Monday, October 17, 2005

REVOLUTION 101

In the conservative movement's ongoing process of dismantling all the entitlements and reforms of the New Deal and Great Society, the future of the United States seems to me to be growing more and more bleak by the day. (Please pardon my pessimism; I'm tracking a certain political logic here.)

The powers that be in D.C. are slow to respond to natural disasters affecting the poor and the newly-made homeless.

They want to pay for hurricane relief by rolling back aid to the poor.

They want to dismantle Social Security.

They want to dismantle Medicare and Medicaid.

They want to impose a disproportionate flat tax on the underclass.

They continue to negotiate trade agreements that transfer jobs overseas.

They refuse to mandate a working wage that is in step with the rate of inflation.

Their short-sighted economic policies are further antagonizing the already eroding race relations between black and white.

And they continue to refuse to legislate gun control or even modestly regulate the arms industry.

It seems to be that the powers that be in D.C. actually want to bring about a bloody revolution in the streets of America.

In 1989, much of the world championed the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the end to communism. Perhaps I'm wrong, but given the logic I've outlined above, we may not have seen the last of class warfare and the seduction of Marxism on the global stage. Such idealism, despite its past failures and misapplications, has a way of making a forceful comeback. Like the revolutions of 1789, 1848, 1905, 1917, and 1918, all that's needed is an economic crisis, and the rest, as the old saying goes, is history. Class not dismissed.