Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today's headline

I'm sending you over to read a VERY short transcript of a Jim Hightower commentary:

From Democracy to Plutocracy

Yes, that's what's going on.

Here's a snippet:

Today's media and political powers... keep using the word "conservative" to describe current political trends in our democratic republic. Poor choice of words. From the Koch brothers to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, from GOP House Speaker John Boehner to such anti-worker governors as Scott Walker of Wisconsin, an autocratic power grab is underway...

Rather, a word from America's past best encapsulates their goal: plutocracy. It's the direct opposite of democracy, which is government by the many, by all of the people--by us. Plutocracy, on the other hand, is government by the wealthy--by them and for them.

What I simply don't understand is why "we the people" are letting this happen. I really don't.


  1. My feeling is that the reason why "the people" are letting it happen goes back to the days when the US plutocrats aligned themselves with the evangelists on social issues (which they really don't give a shit about) to get their votes. They recognized, quite rightly, that the one segment of the US population that consistently turns out in high numbers at the polls are those who've been brainwashed (oops, there I go letting my opinions show), ummmm, I mean TOLD by their megarich pastors who to vote for.

    The also aligned themselves with the racist segment of the population that longs for the 50's (some of them long for the 1850's). Again, these are people who vote regularly.

    I also feel that this base of theirs will only last for a decade, but by then there may be so many backwards laws on the books that it may be too late to do anything about it. I hope I'm wrong.

    How do you get folks to vote against their own best interests? Scare em with whatever means necessary.

  2. Good to hear from you, Dave.

    Yeah, I think I'd be inclined to say "brainwashed" as well!

  3. Tracie H10:10 AM

    People are AFRAID.

    They are afraid of jail time. They are afraid of the militarized police who have more than enough firepower to mow down serious protests. They are afraid that they or their family members will be targeted by the FBI and go missing under very strange circumstances if they speak out too much.

    We have turned into a nation of cowards who won't stand up.


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