The American middle class has been under nearly constant barrage from the radical right for three decades, starting with Reagan’s voodoo economics of the 1980s and intensifying under the hair-brained schemes of the Bush/Cheney reign.
Since the 2010 mid-term elections, the assault on the middle class has escalated beyond all reason to the point where our entire post-WWII standard of living may unhinge and collapse, thus signaling the death of the American way of life as we know it.
A strong and healthy middle class in the United States is what has set us apart from the rest of the planet. A middle class that gave the poor and needy a reasonable and attainable benchmark to strive toward. Each successive generation took steps upward on the ladder of social and economic progress.
Sadly, upon entering 2011, as other nations like India and Brazil continue to expand their sizeable middle class, the radical right puppets of the corporate aristocracy have seized upon an opportunity to yank this ladder of upward mobility right out from under many of us and start hammering the final nails in the coffin of America’s middle class.
Unless there is a seismic about-face in our nation’s errant course in the next six months, this death knell will be irreversible for at least a generation. American society will join the litany of nations with just two economic classes of citizen, the filthy rich and the desperate.
Saturday, February 26 presents an opportunity to turn our nation away from the radical right’s destructive path. Rallies to Save the American Dream will be held at all 50 state capitals at noon, local time.
We are sitting at the eve of destruction, folks, when it comes to our middle class. The ongoing political struggles in Madison, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lansing, and Washington are not just political skirmishes, but epic battles for the hearts and minds of the American populace. A loss at this point would deal a mortal blow to the hopes and dreams of millions.
Are we going to accept a lower standard of living so selfish billionaires and heartless corporations in their opulent boardrooms can lounge upon the broken backs of the working poor and former middle class? I hope not. But, if so, we will get exactly what we deserve — serfdom.