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It's been said that the rich are different than you and me. What most Americans don't know is that they're also quite different from each other, and that which faction is currently running the show ultimately makes a vast difference in the kind of country we are.
Right now, a lot of our problems stem directly from the fact that the wrong sort has finally gotten the upper hand; a particularly brutal and anti-democratic strain of American aristocrat that the other elites have mostly managed to keep away from the levers of power since the Revolution. Worse: this bunch has set a very ugly tone that's corrupted how people with power and money behave in every corner of our culture. Here's what happened, and how it happened, and what it means for America now.
They succeeded in the North unnoticed, because they picked home owners off one by one. It is more obvious this late in the game, because the amount of land the independent land owners have in the South cover larges swaths of acreage.
Compare that to Northern areas, where one essentially pays for their land over and over without end through taxes. That's not ownership; it's a lease.
Contrary to today’s liberals, Stein argues that it wasn’t the racism of white workers that forced the Democratic Party to the right on economics. It was powerful political and business elites, who chose to abandon organized labor and turn the Party of Roosevelt into the Party of Clinton.
If town officials get their way, however, a great swath of rural Carver will be designated an “urban renewal area,” and turned over to a private entrepreneur with plans to build a giant complex of warehouse and industrial-distribution facilities.
I don't believe there is a divide between the North and the South,
I do value your insight and history. What you wrote about personally seems to back up points in the article. Federal dollars helped boost the economy (space program, ex), and both Northerners and Southerners have migrated to other areas. Let me ask you this, how did the working class in the South get torn away from the Democratic Party? When I grew up, the Democratic Party helped the working class.
This seems to align with what I have said about the people aren't as divided as the politicians are. America has been on a rightward slide economically and politically since the 1980s.
...story to share, there were honest to God KKK in white hoods and robes having a march in my town when I moved here, and my ex was asked in secret if he wanted to join the KKK, and I live in CA!!
We would say the country has been moving leftward.
Alabama should be left alone to be 'conservative.'
That no doubt is correct in regard to social conventions, but in re to political parties, no.
What are five things you would say is "Federal govt interference" in your state?
Strength: Trump showed no panic when he was rushed on stage by violent protesters. Hillary collapsed at the 911 anniversary event.
We here have the detriments of Obamacare without the safety net.
Now, I sure saw things differently lol.
That was a state choice.
Our generation, TheRedneck, will be gone.
Some of us did fight and didn't succumb, and made it better for all people (and corporations are NOT people). But we did it under better conditions economically and politically.
Corporations never were people; that's a false narrative.
I am both dismayed and impressed with the younger generation.
My son and daughter have turned out better than I deserve for them to have.
we have lost the ability (or maybe the desire) to learn from those who have gone before us.
And, yet, we have Citizens United, based on a Supreme Court interpretation of corporate personhood.
I remember 25 years ago my older son (8yr old at the time) was talking to my Mom about cells, what his class at school (public school, regular not gifted class) had just studied. She was visibly shaken, exclaiming that he was telling her things that were only taught in college when she attended a college in the 1930s.
I think they have not done as good a job with personal boundaries, witness use of social media.
From what I gather just here, I think you've no doubt guided them well and deserve the credit.
I think that's important, but we have to remember that their world operates at a faster pace and on a global scale personally. And, honestly, way back when, I can remember adults (parents!) were looked at as dinosaurs.... what was that about "not trusting anyone over 30" and adults being "out of touch". lol And, hey, this past election was nothing but a choice among old geezers, and, yet, young people voted.
America from its very beginning was about experimenting. America IS one gigantic experiment. It still is. Some things we get right, some things we don't. We are about to embark on another grand experiment.
But, yeah, the young are idealistic. And for a good reason. Idealism drives us forward.
Oh, and, really, TheRedneck, we kinda did it to ourselves, believing that we would be youthful forever, dying hair and having facelifts, being "ageless". Nah, maybe if we are to get some respect, we need to at least look mature lol