Last month, we posted, “When, the revolution?” It included these comments:
Since both parties are criminal, I’m beginning to wonder — dare I say it — whether this nation is headed for revolution. I sure hope not, but with the President and the entire Congress being owned by the .1%, for whom does one vote?
The people don’t understand what’s happening — they are brainwashed with debt-cutting lies — especially since the media and economists also are owned by the rich.
The people pinned their hopes and dreams on Obama, but the greed of the “Deporter in Chief” and “Captain Austerity” bested him. He sold his soul for a Presidential Library, lucrative speaking engagements for his wife and him, and big jobs for his daughters.
As for the people, frustrated and feeling there is nowhere to turn, the people may lash out. They lack only a charismatic leader — an empathetic, Rooseveltian figure — to give them voice and strength.
To many readers, this seemed unthinkable. Yes, the United States was formed on revolution. And yes, the civil war was a revolution. So yes, revolution is in our history. But really? Revolution in modern America?
Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.
Less educated, right-wingers are the strongest believers, “revolution might be necessary to protect our liberties.” This is the group that has been most affected by debt reduction (austerity), though I suspect (without evidence) this ironically also is the group that most favors austerity.
With this same group — the less educated, right-wingers — probably being the most ardent gun owners (again, no proof), I suspect all they lack is that charismatic leader to send them on murderous street rampages.
These are America’s angry. They are angry at foreign-born, legally here or not. They are angry at gays, blacks, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, atheists, people who have more money than they do, people they consider “freeloaders.”
They are angry at “people who want to take our guns away” (the guns the Tea Party calls “sacred.”) They are angry at the government and the courts, and especially are angry at the very rich.
They are angry at what they perceive to be an unfair world, in which some powerful groups wrongly receive advantages at the expense of good people.
Yes, it could happen here. WILL it happen here? We all should pray not. We don’t want an America filled with crazed nuts, exercising their 2nd Amendment rights to kill their neighbors.
The operative word is: “Unnecessary”. Affluent people don’t begin armed resurrections. America has too much unnecessary poverty; too much unnecessary hardship caused by unnecessary austerity and augmented by latent bigotry.
The .1% have bribed the politicians, the media and the mainstream schools of economics to support poverty-causing, wealth-gap widening austerity, and to these super-rich — to the Petersons, the Kochs et al — I say, “Be careful what you wish.” “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”
Remember: The privileged were early to the guillotine, but ultimately, no one was safe.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.
The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:
Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.