British political philosopher John Stuart Mill once opined that he wasn’t calling all Conservatives stupid it was just that most stupid people were Conservative. Melissa Blackstone of Tea Party Nation, yesterday seemed to prove that Mill knew what he was talking about. Yesterday in a Newsmax interview she called on American small business to stop hiring, so that the economic problems would get much worse and Obama could be defeated next year.
I remember all the howls from these same Right Wingers of economic terrorism when SEIU organizer Stephen Lerner suggested that one way Americans could take power back from Wall Street was a mortgage strike where everyone withheld loan payments to the banks to force them to renegotiate many of the fraudulent and illegal loans they were foreclosing on, using illegal means to foreclose on people’s homes to expedite the process.
As Glenn Beck and others raged about economic terrorism in Lerner’s case, somehow the irony of demanding that the economy be crashed by business refusing to hire does not seem to dawn on Ms. Blackstone in her interview yesterday. Rep. Alan West (R-Fla.) has made similar radical statements so it isn’t just the more extreme elements of the Tea Party that are at fault here either.
One can only envision that now Herman Cain is going to have to abandon his line about if you are unemployed blame yourself, because the unemployed will now have every right to blame the Tea Party if business refuses to hire. But the Republicans find some new reason every week to prove that their moral values are about as ethically challenged and immoral as you can get. The next debate will undoubtedly provide yet another moral outrage as if cheering death and booing an American soldier fighting to defend this nation because he is Gay or trying to destroy America’s prosperity for partisan purposes isn’t more than enough.
The reasoning for this Ayn Randesque demand for a modified version of going John Galt is laughably nebulous. According to Ms. Blackstone the Obama adminstration, “progressive Socialists” in Congress, Hollywood and the Liberal media ( which must mean all three of them, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Shultz and Rachel Maddow) are in cahoots to support Occupy Wall Street in a plot to redistribute wealth, as if tax breaks for the Rich didn’t redistribute millions of dollars to the 1%. Here once again Ms. Blackstone functions by the Right Wing news adage why let something as mundane as the truth get in the way of an intentional lie and a political smear, when she states Occupy is made up of a series of groups that go together about as well as gasolene and matches. She lumps, Communists, Marxists, Socialists, and White Supremacists and the American Nazi Party as the power behind the Occupy Movement.
While we know that the Right Wing definition of a Socialist or Communist is really anyone who refuses to accept a corporate dictatorship in the workplace and won’t willingly work for sharecroppers wages, it is laughable for anyone to even assert White Supremacists and Nazi’s would be caught dead with the diverse population that is in the Occupy Movement. The unreported aspect of this Movement is how diverse the group is and how many are not fans of either party. There is even talk of a July 4, 2012 meeting to create their own Independent political movement. To those in politics like Melissa Blackstone who still believe in the political version of the world is flat, Liberal or Conservative, Right or left they can’t concieve that we have left that political reality behind.
The only thing you can really say about Occupy is that we the 99% want solutions and a reconstruction of a functional sustainable American nation not political talking points. We aren’t even ideological but I suspect there are people who believe many different things. This is a large and very diverse nation. But maybe what this is really all about is the fear on the Right of no longer being in control. But then democracy was always about, “We the People” not the virtue of selfishness.
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