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President Obama is being crucified for advocating a “Redistribution of wealth in America,” being branded as a Communist because he believes there’s enough to go-around...

“It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it”Am I, you, we, the lilliputians of America, those of us who rake-in anywhere from say $30,000 to around $55,000 a year, those who’re forced, coerced by economic realities to rob Peter to pay Paul, drive cars manufactured in the previous century, slip-on the wool sweater come fall so we don’t have to pay the local energy cartel three hundred bucks a month to keep the cave comfy, and those of us who regularly meander through the discounted meat and breads at our neighborhood supermarket, are we naively to conclude there’s no need, no argument which President Obama can level concerning the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is under assault?

Wait, and are we, the vulgar and objectionable commoners supposed to accept that the outcome is not “fixed?”

Yes, we are.

Are we to conclude that men like Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and their polished n’ primed peers, attained their massive fortunes via hard work? Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett-like rugged individualism at play, right?


The belief amongst the 98% of us who get up and go to work everyday - a significant slice of the Fat Cats are individuals who were given what they’ve got - bottom line, and if it wasn’t “given” to them, then their climb to the top, wasn’t from the basement, but rather they reached the 125th floor after starting half-way up on the 53rd floor.

Or perhaps this nation’s royalty represent the “natural ascension” of those preordained for richness, something along the lines of The “Divine Right of Kings.” Aristocracy, Blue-Bloods, the innate nobility, the natural order of all things.

Men like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich are Horatio Alger. “Rags to Riches Stories” allegedly come-to-life before our very eyes: Individuals who pulled themselves up from nothing. 

See, this is the problem, the vast, overwhelming majority of everyday Americans simply don’t believe that Richie Rich company-line.

Instead we see them as sophisticated parasites.

We’re pitted against all odds and obstacles.

Look, if we quickly break-down the socio/economic stratification of America, it’s overtly apparent there are a few givens at play here despite who’s in the Oval Office. The “Investor Class,” those with disposable income, regardless of how their personal moo-lah was amassed, long-ago abandoned this notion of American Patriotism by betraying the somewhat mythical, somewhat fabricated concept of the American Dream and who is entitled to it. 

Mr. Webster defines the ever-elusive/evasive dream as; “a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility achieved through hard work. James Truslow Adams defined it as; “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

The indisputable cornerstones of the American Dream is a job, a gig, a breadwinner job, and all which comes along with it, the opportunities/options it affords a family - the ability to give your kids a warm place to lay their heads, three hot meals, a solid education, a chance to leave the reservation, see the country, broaden their horizons, soar to new heights. And this vehicle was strategically and deliberately snatched away from the rank n’ file US citizens by multinational Aristocrats and the individuals longing to be rich, the Investor Class.

It really does not take a nuclear physicist to determine who’ll succeed and who’ll struggle to merely survive.

And let’s keep-in-mind the obesely-wealthy of this country, “the haves,” who have, for eternity, opposed just about any form of a social safety-net: Social Security, Medicare, any n’ almost all forms of Aid To Dependent Children, veteran or student aid, as-well-as being highly hostile towards any “organization” within the ranks of the working class resulting in worker solidarity, which means the advancement of labor laws, while additionally despising an educated middle-class which logically ask for a drink of the water from the well they helped dig, a middle class which questions the obvious monopoly on power America’s elites have manufactured by any ruthless, cutthroat means they deem necessary

Something is wrong. The game-of-life in America is “rigged,” the outcome, “fixed,” the “winners” and “losers” are, more or less highly predictable. So much so it really does not take a nuclear physicist to determine who’ll succeed and who’ll struggle to merely survive, forget thrive.

Race, gender, the economic class one is born into, all those elements matter, with White men of privileged appearing to somehow garner all the perks and favors US society has to offer.

Let me be both sharp n’ blunt; this slice of the American Apple Pie one can argue, when compared n’ contrasted with the rest of the US population, they’re born with a titanium spoon in their mouth, while there are those, the rest of us, who’re born into harms way - our collective/individual struggle to middle-class status is one where we’re pitted against all odds and obstacles, many of which are barriers which are, for lack of a better term, man-made.

What magnifies and intensifies the matter of this “calculated attack” on the working class is obvious and non-debatable, as-are the efforts to undermine if not eradicate any cohesive efforts to obtain higher pay and better benefits. “Class Warfare” is the only applicable term which fits the times we are a’livin’ in...

The top-tier of the US, financially speaking, the “establishment” has long-tried to declare poor people, working class folks as economic arsonists, inclined to child-like envy and jealously, fostering a desire in destroying capitalism, and transforming the nation into a Commie/Pinko/Marxist/leftist state

I’d beg to differ. 

Instead, I believe most people see the landscape, the world as the late labor activist, Mary Elizabeth Lease:

You may call me an anarchist, a socialist, or a communist, I care not, but I hold to the theory that if one man has not enough to eat three times a day and another man has $25,000,000, that last man has something that belongs to the First.”

Is this not the “problem” which plagues the United States Of America?

We see them as sophisticated parasites.

There’s just no way, no way the current economic situation can be defined as a “fair and balanced” distribution of resources, be that money, education, information. The elites, via their formation / organization of “Corporate America,” have an exclusive control over power, and they’re unwilling to share power with workers, and unwilling to allow open access to the vital tools required to attain the American Dream.

A more fairer, equitable redistribution of opportunity would result in a more fairer and equitable distribution of all types and forms of wealth, from money to physical health to peace of mind 

George Carlin famously wrote the joke “it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” That thought fit no better then than it does today. Columnist, Desi Cortez, was hatched in the heart of Dixie, circa 1961, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the by-product of four dynamic individuals, Raised in South-Central LA, the 213, at age 14 transplanted to the base of the Rockies, Denver. Still a Mile-Hi. Sat at the feet of scholars for many, many moons, emerging with a desire and direction… if not a sheep-skin. Meandered thru life; gone a-lot places, done a-lot of things, raised a man-cub into a good, strong man, produced a beautiful baby-girl with my lover/woman/soul-mate… aired my mind on the airwaves and wrote some stuff along the way. Click here to contact Mr. Cortez.

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Sept 27, 2012 - Issue 487
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