( – promoted by buhdydharma )
As stated in other recent diaries, perhaps this nation’s demographics are such that the white, male Christian ruling class is destined to suffer the ravages of diminishing power and influence. Although this writer shares that fervent hope and allows that present conditions may portend such a monumental, seismic shift, this process will likely take far longer than we might want to imagine.
Despite the best efforts of the Reich Wingnut talking heads to encourage their minions to “get busy” and create hoards of newborn teabaggers, their relative numbers are likely to continue shrinking.
No doubt the so-called elite (aka GWB’s base) are assiduously studying the tactics applied by the Spanish conquistadors who, during their invasion and swift, easy conquest of the native populations in the Americas, demonstrated that it is possible for the few to control the many.
More recent examples of minority dominion would be exemplified by the lengthy rule of the whites in South Africa, who, at their peak in 1911, accounted for only 19-21% of the population (13.6% when apartheid was abolished in 1994) and by the extended reign of the Sunnis in Iraq, who comprised only 15 to 20 percent of the country’s entire population, yet dominated that country’s government and economy throughout the 20th century.
And, closer to home, given their considerable power, one might reasonably conclude that large numbers are represented by the National Rifle Association, even though they comprise only about 1.3% of the U. S. population.
As Aldous Huxley so presciently observed in his 1931 novel, Brave New World, in order to maintain control over the oppressed, one need only convince those at each rung of the socioeconomic ladder that theirs is by far the best lot of all.
Huxley’s lessons have not been lost in the present day. We are frequently reminded that slavery, captivity, and destitution are not really all that bad. How many have read or seen the film of “Gone with the Wind” compared with “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”? “Hogan’s Heroes” versus “Escape from Sobibor”? “Scrooge, the Musical” versus “The Grapes of Wrath”?
Will the current ruling class go down without a fight? Not a chance. They will implement every imaginable tactic to instill fear of change in the hearts and minds of the masses, ably assisted by their compatriots in the MSM. As Orwell so eloquently informed us in 1984, fear can readily be inculcated into the masses. Love of the captor only comes about much later, if at all.
In closing, some may wish to view the following clip from that ultimate Reich Wing fantasy horror flick, “Scrooge, the Musical.” After a promising start, the story “degenerates” into a graphic portrayal of their worst nightmare. The leisure class must surely cringe when that sniveling Scrooge sells out his principles in the end and, worse yet, seems pleased to have done so. Note that, even though they are poor, the Cratchit family seems to be far happier than the wealthy Scrooge, do not appear to be cold despite the wintry conditions, are reasonably well dressed, and at one point, are so overcome with joy that they break out into song as they waltz merrily down the street.
Here’s your refresher (not to worry, teabaggers, this is not the scary part of the film, however, you will probably want to send your children out of the room later):