I Know It’s Hard To Believe, But There Is More At Stake Than Defending Paula Deen, What KimYe Named Their Baby Or The Weekend Box Office.

Not even the never-ending battles for control of oil, precious metals and human cargo is new news. 1984-style monitoring was a) already predicted b) ongoing across several previous administrations (it’s a major plot point on The Americans and their timeline is the 1980’s). When we discussed the perils of making a martyr out of a criminal, I warned of the future blow-back where the plight of an actual innocent would be sullied.

Nope, while you were sleeping some vested interests enemies are steadily challenging or chipping away at hard-fought power balances. The Voting Rights Act is being “adjusted” before our eyes. The Supreme Court left Section 5 standing, but now Congress will be allowed to update the formula determining which states need pre-clearance.  States with a history of discrimination are required to obtain approval prior to making any changes to voting laws in their jurisdictions. While it isn’t 1965 there were a record number of voter intimidation and suppression cases during the 2012 election cycle.

On another note, Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) was tossed and the Court refused to hear Prop 8 at all. You know the aftermath of Prop 8 will go down in infamy. From an activist Mormon church with tax-exempt status spending millions to sway politics in another state, to the tiniest percentage of voters being blamed revealing the true lack of solidarity coming on the heels of a historic Presidential election, the repercussions are still being felt.

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If The Tea Party Realized Their Enemy Is The Greedy Elite We’d Have A Real Revolution

What would certain members of the white elite and political manipulators do if working class and poor whites figured out they were being played? Those Tea Party members might reconsider how easily they’re being manipulated into racially scapegoating others and recognize it’s a class battle they need to be organizing against. The Southern Strategy aka “Operation Scare White People” has been such an oft-used ploy to get them to work against their interests I wonder how can so many be led down a very familiar path time and time again?

Meanwhile Kevin Drum, as stated in his Mother Jones article, The Fate Of The Tea Parties suggests that the Tea Party is a fad stating —

We’ve seen similar conservative movements flower like clockwork during previous Democratic administrations, and they always burn themselves out after a few years. The tea party movement has ascended faster than its ancestors, partly because of lousy economic conditions and partly because of the power of modern media, and my guess is that their fall will be equally swift when it comes.

— I’m not as certain as he purports to be of their pending fade to obscurity. The damage left in their wake often lasts far beyond the sputtered agendas only to be reignited again. In this case the economic indicators may be far worse than what we are being led to believe as the more “radical” forecasters have been warning of a major collapse since 2005-2006 and a permanent shift where mere recovery won’t bring back the removal of a big chunk of the infrastructure.

In fact, The Institute For Policy Studies has published their latest annual Executive Excess report  http://www.ips-dc.org/reports/executive_excess_2010 showing the spike in profit margins for CEOs of companies who get rid of large swaths of their employees. It pays to fire people!

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