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would be fairly easy for working class Americans to buy into the line
of rhetoric that CNN's Lou Dobbs is selling, and sure enough, whatever
he's selling, people are buying. Before extolling his trademark anti-immigrant
sentiment, he proclaims the state of America as one of crisis –
NOT because of the illegal and unpopular wars in Iraq, Afghanistan,
and elsewhere around the world, NOT because of the federal, state and
local governments' racist and classist policies that led poor and desperate
people to briefly rise up against the police a couple of weeks ago in
New Orleans, NOT because the poor are getting poorer while the rich
become more fat and bloated – but because the soul of our once
great nation is being eaten alive by America-hating immigrants and terrorists
that just want to devour and destroy our proud heritage.
He goes on
to ask good patriots like Pat Buchanan what can and must be done about
the twenty million "illegals" that are destroying the cultural
fabric of this society.
As if "illegal"
was an apt term to characterize and/or define a human being. As if America
had a culture to call its own, and only its own.
people like Dobbs and Buchanan like to talk about the melting pot that
was great for our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, allowing the
poor, the tired, the weak, the huddled masses of the European continent
to come to our rich shores, to run into the arms of Mother America.
Sure, it was great to open our gates for hundreds of thousands of white
people to come here, to further anglicize the country. But when we're
discussing non-white immigrants (I'm sorry – illegals) coming
here to enjoy our (slowly crumbling) freedoms, well, they must be terrorists
and criminals, waging what amounts to cultural genocide. They just want
to blow up our subways and poison our water supplies and steal our children
and sell them on eBay.
Buchanan are right about one thing, though – there is a class
war being waged. But they have grossly mutilated what the word "class"
means. It's not simply about economics. Used correctly, "class"
takes into account a wide array of factors that Dobbs and his fellow
Mainstream Mediamen are purely ignorant to. That's why to them, it's
a war on the middle class – meaning a war on those that have more
money than poor folks but less than the rich.
is that the class war is being waged on anyone who is NOT a wealthy
white educated Christian American male. Think about all of the people
that don't fit that mold and you'll begin to understand exactly what
"class" means. You'll also see how deftly propaganda is being
used to stir up division and distrust within the ranks of the working
then quickly understand why it is a fact that working class Americans
should not feel threatened by Arabs and Muslims and Latins and Illegals.
Working class Americans should realize that we should feel great camaraderie
with those that many of us fear, because we are all targets. We are
all people to be exploited by the Capitalist Empire Machine, which,
by the way, is coming to a venue near you this election season.
you might have missed it, but for the last 5 or so years, people in
the right places have slowly but gradually started to realize all of
these things, and those people are continuing to organize and agitate
– two activities that the corporate State fears immensely, for
it strikes at people's complacence, the heart of the status quo. Class
consciousness is taking shape, and the movement is building, growing,
picking up steam. 2007 saw great leaps and bounds, and if we continue
to see through the lies and think for ourselves, 2008 will be a year
that no one will ever forget.
ruling class – you should regard that as an open and blatant threat.
Niver is a student of Social Theory, Social Structure and Change
at Empire State College, living in Albany, New York. He can and should
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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