Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Yes, Mitt, it is Dangerous

Mitt Romney, speaking of the demonstrations going on in New York, said something to the effect that “This Class warfare is dangerous.” Billionaire Mayor of New York, Bloomberg, said “We must help the banks.” Herman Cain said he believes these demonstrations are actually being planned by President Obama to take our attention away from his failed policies. Fox news and others have claimed these demonstrations are basically just a bunch of young people with nothing else to do and with nothing really in mind. I have also read that some on Wall Street are drinking champagne and mocking the demonstrators.

I wonder how they feel now that the demonstrations have grown dramatically, show no signs of letting up, and are now going on the some 50 cities all across the United States. Tomorrow there is to be another large demonstration in Washington, D.C. What began as a small number of not very well organized mostly young people has grown to include labor unions, teachers, nurses, and thousands of others, and, if I heard it correctly, even some Congress people. So I say, Yes, Mitt, it is dangerous, and potentially even more dangerous than you “One Percenters” apparently realize. It turns out the demonstrators do have demands that are becoming much more clearly articulated and all around a common theme, take back our country from the control of corporations and the wealthy, give us jobs, and we are fed up with the current situation where one percent of the population controls most of the wealth and is obviously trying to destroy the 99% of us who are required to work for a living. Warren Buffet and some of the French billionaires seem to have been alone so far in recognizing the danger. What do you think is going to happen if these now rather massive demonstrations fail to produce any results? What happens when the frustration and anger grows even more intense? We are fond of claiming of the U.S. that “It can’t happen here.” Don’t bet on it.” It appears to me this is now a serious business, serious indeed. If the demonstrators don’t give up soon, they certainly can’t all be arrested, especially by police forces, many of which seem to be on their side, and it is doubtful they will be silenced by further false promises. I assume this means trouble, big trouble. So sip your champagne, bask in your wealth, and pretend it will all just blow over, maybe offer to raise the minimum wage ten cents an hour. Remember “You reap what you sow.”

Could it really have come as a surprise to anyone that Sarah Palin is not going to run for President? This has been obvious to most of us for a long time. You do have to give her credit for being one of the greatest “teasers” on record, and certainly one of the all time greatest con artists who has managed to convert her 15 minutes of undeserved fame into a fortune. She probably won’t disappear from the scene because the MSM will still focus on her every nonsensical statement at least for some time, but eventually she won’t even be a footnote in history.

So, it appears the Republicans are going to have to support Romney for President in spite of their kicking and screaming. Perry, I believe, must be finished, Bachmann is certainly finished, and Herman Cain may enjoy a few moments of attention but he will certainly not get the nomination. The others remain basically nothing but a bunch of losers that never had a chance to begin with and it is extremely unlikely any of them can now prevail. So it will be Obama versus Romney with probably a more than a billion dollar race about to begin. Some are claiming a real difference this time between two competing philosophies of government. I think not so much but there are some practical differences worth considering, not the least of which is making the filthy rich and the corporations pay their fair share. In my opinion they should be made to pay far more than that as they more often than not did in the recent past. In any case, now that the battle lines are drawn let’s see who will prevail. I could easily vote against Obama, and would certainly never vote for Romney (or any Republican), but we are confronted with the usual unpleasant choice the powers that be have given us.

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

Paul Valery

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