There’s peace…………….but I’m not happy about it.
The war on America’s poor and working class is over. Reagan’s seemingly endless 40 year quagmire which destroyed our public schools, public housing, public education and public healthcare systems is over, and we lost.
To the victor goes the spoils and now the looting begins.
America hit the debt ceiling this week, which means that the rich, who won, won’t lower it by raising taxes on themselves. Instead, they will cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or anything else that comforts their enemy -- the poor and working class.
We have been defeated, and there’s no Marshall Plan.
Fifty six percent of us can’t come up with $1,000 to cover an emergency expense.
Forty three percent of American adults don’t have health insurance, or if they have it, can’t afford to use it.
Somewhere between nine and forty five million Americans have unsafe tap water.
The average American spends one third of their paycheck on rent. Factor in clothing, food, and transportation and that leaves absolutely nothing for retirement, college, or a bargain matinee.
Disneyland, emergency car repairs, and our teeth—such is the stuff of which crippling debt is made of.
And there’s nobody to call. The people slaughtering us own the police, the hospitals, the lawyers, and the government.
It is complete and total annilhation.
And, all CNN or MSNBC is allowed to talk about is how George Santos keeps denying he was a drag queen.
The enemy won. All that’s left for us are scraps.
It is complete and utter destruction. Because the term “class warfare from above” has been excised from our vocabulary, nobody can articulate or even understand what hit them.
At least the Japanese and Germans knew there had been a war and who defeated them, but not the American poor or working class.
All we know is that we are wounded and dying. Nobody will say who attacked us.
We are forbidden from pointing upwards and saying you! You did this to me!
And so, we’re insane, for it is truly madness to do as we’re told and blame this misery on ourselves.
We didn’t start the war, the richest one percent did, and they won.
But now it’s time to start a new war……………. a war we win.
We don’t have to resort to violence. All we do is take control of our government and tax these billionaires out of existence.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy.
It starts with changing the conversation.
When the rich want us to talk about the “Real Housewives,” we talk about the real homeless.
When the rich want us to talk about Critical Race Theory, we talk about the fact that the minimum wage is still stuck at $7.25 an hour.
When the rich want us to talk about transgender children using the wrong bathrooms, we talk about the half a trillion dollars a year for-profit healthcare companies suck out of our economy making Americans sicker than any other industrialized nation in the world.
When the rich want us to talk about street crime, we talk about Amazon, Microsoft and Apple refusing to pay taxes.
We can win, by realizing the rich have colonized our minds. They control what we are angry about, making sure that we’re never angry at them over what they’ve stolen from us.
We can win this war by no longer fighting among ourselves over what the rich want us fighting about.
We win by fighting for affordable and healthy food, affordable housing, free and affordable education.
We win by agreeing that health insurance and fossil fuel companies are evil and must be put out of business.
Let me repeat…
We win by agreeing that any conversation that isn’t about putting health insurance and fossil fuel companies out of business is a conversation not worth having.
We win by agreeing that everything is noise except talking about grabbing control of our government and taxing these murderous billionaires out of existence.
You have a government, now go and take it.
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I tweeted out your reflection— always nice to bring it back to class warfare Marx would be proud and so would Mother Jones.
Thank you for telling it like it really is.... very well put, and true.
We are so distracted by what the media offers up to us (most media anyway, excluding a lot of independent media like Common Dreams and others like them), they just don't mention what they don't want you to think about. I don't click on stories that are junk/unimportant-- I feel I am voting with my clicks for what I want. Computers of all types are like any other tool- can be used for good, or bad... Americans are being socialized to being fairly immune to bad news, because we hear it constantly-- though I don't think anyone feels immune to bad news that affects them directly, for sure.