It seems that Brother Bernie has got all those folks who profited handsomely from this bullshit model we call Reaganomics thinking that it’s time to overdrive the propaganda machine into overload.
Ain’t it just a mite curious that we’ve got politricksters and pundits trying to tell us that Americans are not a people with innate revolutionary instincts and that all great social progress has come to us by way of incremental concessions won by politicians? It’s as if they’re telling us to forget our history.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was not an incremental thing. It was divisive, and it wasn’t politically feasible. The civil rights movement made so much noise that the media couldn’t ignore it any more, and when the nation got a look at what was going on they forced the politicians to act. Hillary Clinton knows this. Every American who was alive then knows this.
The New Deal was not really an incremental thing. It was an ongoing project, to be sure, but that First 100 Days was a busy time for FDR’s administration. He had to steamroll over the obstructionist Republicans (and some Democrats) in Congress with the weight of the populist movement that elected him, and then had to stare down the Supreme Court in what could have become a constitutional crisis. Everyone who’s graduated from high school since knows this, too, so surely Hillary Clinton knows it.
I could go on, but if the point’s not made then I’m incapable of making it.
If you lived as an American while those things were happening or were educated in America after they happened, you already know that everything I just wrote about the New Deal and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is true. You might not know of the extreme violence the capitalist industrialists and the governments they’d corrupted used to suppress the labor movement for several decades before the New Deal, but surely Hillary Clinton does. That violence used to suppress the movements for labor and civil rights was the establishment response to just plain old everyday people standing squarely over their own two feet and saying enough is enough, we will be abused and exploited no longer. And the violence did not deter those courageous people, who fought on and eventually won.
Hillary Clinton knows that we are a people of innate revolutionary urges and that we can be counted upon to get uppity when it’s well past time to get uppity. We’ve got a long history of it. Her problem is that her wealth and power come from a system we don’t like very much right now, and her wealthy benefactors who control that system are getting very nervous. So Hillary doesn’t want us getting uppity.
Which is just another way of saying that she wants to keep us down. That seems reason enough to wait a while longer before electing our first female president.