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(7,830 posts)
Sun Jan 4, 2015, 10:09 PM Jan 2015

Distrust fuels populist movement

Distrust fuels populist movement

The Washington political classes do not understand you.

If you are a Democrat, they assume you're a pure progressive. They take for granted that you consider climate change a religion, think immigration should be a free pass for everyone, support entry-level people jumping past entry-level pay, think fairness is an entitlement provided by government through executive order, and believe socialized health care is the greatest achievement this country has accomplished.

If you are a Republican, they assume that you carry a gun every time you walk out the door, that you hate women, gays, blacks and Hispanics, and that you regularly attend tea party meetings to plot how to overthrow the government.

If you are a libertarian, they think you smoke pot — and that is about all they've got on you.

If you're an independent, you basically are a pain in their egos because you mess up their “conventional wisdom” or “smart takes” and make it harder and harder to accurately predict elections from their environmentally friendly “green” offices and coffeehouses in the District of Columbia and New York City.

In short, they believe too much of their own writing and social-media quips; they are so disconnected from normal Americans' lives that they fail to understand who we are, so they go with self-created stereotypes instead.

Here's the thing: No one is as black-and-white in their views as divisional politics have tried to pigeonhole us as being. In fact, Americans are pretty solidly center-right on fiscal and military issues and pretty moderate on social issues.

Blacks and whites are tired of Washington media pushing stories that white people are inherently racist (as if they're children and can't help themselves) along with the equally false narrative that all blacks are angry at all white people.

Across the political divide, people are tired of how they are portrayed in the media.

All Main Street Democrats are not Occupy Wall Street hippies, after all.

And, once and for all, the authentic tea party movement — before that movement was co-opted by political circus barkers trying to make a buck off folks' fears by running unprepared, unqualified wealthy candidates, or by politicians looking to make themselves more visible on cable TV — ended in November 2010. There is no king or queen of the tea party movement; you cannot crown a leader of something that does not exist anymore.

But a movement is out there. Populism is alive and humming across America...

...Based on the distrust that movement's followers have for Washington and its media, it is incredibly unclear how this will all play out. And anyone who tells you differently is lying.

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(31,493 posts)
1. The sentiment of OWS is not gone by any means. IMO it is getting stronger...
Sun Jan 4, 2015, 10:27 PM
Jan 2015

as more and more realize that our Democracy is dead ...killed by the oligarchy. Zombie voters is all that remains. The US government is a Mafia with its protection racket for the rich. Revolt and or revolution is the only way to take back the government ...and that is not going to happen. We're fucked!


(7,830 posts)
2. The article doesn't say OWS is gone.
Sun Jan 4, 2015, 10:35 PM
Jan 2015

It says the original Tea Party doesn't exist anymore...

It says we're all tired of media slapping on labels & DC generalizing. And how a populist movement is forming.

We're only fucked if we give up trying(peacefully.). I refuse to do that.



(31,493 posts)
4. We must attack the oligarchy ...they are the enemy of Democracy.
Sun Jan 4, 2015, 11:54 PM
Jan 2015

If you vote for anyone who is backed by the oligarchy then you are voting against Democracy.



(68,644 posts)
3. K/R. Both parties use Madison Avenue marketing strategies: polls, focus groups, etc.
Sun Jan 4, 2015, 10:59 PM
Jan 2015

And these tend to dehumanize, categorize, generalize.

Then they pander in very strategic ways.

For Democratic voters, they use obfuscation coupled with "treats" which are shallow gestures:

"We'll decriminalize pot, pay no attention to that war over there."

Fiscally, neither party is particularly honest.



(31,493 posts)
5. The distractions that the parties fight over are just part of the entertainment for the Oligarchy.
Mon Jan 5, 2015, 12:03 AM
Jan 2015

They want to take over completely and destroy Democracy which IMO is on life support. Voting for any candidate that is able to win because they have the big money backing is voting against Democracy IMO. Restoration revolution is the only way Democracy can be restored. It IMO can't be restored by voting for people that the oligarchy picks for us to vote for.

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