"There's class warfare, all right, but it's my class, the rich class, that's making war, and we're winning." – Warren Buffet
Plutarch wrote of Rome, “The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread in the law courts and to the army and finally, when even the sword became enslaved by the power of gold, the republic was subjected to the rule of emperors.”
Thomas Jefferson was very concerned about what he observed as “consolidation” of power in the Federal system at the expense of States Rights. His concern accelerated in the 1820’s. He openly discussed the need for revolution at some point to counter this trend toward despotism.
And as a recent headline in the Columbia Journalism Review put it: “The line between democracy and a darker social order is thinner than you think.”
So what do MiLords* scream when you confront them with rising inequality, unbalanced press coverage of obvious financial manipulations of commodities and currency, and the indisputable rape of the middle class in America? CLASS WARFARE! They trot out that phrase as though it condemns anyone with a brain to be cast into a pit with other rabid socialists. Like name calling, it totally misses the point and distracts us from the real issues.
Before we go any further, let’s distinguish between the merely rich and the MiLords running the Deep State** made up of 'Banksters,' 'Corporatists,' and political lackeys running Defense, Security and Regulatory Agencies. (I am intentionally excluding Congress as they are no more than hired guns in this power scheme. It is conceivable that most of them don’t even fully understand the game) The merely rich are simply scrambling to reap the spoils of the war on the middle class, and like Congress often don’t really understand that they too are pawns in the game.
So it is the job of MiLords to break down the regulatory system, promote discord in the halls of government as a useful distraction, manipulate commodities markets, exploit the banking system by controlling the Federal Reserve, control the message by co-opting the media and buy enough politicians to keep messy laws from getting in the way. And I almost forgot, to scream "Class Warfare" when anyone tries to expose what is really going on.
It is almost funny that MiLords accuse the current puppet in office (full disclosure, I voted for him twice), of being a Socialist when he has presided over the largest expansion ever of a 100 year old Ponzi Scheme and has allowed the Fed to ship gold to China at an artificially low price to keep the game going a few more years. Except it is not funny. It is tragic. And there are too many ignorant people in this country who are duped by such distractions.
It is also interesting that the puppet in power in 2000, who signed away the last legal barrier to unbridled Fascism (yes, I voted for him twice as well) is still well regarded by many who decry the Republican conspiracy to dumb us down into abject slavery. But you see Hillary, the heir apparent, is also a good friend of Goldman Sachs, and that my friend pretty much says it all. (Would she have divorced Bill and Goldman Sachs... well she didn't)
Now don’t misunderstand my point here. I am not forgiving President Cheney (oops did I forget the vice?) for setting the demolition charges in Building 7 and the Twin Towers to set up some very tasty contracts for Halliburton and friends. I am not suggesting that the Plutocrat Romney would have reined in the Fed had he been more successful at buying the office he sought. I am saying that MiLords don’t really care all that much about who holds the nominal office of President. They like turmoil and I really don’t think they will tolerate a Republican sweep in 2016. A divided government will suit their purposes just fine thank you very much.
No, I suspect they will smile as they allow the first woman President in history to take office and struggle with the chaotic aftermath of the collapse of the US Dollar. (How motherly it will be to have a comforting voice in the White House to help the very bitter medicine to go down) After all, how can there be Class Warfare when there was a black Muslim President born in Kenya, followed by a woman wearing the mantle of that great Democrat who was the last President to balance the budget?
But what would happen if the burgeoning lower class and the declining middle class joined forces and declared war on the Deep State? Not with the intent to send all rich people to the guillotine, but rather as a force behind a revolution shaped by Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela? Not in the name of Communism or Socialism or even Populism, but simply as a way of saying we have had enough and we are not as stupid as you think?
Elizabeth Warren are you up for the task? Or is it important that you get in line behind the Goldman Sachs puppet?
More importantly are We The People in any way shape or form ready to say enough is enough?
* MiLords are defined in previous posts: MiLords Are Not United and Are MiLords Stupid?
** Deep State is featured in the post The Big Reset, Jubilee or Armageddon?