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White Working Class And Middle Class Right To Be Frustrated, As Are All Working People, But If You Try To Address Issues You Might Get Called A Socialist By Some

I read a few days ago that white working class and middle class voters are deserting the Democratic Party for 2010 and may vote strongly Republican in the upcoming midterm elections.

(Though in some polls, more people plan on voting for Democrats this year than plan on voting for Republicans.)

I can’t recall where I read this and it does not matter. I suspect you’ll read the same point many times between now and November.

White working class folks are right in that they are being screwed in many ways and that bailouts for banks and big financial institutions are helping the already wealthy. Working people of all races would be right to feel this way. The fates of all working people are connected.

And yet, when you try to give some of these folks health insurance, or if you propose a large government federal jobs program, many of these same people would call you a socialist.

As an example, the new health care law helps working and middle class people of all races, yet many whites who fall into these classes often refuse to believe that they will benefit.

Do these hard working people think the private sector is going to treat them fairly?

It is worthwhile to discuss who may be getting unfair special treatment from the government in the form of bailouts.

It might be also be so that without the bailouts, as odious as they’ve been, we might be in a depression today. A depression for the poor and working class even more severe than the one we are already experiencing.

At heart, People need to decide if the focus of their lives is going to be progress or resentment.

Here is an article from the liberal magazine American Prospect about the urgency of massive federal help to create more jobs in America.

If people are going to be resentful and blame their problems on immigrants and whoever else—I’m not sure what I can say.

If people are going to move ahead and care about each other, then we will make progress.

Working people need to fight together as allies.

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Hope Is A Rocket That Breaks The Gravity Of Resentment

A few days ago I posted that resentment is a many layered lasagna.  I said it would take some time to shake off the layers of frustration from the Reagan/Bush/Gingrich/Bush years.

Another thing I can say, is that hope is a rocket that breaks the gravity of resentment. 

When we launch space missions to other planets, the rocket has to break the gravity of the Earth to reach space. Then the probe has to break out of the Earth’s orbit to move on to another planet.

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(Above–The 1964 launch of the Mariner 4 mission to Mars using an Atlas Agena D rocket.)  

With the election of Barack Obama, and with strong Democratic majorities in each House of Congress, I don’t have to expend as much energy being pulled back by the depressing gravity of public life. As we progress, maybe I can use some of that newly freed energy to open myself to people and thoughts I might not have otherwise had patience for.   

For the time being at least, the prospect of something better is a rocket breaking the gravity of resentment. Now I can take a better look at new things to be seen.

(Below–Galileo mission to Jupiter with exciting live action effects. This mission took place between 1989 and 2003. )

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November 18, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Resentment Is A Many Layered Lasagna

Before the election, I wondered what it would feel like if Senator Obama were to win.

Would life be wonderful and I’d be hugging folks on the street? Or would the stench of the Bush years be difficult to wash off?

It’s been in-between. As such I’ve come to see resentment as a many layered lasagna. At least in this instance. I’m glad about the election, but I’ve not been able to see my way forward to universal love of the human family. 

As the days pass, the layers of resentment are shed. Or in this case, speared by the fork of victory until the plate of frustration is clean.  

You can’t forget the Bush years in only a week. Especially while the man is still in the White House. And it’s not only Bush. It’s all the years of Reagan and Gingrich and the other Bush.

I’m 41 and the best I’ve ever known is Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. That’s not really all that much to be glad about.

And yet–Maybe better days have finally arrived. Maybe I can now eat away at the many layered lasagna of resentment, instead of having the resentment eat away at me.

Here is a spinach lasagna recipe. 

( Please see here how hope is a rocket that breaks the gravity of resentment.)

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | 3 Comments