Here are two very telling articles:
Someone finally polled the 1% — And it’s not pretty
On May 22, The Campaign for America’s Future gave a conference on The New Populist Majority. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren. The conference confronted the meme that the US is a “center-right” country. Follow link…
Memo: From Nick Hanauer
To: My Fellow Zillionaires
You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like Amazon.com, for which I was the first nonfamily investor. Then I founded aQuantive, an Internet advertising company that was sold to Microsoft in 2007 for $6.4 billion. In cash. My friends and I own a bank. I tell you all this to demonstrate that in many ways I’m no different from you. Like you, I have a broad perspective on business and capitalism. And also like you, I have been rewarded obscenely for my success, with a life that the other 99.99 percent of Americans can’t even imagine.Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html#ixzz3dtaipxpE
Yes, the rich ARE different from you and me and it is about time we woke up to that fact. They know that they are different. Hell, they rejoice in it. Thing is if it were just a matter of bank accounts they could probably rest easy. No one that I know begrudges making a living, earning up to a person’s worth. I don’t think a one of us wants to see American citizens lining up to get monochromatic Mao couture.
What I and a lot of us “others” resent is this attitude. This attitude and the desperate actions that the one or two percent elites have made their scripture since FDR is the root cause of the friction between the rest of us.
We have been set against ourselves for decades upon decades. It’s worked pretty damn well too.
I’ve given examples before of steel and coal magnates using cultural divides from the old countries and poverty to set worker against worker until the unions convinced people to set aside old grudges and hatreds to find strength in unions. It was a bloody fight but the unions gave us living wages and our pride back.
Now, we see the monster of racism growing bolder and more deadly from being fed on poverty wages and right wing hate speech. Speech that is well funded by the heirs in spirit of those same folks that brought in the deadly strike breakers and U.S.troops to slaughter families marching in the streets.
Pay attention. They are using us again. This is especially true of these people that cling to this White Power ideology. Wake up, wake up, Wake Up! You are being used just as you were before, during and after the Civil War. STATES RIGHTS MY ASS! Look up just how many folks owned plantations OR slaves. Bet you’ll find that there were a whole lot more poor whites than even well off whites, let alone plantation or factory owners. But, when it came time for the wealthy to keep the status quo and not give up one cent, when they could have just free their slaves and hire them as workers; they declared a war that was mostly fought by poor whites.
How did they convince poor white men and boys to march off to one of the ugliest wars ever fought? The same way with the same rhetoric that hate groups and right wing media uses today.