In an earlier post, I referenced the Sinclair Lewis novel: “It Can’t Happen Here”, – see wiki:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Can%27t_Happen_Here.
In 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, and 2004, the persons who became President had the interests of the wealthiest Americans – not the majority – as an agenda, supported by three major theories: the anti-middle class supply side economics; the anti-welfare system illegitmacy epidemic; and the anti-public education suppossed crisis in public education – all have turned out to have been hoaxes . (“Up From Conservatism”, by Michael Lind). It should be emphasized that during the brief respite of the Clinton administration – in which taxes were raised slightly on the highest incomes, and 21 million new jobs were created – those positive results were not in the headlines.
1980 might be excused, as it was not then completely clear what the agenda would be, but the rest cannot . As to the issue of the honesty of the 2000 and 2004 elections, at least 53-57% of voters should have rejected the Republican candidate, which would have made the election very difficult to steal.
The untruths propogated by the Bush 43 administration to justify the invasion of Iraq are another example of mass deception, as was the attempt to destroy Social Security, which failed, and the near criminalization of popular issues, such as access to safe, legal abortions.
How have the wealthiest several percent succeeded in controlling the vast majority?
o By clever framing of the issues, e.g. ‘pro-life’, ‘war on terror’
o By the creation of an enemy – ‘terrorists’
o By getting out their voters with wedge issues (abortion, race)
o With the help of a supportive corporate media
How did we turn the tide in 2008?
o The neocons helped us by hurting the economy and the infrastructue, and their pursuit of the troubled adventure in Iraq
o We choose a charismatic, intelligent, empathetic candidate with wide appeal, who overcame a non-traditional background to get more votes than any other candidate in US history.
o We identified concerns of the majority, and got them out to vote
How can we avoid future disasters?
o Remain vigilant
o Reveal history
o Resolve the problems which are the most important to the greatest number of people
o Reject the false messages of biased media sources.