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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 06:27 AM
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"The Battle for the American Soul Is over and Jay Leno Won" - Joe Bageant
Blistering, blistering column.

A month or so ago I watched news footage of some fat guy being interviewed inside his the three car garage of his $300,000 cardboard house. The poor fellow was about to lose his bass boat, and maybe his home too. From the looks of it, I'd say the bass boat was a Ranger X520. Now these babies start at $45K, not to mention the $30K for the four wheel drive usually seen pulling. Looked like it was sitting on a 20-plus foot Hurricane boat trailer, another $4K or $5K. My wife, who was watching the show with me, turned and said, "What class is this man supposed to be in?"

"I don't know, they say middle class."

"Hmmm. Whatever it is, we've never been members."

.....


If you have watched any old mob movies, you know that any racket needs a front. In America the front is called democracy. Like the term populism, the people have no idea what democracy really is, but has something to do with the free market capitalism that issues forth such things as bass boats. And it certainly it has to do with every citizen having a small piece in the determination of national matters. Clearly untrue as that is, nevertheless it is one helluva a sales point, revered by the proles and not to be fucked with if you are to maintain the illusion of the consent of the people among the people. The front.

So the people are given such narrow electoral choices as not to even be real choices, but packaged in somewhat different wrappers -- such as skin color. Or if a president and Congress can see a clear path in rolling over the dimwits out there, the dimwits are given no choice at all. Such as going to war against Iraq.


http://www.alternet.org/story/145307/the_battle_for_the...
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 06:39 AM
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1. Banter over DEM or GOP politics is anesthesia for the masses
Both sides are screwing over the American Middle Class
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