Next Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 – just about one year before the Big Election – is a day for Florida’s Middle Class to begin mounting a major comeback.
There’s a surplus by now of indisputable facts, figures, charts and graphs, all documenting the decimation – not decline – of the Middle Class in Florida, and nationwide.
That’s a critically important difference, between decimation and decline.
It’s the difference between cause, and effect.
Decline is the effect, defined as “a deterioration in quality, strength, or degree, or a reduction in amount”.
No doubt, there has been a “reduction” in the amount of people and families able to hang in there as part of the Middle Class, and a “deterioration” in the strength of those who do – a deterioration of spending power and political clout, if not fighting spirit. No amount of fact-twisting or partisan spinning can dispute that painful truth, laid bare for all to see in stark human terms, all around us.
The cause of that decline, in a word, is decimation; defined as “the act, process, or result of destroying, removing or damaging a large proportion of something”.
In other words, a proud, hard-working, once-powerful Middle Class has fallen victim not to inevitable decline; but rather, to strategically calculated decimation by an Elite Class of Super-Rich individuals and corporations. These profits-over-people special interests flat-out purchased dominant control over public elections, policy formation, and lawmaking; which allowed them to exploit rigged tax codes and upside down economic policies in ways that tripled their already enormous wealth, while sapping the economic and political strength of the Middle Class.
Between the Middle and the Elite, there’s an ever-dwindling group of Upper Middle Class working professionals, people with higher levels of education and income who’ve hung in there pretty well despite the ravages of Recession in recent years – people who now need to understand that if they keep looking the other way and doing nothing while the Elite Class finishes decimating the Middle Class, they will be next in line for decimation.
“Below” the Middle, there’s an enormous Underclass of working poor, chronically unemployed and poverty-stricken people; people whom the Elite Class have shoved down the line of victimization, from decimation to degradation. The central remaining value of the Middle Class to the Elite is, in fact, as a taxpaying class that can cover the cost of caring for the degraded Underclass – so the Elite doesn’t have to.
And so, from we in the decimated Middle, to those a rung or two above us who are next in line for decimation, to those below us in the degraded Bottom…
We all have cause and reason to unite, to reverse and rewrite these rules of class warfare. We don’t necessarily need to Occupy. But we do have to unite and take targeted action to begin reclaiming control of our government, and economy.
Next Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 – an “Awake The State” day of collective, peaceful action and strategic planning occurring in every region of Florida – would be a good place to start.