We commonly point to Reagan as a sort of ideological jumping off point for the destruction of the Middle Class but the seeds of the demise were sown in the McCarthy Era. This is when University academicians and intellectuals, artists and others were persecuted for having dissenting opinions. Many of them were labeled Communists or Socialists and to that today you can add Liberal and Progressive and before than Witches and Heretics who were burned at the stake. Today’s so called Leftists are nothing but Limosine Liberals who talk a bland rhetoric of moderation in the face of evidence that the Right is extreme and Totalitarian if not just out and out Fascists. This was the insanity of the Sanity Rally. Civility is past working as the violence of the past election should have instructed you. Violence awaits anyone who dares dissent.
The Bush memoirs if those who have critiqued it are correct is a rare glimpse into the Totalitarian mind set. The Right has a thing for control whether it is in the classrooms or controlling the economy or the behavior of others. The only thing today’s Right Wing Totalitarian doesn’t want controlled is their ability to use any means at their disposal to take wealth away from everyone else.
One of the main aspects of controlling what dissent involves has been to silence any political ideas that do not whole heartedly endorse the sort of greed driven free market Capitalism that is destroying America and may be destabilziing the world. The destruction of the U.S Middle Class might be descibed as Class Warfare and the solution should be for the Middle Class to organize. But to date the only Middle Class organization that has taken place has been a Corporate sponsored Tea party movement that espouses the very things that are destroying the Middle Class.
Critical analysis of the facts has been replaced by the uncritcal acceptance of the babbling of idiots who pass off unsubstantiated rumor all the way to absolute out and out lies from Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity. this would be bad enough but the parading around and bragging about being,” Ditto Heads ” has given a sense of cachet to stupidity backed up by militant ignorance and the refusal to question anything from certain sources while questioning others and denying their truths even when the Fox News version of truth has been proven to be a lie. There is almost the sense that in the Right Wing world a real man doesn’t think and that thinking and careful deliberation is for sissies.
This need to control ideas is no clearer than in America’s classrooms where certain subjects will never be found in the standardized tests. Canned curriculum, banning creative thinking, and getting rid of teachers who teach critical thinking has also had a dampening effect on anyone critiquing the destruction of our nation as well.
The truth the authorities promote is fear. We’ll keep you from teaching, or getting a good job, you will do as we say or else can not control minds only behavior. Resistence movements the World over have come to the realiztion that Right Wingers can control the body but your spirit and your soul never. Marx correctly described what the goal of Cpitalism is and what happens under it. Unions did give the Middle Class power and that is the real reason the Rich hate them. It is time to resist the turning of America into a mind numbing self destructive Global Capitalist serfdom. Time to just say no to being made a mindless serf.