Monday, October 10, 2011

Krugman’s Army

That’s right -- army. I can feel it. Something is up. I think non-right-wing America is finally getting it. I certainly hope so. As usual, Krugman helps crystalize my thoughts.

Panic of the Plutocrats

”What’s going on here? The answer, surely, is that Wall Street’s Masters of the Universe realize, deep down, how morally indefensible their position is. They’re not John Galt; they’re not even Steve Jobs. They’re people who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.”

There’s much more in the editorial. Take the time to read it.

Pictures and videos are very powerful things. I knew when the video of the girls being maced came out that it was going to stick in America’s collective memory. We knew something was wrong -- and it wasn’t the ones that were being harmed that had done something wrong.

If we were right-wing radicals we’d all be screaming about the Constitution right now.

”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

But the Left doesn’t think of that as a right guaranteed by the Constitution, we think of it as a human right -- the right of all people.

Instead of getting all long-winded and everything, I’ll use two pictures to make my point. One is from Krugman’s blog. It’s indicative of the type of people protesting on Wall Street -- despite what a lot of our media would have you believe.

I don’t know of too many homeless or lazy people that graph aggregate demand (even if they did make an error.)

This next one is one you’ve seen before. Right here on this blog.

Remember this guy? He showed up outside a rally President Obama was attending in Arizona. With an AR-15 and a pistol. With the clip in the rifle where you can’t tell if it’s loaded or not. Remember?

You might want to ask yourself why girls shouting on a New York street are being maced but a guy toting an assault rifle outside a Presidential event is being lionized. I bet you know the answer in your heart already.

If you need some help putting what you know into words, I’d suggest you read Krugman.

”The way to understand all of this is to realize that it’s part of a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.”

You might even want to join the “army”.

Don Brown
October 10, 2011

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