Saturday, July 23, 2011
Not So Secret Republican Master Plan
I have turned over this blog post to small businessman Kristan Overstreet. Here is his thoughts on the Republican plan for the Masters.
Gary Permalink on 7/23/2011
The Republican Master Plan
And here I'm going to descend into a bit of conspiracy theory, but I'm not identifying any Sekrit Masters or Grand Protocols or anything like that. I posted this as a reply to someone's post, and it was long enough and fits my current political thinking enough that I thought I'd better post it here too.
* The Republicans want to privatize and/or abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, and unemployment assistance- to force the poor to "take responsibility for themselves," i. e. accept horrible jobs with terrible work conditions and low pay. The poor would be left wholly dependent on wealthy employers.
* At the same time, the Republicans want to abolish the minimum wage and repeal child labor and overtime laws- making those horrible jobs more dangerous, lower paying, and longer hours.
* The Republicans have largely succeeded in shutting off the civil court system of justice to workers complaining of being harassed, abused, or exploited- and, through their version of "tort reform," they are on the way to ensuring that punishment for even the most obviously illegal and abusive violations of law is minimal.
* The Republicans seek to repeal all government workplace regulation, food safety regulation, and environmental regulation- so the rich can pollute, poison, and exploit the working classes to their heart's content.
* The Republicans seek to cap taxation at such a low point as to either require all regulatory and law enforcement agencies to be abolished, or to destroy the government entirely under its own debts- thus leaving the poor at the mercy of those with enough money and power to take care of their own security.
* The Republicans seek to repeal the 17th Amendment and make Senators appointed by state legislatures again- returning America to a period when one house of Congress was selected by a tiny elite of political bosses.
* The Republicans seek further, more extreme sanctions against all those who cannot demonstrate their citizenship on demand - thus creating a permanent underclass too frightened to stand up for their human rights, and thus infinitely exploitable.
* The Republicans seek nonsensical and extreme laws punishing sexuality, credos, religions, speech and press, and other social issues- creating a system in which it becomes a practical impossibility to NOT break a law, and thus be vulnerable to extortion by those who control law enforcement.
* And, through it all, the Republicans insist on vastly oversized, overpowerful military establishments for the indefinite future, regardless of any actual international threats or the best means of responding to same.
Taken all together, the Republican end goal is a feudal state ruled by a tiny wealthy elite, in which the vast majority have no voice, no power, and no defense. Destroying the economy is only one step towards that goal- and from a Republican point of view, a very useful and desirable step, as the resources of the poor will dry up long before the super-wealthy's hoard..
And the sad thing is, not only are most Democrats doing little or nothing to stop this, some- including our president- are helping ADVANCE parts of this agenda in the name of "compromise" and "good government."
WE NEED SOMETHING ELSE.
Wow. Too many points to comment on in one note. I would like to ask, however, if you realize that the poor are dependent on the wealthy either way. If not on their employers, then on government programs, which derive their operating budgets from taxes on the wealthy. The relevant question then becomes: which system leaves them more dependent? One where various wealthy elites compete in a free market (or at least something approaching it) or where a single, centralized state controlled by a different sort of elite (true democracy is just as fictional as a true free market) runs everything?
It is amazing how current conservative philosophy is that the wealthy elites create all jobs, whether private or government. That would have been unheard of 30 years ago except as a philosophy of feudalism or fascism.
Very well said, but the missing piece is 'why?'. My thought has always been this: following the social upheavals of the 60s that recognized the inherent rights of women minorities and gays, conservative leaders mobilized in secret to stop social change from making their way of life obsolete. It began with Nixon's dirty tricks-fueled election in '68, but it really didn't kick into high gear until Reagan was elected. Each decade since 1968 has seen progress for the RMP, in spite of 3 Democrats being elected President. I don't see them as complete accomplices so much as having to try to make progress in an increasingly toxic political environment. Think 'Hunger Games' when imagining what the RMP ultimately wants.Post a Comment