RACISM

What does Thomas Sugrue’s Sweet Land of Liberty teach us about the nature of racism?  His book instructs us that racism has always been a part of not only the United States, but the world.  Racism is not the simple idea of racial superiority and of whom should rule as viewed by many people.  Racism is complicated.  However, racism is still the most destructive force on earth. It takes power from people by devaluing their identity. Racism damages the community and causes discord in society. (FROM BOOK: “What race means varies widely from society to society and in different periods of history.” (Intro;xxiii) It is diametrically opposite of the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence and (according to most intelligent people) fundamentally countered in the U.S. Constitution.  Racism is still a global reality, impacted by a series of historical, social, political and economic reasons. It takes different forms in different situations, and is still defined in different ways.  Even with the election of a light-skinned African-American, racism is, and will continue to define the citizens of America. (I ALMOST PUT WHITE, MALE DOMINATED AMERICA AFTER NOTICING THE BOOK Invisible Hands ON THE TABLE NEXT TO ME, BUT I CHANGED MY MIND??) 4/27 Update: Racism and ‘black color lines’ still entrenched, and according to Professor Thomas Sugrue, still impacting our history(past, current, and foreseable future).  A quote from his SLofL book seems to sum it up best, Racial diversity was, in other words, fine, so long as it did not disrupt economic exclusivity.” (pg.444)  Until American (white) society puts their money where their mouth is, racism will endure.

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(too)LATE

NOTICEABLE RESULTS                            

 Since the establishment of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s’ New Deal agenda in the 1930’s, conservative Republicans have found numerous methods and strategies to diminish and ultimately decrease significantly the power these programs bought working and middle class America.  Three authors put forward evidence illustrating various tactics conservatives employ to slowly chip away the progressive plans   Nearly invisible hands from the top, later intertwined with a highly visible billionaire from the bottom, melded like-minded techniques of economic and political education with religiously based cultural issues that brought about the re-emergence of conservative philosophies and the demise of social class empowering policy.  Hucksters in Kansas may call this bamboozlement, but the well planned Republican Party propaganda, bolstered by auspicious events, ultimately led to the success of conservatism in the United States.

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P.FEIN POST

How did conservative ideas that were at the fringes of political discourse during the 1930s move into the center of American politics by the end of the century? What factors made this move possible?

-Nearly invisible hands from the top, later intertwined with a highly visible billionaire from the bottom, melded like-minded techniques of economic and political education with religiously based cultural issues that brought about the re-emergence of conservative philosophies and the demise of social class empowering policy.  I ALSO BELIEVE THAT AS OUR CULTURE BECAME MORE ‘LIBERAL’, THE FEAR OVER CHANGE ALLOWED POLITICALLY CLEVER (ie diabolical) ORGANIZATIONS (and individuals) TO MANIPULATE THE POPULUS INTO ACCEPTING ‘FRINGE’ IDEAS INTO THE MAINSTREAM.

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SEGMENTED COHEN

FIRST TO CLAIM A POST(2): TIME MAGAZINE ARTICLE(March 21), YOUR DATA, YOURSELF.  EXAMPLE OF EXPANDED USE OF SEGMENTED ADVERTISING.  MORE LATER, MIKE

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INVISIBLE HANDS/LIBERTY LEAGUE

CLAIMING THIS AS A FIRST TO POST: Sounds like the American Liberty League from Phillips-Fein book.  After reading Invisible Hands The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal, you automatically become more aware of information presented concerning conservatives, in conversations, on-line, and in newspapers.  The Pueblo Chieftain has always been a bastion of conservatism, at least in the editorial section.  This article illustrates the same conservative jargon presented in the book, as well as repeated ad-nauseum on Fox News.  The key phrases, such as  “We suffer a lack of strong, principled leadership and pride in America.”  This is the standard indictment against our ‘liberal’ president.   The (dirty?)laundry list of conservative euphemisms are all presented as well, starting with the U.S. Constitution, followed by all the areas of society conservatives want to maintain free from supervision/control. “As each day passes, more and more of our individual freedoms are lost. This is something that the Founders who visualized our Republic would find deplorable. Our ever-meddling “nanny government” seeks to regulate every aspect of our lives from the food we eat, to how our children are educated, to the light bulbs we can use, to how we live and work, to how we are able to defend our homes and families, and to the private property we own. It even attempts to reformulate our religious beliefs concerning sanctity of life, of marriage, of caring for our sick and elderly.”  The newest and most amusing lines are the “freedom to use power eating lightbulbs”, and “reformulate”  must mean what the Puritans believed, that the uterus of women must be under male direction.  I suppose one should look on the bright side, at least now groups like this are out in the open!  Maybe I have started to understand Kansas, and Thomas Frank a bit better.  Frustration is the key word when you see the phrase, “It is time to put “We the People” back into the big picture”.  If the (common)’people’ of our country had the power, would anybody vote for con$ervative$?

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 12:00 am

Liberty Action Group stands for freedom By KEITH LORENSEN | LIBERTY ACTION GROUP The Pueblo Chieftain | 0 comments

We are living in troubled times. The whole world seems to be falling into a state of chaos.  We hear about continued violence and bloodshed in the Middle East and North Africa. Here at home, as in much of the civilized world, we are in financial crisis. Millions of good folks are unemployed even as our government spends us deeper into unprecedented debt. Some Americans are vehemently protesting to claim their piece of an underfunded public pie that taxpayers and states can no longer afford to provide. Government employee salaries, health care coverage and pension funds cannot be maintained at the expected levels. We are shamefully creating a magnitude of debt that will unfairly burden generations yet to be born.

   There is continued concern over our nation’s border security. On Jan. 11, 2011, Said Jaziri, a radical Muslim cleric, deported from Canada, was arrested in California after being smuggled in from Mexico in the car trunk of a BMW.

Our military forces are valiantly fighting on two fronts in the Middle East under difficult circumstances. This is a serious drain on our country financially and a strain for our servicemen and women as well as their families.

   The position of the United States of America in the world is being weakened by our own national leadership. Where American exceptionalism once had us acting as the “keystone” of the world’s arch, our position has fallen. We suffer a lack of strong, principled leadership and pride in America; yet our nation and its inherent freedom have been the envy of the world as millions seek to come here legally or illegally.

   As each day passes, more and more of our individual freedoms are lost. This is something that the Founders who visualized our Republic would find deplorable. Our ever-meddling “nanny government” seeks to regulate every aspect of our lives from the food we eat, to how our children are educated, to the light bulbs we can use, to how we live and work, to how we are able to defend our homes and families, and to the private property we own. It even attempts to reformulate our religious beliefs concerning sanctity of life, of marriage, of caring for our sick and elderly.

It is time to put “We the People” back into the big picture. Conservatives believe in the value of a free market economy, limited government control of individual freedoms, and low levels of fair taxation made possible by a fiscally responsible government. There are freedom-oriented groups throughout this nation where concerned citizens gather to discuss their concerns, including several such groups in our area.

   Recently, Liberty Action Group has been formed. It is intended to be a forum for conservative people to exchange ideas, become educated on the issues and develop action plans to find solutions to the problems we see as threats to our freedom. It is an offshoot of Freedom Talk, a website where interviews of knowledgeable people on conservative issues are available (freedomtalknetcast.com).

 Liberty Action Group encourages equal participation by any interested person, with no self-appointed, controlling leadership. Political candidates and issues may be presented, but Liberty Action will not endorse either, believing these decisions are best left to the individual. Any donations to the Liberty Action Group effort will be transparent and reported regularly to all who attend the monthly meetings.

   Respect for individual opinions and differences of opinion will be maintained as open discussion at meetings will be encouraged. If you are interested, we welcome your participation in our area’s newest freedom group. For more information visit the website, libertyactiongroup.com or send an email to info@libertyactiongroup.com.

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COHEN PAPER

A RETURN TO THE DARK AGES: the people with the most money rule?

                                                                                                                                                                                                By: Michael Divelbiss

Lizabeth Cohen believes a unique relationship between consumption and democracy developed after World War II, and elevated the economic and political status of virtually all Americans, but targeted the working-class and African-Americans.  Economic enrichment from 1945 until 1975 was substantial for the nation, however progress nearly halted with the onset of the conservative movement and resulted in more harm than good for the country.  Because democracy and citizenship became intertwined with consumption, the basic premise of capitalism and the profit motive served to relegate the vast majority of Americans to second class citizens in a consumerized republic.  The wealthiest Americans and their corporate and political operatives combined to subvert the Consumers’ Republic into an economic and political system beneficial only for the most powerful($).

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WAL-MART QUESTION (part 1)

How can Walmart be both “populist” and an such an enormous multi-national corporation?   THE WAL-MART PARADOX!?  THE FAMILY IS STILL THE CORE OF  WORLD CIVILIZATION, AND AS BETHANY MORETON STATES, “FAMILY VALUES ARE AN INDISPENSABLE ELEMENT OF THE GLOBLAL ECONOMY” (pg.5) AS A MORE ENLIGHTED STUDENT SINCE I FIRST READ THE BOOK, THE ‘POPULISM’ WAS MANUFACTURED AND SHIPPED OUT JUST LIKE A TRUCKLOAD OF WAL-MART PRODUCTS, FROM BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS.  SAM WALTON WAS A VERY CLEVER MAN, CONSTANTLY AWARE OF WHAT THE ‘PEOPLE’ WOULD TRUST AND APPRICIATE.  IF WAL-MART HAD BEEN STARTED ANYWHERE ELSE IN AMERICA (with the exception of Kansas), PEOPLE WOULD HAVE HAD THE SAME DISTRUST OF THIS ‘CHAIN’ STORE.  BECAUSE SAM WALTON KEPT THE INITIAL INVESTMENTS LOCAL, AND THE STORES ‘LOCALLY’ OWNED, PEOPLE ALLOWED  SAM WALTON AND WAL-MART TO GROW INTO A MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION.  IF THEY ONLY KNEW THEN WHAT WE KNOW NOW??!!?  WHO KNOWS!

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