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Is the US on the verge of class warfare?

Is the US on the verge of class warfare? Or in the thick of it? Check out this excerpt from an excellent Blog for Arizona article by the AZ Blue Meanie.

Mr. President, America does not negotiate with hostage takers and extortionists

I have come to the conclusion that all the news reporting and commentary on the Obama-McConnell tax compromise is ignoring the (GOP) elephant in the room. It is all sound and fury to obscure the central issue of our time with which this country has yet to come to grips: a major political party is waging an insurgency war against America. As I have said before:

Republicans are engaged in a class war against the rest of America. This is an insurrection by the wealthy elites against 98% of their fellow American citizens… Republican insurrectionists are holding our government hostage in bad faith for purposes of extortion.

President Obama acknowledged the criminality of Republicans during his press conference on Tuesday:

“I’ve said before that I felt that the middle class tax cuts were being held hostage to the high end tax cuts. I think it’s tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed. Then, people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case the hostage was the American people and I was not willing to see them get harmed.”

It is not enough for you to recognize the criminality, Mr. President. You must confront it. America does not pay ransom to hostage takers and extortionists. To do so only encourages more hostage taking and more extortionary ransom demands to be paid. Americans will not support any president who accedes to the demands of hostage takers and extortionists. Just ask Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan’s Iran-Contra “arms for hostages” co-conspirators.

This is why so many Americans across the ideological spectrum from the liberal left to the far-right Tea Party were so furious over the bailout of the banksters of Wall Street. These gangsters who turned Wall Street into a criminal syndicate of casino capitalism threatened to destroy the world’s financial system and economy if they were not rescued by the U.S. government. The government paid the ransom and thus rewarded their criminally irresponsible behavior in the interest of preventing collateral damage to the gangsters’ “hostages,” the American taxpayer, who ultimately are paying their own ransom.

These banksters of Wall Street took their taxpayer funded government ransom money and paid themselves excessive bonuses for a “job well done,” while millions of American taxpayers suffered the consequences of the banksters’ criminally irresponsible behavior by losing their jobs and their homes, and then getting stuck with the bill.

These gangsters were not satisfied with this ransom. Oh no, they wanted more. They next took our political process hostage with the help of a conservative activist U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC. Millionaires and billionaires, who will never have to disclose their identity, bought themselves a Congress for Christmas to ensure they will have a compliant Congress that will keep paying their extortionary ransom demands. America’s media conglomerates profited handsomely from all the political advertising. I am sure that the millionaire news anchors of America’s cable and network television stations will all receive a healthy end-of-year bonus as well.

And now it has come to this. The hostage takers are back again making yet another extortionary demand for ransom: tax cuts for the “two percenters” and a sweetheart deal on the estate tax for the über-rich. “Give us what we demand or we will kill any tax benefits for America’s middle class, and we will kill our hostages, America’s unemployed.” President Obama is acceding to the extortionary demands of these hostage takers to save the lives of their hostages. While his humanity and compassion are laudable, it is also misplaced.

By acceding to the hostage takers’ extortionary demands now, it will only encourage more hostage taking and more extortionary ransom demands in the future. These gangsters will take America’s most vulnerable and elderly populations hostage next, and demand that the president and the Congress turn over to them the social security and Medicare trust funds. Like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas took the very last crumb, these gangsters want to steal the very last dime of economic security from America’s middle class. They want it all.

Mr. President, you have a constitutional duty to defend this country against all enemies both foreign and domestic. This insurrection, essentially a civil war grounded upon a class war by the wealthy elite against 98% of their fellow American citizens, invokes that constitutional duty to defend the Constitution and to preserve our long-cherished American principles and values.

President Abraham Lincoln was similarly confronted with a civil war over two competing economic theories, one economic theory grounded upon liberal capitalism, and the other economic theory grounded upon the brutality of slavery. By the time Lincoln took office, 11 insurrectionist Southern states had seceded from the Union and threatened war against the United States if Lincoln did not accede to their extortionary demands.

Lincoln most certainly did not want to see the insurrectionists’ “hostages,” the American people, harmed.

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15 comments on “Is the US on the verge of class warfare?

  1. recovering progressive
    December 8, 2010

    “Is the US on the verge of class warfare?”

    You wish, you communist whore.  Progressives like you are fast becming irrelevant as the light of Truth sanitizes your lies from the national landscape.

    But if you want war, bring it.  But think about who owns all the guns in this country.  In arizona arson, like the kind your anarchist brethern commit, is one of those crimes deadly force can be used to stop. Good luck!


    • newshound
      December 8, 2010

      It’s your thinking and others like you that are what is wrong with this society today.  You are clearly an intolerant and hate-filled person.


    • Scott Miller
      December 8, 2010

      In addition to the hate and intolerance he thinks class warfare is the GI Joe kind.  That would be hilarious if it wasn’t so depressing.


    • Jim Hannley
      December 9, 2010

      Your fear is palpable.


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  4. Sam
    December 8, 2010

    Bet those obama lovers feel stupid now…all those poor minorities on welfare voted him in, and he gives a tax break to the rich class ONLY. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Take the sticker off your car idiot and wake up!


  5. Coda
    December 8, 2010

    Ummmm…not a welfare recipient, quite the opposite. Voted for Obama. Repeat: NOT a welfare recipient (really? is this the best you can do? figure that over 50% <voters> of the people in the U.S. are on welfare and that’s the only reason he’s President? Oh-so-wrong.)

    I believe that what he is doing is trying to work a compromise that doesn’t hurt the middle class and strugglers in this nation. I also don’t agree with the compromise, but understand the long view. This is a 2-year extension, not a 10-year. It helps those who make $250k or less (the overwhelming majority of the wage earners in this country) and yes, it does benefit the high-wage earners temporarily.

    Compromise. It’s the sign of a strong marriage. And what else is the presidency but the marriage of a people and its leader? I’m disappointed, yes. But I try to look at it from all sides. Yet to pass the Senate, so not a done deal.

    The Presidency is not a job for wussies. What would you do if you were in his shoes and had access to all the knowledge that he has? Security issues, economic issues – all the things we don’t know the reality of – it’s humbling.


  6. fraser007
    December 8, 2010

    Nice article. You sure opened a nice can of worms. You throw Marxist terms around and this is what you get. Hope you enjoy the fallout. You and your kind deserve it.


    • Scott Miller
      December 8, 2010

      Oh you were doing so good! And using “Marxist” added a dash of 7th grade sophistication. But then you gave it all away at the end. It’s ok, in about 10,000 years you’ll catch up. As I’ve said, evolution is a big slow thing and some are further behind than others.


    • leftfield
      December 8, 2010

      The term “middle class” is an American creation, intended to obscure class difference and ameliorate class antagonism.  It is a fiction that uses income to determine class membership.  In those “Marxist terms”, there is no middle class.  In general, classes are defined whether they control the means of production or whether they work for those who control the means of production, regardless of income.  Those controlling the means of production are the bourgeoisie.  Those working for the bourgeosie are the working class or proletariat.  There are some sub-groups: the petit bourgeoisie are your doctors, lawyers, shop owners, etc.  The lumpen proletariat would be your homeless types, your starving artists and bohemians, etc. 

      What I don’t understand is why it is so important for reactionaries to deny the existence of class in the US; why they get upset, as fraser does, at the very mention of class in the US. 


  7. Jennifer
    December 8, 2010

    The Middle class has been at warfare of hostage take overs since the 1930’s far from being on the verge of one.. Why people forget their history when pointing fingers I will never understand, though you really do not deserve the negative responses that you received! I am sure that most of them are all christians, being an athiest I will tell you you have the right to your opinion..


    • Jim Hannley
      December 9, 2010

      The Middle class has been at warfare of hostage take overs since the 1930′s far from being on the verge of one.. That is the only comment I would make to improve Pam’s article. I think the class conflict is heating up; the brutality, ruthlessness and lack of patriotism of the finance oligarchy is becoming quite transparent. For the good of the nation we have to face the fight, admit the sharp opposing class interests we have and assert our rightful control.


  8. Cruz
    December 9, 2010

    Pam needs to go back to smoking the peace pipe..


  9. sexy lingerie
    December 10, 2010

    For the good of the nation we have to face the fight, admit the sharp opposing class interests we have and assert our rightful control.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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