President George W. Bush gave us two wars which have weakened our nation financially, morally and spiritually. Afghanistan was a questionable, at most minimally justifiable, adventure. Iraq could be placed in the farcical category were it not for the tragic loss of life on both sides, the physical and psychological maiming of our troops, and the obscene destruction of the Iraqi infrastructure to which the corrective action of an even more obscene and corrupt reconstruction was applied.
When violence in post-Saddam Iraq exceeded all the neocons’ predictions, a surge was instituted.
When Barack Obama was elected many of us hoped for a quick exit from both lands but Obama stuck to the timetable for witdrawal from Iraq established by Bush. He continued and expanded the war in Afghanistan with his own surge and promised to end the debacle but no one has confidence that will be done.
Romney’s war? Well he is not yet President, and perhaps may never become Commander in Chief empowering him to wield such awesome, frightening authority. But he stands in a command position in another, possibly equally important war that daily affects the lives of the more than 300 million people within our borders.
He is not commander in chief but is a four star general and many of his fellow brass hats take their marching orders from him or conspire with him on strategy and tactics in aspiring to total conquest.
This war? Why it is the class war waged on the vast majority of Americans. The one in which the rich have been decidedly winning the past thirty years even as they seek to deceive the public by claiming it is they are under siege.
The income and wealth disparity our nation has been undergoing is getting worse. I have written about this phenomenon previously. http://umoc193.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/wealth-redistribution-its-already-a-reality/
Amidst all the turmoil in the Middle East the past week or so the news that the situation is getting worse has not made waves. But here the L.A. Times reports on how this gap has grown. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/12/business/la-fi-census-poverty-rate-20120913
Here in America we have become accustomed to going to war without the formal declaration the Constitution demands come from Congress. For a war such as conducted by Romney and his allies, no such formality is mandated or expected.
But the revelation this week of Romney’s verbal strafing of those who do not pay income taxes may be the “declaration” that resolves whether there is a class war or not.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
One can consider that statement as his declaration of war or a preliminary announcement on the surge in the war he intends to institute once in office.
What is this surge? It is his tax proposals which, if enacted, will benefit millionaires far more than the middle and lower classes. It is the desire of him and his second in command, Paul Ryan, to fundamentally change Social Security and Medicare. It is his announced plan to limit funding for Medicaid and SNAP (popularly known as food stamps). It is his intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act even as it becomes more evident day by day that the provisions already in force are having a positive effect on many Americans of lesser means.
Notwithstanding his new campaign rhetoric Romney is not seeking the welfare of 100% of the American people. And while he has many allies, with no draft, many of his fellow millionaires and even some billionaires remain reluctant to enlist in this war.
Even FoxNews knows that a class war is being waged. But just like the propagandists of World War II they keep defending the wrong side.
So Mitt, it is plain that you are rich and we are not. Yet you seek further conquests which will strip us of the limited resources many of us use to barely get by. But you have shown us also that you want to strip us of our dignity and our humanity.
That is a war in my book.
Then again it may not be a class war for one simple reason. Willard Mitt Romney has no class.