The Peasants Are Revolting

by: Mike Lux

Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 12:45

The elites in the Washington establishment are used to ignoring what poor and working class Americans want from their government. What people want is pretty simple:

- In health care, it’s protection from insurance company price gauging, mistreatment, and abuse, some real choices in the kinds of plans they can sign up, and the security of knowing they will always be covered.

- In terms of the economy, they want more jobs, better jobs, and the knowledge that a few humongus banks placing bets on everything won’t destroy the entire economic system again.

- Those of us who believe what 95% plus of scientists say want the government to do something to keep climate change from being massively destructive to the earth.

- Those of us who think immigrants out to be treated like human beings would like an immigration reform bill that makes the system we have more fair and rational.

This is some pretty basic stuff, and people are getting pretty angry that none of it is getting done. 5,000 people showed up at an insurance executives meeting on Tuesday to tell insurers what they think. On March 21, tens of thousands more are going to be here in DC marching in the streets to tell Obama and Congress that we need immigration reform. Thousands of protesters will be marching on Wall Street in April and DC (K street) in May to protest the big bankers control over our economy and our political system.

People are tired of excuses, and are no longer patient with the lack of progress. When I talk to regular people around the country, they are all beginning to say the same things: If the filibuster is the problem, then change the Senate rules. If the conservative Democrats are the problem, twist their arms or we’ll run primaries against them. If the banks are the problem, break them apart. If the lobbyists are the problem, we’ll take to the streets and sit in at their offices.

The American people are not peasants. But they are getting treated like peasants, and their anger is growing. The Republicans don’t care: they don’t believe poor people and working class people deserve any help. A lot of Democrats do care, but they need to deliver the goods, one way or another. It’s good to see them take that attitude on health care and now, apparently, on student loans. Now we need to seem them to do the same thing on the other big issues in front of them.

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Boy, you said it! they stink on ice! (0.00 / 0)

REID: Voting against us was never part of our arrangement!
SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

great minds think a like (4.00 / 1)
that was my first thought when I saw this post.

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Good post! (0.00 / 0)
I like the way you broke it down to the basics - what we the people want, and what we the people will do to get it. Now if only the msm would cover this - instead the of junk they broadcast  ad nauseum - I would feel even more hopeful than I usually do :)

who notices? (0.00 / 0)
do, say, Senators or Senate staff really notice marches and protests?

or do they only notice TV news about marches and protests?

it seems like we have a fair test case here: the Tea Parties in reality were not all that large but, thanks to Fox and Friends, they were huge on TV. i think that it's safe to say that they were at least noticed in DC.

dirty hippie protests, on the other hand, can be huge in reality, but they'll never get more than glancing coverage on TV because they're so eww. so let's see how that goes.

not everything worth doing is profitable. not everything profitable is worth doing.

I Wonder (4.00 / 2)
What would happen if 5,000 people sat in at all the major media outlets in NY and/or DC? Shut them down, period? No one gets in or out for maybe an hour or two? Do you think the media would cover that sort of event? Non-violent, of course, but take the problem directly to the source. Shove the problem right into the face of the journalists and their editors.

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ha! (0.00 / 0)
i like that. yeah i think that might get on the air a bit.

not everything worth doing is profitable. not everything profitable is worth doing.

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ha! (0.00 / 0)
i like that. yeah i think that might get on the air a bit.

not everything worth doing is profitable. not everything profitable is worth doing.

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Except this isn't really about a "lack of progress." (0.00 / 0)
Re-appointing Ben Bernanke to the Fed and the Goldman, Sachs, CitiGroup & Ilk crowd to run the Administration's economic policy isn't "not accomplishing something." Same with taking single payer and the public option "off the table" while cutting back room deals with PhRMA and AHIP.

Democrats aren't lazy or incompetent; they are actively and aggressively moving in the other direction.


Dems/Repubs (0.00 / 0)
Doesn't matter, the solution is still hitting the streets and expressing your anger.  The way it's always been, the way it will always be.  Mike and the other 5000 people who showed up today should be commended on a job well done- it really doesn't matter if it was against Republicans or Democrats.  It was primarily for and about the people of the USA and that's good news.

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I saw the video from the march today (0.00 / 0)
Really good stuff, I'm glad it went so well.  Would love to see this covered on the news tonight, but not holding my breath.  Great job Mike.

All show and no go. (4.00 / 2)
This group of so called Democrats talk a good game and do nothing.   People are pissed, and they will take it out on them in November.  

I think you're conflating (0.00 / 0)
what you support with what you think the working poor want. The poor want decent quality health care that's cheap. They want jobs. They basically don't care about climate change; they're just trying to survive day to day. And they don't want immigration reform if it's going to take away their jobs.

Which working poor? (0.00 / 0)
I suspect the poor in the US who are immigrants are not worried about immigrants taking their jobs.  I doubt most of the children or grandchildren of immigrants from Mexico and the rest of the South are concerned about that either.

And while some (or even most) of the rest may be concerned about immigration reform taking away their jobs, we ought to respond by pointing out that the problem is having a vast underclass here and abroad that weakens the position of workers and helps shift wealth upward.  Protecting the rights of all American workers, regardless of citizenship and immigration status, will improve the lot of workers in general - whereas a policy geared towards punishing some of those workers will undermine the position of workers in general.

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

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