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Revolt En Mass(e)

Middle Class Takes Bay State
By Wayne Jett © January 20, 2010

    Not a moment too soon, the middle class of Massachusetts took control of a U. S. senate seat which, for many decades, advanced the agenda of the dominant elite. The decisive win by Scott Brown, a man whose personal transportation is a truck, may or may not be enough to turn back the elitist assault on middle class access to health care, energy and prosperity.
    For two centuries, Boston has been the northern stronghold of the political/financial axis with New York known politely as the Eastern Establishment. Regardless of the descriptive metaphor used, the political machine of the dominant elite centered on Wall Street elects governors, senators, representatives and presidents, selects cabinet secretaries, Federal Reserve governors and bank board members, and captures every regulatory agency.
Draining the Mercantilist Swamp
    History may record that January 20, 2009, was the high-water mark of mercantilist power in America since 1945. But that will not be the case unless the phenomenon of Scott Brown’s win is replicated again and again in senate, congressional and all federal races this November and every two years afterward.
    The phenomenon of Brown’s election was not a “rising” of radical vanguards, such as Lenin’s Bolsheviks in 1927 Russia. Nor was it a revolution of the proletariat, as Karl Marx tried to provoke. Academics will minimize Massachusetts by comparison, but Brown's election is part of a national movement. The American middle class began a revolt against elitist oppression in 2009, expressing itself in public demonstrations and townhall meetings. Then the revolt made the difference in governors’ races in Virginia and New Jersey, and now in the Massachusetts senate contest.
    But the infant revolt of the middle class has far to grow and go before the dominant elite no longer dominates American government and society. With Scott Brown seated in the Senate, a majority of senators will remain commanded by leadership controlled by the dominant elite. Consider the revelation in the new book Game Change that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) carried the message to Barack Obama that he should run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. The House under Speaker Nancy Pelosi is controlled by the dominant elite more efficiently than the Senate (considering the filibuster rule in the Senate), although rank-and-file Democrats have voiced substantial dissent on economic policy.
Parsing Candidates and Parties
    These may seem partisan statements, but they are intended as economic observations of reality. The Brown win in Massachusetts was, first and foremost, a win by the middle class. The electorate includes a majority classified as “independent,” and Democrats comprise two-thirds of the remaining minority. The Republican Party wound up a big winner, partly because party leadership assisted Brown’s win, but primarily because the party’s processes nominated a candidate with middle class values and the courage to espouse them.
    To be clear, Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee for the Senate seat occupied so long by Ted Kennedy, was a candidate with a middle class background. But her party leadership insisted that she support elitist policies inimical to middle class prosperity. Even an able candidate from the middle class appears inept, off-balance, incompetent (what the White House calls “a poor candidate”) when required to defend and promote legislation which is poisonous to interests of your electorate.
    If the Democratic Party permitted Scott Brown to run and be nominated while espousing the policies he champions, independents would have been more likely to vote Democratic, even though “moderate” Democrats presently toe the line on Obama legislation. The “independents” of Massachusetts, called Reagan Democrats 30 years ago, are middle class people who work to produce their living standards. Most middle class are not so persuaded by ideology as to identify with elitist policies which they sense are designed to target them (in a bad way).
Doubling Down
    Juan Williams of National Public Radio and Fox News Channel reported Tuesday night that the Obama White House intends to “double down” and push adoption of health care legislation immediately – that to do otherwise would sacrifice achieving the agenda in favor of retaining a majority while achieving nothing. This is entirely consistent with the elitist worldview presently, which has the American middle class under heavy assault and wishes to consolidate government power while it holds legislative majorities.
    Those with trillions in capital, overriding influence of federal government and major media doing their bidding are formidable oppressors. Consider, however, that the middle class faced all of this in Massachusetts and overturned it within a period of weeks. Look about you at any crowd you see and contemplate that every person you see is middle class – even though some are misled to identify themselves with the elite. This is the source of power within reach of the middle class, if they will rise in time to assert it. ~