Sunday, July 25, 2010

SHIRLEY SHERROD IS RIGHT. IT IS MORE ABOUT CLASS THAN RACE



UPDATED 2:12PM, AUGUST 15, 2010: See todays Hightower 's Shirley Sherrod article HERE:

 

ALSO UPDATED LINKS AND YVES SMITH VIDEO AT THE END OF THIS POST

 

You ever notice that … When a certain class of people engage in a certain behavior it is okay, while it is not okay if another class of people engage in the same behavior? For instance, if powerful or affluent people engage in the behavior it’s not so bad, or even bad at all; however, if the "not powerful" or non affluent people engage in the same behavior it is wrong. Remember that whole BillO’Reilly speech about the pregnancy of the daughter of Sarah Palin (a power, affluent conservative) beinga family issue (even though she was not married) while just weeks or months earlier he defamed girls (who were not affluent or powerful, [or were from a different political party]) for the same behavior.

 

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The affluent and powerful have even created a different setof rules for the haves and have-nots. The pharmaceutical industry is an example of this difference. For instance, as long as you have a prescription for an addictive drug and/or a behavior/or mind altering drug it’s just fine and dandy; however, if you buy addictive and/or mind altering drugs “off the street” you must be punished (perhaps even imprisoned for a very long time). Both kinds of drugs have the potential to do all kinds of harm; however there is no punishment for buying with a prescription, but there is punishment for buying “off the street”.

 

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Look, this is all about money and power … it’s okay for the affluent to do it, or do it to get richer or stay rich. Militarycontractors get away with murder; GoldmanSachs gets slappedwith a fine for engaging in tactics [very questionable legalfinancial schemes] that caused some people to lose their home and savings and perhaps their life or their health as a consequence of losing their savings.

 

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Different set of rules for the affluent and powerful. They are above the law. I’ll say it again, …. They are above the law. Every now and then one of them gets sacrificed for their cause; however, you ever notice how these people won't pay much of a price, or won’t serve much time; or when they get out of prison they are welcomed back into the fold and even rewarded. Hell, the Mafia did this all the time. They’ll tell the *"sacrificial lamb” to “do the time” and we’ll take care of your family and/or reward you when you get out; or (Mr. sacrificial lamb) "takethe bullet" and we’ll take really good care of your family.

 

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I don’t have to give you example after example because you know it’s true. They even know you know it’s true … it’s the reason why they constantly distract you. It's the reason they get you fighting over age, and race and gender and religion and ethnicity. They know these are hot button issues; but they exaggerate and define these issues … Hell, some issues they even dream up (Obamacare [specifically a standard “living will”] will kill grandma). There are numerous conservative blogs with this "Obamacare will kill grandma and Americans" crap. These conservatives won't tell you that the "good ole" health insurance companies deny you treatment every day, and give your personal and medical information to the MedicalInformation Bureau (MIB) for other health and life insurance company members to see. We certainly know these same health insurance companies denycoverage based on pre-existing conditions. Health insurance companies have real life and death policies. The game of the affluent and powerful is to distract you with lies and misinformation.

 

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To hell with the truth. The (Haves) super rich and powerful and affluent willeven go to war to protect their way of life. They will even offer up some of their own children, ... but we all know what "class" the vast majority of the children (who will pay the price) will come from.

 

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They don’t want to level the playing field … (their mission) just distract these insignificant people with their misery and have them point their fingers at each other …. Hook them on frivolous and dangerous things while they go about the business of amassing and keeping money and power no matter what the cost to the planet, or the environment or your life. They have no shame … no shame. They will murder, lie, rob, cheat and steal … whatever it takes to maintain their lifestyle and their seat at the” head of the table”.

 

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ShirleySherrod said it … this is more about "class" than race. It’s about the Haves and Have-nots.She told the truth and we know it, and that’s why Shirley Sherrod will be dissected by the Haves and even some of the Have-nots for speaking the truth. We’ve already seen some of the have-nots in the Tea Party (and among some conservatives) vilify her (and distort her message) for telling the truth. Some have-nots would rather stay in denial and hate their own class, than do something about pushing the have-nots up, or leveling the playing field.

 

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Some of the Have-nots have "sold out" because they think they will be rewarded by the "Haves"; and indeed some of them have been rewarded by the Haves. My dear friends, there are Judases everywhere … those (people) who are “bought and paid for” by the super rich, affluent and powerful. They are promised a small piece of the pie if they protect their way of life.

 

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YVES SMITH ON THE WASHINGTON JOURNAL 8/7/2010/ READ YVES SMITH'S EXCELLENT BLOG - NAKEDCAPITALISM


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VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED AT: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/294958-5

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RACERELATIONS IN THE USA - CSPAN JULY 25, 2010 (link corrected

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Max Keiser: NSA, CIA and Secret America -Alex Jones Tv 1/6

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5 comments:

Clevelands Secret Club said...

Got the following story from Alternet:

called "Inside Top Secret America"

"A major investigation reveals the extent of America's vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.
August 28, 2010 |

In July, the Washington Post published the Top Secret America project -- a sweeping portrait of America’s heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment. Lead reporter Dana Priest calls it the “vast and hidden apparatus of the war on terror.”

Priest, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes, described the project as the most challenging investigation of her career. She teamed up with national security journalist William Arkin and a team of about 20 Post staffers to create an “alternative geography” of a hidden world that has exploded since the attacks of 9/11. At last count, the official U.S. intelligence budget stood at $75 billion -- more than two and a half times what it was on September 10, 2001.

The remarkable three-part series (I, II, III) and its intricate multimedia Web site attracted some initial praise, but just as quickly seemed to drop off the map. This article is an attempt to revisit some of the Priest and Arkin’s most shocking discoveries."

Read the full story at:

http://www.alternet.org/story/148007/inside_top_secret_america

Anonymous said...

Fox Calls for Repeal of the 20th Century — 13 Achievements Conservatives Would Roll Back

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/09/08/fox-calls-for-repeal-of-20th-century-13-achievements-conservatives-would-roll-back/

Elaine said...

**********You absolutely must read this:
"Why the U.S. Has Launched a New Financial World War -- and How the Rest of the World Will Fight Back"

http://www.alternet.org/story/148481/why_the_u.s._has_launched_a_new_financial_world_war_--_and_how_the_rest_of_the_world_will_fight_back_

Clevelands Secret Club said...

If this doesn't shake you up, I don't know what else will.

"America's Poor: Where Poverty Is Rising In America (INFOGRAPHIC)"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/18/americas-poor-a-regional-look_n_766852.html

BiPolObsessed said...

An article posted on Alternet is a must read:

"As the Country Falls Apart, It's Time for Our Revolution" by Ted Rall

http://www.alternet.org/story/148796/as_the_country_falls_apart%2C_it%27s_time_for_our_revolution