Yes We Can, now try and make us

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

The disparity between the super rich and everyone else grows by the day, despite public bailouts, despite the economic clusterfuck I am calling “The Great Oppression”

Our rights are still under attack.

War crimes are going un-punished.

The opposition on the right is increasingly racist, insane and growing towards violence.

and not a single Democrat seems to have the stones to call this what it is.

Class warfare.

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

     Words more true could not be found.

     Even if he wanted to fight the class war himself, President Obama would have next to no support in Congress and could not count on anything but opposition from Corporate America.

    In the light of the “change” we have experienced in leadership and the continuation of many policies of the last criminal administration, it should be obvious to all that neither President Obama or the Democratic party can or will fight the class war that seeks to increase their profits at any cost.

    “Yes We Can” should be rewritten to say “Yes we can, now why don’t you try and make us.”

    The special interests of Corporate America and the Plutocracy they serve has made it perfectly clear that change of any kind is unacceptable to their interests. Whether the issue in question is economic, political or social, the Oligarchy that profits off of the war, theft and poverty of others will not budge one inch no matter how destructive their actions may be.

    Many people expected Barack Obama to change the status quo and fight whole-heartedly for that “change” we were to believe in. I do not question President Obama’s sincerity, rather, I doubt whether President Obama has the ability to single handedly fix the mess created by 40 years of Corporatist control of every facet of our society.

    Part of me feels that the purpose of the right wings over the top rhetoric and insane behavior is to make their ideas the worse of two evils. In this way, anything the Democrats may or may not accomplish can’t seem worse than the nonsense offered by the GOP and their cohorts as opposition. In this way nothing need change, and if change for the best must happen it will only be when it is the most profitable for the ruling wealthy class. Yes, incrementally this is better, but this is also how fake reform happens and we can justify “moving forward” without actually addressing the problem. The part of me that thinks this is the pessimist in me.

    On my other shoulder sits the optimist. This voice tells me that destruction comes quick, whereas Progress happens slowly. It only takes a split second to crash your car, but it can take a long time to build a car from scratch. This voice pleads for patience and a steady hand.

     The desire to “move forward” is the desire to find a quick fix and declare “mission accomplished” no matter what the evidence to the contrary may be. This desire is much like the desire of a tortured man who begs for the pain to stop. If the pain stops this man has not had justice done for him, even though things seem to have changed for the better, they have only stopped getting worse, he has simply had a terrible pain taken away, he has not healed at all, he is just being made to feel his hurting less. This is no answer, this is not justice, this is just a brief pause before the next shock comes.

    In much the same way the working class of America who struggles to get by day to day and month to month has perceived the pain inflicted upon them for the last four decades as the equivalent of Chinese water torture, a slow torture where water is slowly dripped onto a man’s head until he goes insane. The Bush/Cheney years saw this torture increased severly to full fledged water torture. The working class of America that feels first the negative effects of war, economic alchemy and environmental destruction has perceived President Obama as the person who will take away that pain. He may do this, but he will not release you from the prison in which you are bound.

    That prison is poverty. That prison is inequality and injustice. That prison is racism and sexism and every other bias under the sun, and like it or not it is war, and the only one who will fight for you is yourself.

    Unlike others I shall not give up hope on the effectiveness of my involvement in the politics of our nation. I will continue to vote for candidates who best represent my views and I will stand in opposition to the open allies of my enemy, Corporate America and the Plutocracy that is supported by them.

    I will not, though, retain any more illusions about where our leaders stand. They stand against me. If I represent the poor, the diesnfranchised and the forgotten, our political leaders on both sides represent the wealthy, the powerful and the status quo that serves them the best. Some do so openly and with no regard for the well being or the opinion of the poor and working classes. Others are simply unaware of how bad things are when you get closer to the bottom. These people live near the top of the world, how can they truly fight for change when they stand to benefit the least from that change?

   I hope President Obama truly has the best interests of all in mind when he carries out the policies he does. I hope so, but I am not holding my breath. More and more it appears that President Obama is just another petty politician, albiet a charismatic and well spoken one. Despite the fact that I am rooting for Obama, we should not forget the fact that President Obama is, at the end of the day, still a politician, and, as we all know, politicians are professional liars. Rather than leaving all of our hopes in his hands and then sitting back to wait for him to hand us something called change, perhaps we should start fighting for that change ourselves, and hope that President Obama and others follow our lead.

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  1. And doing it ourselves.

    Now, how about suggestions on how to do this. I believe the tools at our disposal center around strike/protest/boycott/divesting/investing/local involvment and voting, but I am open to all ideas.

    So, who has an idea to help us fight the class war, as in how and versus who?

    • Edger on June 5, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Follow the leader…

    • Viet71 on June 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    acting in the political process:  voting and giving money to candidates.

    Voting is worse than a waste of time, except in some local elections.  It just strengthens the corruption.

    Giving money to pols is really bad, I’ve learned.

    Everything else an ordinary American can do to affect the political process is whistling in the wind.  

  2. He is performing spectacularly and we should not let perfect be the enemy of the good.

    And yes there is a well-entrenched plutocracy that Obama is not taking on right now, at least full bore, but it is still too early for him to do so credibly. We should begin our plans for the 2012 elections now to be assured a second term and sustained high popularity and with true progressive agenda at the forefront (so a liberal judge can be replaced with a liberal judge, and hopefully a conservative judge can be replaced with a liberal judge, so the bench is no longer stacked with conservatives for example).

    But I am waiting for him to wake up about civil rights issue of our time, our Voting Rights Act, our Civil Rights Act, our Emancipation, our Love ruling overturning bans on interracial dating — I am waiting for acknowledgment that a prohibition of the word “marriage” to describe ANY two people wishing to enter into the institution is simply a failure of “separate but equal.” How ironic that it is happening during the Obama administration.

    He’s been left with a clusterfuck few presidents could handle and he is handling it. But equality of marriage is not part of that cluster and neither is DADT. We may have to wait another 6 months or past the 2010 elections, but if he wants the full progressive constituency on board for 2012, he is going to have to make right on those issues, and so must Congress.

    But right now 12% of the states already have legalized gay marriage. The next one will be 14%. The momentum is building. No one can deny the “class” has been established, and that the “class” of gay persons in this nation is being treated unequally. We are making that change happen. We are going to “make” them follow through.

    I even think Boies and Olson stand a chance at a 5-4 or 6-3 ruling overturning the CA Supreme Ct and Prop 8.

    Patience wins out. But so does vigilance.

  3.  

    Part of me feels that the purpose of the right wings over the top rhetoric and insane behavior is to make their ideas the worse of two evils. In this way, anything the Democrats may or may not accomplish can’t seem worse than the nonsense offered by the GOP and their cohorts as opposition. In this way nothing need change, and if change for the best must happen it will only be when it is the most profitable for the ruling wealthy class.

    Ya see, I concluded awhile back that we’re not living in anything that resembles a democracy anymore.  We do still have freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and I see the internet as a positive for furtherance of these rights.  But we don’t have a democratic representative government.  What we have is a corporatocracy which goes way beyond Ike’s MIC.  It’s bigger than that.  It’s a Political Industrial Complex, which subsumes the MIC.  

    When Durbin said, “The banks own the place”, I said, “Well DUH!  The banks, the insurance companies, big pharma, blah blah blah!”   Big flacking news?  Really!!!!!!

    We have a corporatocracy, under which there is a one party system, which consists of two factions known as Demublicans and Republicrats, each of which has its own fan club, who jeer and boo the other side, just like in a big time wrestling match.  Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant.  It’s all scripted out ahead of time, and the money comes from the same place.  But the public doesn’t know the difference, or they don’t care.  This keeps the illusion of having a two party system, which creates the illusion of having a democracy, which disguises the fact that it’s actually a corporatocracy.  And Bama ain’t gonna change shit.

    I want our troops out of Iraq and Afghan.  All I can do is join up with others like me, and then attempt to raise the public’s consciousness, and go in to Durbin’s office as often as I can and pound on the table and yell louder.

  4. but, I believe in this:

    I do not question President Obama’s sincerity, rather, I doubt whether President Obama has the ability to single handedly fix the mess created by 40 years of Corporatist control of every facet of our society.

    Great essay man.  You are absolutely right.  

  5. …continues apace, sir!

    Wait for no man…

    If we don’t do it, it doesn’t get done!

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