Blake Fleetwood Opinion Original

Democrats Are Ignoring the Death Blow to the Middle Class

By Blake Fleetwood / Original to ScheerPost

Inflation is not the source of the nation’s crisis; neither is the “Threat to Democracy” the Democrats feature as their key election issue.

Inflation is real, but it is just the coup de grace, the death blow, to an already mortally wounded and largely obliterated majority middle class. 

Second, the “Threat to Democracy”  issue is just another pretext that obfuscates a more fundamental threat to democracy: the American middle class has been abandoned and is struggling like never before.

Over the last 40 years, a nefarious elected elite of Democrats and Republicans has rigged the system so that the majority of Americans have been cheated out of the American Dream. 

“STOP THE STEAL” is but another election canard that is being used by Republicans to rouse the masses with lurid tales of electoral fraud. In 2016 Donald Trump cleverly hijacked an underlying anger and twisted it. But the swindle, the real steal, is how the top one percent has ripped off a staggering $54 trillion from the bottom 90% during the last four decades.

This $54 trillion steal represents the demise of prosperity for middle class Americans — upward mobility, owning a house, getting an education, affording a healthy life — which has been systematically annihilated for the middle and lower classes. 

Since 1979, the income of the majority of Americans — the 68% without a college degree — has been falling, while the very rich have become richer. The share of Americans earning more money than their parents has plummeted.

The staggering $54 trillion figure, which has created a yawning divide between the elite one percent and everyone else, comes from a study by the highly respected, non-partisan Rand Corp.

They found that if the income distribution in the three decades from 1945 to 1974 — a glorious period of prosperity — had remained constant over the next four decades, the annual income of the bottom 90% would have been $2.5 trillion higher in just the year 2018, according to a Rand report by Carter C. Price and Katheryn Edwards.

This means that the average median income worker, now making about $54,000 per year, would be making $74,000 a year if the income distribution rate had remained constant in the years since 1974. This figure is far more than our current 8% inflation rate.

Four decades ago, the median male worker needed 30 weeks of income to afford a house, a car, health care and education, according to Oren Cass, executive director of the conservative think tank American Compass.

Today the average worker needs 53 weeks of income a year to afford just these necessities, let alone others that a family needs.

America’s public spending on health care, housing, and education, has been miserly. To reach the level of Canadian or European basic living standards, America needs to more than double its level of spending. As a result, Americans are much sicker, less educated, poorer and more unhappy than citizens of most other industrialized countries. 

No wonder so many enraged Americans are feeling like an oppressed majority. No wonder the idea of  “Make America Great Again” has such appeal to both the left and right — especially the 62% without a college degree.

The U.S. created trillions of dollars worth of wealth prosperity powered by capitalism, technological advances, globalization, and automation. 

No surprise that little or none of this windfall went to the middle or lower classes.

According to Federal Reserve reports, from 1989 to 2019, the liquid financial assets of households in the top 10% gained 291% ($29 trillion) while the wealth of the bottom 50% rose by less than 1% ($172 billion).

These great riches — and our democracy — have been hijacked by what can only be called a political and economic oligarchy, which has not allowed this enormous newly created wealth to be shared with the majority.

Most of the world scoffs at the idea that America is a true democracy. The U.S. ranks 25th (The Economist Intelligence Unit) out of all counties in fulfilling democratic ideals. The Economist calls the United States a “flawed democracy“ mostly because of the influence of money in our elections, the undemocratic Senate and Electoral College, which elects our presidents. Other European scholars have called the U.S. “A Deficient Democracy.”

This economic stagnation for the majority started in 1980  and led to an irrevocable cycle of mounting inequality that has increased under Democratic Presidents Clinton, Obama and Bidenand under Republican Presidents Reagan, Bush father and son and Trump.

How did we allow this to happen? 

The easy answer is political corruption — the illegitimate use of public power to secretly benefit a private interest. Unfortunately, this corruption is ostensibly “legal,” especially since the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Power is abused within the confines of the law — as those with power often have the ability to make laws for their own benefit. World Bank economist Daniel Kaufmann labeled this “State Capture.” 

A recent poll by the nonpartisan University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics found that a majority of Americans agree that the government is “corrupt and rigged against everyday people like me.” Staunch Republicans agreed by 73%. Over two-thirds of Independents agreed, while Democrats were evenly split.Half of Americans in the poll said that they “more and more feel like a stranger in [their] own country.” 

The majority of Americans are in harmony on the major issues: Medicare for all (69%), more taxes on the rich (80%), free college (58%), take money out of politics (78%), legal abortion (62%), climate crisis (75%), minimum wage increase (62%), paid family leave (70%), legal marijuana (91%), support for unions (71%), Equal Rights Amendment for women (78%), ending mass incarceration (71%), free pre-K+(71%), stopping voter suppression (71%), and more gun control (70%). 

But on these important issues, our politicians have not been able to deliver what the majority wants. According to a landmark study published in 2014, the preferences of the typical American have no influence at all on legislation emerging from Congress.

Naturally the American majority believes the whole system is rigged against them: the courts, elections, the economy, Big Pharma, the health care system, the media, all of it. They believe that the system is controlled by a corporatocracy of greedy, corrupt, malicious, wealthy elites who prey on the disenfranchised. They believe that this has resulted in a twisting of our democratic institutions in favor of the wealthy. Our system has indeed lost its political legitimacy for many Americans. 

But this alienated majority can’t figure out exactly how this exploitation thrives. They want to blame someone, anyone, for the losses they are feeling: Immigrants, Blacks, Hispanics, Socialists, Liberals, Democrats, coastal elites. Not surprisingly people in the rustbelt Midwest are more distrustful than any other part of the country.

It is no surprise that more than a third of Americans, including 61% of Republicans, still believe that the 2020 election was “stolen.” And in a sense, they are right. Elections have been rigged for a long time by staggering amounts of money and corporate lobbyists. Members of Congress—  Republican and Democrat—are being openly bribed day-in-and-day out in the form of campaign contributions. In the 2020 election cycle the “dark money” bribes amounted to more than a billion dollars. And this torrent of “dark money,” props up a system that enriches a small elite and ignores the needs of the poor and middle class. 

The result is a pernicious money poisoning  — by Washington swamp creatures, lobbyists, who feed the political beasts that prop up the status quo for the wealthy — which has turned democracy on its head for a large disenfranchised majority.

Ohio Senate candidate Tim Ryan has been warning his fellow Democrats that the embrace of automation, free trade and globalization would cost them. Ryan lobbied Democrats for years to prioritize domestic manufacturing and re-training which would minimize some of the damage.  But he was largely ignored. 

Democracy and free market capitalism cannot survive such inequality. According to John F. Kennedy, who borrowed from Thomas Jefferson, “Widespread poverty and concentrated wealth cannot long endure side by side in a democracy.” 

Every commanding civilization believes, in hubris, that it is the last and best stage of human development and that it will endure forever. This is a fantasy. Advanced societies collapse with bewildering speed: the Mongols, the Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, the Mayans, the Incas, the British, the Spanish and the Soviet Communists.

Our democratic, free market system, lasting a mere 300 years, is a blip in human history, an anomaly. No government can survive if it does not deliver “the goods” to the majority of its people. Most people don’t really care all that much about the niceties of political ideology — they care about what’s in it for them. They want their fair share.


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Blake Fleetwood
Blake Fleetwood

Blake Fleetwood was formerly a reporter on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic, and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues. He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of four. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics at New York University.

45 comments

  1. I keep trying to estimate the lowest-most level of society about which the Democrats give a dang. Its probably upper-middle class, and they do not care about anyone below that.

    I put it more closely at a yearly income definitely in the 6 figures, own/mortgage their own house, probably worth 1,000,000 plus, but maybe less if they don’t live in an expensive city. Several cars, all newish and fashionable. They definitely have their own stock broker accounts, and not just a 401k but also their own portfolio of investments beyond that. Children probably in private schools, and already plans are being made for them to go to an elite college. May not have full household servants, but probably do hire domestic and/or garden help or services for the house.

    That’s about the bottom rung of society that the Democrats give a dang about. Below that, the Democrats just treat you as cannon-fodder.

    Of course, that assumes that the Democrats don’t just only care about the billionaire oligarchs, and that their care about this elite, privileged layer of upper-middle-class voters is not as much of a fake as the way they treat us. But, if you look, this is the layer to which they actually do give some benefits and tax-breaks.

    1. This is a great essay, first by its own right and second by the valuable links it provides.

      More and more people in America are reaching the conclusion that the economic/political system is rigged against them. And hardly anyone would contest the idea that the economic system and the political system are fully interlocked.

      I think that much of the MAGA/Republican/Stop-the-Steal rage reflects a feeling that the whole system is rigged. It’s not a very helpful attitude, but I think I see where they’re coming from. And I think most Democrats and liberals don’t get it, yet.

      And if you don’t have enough on your reading list already, I recommend ‘Ghosts of Tom Joad’, a novel by Peter Van Buren.

    2. The Dems are pretty bad these days, to be sure.

      But they still throw an occasional bone to the working class and the poor: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, job retraining benefits, health care for the poor, student loan relief, child care benefits, negotiations on Big Pharma pricing for Medicare recipients, etc.

      Republicans detest all those humane policies, and cancel them whenever they have the opportunity.

      And so the GOP whores exclusively for the wealthy.

      1. Those “bones thrown” were by the Old Democrats, decent people with empathy for the Poor and Working Class. (And Biden has tried to destroy Social Security many times in his career. And recently repeated the same BS about codifying Roe vs Wade as he did in his debate with Bernie in March, 2020. He has control of both houses of Congress and has talked and promised a lot; that’s all electioneering.

        Thomas Franks has noted that now the Democrats represent the Managerial Class (mostly the ones at the top). Obama/ Biden gave Wall Street $29 TRILLION in their (and the FED’s) bailout between 2009 and 2012, according to the Levy Economics Institute and many other economists. The bottom 90% of Americans are “untermenschen” like the Russians, Chinese, Blacks and Arabs who the Democrats will destroy, probably by starvation.

  2. Great writing and analysis. Thanks! But where did you get $54 trillion from? The RAND conclusion is $47 trillion:
    “The difference between 1975 and 2018, in terms of the share of income taken home by the bottom 90 percent, is 17 percentage points—or $2.5 trillion in a single year. Over the whole 43 years, it’s $47 trillion. That’s so large, it becomes difficult to interpret. But that’s what happens when incomes at the bottom grow at a rate that’s about 20 percent of GDP, and top incomes grow at 300 percent of GDP over four decades.” https://www.rand.org/blog/2020/10/a-25-trillion-question-what-if-incomes-grew-like-gdp.html

    1. The Rand numbers as of 2018 were nearly $50 Trillion
      Three years later, at $2.5 Trillion a year, would add up to at least $54 Trillion.
      The number extends the Rand analysis

  3. China largely subsidizes health care, housing and education. Why? It helps to keep their labor costs low to make that labor attractive to western corporations. American corporations/oligarchs don’t want that to happen in the USA because they would have to pay the taxes that would be required to fund it. It also sets an example in the mind of the people they don’t want to set. Better to keep people divided and fighting each other then to acquiesce in something the people might want. That’s the deliberate policy being waged in plain sight. Of course, if the people ever recognize the policy for the class war it is, the oligarchs can always employ the armed police or militia against them. That should work for a while as the oligarchs search for another means of keeping the unwashed electorate at bay. Maybe another smiling face to lead them or a new enemy to keep them divided or side-tracked. One word of historical advice to these best and brightest: Don’t let it ever become about food or revolutionary things could happen to your great wealth and power.

  4. Democrats aren’t just _ignoring_ why the middle class is declining, they, starting with Bill the “New Democrat” Clinton, abandoned their former position (since at least FDR) of having solidarity with working people and did crap like devise and NAFTA and giving MFN (Most Favored Nation trading status) to China, thus selling out the middle-class, and in effect became better-behaved Republicans than the Republicans (!!), and thereby freed Republicans (their politicians) to go into batshitcrazy territory…

    Democrats, thus, are MORE responsible for this decline than any other political party in the USA. What’s an even deeper tragedy, the “laity” – their voters – mostly are too clueless to have figured it out, even in these THIRTY YEARS! WTF, people?!

    That isn’t to say the Republicans are much better, they’re worse, but the Democratic PARTY (subject of this article) is an outright traitor to their voters, which is why I dropped the Democratic Party just after Bill got elected as I watched who he was putting into his cabinet… It was OBVIOUS what kind of president he was going to be!

    Note that Tulsi Gabbard, who got (quite literally) infinitely more delegates to become President than that wuss Kamala Harris, just recently finally wised up and quit herself!

  5. Good article, but inferring that it’s only mid-Western conservatives that are disgruntled and ordinary people are only in it for themselves. Democratic free market system is two things. The ruling elites wiped out political opposition to capitalism and strong unions in the last century, so it’s democracy without choice and seemingly no chance for single payer healthcare, good pensions, affordable housing and liveable wages. The ruling rich are out for themselves and their buddies, but most people care about their neighbors and communities.

  6. good article. The question of course is…..what do we do now?????? I have been essays like this since the war in Vietnam and beyond. I have read many books and articles that say the same thing over and over again. We are facing another election cycle with the same perplexing question…..what do we do now???

    I do not enjoy voting any more. I get deflated even thinking about it. I am at the point where I am asking myself “what real power do I have if whoever I vote for is not going to build a world based on Peace and Justice for All”??

    1. What do we do now? The answer is simple. Stop the wishful thinking of capitalist reformism. Abolish capitalism and its antiquated nation states and create a global socialist system where human need takes precedent over the profit of the few, a real and true democracy of, for, and by the people. Create global rank and file committees to abolish the union bureaucracies which are nothing more than cattle shutes to shuttle people into the dead end of the Democratic Parties.
      Your last statement, Denny, where you are asking yourself, what real power you have if whoever you vote for is not going to build a world of peace and justice, says it all about why here in the US, we the working class, find ourselves in a quagmire. It is because you were relying on the promises of two capitalist Parties of Wall Street who answer only to profit to answer to your needs. Since you see no other way out, you throw your hands up and give up. What you should be doing is turning your eyes and thoughts to your fellow working class and realizing the immense power we all have on a global scale to eradicate capitalism which is dragging all of the pilloried working class over the abyss into penury, war, fascism and death.
      Remember, it is still OUR government. It isn’t some alien entity hovering over us that we have no control of.
      The solution is right before our eyes and is the one that corporations, the evil twin Parties, the Unions, and the corporate, and many alternative media, outlets refuse to talk about, class consciousness and the eradication of capitalism for a society run by the real creators of all wealth, the working class. The working class can regain control of OUR democracy, but we must be vigilantly involved in the process. It is a 24/7 involvement where we can never turn our backs to those leeches and remoras who want to suck the life out of the working class.

      1. @Kurt
        Who exactly is the working class?
        The 7.3% employed in manufacturing?
        The 14% employed by the federal, state and local government? The 19% employed in financial, professional and business services?
        When Marx was speaking about the working class he had something totally different in mind and even then , the vanguard was supposed to be a tightly structured party that would usher in “the dictature of the Proletariat” .Where is all this in America today?

      2. Yanis Varoufakus claims that capitalism is dead and the ineffectual left had nothing to do with its demise. He says that we now have a nascent technofeudal economy. Global governance is not socialism, where workers control the means of production. Globalism = techno-slavery that can’t be escaped or fought.

    2. Alas, there is no good answer.

      As always, they who pay the fiddlers call the tune.

      Our political fiddlers, both Democratic and Republican, are owned and operated by Big Money.

      What possible motive would Big Money have to loosen their tight grip? They may be dolts, but they’re not stupid.

  7. good article. The question of course is…..what do we do now?????? I have been reading essays like this since the war in Vietnam and beyond. I have read many books and articles that say the same thing over and over again. We are facing another election cycle with the same perplexing question…..what do we do now???

    I do not enjoy voting any more. I get deflated even thinking about it. I am at the point where I am asking myself “what real power do I have if whoever I vote for is not going to build a world based on Peace and Justice for All”??

  8. Blake is correct, as far as he goes, but he stops just short of accurate blaming.

    1. I have voted Green Party in the last election. I know that the Green Party has no chance to do anything positive in a winner take all political system. However, when I vote Green Party I am not voting for the party itself. I am voting for the values and the issues that are on the Green Party platform.

      I have also voted for Socialist and other political parties that are more to the left. I am wondering if not voting is now the more political movement that is needed.

      thank you Richard for your reply.

  9. I have read your article with interest and I can see that what is happening in America is also happening here in England. The most recent exmple is how mortgage rates have shot up and how our NHS is being slowly eroded in the name of private health care for those who increasingly are unable to afford it. What happens in America happens here later as American ideas of free enterprise and capitalism continue to influence the rest of the world.

  10. “Nader was crystal clear: “Your choice in 2022, compare the Democrats and GOP, and the GOP is against every one of these, whether it’s minimum wage, strengthening gun safety laws, taxing the wealthiest firms and the super-rich, guaranteeing freedom and equality for women, ending the dark money in campaigns, providing Medicare for all, raising frozen Social Security benefits, restoring voter rights, funding child care and sick leave, fighting climate violence with renewable energy, reducing skyrocketing drug prices and increasing funding to prosecute corporate crooks. All of those are opposed by the GOP.””

    Too little too late.

    Nader, who is personally responsible for Bush, and indirectly for Trump, repents!

    This is an important moment in which Left-ish, Neo Progressives finally acknowledge their responsibility to the outcomes of US elections. If only the rest of their propaganda demagogic pundits and flock would follow suit, we might be saved from a GOP fascistic dystopia (long shot at best, but hope is essential regardless of foreseeable consequences, a lesson left-ish, Neo Progressive extremist need to re-learn).

    1. A quote from a famous Democrat, which applies strongly to Al Gore, the Clintons, and all the rest concerning 2000.

      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” — President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

      The Democrats attacks on the ‘Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party’ represented by the Nader campaign is what has made Trump and his violent revolution inevitable. The Democrats had a warning in 2000, and they chose Greed over Civic Duty. We see the results all around us today.

    2. You know who’s responsible for Bush, Trump, Obama, Biden?
      The stupid m*therf*clerks who voted for those a$$holes.
      I am certain that Ralph didn’t vote for any of those creeps.
      I am a loud, and proud, Ralph Nader supporter.
      One of the greatest people ever to grace public life, anywhere.
      I am familiar with his accomplishments.
      Tell me about yourself, if you don’t mind.

  11. Why is Democrat blamed in Title?
    Last Republican admin added $3 Trillion to deficit & $0 went to middle class.
    Simple numbers but ignored.

  12. Yes, the Progressives do need to acknowledge their responsibility for electing a criminal like Joe Biden into power.

    That of course was the key to the last election, one that the far, far, far, right-wing corporate Democrats ignored. That Biden’s very narrow victory in 2020 (by 43k votes in 3 states) came entirely because of a united Progressive front where everyone supported Killer Joe and there was only symbolic 3rd party campaigns.

    The Progressives elected Killer Joe, and must acknowledge their responsibility for the results. Results like nearly 1,000,000 dead Americans from COVID, a containable disease. The return of Polio to America. Domestic policies of $Trillions in corporate handouts, but the Build Back Never-Ever Fraud for ordinary folks. Every worker taking a pay cut due to inflation. And of course, the Progressives must acknowledge their responsibility for pushing the world to the very brink of World War III.

    And of course, the joke is that the Progressives got absolutely nothing for electing Killer Joe and pushing the Doomsday Clock to 4 … 3… 2 ….
    Well, maybe Millionaire Bernie made another Million from it, who knows? None of the Progressives on are on street corners with signs saying “Will exhale Hot Air for Food.”

    Progressives need their own “I did that” stickers. Put one on the graves.

  13. Democracy and Capitalism cannot coexist. We never had a democracy so how could we lose it?

    With Capitalism induced climate change and nuclear war lurking behind the Mandarins of despotism we call our elected officials now might be the time to take off our collective blinders. Our “democratic” process ain’t a gonna save us.

  14. Great analysis. I have a problem with the graphic that states countries like Brasil or Argentina as “flawed” democracies… what would be the criteria for that statement? Brasil, for example, just got rid of Bolsonaro in a democratic process. Argentina is in a 40 year run off full democracy, and also got rid of neoliberal mafioso Mauricio Macri through the ballot box in 2019.
    “Democracy” as we know it is a flawed system in itself. But, as Pepe Mujica says: “Democracy is not perfect… but it’s the best shit we humans will ever be able to come up with, so let’s always cherish it.”

  15. Excellent discussion of what’s going on politically and economically in this country.

    I’m surprised that the Rand study has gotten so little media Dana activist attention.

    A similar shocking and ignored study was the IMF Report on $5.9 trillion in fossil subsidies:
    https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/climate-change/energy-subsidies

    Someone should start a sub stack or YouTube channel on “Things Americans Don’t Know and the US Media Refuses To Report On”.

    1. “Things Americans Don’t Know and the US Media Refuses To Report On”.

      If Americans wanted to know those things they’d read alternative sites like this one. Most don’t want to know. They prefer blissful ignorance.

  16. Something is missing in the analysis!
    If a majority of Americans are in agreement on so many important issues as healthcare, education, minimum wage, unions, decoupling of politics from wealth etc. why do they keep over and over voting for politicians ( mainly Republicans ) that hold the opposite views?

    1. Well Alteyid48, the last I checked the House is controlled by the Democrats and the Senate is 50-50 with Harris being the tiebreaker. What you need to understand is there is no difference at all between the two Parties. They’re Parties of Wall Street, Imperialism, and fascistic nationalism. The Dems, the supposed Party of the working class, suck people into their empty distraction of identity politics to get their upper middle class apparatchiks into believing a vote for them is a vote for inclusivity and decency. The upper middle class uses media like National Patronizing Radio to propagandize to the rest of the middle class, especially those of color and the LGBTQA+ community. It is all as hollow as the Republicans cutting taxes to help the workers while gutting all social services. The American voters have a choice between Republican tax cuts for the rich and austerity for the working class, or Democratic tax raises on the working class that are used to enrich Wall Street and MIC and create austerity for the working class. Go ahead, pick your lesser of two evils. These are the only choices you have by design.
      The reason the working class keeps voting against their own self-interests is because they have no organization. They’re frustrated, bitter, angry, and resentful, have nowhere to turn, and have no other avenue to show that then by flipping from one corporate Party to the other in the desperate hope that the government will finally work in their best interests. They are being led astray and obfuscated to by the Scylla and Charybdis Parties. and all the Progressive capitalist reformists, because this will never happen. Capitalism and its ruling class will not allow best, only self-serving interests.
      The capitalist system must be eradicated for a socialist system where the organization of rank and file committees in all work places, union and non-union, are created on the basis of human need not the profit motive. This must take place on a global scale so corporations can’t move manufacturing to some nation willing to exploit its workers. The one thing the mass of humanity has in common is that we are workers! The working class creates the wealth on this planet and we should be the ones to answer to how it’s distributed. The fear must be put into the ruling class and their malignant capitalist system that the power resides amongst us, the worker’s of the world united.
      One only needs to look at what Will Lehman is trying to do with the UAW. He is second-tier worker at Mack who is running for President as a socialist and wants to abolish the union apparatus and bring the power to the shop floor, not to keep it in swanky offices with six figured salary goons negotiating for the corporations they’re suppose to be protecting workers from. His campaign though has received crickets from the Democrats and all the progressive media bar one, who I won’t mention here. When the UAW vote is mentioned in progressive media it is to support the entrenched union apparatchik like Shawn Fain. The UAW is trying its best to silence Will Lehman by not even letting workers know there is an upcoming vote but word has spread rapidly about Lehman in the plants. Lehman is putting his foot forward and setting an example for all workers to follow. It is these examples that must be used to show the working class there is hope and that the power for change resides only in them and no one else.
      In your comment to my previous post you ask, who exactly is the working class? It is roughly 73% ( and shrinking ) of the population in this country. The poor who make up about 11% ( and growing fast ) shows that in this country alone 84% is dominated by the finance capital of the 2% ( and Growing faster ) of the ruling class and the 14% ( ditto ) of the ruling class wannabe’s in the upper middle class, the very class the Democratic Party appeals to. You also mention that when Marx was speaking about the working class he had something else in mind, but you fail to mention what that is. As for a tightly structured vanguard. Yes, that is what is needed, as I mentioned in my previous post. If the working class can be successful in wrestling power away from the ruling class it will take a well organized vanguard with a 24/7 vigilance to never turn our backs for a second on the sharks and their remoras looking to return us to this immense and socially malignant inequality of the present.

  17. H.L. Mencken: “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents… the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    Written 100 years ago this quote sums up US politics perfectly.

    The US is entering the last years of their imperium because:

    a courtier class responsible only to oligarchs has replaced genuine leadership and
    public participation;
    US allies and the rest of the world can’t distinguish the US from odious adversary as
    the US looks and acts like the worst kind of dictator;
    American adversaries now look like soft beds of reason, restraint, and stability;
    an immense US military is incapable of winning the smallest wars, or even retaining
    the allegiance of its junior officers;
    praetorian guards are created loyal only to money and cruelty (BORTAC – US
    Marshals – Blackwater – DynCorp – Executive Outcomes – Sandline International);
    the economy is used like a casino to enrich the unworthy;
    children are used to punish immigrant families fleeing US imperial savagery in their
    own countries;
    the most recent generations are the worst educated since 1776 as science, schools,
    libraries, an independent press, and dissenting voices are crushed by corporate
    design;
    resurgent bigotry is aided by brutally stupid police and a corrupt justice system; ruthless violence is blessed by empty prayers and Hollywood blockbusters;
    smug disdain is displayed for any issue that doesn’t touch their own families, or their
    favourite sport;
    vast numbers of citizens parade their ignorance around like they have just married a
    supermodel.

    These are all signs of a society about to collapse with only a minor environmental disaster needed to start the landslide, out of the ecosystem armageddon certain to come.

    Americans have been lying to themselves for decades, if not centuries, so the logical conclusion has them electing proudly ignorant, bare-faced liars like Obama, Trump, the Shrubs, and Nixon. The world can no longer pretend US citizens know anything about the world, their own best interests, or the best interests of their longest allies and best friends. Americans can’t be expected to defend democracy, expand human rights, maintain an incorruptible rule of ‘law’, or manage the most important part of world’s economy.

    H. Rap Brown: “Violence is a part of America’s culture. It is as American as cherry pie. Americans taught the black people to be violent. We will use that violence to rid ourselves of oppression if necessary. We will be free, by any means necessary.”

    America has never been a democracy as the Constitution was designed to ignore everyone but rich, white males. US society has always been defined by greed, legal theft, racism, genocides, and lynch mobs. US citizens are so criminally witless they won’t support human rights by getting down on one knee; they would rather get down on both knees and beg for social media.

    George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”

    This Andrew Bacevich article is an impressive summary of the social ills Trump displays:

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/04/08/all-his-endless-lies-trump-has-exposed-some-important-truths

    Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

  18. which fascist created this map?—the only 2 democratic left wing governments Bolivia and Venezuela are depicted according to CIA propaganda distortions—the same with other nations the CIA improperly depicts—another SP low

  19. People naturally ask, what do we do now? The sad truth is, it’s almost impossible to reverse four decades of the rape and pillaging of the middle class. I am lucky enough that I can retire overseas where I have some family and health care is guaranteed and the cost of living is ridiculously low. For those patriots that decide to make it here, God bless you all and good luck.

  20. recent studies find fewer than 20% americans believe govt “moving in right direction”….senile Joe possesses approval of fewer than 40% morons in USA….recent studies find 85+% Chinese approve of govt policies direction, in Russia Putin now enjoys 81% approval….flake blakwoods CIA map farcical

  21. Checked your links. These do not reflect the text.(71%), free pre-K+(71%), stopping voter suppression (71%), and more gun control (70%).

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