WTH is happening to America?

WTH is happening to America?

Boston Boomer more or less asked this question on The Confluence blog in several different ways over the last few weeks. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein holds some answers and there’s my ancient text from a Sociology Class, “The Conquest of Society“, by Snell Putney with more reflections on the current state of chaos.

Both Klein’s book and Dr. Putney’s book mention the war on the middle class — not as the main theme but one of the underlying themes. It seems that throughout recorded history there has always been one class that wanted everything for themselves. Economics & Social Psychology & History hold some of the answers to our quest to understand the current upheavel happening in our lives.

DK the Economic Professor in residence also at the Confluence has extended her classroom out into the world of the Internet. It is well worth the time to read her posts which makes Economics accessible to anyone with common sense. I like economic theory but not the heavy-duty math that is required to understand some the high level forces that drive all the interconnected wheels of the economic buggy.

Cognitive Dissonance — we heard our middle class parents tell us that if we worked hard, followed the rules, saved our money, we too could have a comfortable retirement. So those who have been saving and planning for retirement are watching the bonus/parasite class more or less loot the US Treasury. The bonus class are the Goldman Sachs (and other Wall Street firms) who will lavish huge bonuses on their employees this month. These are the same companies who gambled and played long shots — sort of like they were at a casino or the horse races — and then they needed a bailout from the US Treasury (that would be the middle class tax payers).[The cognitive dissonance is — hey I’ve played by the rules, I don’t lie and cheat — but it is the greedy liars and cheaters who are the winners.]

So while the middle class is taking one hit after another — job losses, home foreclosures, health care insurance increases, savings and investments heading toward the basement, this bonus class is making out, well, like bandits.

At the same time — the middle class should be on the same team, but we are being divided by very cleaver politicians and their best buddies the media. The media sold a product called Obama — he had the magic they claimed to make everyone’s world wonderful. Just when we should be pulling together as a Nation to solve some major problems — like finding jobs for the close to 20% unemployed — this isn’t happening.

See what I do understand about economic, which really doesn’t take any math skills, just critical thinking, is that when a person works at a good job this person will PUT money back into the system and pay taxes. It seems so simple — put people to work. What new industry is on the verge of being THE technology which drives the economic engine? Where are the jobs to put people back to work, making a good and decent income to start paying back into the system? It is the middle class who will bring about any recovery — the innovative ideas come from us. The parasite class can only feed off of the golden goose (the middle class). Some species of parasites can adjust their feeding off of the host and not killing the host. Other parasite species kill their hosts by over feeding and the parasites die with their host. The greedy parasites manage to survive — with the first to feed and leave principle.

But we have another problem — apparently jobs created in America just happen to end up overseas where labor is cheaper. Then the argument by the bonus class is that the wages in the US need to DROP so that American workers can be competitive on the world-wide job market. BUT notice that the bonus class still wants their tens or hundreds of thousands of dollar bonuses at the end of this year. The bonus class doesn’t want to give up that bonus to someone overseas who might be smarter and greedier.

The purpose of the Shock Doctrine is to so disorient the middle class that they have NO ability to stand up against the looting of their country. And that’s what we are seeing the continuation of the looting started by GW Bush. Both parties are doing the looting. What the bonus class hasn’t looted, the Congress will loot with this so-called “Health Care” Insurance Bill. The final amount that families will have to pay for insurance sounds so unrealistic and bogus that it is hard to wrap our minds around the fact that we are being beat up by bullies and then we are told that the beating is for our own good.

America is made up of a lot of small businesses who depend on the middle class to stay afloat. When a huge percentage of income is predicted to be required to pay for health care insurance then, this leave less money for the middle class to spend. Cuts will have to be made to bear bone essentials. Food, shelter, transportation, clothes TAXES and HEALTH CARE INSURANCE.

The Gilded Age was a time when there were very very rich people who lived like Kings and Queens in America. I’ve visited the homes turned into museums of this wealthy class. I’ve also toured Palaces of the royalty in Europe — there isn’t a whole lot of difference in the opulence and the servants needed to run the homes of the ultra rich at the turn of the 19th Century.

It seems like we are having a rerun of the Gilded age of America  — will the middle class be forced into submission?

In the countries where the Shock Doctrine has been used a large percentage of the middle class dropped into the poverty classes. The gap between the rich and the poor looks like a repeat of the Gilded age (reference below).  Some historians tell us to find comparisons to our modern era with the Guilded age. Also this was when the doctrine of Manifest destiny came into Prominance — America’s Destiny to take ove the world.

The war speech that 0bama gave to West Point Cadets should have had “liberals” sceaming manifest destiny — but only one online blog caught 0bama’s underlying message:

Obama lives and breathes American Manifest Destiny – which means, as a non-white person, he is profoundly mentally unbalanced. But any lefty worth her/his salt should have known that. Obama’s yearly talks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the regional equivalent of the Council on Foreign Affairs, were models of imperial-speak, totally consistent with his West Point performance. Beginning years ago, he repeatedly declared that, as president, he would draw a line in the sands (or mountains) of Afghanistan – which is something only militarist, imperialist pigs draw in other people’s countries. He warned everyone that, under the Bin-Ladin-Might-Be-There Doctrine, he would refuse to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan. And he has ceaselessly lied about his actions and intentions in Iraq – a key qualification for the job of imperial U.S. president.

The above quote is taken from the blog called The Black Agenda Report article, Will the “Last Progressive for 0bama” please turn out the lights?

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Notes:

1.) Cognitive Dissonance:

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously. The “ideas” or “cognitions” in question may include attitudes and beliefs, the awareness of one’s behavior, and facts. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, or by justifying or rationalizing their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.[1] Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, by Leon Festinger.

2.) Gilded Age:

In American history, the Gilded Age refers to substantial growth in population in the United States and extravagant displays of wealth and excess of America’s upper-class during the post-Civil War and post-Reconstruction era, in the late 19th century (18651901). The term “Gilded Age” was coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their 1873 book, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.

read more here.

3.) MANIFEST DESTINY

The 19th-century political and philosophical belief that it was America’s divinely assigned mission to expand westward across the North American continent and to establish democratic and Protestant ideals was known as Manifest Destiny.

John O’Sullivan, a journalist, coined the phrase in a 1845 newspaper editorial about the annexation of Texas, in which he spoke of America’s “manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our multiplying millions.” The roots of the concept, however, can be traced to American and European writers of the colonial period and even earlier who professed the belief that the supplanting of the pagan practices of native peoples in the West was no less than an ordination from God. The term was used throughout the second half of the 19th century as justification for the United States acquisition of territory all the way to the Pacific Ocean and beyond, including Alaska and Hawaii.

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