For decades the American middle class bought into a plethora of Ayn Rand-inspired notions regarding their economic strategy. Keep your head down, plow money into your 401K and get to work on time. If you did these things, you could count on Wall Street money shufflers and their corporate “job creator” tentacles to lift your little life raft with their graft-ridden blood-soaked tide.
It was a formula predicated on endless resource wars in faraway lands, a necessary scorn for the poor, an infatuation with the wealthy and the shutting down of one’s humanity.
Reinforced by a barrage of propaganda from corporate media, the sharecropper climbers embraced their treadmill, sure that one day they would reap the spoils of the ongoing class war which the bankers have waged against workers for centuries.
The price of admission to this fairy tale was steep - the grateful unrich checked their souls at the door. In some ways they were no different from those corrupt Congressmen they loved to bash before promptly re-electing, no different from the suits at Goldman Sachs who made a living destroying countries with 401K proceeds. They were bought and paid for. They were part of the problem.
Unemployment hovers near 7%. Poverty is at its highest level since 1993. Unions have never been weaker. Concentration of economic power continues at record levels. Not content with the Henry Ford model of capitalism – pay your workers a decent wage and they will be able to buy your product – a new class of parasitic financiers has emerged.
They make their living not by creating jobs, but by destroying them. They hold no loyalty to country, moving their sweat shops to China and their money to Dubai or Switzerland. They justify their greed through fronts like the Tea Party, which spews out all manner of tired Frederick Hayek, Chicago-school of economics dogma – deployed since their guru Reagan to gut this country’s economy.
Any sentient being, having done such grave harm to others, would say they were sorry. Instead, these psychopaths blamed the other guys and continued to push their failed dogma. The race to the bottom is nearly run.
Obama seems to have taken a left turn, especially in the area of foreign policy, where he has both Saudi and Israeli London-banker tools howling. Has he finally learned the lesson that one cannot compromise or negotiate with either the Illuminati Satanists or their well-paid village idiot ideological mouthpieces. Throw a clinically insane person a bone and they will chew off your leg.
A deep-seated self-hatred – encouraged by their trillionaire banker handlers – is what drives the far right infants to Puritanical notions – mysteriously in sync with laissez-faire capitalism - that We the People don’t deserve a good life. We deserve more suffering, sacrifice and hardship. The bankers and their gendarme K Street paymasters are exempt, of course, from this Calvinist cover story for a good old-fashioned Illuminati global austerity & depopulation program.
So what of the rapidly backsliding climber classes? Tea Party rhetoric rings increasingly hollow in the midst of a country where one in four children are not getting enough to eat? The American political graveyard overflows with the bodies of those who have committed ideological overreach.
But these politicians are merely a reflection of a much deeper moral crisis lodged in a devolving culture resting on its imperial laurels and stricken with the intellectual laziness which accompanies said condition. A severe and chronic state of ”affluenza”.
Despite all this but mostly because of it, 35 years of right-wing supremacy in American politics is ending. The next lion to roar will come from the left, as more and more climbers slip down the economic ladder.
In 2016 the winning election slogan may well be, “Eat the Rich”!
Dean Henderson is the author of four books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve & Stickin’ it to the Matrix. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com