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What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.

Friday, October 21, 2011

You Gotta Get Mad

The OWS phenomenon has been interesting to watch, especially how ineffective the predictable attempts to ignore, ridicule and demonize the protesters have been. From that I surmise that for many, the pressing fear of unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy, unaffordable illness, etc. has sharpened their thinking so as to render the usual right wing noise machine relatively less effective.  Too many people have experienced, or know someone close who has experienced, the disastrous effects of this prolonged economic quagmire wrought by an elite that has relentlessly lowered taxes on the rich, cut social spending, and removed the few regulations that protected the commonweal.

I think the next step for progressives should be to ratchet up the rhetoric against the Republicans and Blue-dog Democrats, their mega-rich asshole patrons, and their media enablers.  These people bear the responsibility for the impoverishment of millions, and its time for them to start worrying about angry mobs with torches and pitchforks.  You might retort that lowering ourselves to the level of the O'Reillys, the Coulters and the Hannitys is only going to further degrade the political discourse in the country, but I have news for you:  it's already degraded past the point of redemption.  Plus, tell me, has the cool, rational voice most often employed by liberal voices worked out so well?  At this point, we need our elites to internalize the idea that they could well have a starring role in a remake of the French revolution.  We have to pound them in the media every day, blaming them for everything.  We have to get mean.  We have to get mad angry.

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