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Clowns? Jokers? You ever feel like you’re stuck in the middle?

It’s the distraction (our entertainment) that has us stuck!!! The jokers and clowns are empowered by our collective ignorance.

 

As I watch the city government in Richmond Virginia, lead by an African-American mayor, disrespect the memory of the American slave in a way that Holocaust descendants would never disrespect the memories of their ancestors, I think. This is the fruit of a collective ignorance which facilitates comparison of American slavery, in grand acts of public trivialization, to mandatory health care access (in the case of Dr. Ben “Americans-use-too-much-healthcare” Carson) or to the national debt (from Sarah “you-can-actually see-Russia-from-land-here-in-Alaska” Palin). In the minds of “I-built-this” American, the self-made person (I mean who needs God or grace anyway?), it is perfectly logical, in the minds of the history-illiterate, to link slavery to health care or to say slavery is like the national debt. American history, as we are taught it, plays up the image of colonial America as the land of the persecuted-taxation-without-representation Christians even as it down plays the foundation of the independence America felt compelled to declare from Great Britain, an independence borne aloft on the scarred backs of black men and women. Peering back at the past would show how ludicrous the notion of unassisted-by-government wealth creation like comparing health care or the national debt to slavery really is. It was government which made wealth accumulation possible.  Without laws and the apparatus (can you say government) to ensure their application and maintenance the following would not have been possible.

“Slavery led to great wealth not only in England but in the

Chesapeake as well: “In the middle of the seventeenth century … the

richest 10 percent of the families owned roughly 40 percent of the

wealth, a figure that was to approach 70 percent by the eve of

independence.”80 Studying inventories of planters’ estates, Menard

notes that “slaves accounted for only 20 percent of inventorial wealth

in the seventeenth century … but nearly 60 percent by the 1720s and

65 percent in the 1740s.”81 Slave labor was the central source of

Chesapeake wealth and capital. The best-known Chesapeake

entrepreneur, Thomas Jefferson, owned about 200 enslaved workers

in the year of the Declaration of Independence; fifty years later, in the

year of his death, he owned more than that.82 Howsoever some leaders

of the revolution might philosophize about the Rights of Man and

liberty for all, they took care not to apply such doctrines to the

enslaved workers they owned.”

~ A Short History of American Capitalism

by Meyer Weinberg

 

 

It is the nation’s collective, seemingly hermetically-sealed ignorance which gives us a middleclass and underclass enslaved by miseducation and sedated by entertainment. We just don’t seem to get it. While the CONNINGservatives are telling us that government is the problem, they are using the government to write rules that increase their wealth even while they call many who vote for them lazy 47%ers, takers. How do you know that our government, that is to say the structure given to us by the lobbyists who write the laws while I play fantasy football or keep up with the Kardashians or attend a Tea Party rally carrying an Obama-is-a-socialist-witch-doctor-from-Kenya poster decrying government hands on my Social Security, our government (a system of laws with the apparatus to ensure their application and maintenance) is committed to doing things which have as a by-product, the maintenance and increase of a permanent underclass? In the latest regression, the corporatists sold the public a bill of goods called NAFTA and watched as Mexicans, pushed out of farming at home by American agri-business, fled their country for work in America even as they, the corporatists, exported middle-class jobs and kept profits offshore. And somehow we believe that baseball diamonds in Richmond, Va. and, in the case of Mississippi, outlet malls are the answer to our economic woes.

Of course the corporatists, the Citizens United crowd, would have you believe that these are the forces (producing job exportation and profit offshoring) of globalization at work, the forces that have Americans scrambling for jobs at baseball stadiums or outlet malls and for foreign investment for manufacturing by Siemens and Toyota and Yokohama as defined benefit plans disappear and conservatives seek to cut food assistance programs and resist Medicaid expansion. The narrative says that we, the American public, just need more education so that we can profit from the globalization trends and that Obamacare is ruining our economy. The irony is those foreigners from whom we beg for investment subsidize education better (Japanese doctors don’t have nearly the education debt that American doctors have) and have excellent universal health care. Contrary to what the CONNINGservatives preach, I guess that stuff, universal health care, doesn’t kill jobs after all. The jobs don’t die; they multiply because of the foreign facsimiles of Obamacare; Universal healthcare countries even send jobs all the way overseas to America. What they, the American corporatists, make sure we never hear much about or at least what that attempt to make sure is crowded out off our consciousness by their Think Tanks and talk industry, when we aren’t trying to see who gets voted off the island next or wins the Amazing Race, what is pushed from our field of vision, what is flooded from our cognizance is how the Germans have 200 insurance plans (nonprofit entities that pay medical bills not dividends) and they have insurance even when they are unemployed. While attacking the Affordable Care Act, you’ll never learn that Germans, to whom southern governors go begging for plant investments, make certain that their workers have great input into corporate decisions with works councils, the co-determined board, and wage-setting institutions. Of course the lethargic, infantile American Labor movement would finally grow up and do the American public a great service if it adopted some of these concepts.  But even the American Labor Movement appears to be as trickle-down, top-down oriented, and untrusting of truly democratic functioning with real leadership rotation. 

 

No, you see if things like these were widely known and taught we’d laugh, the joker, John Boehner off the podium when he says that America had the best health care delivery system in the world before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and he would be forced to help improve healthcare access which is substandard instead of running interference for the health insurance industry. We’d laughed at the clown, the mayor of Richmond, and tell him to advocate for a national development plan where certain industries are nurtured the way the Korean’s and others nurtured industries to improve the living standards of their countrymen. But target the plans to the areas “left-behind” so that we can reduce the “takers” in America and increase the number of Americans participating in the production processes in the country. That would be true patriotism.

One thing is evident by the language and focus of these two “economic” leaders, the clown on the left and the joke on the right, is whether it’s the Mayor in Richmond Virginia or the Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives, offense is not easily achieved in America where it is entertainment which is truly the opiate of the people.

▶ Don Lemon, GOP Guest Erupt Over ‘Million Vet March': ‘Aren’t You Embarrassed for Your Party?’ – YouTube

Notice how the TeaBaggers never mention the financial crisis and it’s job-killing-uncertainty-producing results when they talk about how much the debt has risen during the Obama Administration.  Far be it from these naïve corporate shills to fathom the revenue implications of the debacle produced by their puppet masters.  This omission provides cover for the pre-Obama financial carnage as well as does the absence of mention of the connection of the trillions of corporate dollars that remain idle even after the bank bailouts in the discussion of debt and revenue.  Wonder how many more of “we the people” would be at work if some of that idle cash was taxed to fund road programs and healthcare? 

You will also never hear them mention how the prescription drug plan and the two off-budget wars contributed to the rise in the debt when they talk about how much the debt has risen. Wasn’t that borrowed money and doesn’t the interest on it add to the debt and aren’t we paying the interest on the borrowing for the wars and aren’t we borrowing to pay for the prescription drug plan, still?  The supposedly Vet-loving Teabaggers never propose capturing, through taxation, some of the legally hidden, Cayman Island money, like that of their preferred presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as a way of paying off some of that debt and funding the government to keep those memorials before which Sarah-I-resigned-the-governorship-of-Alaska Palin, and (Rafael-sounds-too-Hispanic-just-call-me-)Ted-loose-screws-Cruz appeared.  Ever wondered how the Romney’s of America got to have laws created to produce an effective (there’s an adjective the Cruz types will seldom use preceding the following noun) tax rate for themselves below that of many wage-earning (another description conservatives would prefer you not hear very often) Americans.  You see the beauty of what conservatives do lies in their ability to convince average Americans that all people who have passive income are just like them. The beauty is in convincing Joe the Plumber that Mitt Romney’s Swiss bank account benefits America.  You will never hear them mention how manipulating charitable trusts (i.e. the “accelerated charitable remainder trust” and the “son of the accelerated charitable remainder trust”) allows them to evade funding the government and the wars that would supposedly pay for themselves (like Iraq) or the memorials and national parks that they, the Teabagger Senators, claim to want to keep open.

Disowning Teabaggers while counting on their votes?

Part of the beauty of the RepublCon game plan is the way that they provide a platform for the “crazy guy” (calling for the President, who happens to be a Christian of the most powerful nation in the free world to put the Koran down and to just leave town and surrender), a platform for the “crazy guy”, the “dumb, stupid people” who supply the noise and distraction that exhausts the observer as well as the inattentive to the point where the they succumb to the argument of Washington just being gridlocked. 

Sorry Ben, you can’t hold Ted-loose-screws Cruz up as the gold standard for the Republican Party and allege that he is any more reasonable than Larry if Larry calls Obama a Moslem and Cruz compares him to the devil.  Both of these guys are just doing what any good capitalist would do, taking advantage of a profit-making opportunity.  Too bad their activities undermine democracy by diverting attention from the way the wealthy are using them to increase the wealth gap in this control by increasing the chances that the country will elect people who believe, in the words of the conservative-ruling Supreme Court and Mitt Romney, that “corporations are people” my friend, even though I have yet to see a corporation return from Iraq or Afghanistan in a flag-draped coffin. 

Oh and the confederateVet Protest October 2013 (1A)

Vet Protest October 2013 (1)flag, The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, was right in place at the forefront of this demonstration. The flag has its origin in white supremacy and is inseparable from it. And why is there an obvious attraction for white supremacists, confederate-flag wavers in the Tea Party movement? Lee Atwater noted the attractiveness of code language like cutting taxes and smaller government to racists years ago.

The irony is how voters, obviously possessing history knowledge deficits, can compare Obama with Hitler all the while being used by the supremacists in much the same way that Hitler used some German people to attack a minority among them as being the cause of the ills within the country. A posting on the Supremacists website sums it up:

Scottish: “I think the “tea party” is a good way to meet people with potential. Most people at this event will be white people who are fed up with the direction of things and they are ready to hear how we got into this mess.”

In the words of journalist, Alex Brant-Zawadzki

“White supremacists believe that they are only the tip of an iceberg, the visible aspect of a more universal hatred. The documentary suggests that white supremacists sees Tea Parties as “the best chance in decades to cross over into mainstream American politics.”

What if you read this from a Tea Party advocate?

“white Americans are fed up with black crime, immigration, and now they are backed into a corner…their country is being taken away from them and they will fight back…we will provide them with those answers.”

You just have. Those are the words of Don Black whose “foremost activity is operating Stormfront, the largest and most popular meeting place for white supremacists on the entire Internet.” The similarity between the “their country is being taken away from them” language and the recurring theme at anti-health care town hall meetings and on Tea Party signs is unmistakable. Their country has been taken or is being taken from them but it’s the corporations that they unwitting defend that are rapidly devaluing whatever education that they have with job outsourcing and profit off-shoring and funding candidates who shift the tax burden away from the wealthy and onto them. How is it possible that they could not know that the Tea Party was behind the situation that prevented the passage of the continuing resolution to fund the government? And is this, America, some animal farm where they, the people with memorials, are the animals that are more equal than the rest, where some are supreme, some are sovereign and others are just regulars, some are just serfs? Perhaps this is the way to make supremacy work, the key to pyramid. You simply divide and conquer, pulling the Heritage-funded strings from behind the scenes.