Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If You're're living your American Dream

It's sad that many Republicans don't realize the truth of what their party has done to the American dream for the middle class. Mesmerized and hypnotized by Rush Limbaugh and FOX "news" (Rupert Murdoch), they continue to vote against their own interests. They remain loyal to a Party that is dedicated to doing away with them, their families, their homes, and their most cherished dreams -- and yet they still continue to vote for the representatives who are being paid off by lobbyists for BIG BUSINESS. BIG BUSINESS pays no taxes. GE, EXXON Mobil, Chevron, Citigroup, Bank of America -- None of them pay any taxes. They let the dying middle class shoulder the load, while they rake in billions, taking advantage of off-shore tax havens. They continue to take jobs away from Americans and invest in cheap labor overseas. Oh, but your average Republican voter doesn't pay any attention to that -- they still believe the Cheneys and Bushes who tell them, "Be patient and it will trickle down to you" and who convince them the big, bad unions are to blame if it doesn't trickle down fast enough, or at all. And these voters, in the face of all contrary evidence, believe that. What can you do when people refuse to open their eyes and blindly continue to support the very forces that are tearing down our government and our way of life? The following article tells the truth about what is happening, but the average Republican voter will pay little or no attention to it. Fueled by Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter and the like, they have their own vision of how things should be (but aren't) -- and no amount of actual fact will get in the way of their beliefs. There is no way to get through to these voters. And so we will all go down together. One reader's comment is included at the end of the article -- it's a good one, making the point that we're all in this together, and the short-term gains of the rich will eventually lead them to disaster along with the rest of us.
A short excerpt from it:

Exxon, BA, Chevron, Citigroup, etc.? Yes, they're greedy, miserly, psychotic, amoral and immoral. But more than anything else, they're stupid. They have benefited themselves and ruined us for short term gains; for the long run, they've killed themselves and the rest of us equally. They sought to squeeze out every drop of a dying global economy from the very earth that makes it die, giving no thought to how they are going to live on a planet deprived of resources and favorable climates and ecosystems.

You know, they CAN drink bottled water. But what is really telling is that they can't breathe bottled air. And they can't protect themselves from the cancers in it. These people are incredibly stupid, driven so much for the almighty buck (let's call it what it REALLY is: the almighty billion buck) that they...ACTUALLY VIEW THE MELTING OF THE ARCTIC SNOW CAP AS AN F-ING OPPORTUNITY TO DRILL FOR OIL UNDER THE NOW SUDDENLY ACCESSIBLE SEAS.

By William Rivers Pitt

EXCERPT: If you are wealthy, you are living in the Golden Age of your American Dream, and it's a damned fine time to be alive. The two major political parties are working hammer and tong to bless you and keep you. The laws are being rewritten - often by fiat, and in defiance of court orders - to strengthen the walls separating you and your wealth from the motley masses. Your stock portfolio, mostly made by and for oil and war, continues to swell. Your banks and Wall Street shops destroyed the economy for everyone except you, and not only did they get away with it, they were handed a vast dollop of taxpayer cash as a bonus prize.

The little people probably crack you up when you bother to think about them. Their version of the American Dream is a ragged blanket too short to cover them, but they still buy into it, and that's the secret of your strength in the end. So many of them walk into the voting booths and solemnly vote against their own best interests, and for yours, because the American Dream makes them think they, too, will be rich someday. They won't - you've made sure of that - but so long as they keep believing it, your money will continue to roll in.

The Citizens United Supreme Court decision swept away the last tattered shreds of the fa├žade of fairness in politics and electioneering, and now you own the whole store. You can use your vast financial resources to lie on a national level now, lie with your bare face hanging out, because it works. You're not the bad guy in America. Teachers, cops, firefighters, union members and public-sector employees are the bad guys, the reason for all our economic woes. NPR and Planned Parenthood are the bad guys. You did that, and when governors like Scott Walker rampage through worker's rights on your dime, you chuckle into your sleeve and enjoy your interest rate.