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We are losing Our Class” The Republican Class Wars

I used to think that I was the most middle-class person that ever lived.  That is what marketing and advertising told me.  We all have to buy this and drink that, and it must be the same thing or else.  Coke or Pepsi, fresh perked coffee or instant?  Polo’s or Kmart?  The real thing or nothing at all.  Do this and you are middle-class.  Now the republicans are telling me the same thing.Our way or no way.

Seven our to ten people define themselves as middle class, so we may be just looking up and down at the other three who don’t. They are probably the people who don’t buy or drink the what they are told to. Really is there no hope at all?

I am shocked at the bloodless coup  that has been realized here.  As social movement has stumbled the last twenty years, we have the majority of people self certifying themselves as middle c\lass. Certified is the correct word. Delusions of grandeur are one thing. Delusions of being middle class when you earn minimum wage, and are trying to make ends meet, implies that the class war is not going that well. It is hard after all, to maintain a class war when everyone says they are all on the same side.

What has happened is that the Republicans and Democrats have hooked on to the idea of hope being a vote getter exactly at the same time when those same hopes cannot be met for many in a globalised economy. Homeowing, self-reliance, a good job for life, nice vacations, and an appetite for real experiences come to define us. What we buy has come to define us, rather than what we produced, have become our real identity. As any fool knows, any radical or Marxist, this is not what social class really means. This is reducing class to the trivial pursuit of consumer power.

The Republicans, more so than the Democrats, are trying to turn us into uniform classlessness. They campaigned on jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Putting people, the middle class, back to work. The great lie, we are all in this together.  Now this does seem like a good idea, until you understand just what must happen first to get there.

First you attack women’s rights. Attack, what could I be thinking?  Eliminate them altogether.  Return to the good old days of the 50’s, when women stayed home, had babies, cooked and cleaned house.  Only now, if you want children or not, you need governmental approval.  Abortions not an option, even in the case of rape or incest.  Abortion for those reasons would lead to faked rape and incest cases.  Just like those good old days, you have no control over your own life and body.  Back to the back alley abortions.

Then comes fear.  Fear of everything and everyone Middle Eastern.  They are all obviously terrorists and want to kill us. But now, I have learned thanks to the teabaggers, that I should be afraid of anyone that looks different, is a different color and religion.  I should be a racist pig, er elephant.

According to the elephant in the room, the Christian Right and teabaggers, my middle class values must be theirs.  My faith and religion certainly is not good enough, even though, my God is the same as theirs.  At least I thought so.  I must be wrong for they tell me so.

Now we are in no-man’s land. We are unable to share the nostalgia for the good old working classes. There is much about the working class life that is boring and about putting yourself into a drug induced stupidity. The nobility of the working class life is pure fiction. I mean really. No man would live half their lives underground in a mine if they had another choice. No woman now joyfully gets up in the dead of night to go clean offices.

If we don’t mind being defined by vote hungry Republicans or people who want to sell us things, then we should just be happy and jump on their wagon. This is a con. They want to change of all into some uniform vision of middle classness. Robots, that is what they want, and it seems that we are willing to let them.

The difficulty now is that mere desire,  middle class or not, is not enough. The hopes of the young – to be famous without talent – is no less crazy than many current political desires. We are to have growth and prosperity and jobs without investment. Nuts! We are all supposed to be happy and proud while they cut off our arms, legs and heads of the public sector.  That is really nuts.

No rational human being would just sit by and let this happen.  But we have allowed ourselves to be put into marketing categories.

Yet there is hope.  The protests in Wisconsin and Ohio and other states has proven this.  By protesting, we simply state that our individual interests and hopes are not those of the “ruling class”. Some of us may think that we are middle class, but we must fight the fiction and propaganda that class no longer matters.

So am I middle class, underclass?  Or do I just simply have no class at all.  I resist their notion that I am nothing. I will resist their notion that they are better than me. I will resist being sold.

John Boehner, John Kasich, the Governor of Wisconsin and all other states must have Alzheimer’s. They have forgotten who elected them.

 


We Live In A Disposable Society

Of all tyrannies a tyrannies sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C. S. Lewis

America may be finally getting it.  The Republican Party, Teabaggers, and the neocons masquerading as our public saviors. The Ruling Class that only knows what is good for us.

We are treated as if we were paper plates, Kleenex, plastic bottles, cellphones and other various items, the American people are being thrown away. Republicans campaigned on job creation and “small government.”  We have seen the slashing of all the programs that do help the people, yet the real items needed to bring our deficit under control have remained untouched. Yet there has been no attempt in regard to job creation.

The question to Republicans should simply be where is your plan for job creation?  The seem to have already answered it…..their job creation in actually is job loss, tax cut which increase the deficit, and no revenue generation. Their budget spending cuts put people out of work.  Just read it. Disposable people, disposable rights.

All you need do is watch and listen to what is happening in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Montana. Take away collective bargaining to make so easy to fire teachers, police, fireman and other state employees.  These states are following the Republican instructions and agenda to the letter.  The states take away collective bargaining, the federal government takes away job training, funding for police, WIC and other social programs that help the middle class and poor. They have become vendetta and it is beginning with public employees.

They have become our autocrats.

Republican ignorance and lies are being exposed.  Walker reveals union busting plans and strategy to fake prank caller, Indiana pulled the bill because the Deputy Attorney General call for the shooting of protestors, and Ohio make minor changes to bill: State workers would be allowed to collectively bargain for wages, but nothing else, and public employees would lose right to strike under new changes or risk being fired.  They must all think that the American people are as stupid and ignorant as they.

Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling, but make huge devastating spending cuts. The debt ceiling has been raised 62 times and lowered 3 times in 62 years. The debt ceiling is just an agreement to pay past bills that this same lawmakers appropriated and to the government to spend.

There are 5 reasons this Wisconsin uprising affects you:  1. Weak economies need more demand, 2. Strong standards strengthen the Middle Class, 3. Decent government pay means Decent Government, 4. Publics employees are not the problem, 5. Scapegoating lets the culprits get away.  Read the entire article at: http://www.alternet.org.

It is true that the states and the federal government is in debt.  But this debt was not the making of the American people.  We went to war thanks to George W. and the deficit grew.  We were told that the war was good for us and for democracy.   But, this is just a continuation of the lies Republicans told us to get elected.

Still, we must not just blame them.  We are to blame too.  Our fault is that we believed their lies and now we are paying the price.

Republicans and neocons have never been about telling the truth.

They only see themselves as our saviors and conduct themselves as if they were the RULING CLASS.