The battle lines that have been drawn in America should not be between red state vs. blue state, or liberal vs. conservative, religious vs. atheists, insert any volatile dichotomous pairing here. The battle should be based on class interests. The fight that we should be fighting is between us, the 99% of Americans who generate the wealth in this country- the people who fight the wars, bailout the CEOs, collect the trash, and teach the children. We are rural and urban, black and white, gay and straight, educated and illiterate, we attend churches, mosques, and Zen centers. We should not be fighting amongst ourselves.
So who should we be fighting? To whom should we direct our wrath? That 1% of people who make up the ruling class. The people who just stole $700 billion dollars form our pockets, the people who orchestrated the Iraqi war to line their pockets with oil money and established control of the Middle East, the people who manipulate our media to make it seem like Joe-Six is angry with liberal boogey man, or vice versa. But the reality is that the single mom hooked on crack in Baltimore has more in common with the single mom working at Wal-Mart in any town USA. The same force that is keeping them apart is keeping them down.
This force is not some ambiguous, conspiracy theory. So what is this force? We all know it is naive to lump all of America’s problems on the lap of “The Man.” This force, this ruling class to whom I refer are the people, they only make up about 1% of the population who have access to the capital. Take a look at your news they are currently running away with your money. They own the banks, huge media corporations, defense industries, agri-business giants, and pharmaceutical companies. Take a look at the fortune 500 top companies and you will find the culprits.
The men and women who profit from these companies are the same ones who are destroying our nation and the world at large. Joe Six pack is just another cog in their machine as are we. Until we join forces, we will be at each other’s throats for another century.
The point of my post is that the political machine is manipulating the left just as much as the right- worldwide! We need to look past brazen attempts to make heartland Americans the enemy, and realize who is truly attacking our rights.
Deanna made some great points:
I can't really claim to celebrate diversity if I'm only celebrating people who are just like me.It is hard to understand our adversaries especially when a third party is constantly pitting us against each other. It is to the ruling classes’ advantage that the myth of Red state Blue state goes on forever. They are hoping that neither side will muster up enough energy to fight our true enemy. If I am a republican conservative losing my farm in Iowa, it is much easier to blame some liberal conspiracy and big government. If I am a liberal teacher, it is much easer to blame the crumbling school system on the loss of my candidate because of the ignorance of country yokes, who admire Sarah Palin, but the reality is that the same agri-business interest that are sweeping up farms in the heartland, have their hands in the educational system, and the justice system. The entire system. As corporate interests take over our government it is up to the American people to join together and reclaim what is ours.
This bailout is a test of sorts. I am sure the House will pass this bill and spin it as a heaven sent prize for the average American, when in reality it will be one of the biggest heists in American history. How the American people, both red and blue state citizens react, will be litmus tests for the future.
Deanna goes on to say, and I agree:
We are really coming from the same place.This disconnect is not an accident. This sense of alienation is the ruling classes’ way of keeping us divided and at each other’s throats so we cannot organize based on our shared class interests. Instead we bicker on hot topic issues that have nothing to do with our day-to-day lives.
He and I are both operating from a place of deep deep sadness and fear about the state of our world. And we even have common ground in our beliefs about what it would take to fix it. We both believe that a connection to spirituality, a belief in ethics and morals, and a strong sense of family and community are what's missing.
We've become disconnected from our support systems and that makes us vulnerable to manipulation from governments and entities that do not have our best interests at heart.Exactly what I have been trying to say!
It was eye-opening, and heart-opening, to realize that even this ultra-conservative old middle-class white guy and I have much more common ground than difference. That seems important somehow.My question is how can we have more of these interactions? How can we invite opposing groups to come to town hall meetings and simply try to communicate- not about gay marriage or religion, or even war, but about everyday problems that we share like the loss of the wealth we generate to 1% of our population, or the affects of globalization and privatization on our communities, the rise of agri-business and the affects on our rural infrastructure. We need to be discussing class-based issues!
So to give my answer to betmo's question, why would you want to understand someone who is bent on destroying the american way of life? Because in understanding is your only chance of averting it.As for Betmo’s comments, I really appreciate your anger and frustration, but it is important to remember that change, healthy meaningful change will never stem from anger. When you say things like,
a large chunk of them want to take away civil liberties from everyone in order to maintain their fragile facade of a fearful life.You are simply playing in to the hands of the ruling class. We need to be able to collectively pull ourselves out from the orbits that the ruling class has put us on and join forces to see how we are being controlled.
they have no right in a free society.
I am not sure how we do this, so I am all ears if you have any ideas. I hope some conservatives are reading this and can join the conversation.