Monday, March 19, 2012

Class warfare

I was trying to come up with a subject and realize that I really didn’t have anything new. I mean if I think about nothing has really changed and I am growing tired of sounding like an old nag.

Yet some things need to be brought out. We need to be reminded. We need to be NAGGED. We just have to be careful as individuals to not allow us to become acceptance of the status-quo.

So with that in mind let me start with this President Obama has been accused of trying to start a class war. That the democrats are trying to drive a wedge between the have and have-nots. Well that was done a long time ago. We just have been ignoring it.

The first shot of this class war began under Ronald Regan who systemically began to dismantle the power of the Unions beginning with the Air Traffic Controllers Union. This followed by a media campaign to make the Unions look like a bunch of over paid selfish louts runned by the Mafia.

Was there Mafia or organize crime in the Unions? Of course just as there are in the finical sector. Where there is money to be made these highly motivated well organized folks will be trying to stick their fingers into the pie.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the Unions are the reason that the Middle class was so strong for so long. Because the common working man had a voice.

This voice of the working class was champion first by the Democrats and it was understood that this symbiotic relationship between the Democrats and unions was a good thing and it was despite the greed of certain members from both the union and democratic officials.

Then the war on the Unions began in 1980 combined with the Democrats support of the Free trade acts began the slow dismantle of our manufacturing sector with the shipping of factories off to third world countries beginning with  the Maquiladora plants that lined the Mexico/Us Border starting in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The is that these factories that were shipped off to Mexico to India to China were the backbone of the bulk of what was considered the middle class. The wages they received were good because the Unions were there to demand their share of the wealth that these working men and women created. Now these men and women who made up the blue/white collar middle class are now scrambling to make a living with low paying jobs in the service industry.  

It is time for the working class folks to get their head out of the sand and realize that these neo-Nazis-Tea Party-John Birch Society- Republicans as well as the blue dog democrats are not the friend of the working man. That the rhetoric being tossed about is total BS. It is time to remind the elites and uber-rich that we are the reason that they have the wealth they have and that they need to share it if they want it to continue.

I say support the 99ers’ yes but support Union rebuilding even more. It took us 34 years to get in the condition we are in now and it goes without saying it will only get worse if we don’t step up and strike a blow for the common man. How can you strike a blow you might ask?

Well a couple of steps would be.

·         Buy American where you can inculuding buying local vs. Wal-mart.

·         Continued support of the 99er’s they are the beginning not the end.

·         If you have a Union in your plant or job join even if it is weak you as a member can make it stronger by you membership.

·         Vote. Yes vote for the individual who not only talks the talk but walks the walks as well. If they don’t the boot them out.

·         Change in government policy begins only when it has become a common policy among the people and law only legitimatize the changes. (ie. Pot becomes legal when the overwhelming acceptance of its use causes ignoring of pot laws) On its’ own governments never act to change the status-quo until change has become the status-quo.

So enough of my standing on a apple crate preaching. Do an act of civil disobedience each day. It is good for your mental health.


Shop time has been on my power chair repair. But I am hoping that I can begin work on a few small projects soon as well as setting up my second well honestly forth hand pickup truck. In the mean time I well keep trying to dismantle the power chair so that I can remove the left front wheel strut so I can take it down and have it straighten.

Willam Gibson’s book “Distrust That Flavor”: a collection of essays both previously printed and new material proved to be overall pretty good. But realize dear reader I like essays and particularly on the creative process. I particularly like the commentary on futurist and the mis-guided ideal that SF writers write about the future. Well I don’t want to be a spoiler but understand it isn’t everyone’s’ cup of tea. On a scale of 5 with 5 being the highest recommendation I would give it a 4 on readability an 3.5 on content.

I’ve as a result of reading WG book I have ordered from Amazon Spook Country and Zero History and awaiting their delivery.

There is a new movie coming out that I have on my radar called “Prometheus” that the trailers have appealed to me.

I also can’t begin to comment on the season conclusion of “the Walking Dead” without being a spoiler but wow.

Grandson’s and I have had a Tremors movie night and they were just as fun this time around particularly with the young ones.

Enough for now.


  1. I enjoy it when your preaching from the atop the apple crate---an excellent sermon on what we can do...
    I am also awaiting Ridley Scott's new film but it will be a long time till DVD....thanks for the review of Gibson's book---

  2. Thanks Warren for your encouragement. Hope the review helps.