sense of "liberal".  They exactly ARE European liberals.  Of course, the left in Europe tend to be called "socialist" or "social democratic".  European liberals have always been a center-right formation.

      Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

      by ActivistGuy on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 04:11:46 PM PDT

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    •  Because We Can't All Vote for Bernie Sanders (6+ / 0-)

      Democrats are by and large conservatives. Not many Democrats have a candidate who favors repealing Reaganomics or even stopping the middle class decline where we are, in terms of actual policies they'd support.

      There's no upward option for most Democrats until progressives come up with a movement to create rather than passively get behind better Democrats.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 04:27:27 PM PDT

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    •  Because they are willing to sacrifice themselves (1+ / 0-)
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      for the good of the country.

      The USA is filled with people to take advantage of government welfare like unemployment insurance and disability payments.  The Republicans are finally willing to stand up and put a stop to the moochers and freeloaders.

      They will sacrifice themselves, their kids and their parents on Medicare and Social Security because "my parents and generations before them didn't need nothing from nobody".  Benefits like healthcare and food stamps must be earned.  

      This is the mentality.

      West. No further west. All sea. --Robert Grenier

      by Nicolas Fouquet on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 04:57:59 PM PDT

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    •  Who says we refuse to vote for our self-interest? (0+ / 0-)

      I vote for my self-interest constantly.  It's the Dem politicians who've let ME down, not the other way around.  They run on an agenda we support, they win on an agenda we support, and once in office, goodbye agenda.  Obama's nomination of Larry Summers, his appointment of Arne Duncan, etc., as well as the repeated disappointments from Dem legislators "compromising" - CAPITULATING for nothing in exchange, not compromising - prove what their true agenda is - and it isn't my self-interest.

      So why should I vote for them?

  •  Better title............ (8+ / 0-)
    Republicans The Plutocracy force black, brown, female and the  poor to pay an opportunity premium
    This divide and conquer shit needs to stop. You know there are plenty of Ds cashing-in on the Vulture Capitalism status quo with all those Rs. And those considered poor white trash or should-have-gotten-on-board-sooner are paying the same toll. Singling out any disadvantaged PEOPLE is their chess move and they'll keep pushing pawns around the board till They are all Queens and Kings regardless of THEIR race, sex or sexual orientation.

    21st Century America: The distracted, superficial perception of a virtual reality. Gettov Milawn

    by geez53 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:42:00 PM PDT

    •  I second! (4+ / 0-)

      It must be remembered there are many who do not fall into the standard categories who are white and male and disenfranchised too.

      Where I was raised there are still a majority of those who are forgotten, where almost all laws that assist, leave them out, in the cold. they work two jobs, for minimum, still working on the pride that they hope to one day succeed or at least pave the way for one child to get to college.

      When we finally unite we can move forward.. Simply include all who are not connected or disenfranchised.

    •  Seems self evident, but (2+ / 0-)
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      when only certain segments of those left out are considered worthy ... it's a definite problem.

      Blogging as Ché Pasa since 2007.

      by felix19 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 05:04:25 PM PDT

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      •  Yes but WE need to deem All worthy, it's the (1+ / 0-)
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        segmenting that needs to stop. It's an old game, whites segmenting blacks, Irish segmented against Italian, black against brown and the greedy picking everyone's pocket while exploiting their labor. There has always only been one struggle, capital vs labor. The rest is just a convoluted distraction. They're Siegfried and Roy and we're just the mob shelling-out $100 a ticket. And we keep filing into the Colosseum hoping it's free bread day as the Christians eat the lions.

        21st Century America: The distracted, superficial perception of a virtual reality. Gettov Milawn

        by geez53 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:15:20 AM PDT

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  •  The Political Crime Syndicate (8+ / 0-)

    is made up of elite Democrats, Republicans, and Wall Street. It is an extortion racket. The Democrats are the collectors, while the Republicans are the inforcers, with Wall Street being the Godfather. The Republicans get in office, they rough us up. They are constantly saying evil things to get it across to the public that they are the bad guys. For protection from the evil Republicans, we have to give political support to Democrats. In reality, Democrats actually does very little or nothing while in office, except maintianing the illegal gambling casinos and other illegal foreign criminal acts. But, if you ever hold the Democrats feet to the fire, the Republicans will come back to punish us. The news media is part of this syndicate, also. They make sure no other syndicate moves in on their turf, like a third party. When the Republican takes office, the Liberal media kicks into gear and says, "Boy, don't feel bad losing the election to a Republican when you voted third party?" And so, through political extortion, the wealth of a profitable nation can be drained to the elites on Wall Street. You wonder why people just wants to quit playing the silly game.

    Living in the nightmare reality of working in the oilfields of South and West Texas.

    by Incarnate on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:52:48 PM PDT

  •  T&R'd, bookmarked for community edu. (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for this very useful, well-stated diary. Sending it on to my peeps.

    Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings. —Nelson Mandela

    by kaliope on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:53:32 PM PDT

  •  The Opportunity Premium... (4+ / 0-)

    is non-partisan, non-racial, completely secular, and forever insidious.

    If you're not born on third base, chances are, you're not getting there by any means.

    However, this stands out:

    Start saving, start accumulating early. The compounding of one’s wealth in the aggregate ensures that in future years even if continued accumulation is stopped, wealth can still grow.
    My parents never taught me about money, even though I was raised in the lower-middle class.  Maybe they just considered themselves lucky, I don't know.  One of the skills that was not transferred to me was understanding exactly the power of the sentence quoted above.

    It took me over a half century of financially flopping around like a fish out of water to figure that out. If there is one lesson of hope that I could bring to those less fortunate, it would be: It costs so much more to be poor than to have even a little bit of money, and accumulating that "little bit of money" doesn't take all that much

    I was unemployed and dead broke at 58.  Then I landed a mediocre job.  What I've done with that opportunity over the past two years, with financial discipline that I never had before, has moved me to a point that I'm no longer worried about retirement.  If I had understood money then like I do now, I'd already be retired on a nice island.

    •  Me too (2+ / 0-)
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      Although I'm a little younger and I still haven't gotten the opportunity yet to use my new-found financial sense, unfortunately...

      I also extrapolate this to generations, and use it to try and get people to understand the effects of institutional racism.  When you're born on third base, it's usually because generations of your forebears were accumulating wealth.  When you're a minority, chances are your own forebears were property, or at least very close to it; they very likely were not accumulating wealth. That makes the outcome very different for the two classes.

      Money should be treated like any other controlled substance; if you can't use it responsibly then you don't get to use it.

      by La Gitane on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 06:40:17 PM PDT

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    •  It all comes back to education (0+ / 0-)

      It usually does.  As a former high-school math teacher, I can tell you I tried damn hard, in every course at every level, to convey exactly the lesson you describe.  Exponential growth applied to the wallet is powerful, as you say.

      Politicians of both parties are tearing down public education in this country, because that is what they, and their paymasters, want - until they find there aren't enough engineers graduating in the entire US to meet the demands of their own corporation, much less that of the entire market.

      But that doesn't stop the overwhelming short-term desirability of stupid voters and stupid consumers.  Obama appointed Arne Duncan Secretary of Education.  Talk about a huge disAppointment (intended).  I voted for Obama, both times, and was happy to, but Obama is NOT pro-education.

      Thomas Jefferson said (I'm paraphrasing from memory) that if democracy isn't working, the solution is not to end democracy, it's to educate the populace.

      •  Forgot to mention (0+ / 0-)

        How I know this:

        Politicians of both parties are tearing down public education in this country, because that is what they, and their paymasters, want - until they find there aren't enough engineers graduating in the entire US to meet the demands of their own corporation, much less that of the entire market.
        I know because then their sorry @$$es come crying to us HS math teachers to help them out, to motivate more students toward engineering fields.  I'm just a band-aid on that problem.  Until the corporations drop the scalpel they and their influence peddlers (a.k.a. OUR elected officials) have been slashing into education with for over a decade, they can suck up the problem they contributed to and risk losing forever their market share to overseas corporations.
  •  It's kind of hard (7+ / 0-)

    to make a case that people "vote against their  own self-interests" when all there are are parties of business, of capital.  To say "my party of capital is marginally nicer to the poor" is hardly a slam-dun k motivator to get people out to vote.  The Democrats keep trying to have it both ways, and remain shocked that you can't have your cake and eat it too.

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:55:25 PM PDT

    •  So if we run Bernie Sanders everywhere (1+ / 0-)
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      We'll clean up election after election?  This theory, articulated over and over in this diary, just doesn't strike me as having any evidence to support it.  I'm happy to be shown some; so far as I can see, the evidence is to the contrary.

  •  I suggest we send them this via email or CD (0+ / 0-)

    by the truckloads

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 04:06:59 PM PDT

  •  if you want to point to Alex Sink being beaten as (9+ / 0-)

    evidence for lack of Dem motivation, make sure you also point out that Sink was a crappy candidate who also lost her last election and was forced onto us by the Dem Party, then campaigned on a bipartisany austerity platform.

    Perhaps part of the reason why Dems here were not excited to vote for her was because she was a non-exciting shitty candidate. I live in that district, and I never talked with ANYONE who was excited to get right out there and Vote For Sink !!!!!!!!!

    Just a thought for your consideration.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 04:13:00 PM PDT

    •  And yet (1+ / 0-)
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      She carried that district when she ran for governor.

      Face it, our side just doesn't vote in off-year elections.  A better or worse candidate certainly can make a difference, but the fundamental phenomenon is impossible to deny.  Our asses get bitten by it non-presidential election after nonpresidential election year.

  •  We need Howard Dean back (5+ / 0-)

    To organize GOTV strategies. The guy's a genius! And all of us must be looking for ways to support our candidates and GOTV especially so for red state  individuals.

  •  Yes it is a real culture problem and Ryan is an (1+ / 0-)
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    example of the problem.  When a society glorifies wealth and power, the end result is mass suffering.  When will my fellow Americans face the truth I just don't know.  Their misery is not caused by give aways to undeserving poor people but is caused by the wealthy and their toadies such as Ryan.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Riane Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 05:41:16 PM PDT

  •  So... (0+ / 0-)

    why don't Democrats like Alex Sink know how to play this game?

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

    by TarheelDem on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 05:46:15 PM PDT

  •  The election wasn't winnable... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...not by Sink anyway, who was another 1% enabler.

    But given our anemic base turnout, Democratic candidates need to do a better job motivating them to vote. And in this case, I don't blame our base voters. When Democrats like Alex Sink run on austerity, cutting Social Security and bringing back the Simpson-Bowles Catfood Commission, well, no one is inspired. That has to be part of any effective base-mobilization strategy. Maybe promising to be a dick wins over some independent support (Sink did win the early vote despite the outsized GOP numbers), but that's as relevant as Mitt Romney winning independents by double digits in 2012. Democrats win by getting Democrats to the polls. There are more of us than there are of them. Period.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...
    This was in the article you linked to. We can't win elections by putting up 1% enablers. We win by embracing the progressive past of the Democratic Party, which has something for everyone, even rednecks in Florida. They suffer unemployment, they suffer abuse from bad bosses, they need a raise, too. They even hate the banks as much as we do.

    Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

    by rbird on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 05:47:27 PM PDT

  •  for anyone (0+ / 0-)

    that thinks there is no more racism in america it is there on your tv screens everyday in the form of a white politician in a three piece suit spewing his racist rhetoric while trying to explain why the people of color should be sent back to the days of old where the cons feel the most comfortable and the thought of progress is ignored.

    the time may not be here but it is inevitable that the white racists day of reckoning will come and what a great day that will be for most of america but not the racists in wash wearing three piece suits and spewing their racist rhetoric in the name of democracy.

    save america defeat all republicans and conservatives

  •  Nonviolent drug offences (1+ / 0-)
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    have eliminated the work hopes of millions of,"urban types".  (I worked in advertising)  How better to achieve what Ryan complains about?

    A fool and his money are soon elected. -Marx, Groucho

    by Garth1066 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 07:16:17 PM PDT

  •  Republican contempt of the 47% (0+ / 0-)

    Is the Republican contempt of the 47% somewhat justified if the 47% don't vote?

  •  I actually read the transcript. And defend him (0+ / 0-)

    that quote was taken from a longer conversation in which Ryan says:

    Everybody’s got to get involved. So, this is what we talk about when we talk about civil society. If you’re driving from the suburb to the sports arena downtown by these blighted neighborhoods, you can’t just say: I’m paying my taxes, government’s going to fix that. You need to get involved. You need to get involved yourself — whether through a good mentor program or some religious charity, whatever it is, to make a difference, and that’s how we help resuscitate our culture.
    That is not the talk of someone who is racist (or into eugenics as someone here described it). It may be clueless and clumsy but he was talking about getting involved and helping (as a middle class wasp) to make a difference. Not writing off a "culture" (he doesn't get). I give him the benefit of the doubt here.
  •  speaking of money (0+ / 0-)

    Since we are discussing money, or at least I was, I am asking for f you are of like mind, I would appreciate your support and you helping me spread the message. Thanks for your help and support.
    Subject: Cut military spending and re-invest in America's Infrastructure

    Hi,

    Our elected officials have neglected our infrastructure far to long. Continuing to do nothing will lead to a catastrophic economic failure in the near future. We spend more on our military than the next five biggest military nations combined. We can maintain our military superiority and still cut spending, all we need is leaders to recognize that this "corporate welfare" needs to end.

    That's why I created a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says:

    "America's infrastructure is vital to our economic growth and future. The current state of our infrastructure has been graded a "D" by engineering groups around the country.  Cut military spending and re-invest in our aging infrastructure, creating tens of thousands of jobs and preserving our future. "

    Will you sign this petition? Click here:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/...

    Thanks!

  •  Stand up for your rights! (1+ / 0-)
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    The Democrats have finally realized that they have to start confronting the propaganda and lies spread by the Right. Harry Reid, and Charlie Crist are leading, but more must follow.

    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. - William Ernest Henley

    by 50FootQueenie on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:05:34 PM PDT

  •  Bottom line. Democrats in Congress do not care (0+ / 0-)

    if Dems are in the majority. As long as they maintain their seats they just could care less about what happens. I have only lately come to realize this. I used to give them the benefit of the doubt. There are some exceptions.

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 03:14:32 PM PDT

  •  Poverty chess game (0+ / 0-)

    It does appear to be hopeless, largely because the media marketed to liberals/progressives has so fully embraced the language/thinking of the corporate culture. They have waved the Middle Class Only banner for years (albeit with the occasional pat on the head to the working poor). Reality is, not everyone can work, due to health or circumstances, and there simply aren't jobs for all who desperately need one right now.  The US has shipped out a massive portion of our working class jobs since the 1980s. When was the last time you heard some "progressive" call for basic poverty relief for those pushed out of our job market? It takes a lot of hate to turn our backs on those in desperate need -- including those who are not employable. Even if jobs eventually come along, how do you get one without a home address, phone, bus fare? People desperately need food and shelter immediately -- not another 30-some years of merely calling for job creation. The stone dead indifference shown toward the poor by this generation has changed a lot of us.

  •  Conservatives Are Haters, Racists And Bigots (0+ / 0-)

    Nothing new here.

  •  Unfortunately (1+ / 0-)
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    Democrats allow the GOP to set the agenda and are afraid to stand up to them.  The recent nomination for Surgeon General is a good example.  This person has NO power to enact gun policy yet the NRA has cowardly dems on the run.  The D next to their names stand for "doing nothing."  We need Dems that VOTE like Dems.

  •  Voting class interests (0+ / 0-)

    The main reason some poor and middle class people vote Republican is the abortion issue.  Willies hit the nail on the head when he says that the problem is a "feeling of not mattering".  What the right-to-life movement says is that every human life is of infinite value and worth regardless of her supposed lack of value in the economy or the value that others confer upon her.   Thus many poorer people identify with the despised unwanted fetus and  the right-to-life ideology is very powerful  to those who do not feel valued in society.  Therefore although poorer people may not be voting their economic class interests by voting Republican they are voting their psychological class interests!  This is true even or maybe especially of those poorer people who have been personally involved with abortion which they generally feel forced into due to financial reasons.   Republicans know that the statistics clearly show that without the right-to-life vote they will lose all major elections and they can usually tie in this right-to-life belief that every human individual is important to the false belief of  the opportunity of the individual to advance himself economically if unfettered by government in their campaigns.   They can easily paint those who do not believe a fetus is a person as elitist or patronizing of poorer people for not believing that every human being is of infinite worth regardless of the value that society confers upon her/him or the extent of  his dependency on others.
        I believe that the reason that more Democratic candidates do not take the prolife position is that they are dependent for funding on richer people who are not prolife.  Also both the politicians and the campaign funders  need abortion available to them to support their professional ambitions  The richer people who support the Democratic campaigns and are economically more progressive tend to come from the intellectual/artistic fields who believe that life is not worth living, or one is not a full person,  unless one has a certain degree of independent functioning, especially independent intellectual functioning. They may also believe that individuals have the right to do what they like with their own bodies (this also includes drug use, all non coercive sex activity, etc) because of their belief in the supremacy of the individual intellect and because such a belief supports their lifestyle
      Republican candidates however know that they  have to lie about their pro choice beliefs to get elected, like probably Mitt Romney.  There  are also many who actually believe in the connection between rugged individualism in the economy and the infinite worth of the vulnerable human being in the uterus (i.e. that Horatio Alger stories can be true)
      Most prolife Democratic candidates, if they received enough campaign funding, would be unstoppable.  Frankly it is also the right position.  To deny the personhood of a genetically complete human being just because she is dependent on someone else is not progressive.  Besides weren't arguments such as size, dependency, supposed lower intelligence etc traditionally used to subjugate women?

  •  I despair (0+ / 0-)

    at the political soul of our country. The oligarchs and plutocrats like the Koch Bros got their wish when the supreme court fist committed a "legal" theft of the 2000 election that was wildly financed by the same plutocrats, oligarchs and corporations.

    We were then faced with a terrorist attack that our vice pres, sec of state and pres lied their way into a worthless, illegal war that we not only lost, but killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people as well as killing the up and coming youth who we will sorely lead.

    Lied to us continually about taxes, the debt and through those lies propagated one of the largest thefts in US history by transferring millions of dollars from poor and working classes to the upper o.1 percent of our plutocracy where nearly almost all political power resides, unmolested by the Dem Party, the media and what's left of a disillusioned, lied to and robbed demos, all, of course, protected by the fear of a constant war and severely curtailed civil and human rights, backed up by the largest prison population in the world.

    Repression lives & is protected by the two wings of the capitalist Republicanism endorsed by both wings. They prevail in this power grab by invoking constant fear, constant imperial war that blows back on us by the reduction of our freedoms for our safety, don't you know.

    This authoritarian government wrapped in the patriotic flag of the worlds best democracy is a sham that destroys other countries while perverting the politics and rights that were once at least partially owned by we, the demos on which a democratic republic should thrive & grow. But that's no longer happening.

    We need to nonviolently deligitimize these captains of corruption and replace the most egregious forms of our government. We need to bring real democracy to our shores, nurture and husband its resources.

    The 1st step all of us should take on both sides of the divide is to choke off all individual contributions to all, I mean all political campaigns that continue this culture of political and business corruption.

    Individual and progressive groups and, yes, even those from the tea party need to reinvigorate the Occupy movement in all states and major cities across the US and bring nascent authoritarian operators and political machinations to a halt. This would require intensive commitment and organization.

    And whatever the provocation from the panicked 0.1 and their military and police power, our movement based on the teachings of nonviolent revolution, would never respond with violence.

    This would take a prolonged, difficult and most likely dangerous attempt to get rid of the capitalist and political corruption that is destroying us as our empire is slowly coming undone. We need to help it fall so we may rewrite our constitution and restore equal opportunity, free health care and education through college and finally, yes, a return to last century's steeply graduated income tax laws that brought us a more normal distribution of opportunities, of education and health care

    Is this socialism? No, a return to a more moral political system that means this has conservative elements, but I would also want to see us adopt one of the two successful socialist movements in the Scandinavian Countries.

    There are other ways to organize our state for real participatory government. We need to start by constant thoughtful criticism to begin the delegitimization of our corporatist increasingly authoritarian government.

    Stop getting your news from the corporate news media that simply doesn't tell the whole story while frequently lying. Try Democracy Now, read Noam Chomsky, Prof. West, any and all radical feminist. Read homegrown Socialist critiques of our government and its corrupt leaders. Read Truthout, Daily Kos, check out Elliot Fineman the president of National gun Victims Action Council. Read Michelle Alexander's stunning book "The New Jim Crow." Read Nina Munk's "The Idealist. And finally closely read Sheldon Wolin's "Democracy Incorporated:Managed Democracy and the Spectre of Involuted Totalitarianism." I fear it is no longer a Specter, it's here. And finally, watch Bill Moyer on public TV or his web site.

    If we want a return to decency and cooperative, involved democracy, time is of the essence.

  •  Great diary. Well stated and nicely argued. (0+ / 0-)

    I would add that while Republicans bear the brunt of  the responsibility for enabling the plutocracy, they don't own all of the blame. And while women, minorities, LBGT's, and the poor suffer most, such enabling also adversely affects the middle class, too.

  •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels insulted as these people lie, divide and take the country backwards.  The "good old days" they want, are not the 1950's, but the 1850's!
    Instead of jobs, progress, clean air and water, education and repairing the damage of the past 30 years, media is selling the hell out of the corporate/GOP "divide and conquer" games as they outsource everything really American, especially freedoms and rights.
     Ever since the 80's we have been sold one lie after another by our own corporate owned media. Nothing changes as long as 6 corporations own media and the message. The "not remotely curious" are buying it and eating it up, and they vote!
    If we fail to vote as if our lives and rights depend on every election, than we deserve what we get. More Tea Party people will be elected (purchased) making us want to pull out our hair as they insult our intelligence daily. No wonder more and more American's are surrendering their passports and moving to other countries.
    The flat earth-birther crowd is eating up every lie media sells. A look at the garbage on TV is proof enough of who media caters to.
    We should be winning big nation wide. Instead the 2010 nightmare of lazy people sitting on their butts, especially locally, hands the country to people who spend more time worried about birth control and pushing their religion of hatred, than jobs and progress.  

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