This was all I could think about watching Gohmert eulogize Breitbart.
So, I’ll just leave this here.
It’s really very simple. As long as we’re talking about Republicans, Libertarians, Obama, Democrats, et al., we’re not addressing people. In a society cultivated from a principle that insists working together achieves greater freedom and happiness, it behooves us to act on behalf of people who have little or no representation.
Whenever we talk about free markets, we’re actually talking about regulation. When we talk about Federalism, we’re talking about regulation. Libertarianism is regulation, too. That’s the stupidity of American Libertarians. Turns out they’re as coercive as it gets: they’ve long ago figured out that their pet concept, the free market, has to be legislated. It needs a warrant because there’s nothing natural in capitalism.
Moreover, the political discourse focused on individual politicians and their parties is a tactic that permits us, as a nation, to excuse our ignorance about the plight of real individuals, families and communities across the United States, and around the world. More people are concerned about Anthony Weiner’s reputation and Andrew Breitbart’s alcohol-feuled, manic vendettas, for example, than direct action in local communities.
How do I know this? Because voters elected politicians who have the nerve to make it more difficult for poor people, students and minorities to vote. And it’s now pretty much illegal for workers to strike and collectively bargain in many regions across the US. The electorate is white power and capitalist mad. The white, male, ownership class is once again the enshrined ideal for a diverse population that has never, quite frankly, had access to such status.
Where’s one politician—well, besides Bernie Sanders—who’s out there speaking out about this? Not one. They are, every one of them, careerists and apologists. I’m still fuming over the criticism of Cornel West’s righteous rebuke of President Obama’s work. It’s as good a sign as any lately that media is organized for the benefit of the wealthy elite, their corporations and the politicians who, whether they intend to or not, end up working for them.
We all know the truth about white male privilege. Even now, white men are the most insulated group in society.
The legend of the persecuted white guy (and his girlfriends) exists even in Korea, where white guys love to write I Hate Korea blogs because Koreans don’t privilege white people by default. Of course, the white power structure is in full effect here, where white skin and good English with good education translates into lots of money. And Koreans know it and some, not all mind you and nowhere near close to all, resent it. White people are massively privileged in Korea.
Imagine what would happen in the US, if our government began using tax revenue to bring Spanish native speakers from Mexico into public elementary, junior and high school classrooms and paid those with graduate degrees more than many of the citizens who teach at those school, paid for their flights, paid for much of their housing, paid for their medical care, paid for their pleasure, paid for their pensions, and when they left gave them nice bonuses. Imagine what would happen then. Andrew Breitbart would have some problems with it, for sure.
White people hate unpackaging privilege and thinking about it. Talk to a libertarian about privilege and you’ll see where I’m coming from. Bring up white power structure with many liberals and you’ll get a fight.
The Tea Party: They’re mad as hell and their not letting Andrew Breitbart take it any more for them.
What’s hilarious about a guy like Andrew Breitbart is his fans. Nobody with a brain and an ounce of now-how would permit a douchebag like Breitbart to scream meaningless, hateful, paranoid shit at his opponents and on their behalf. WTF, Tea Party!? A bunch of clowns. And their rallies get smaller and smaller. Still full of old people, apparently.
You first, buddy.
When you watch the news about the
tea bagger rally labor protest in Wisconsin, remember that things always sound better when you get the audio from the soundboard.
When you’re in the crowd, reality is often less kind than media represents. Leave it to the Tea Party to claim victory when they’ve only become further marginalized. Andrew Breitbart sure can polish a white power turd, can’t he.