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 class war which the bankers have waged against workers for centuries.
The price of admission to this fairy tale was steep- they checked their souls at the door. They were no different than 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 8%. 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 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 blame the other guy and continue to push their failed dogma. The race to the bottom is nearly run.
Obama may well veer left if he gets a 2nd term. Hopefully, he has finally learned the lesson that one cannot compromise with village idiots. Throw an insane person a bone and they will chew off your leg. A deep-seated self-hatred – encouraged by their trillionaire banker handlers – drives these emotional infants to Puritanical notions that We the People don’t deserve a good life. We deserve suffering, sacrifice and hardship.
The Illuminati call it austerity. And that is exactly where all this far right gibberish is meant to herd us.
So what of the treadmill class?
The nut job assortment of Republican Presidential candidates presented a problem for the financial parasites. Each new entrant proudly declared to be a bigger loony than the last. And like those ducks on a wheel at the carnival, each one got shot down. That left Wall Street with the 1% Romney poster child that can’t sell. Or can it?
Could this motley crew of anti-government snake oil salespersons – largely and collectively on the government dole for nearly their entire adult lives – serve as a wake-up call to the now rapidly backsliding climber classes? Will Tea Party rhetoric become stale in the midst of a country where one in four children are not getting enough to eat?
For decades, the American political landscape has been littered with checked-in souls of an aspiring middle-class. The politicians we have elected are merely a reflection of a much deeper moral crisis lodged in a culture of empire.
We are nearing a point where many of those now disillusioned wretches want their souls back. They threw in their chips and the bankers changed the rules of the game. And now – finally – they’re pissed.
Amidst the swirl of media propaganda which aims to keep them off-balance, it will take leadership to direct this anger in the proper direction. Obama needs to conjure Harry Truman circa 1948. Progressive Democrats need to make a habit of outflanking Obama on the left. And we all need to live more simply and reclaim our empathy for those less fortunate.
The Tea Party mentality is waning. The next lion to roar could well come from the left, as more and more climbers slip down the economic ladder.
Shop less. Quit the empire. Become human beings with souls again. Join the resistance.
The next rallying cry will 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