The Politics of Diversion
In the 2012 Elections the GOP allowed itself to be led down a path that was based on a strategy that white people could be galvanized to vote Republican if they could be convinced that America was coming under the control of minorities, gays and foreigners. However, the use of racial fear was but a tool toward the ultimate goal of the billionaires who turned over hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of
dollars to GOP operatives. Their real goal had less to do with racial supremacy than with total congressional, administrative and judicial control and eventually ultimate electoral control by a few hundred Americans who own 85-90 percent of American wealth.
They were willing to use a coded message of white racial supremacy and superiority couched in terms of values coupled with racial fear cloaked in the guise of patriotism, Christian morals, anti-government, anti-welfare, anti-tax, anti- entitlement, fiscal conservatism and self-reliance. Embedded in each GOP plank is the claim that white America has a monopoly on values by virtue of race and that others do not. The others being those of color, those of foreign birth, those of non-Christian religion, those of preference for their own sex, those of what they feel are the weaker gender, those who have been turned against their parents’ and grandparents’ values by a liberal education and especially those of us who believe that the American Dream has been confiscated by a moneyed few.
The conservative packed Supreme Court endowed this political vehicle of the rich, the legal entity we call a corporation, with the same Constitutional rights as human beings. The Supreme Court then struck down limitations on the amount of money that corporations could give to political causes. This opened the floodgates of corporate money into national and state campaigns. The GOP could now dedicate a lot of money towards issues. The difference between issues and election campaigns became illusory. Why would the billionaires want to do all this?
The billionaires believe that it is their right to govern or steward the country though their hand-picked proxies. After all, they (the 1 per centers) own 85% of “our” country’s wealth. They assert the right to put who they want in the White House, in both Houses of Congress, on the Supreme Court and who they want in state legislatures, governors' mansions, city councils and, of all things, who
they want on school boards.
That kind of desire to control by corporate governance is fascism; rule by a moneyed few utilizing a political movement based on claims of superior racial values and racial supremacy couched in terms of patriotism and nationalist pride or nationalistic supremacy. The control is achieved though diversionary tactics as old as war itself. Blame someone for all the ills of society (the 47 %), and then convince society that the leadership of the moneyed elite is the only thing that can save society from itself. Meanwhile you preserve the monopoly of a few
over almost all the value or wealth of a nation, or maybe even the world. You attack any opposition as being anti-capitalism, socialist, communist, feminist, anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-wealthy, “engaging in class warfare” and promoting entitlements and big government.
What hypocrisy? The one percent (1%) are big government. They have a bigger share of entitlements than any of us, only their entitlements came from financial laws (or a lack of enforcement thereof) and from tax laws which favor the rich while confiscating the earnings of the middle class and poor. They own all the wealth that was stripped from this country by their predecessor, the 19th and 20th
century Robber Barons whose pillaging of national assets and consolidation of wealth in a few led to the Great Depression. They created the various mini-depressions (recessions) during which they, through financial laws they won, repealed or constrained in Congress and in the Supreme Court, were protected while stripping assets and wealth from those lower in the economic chain.
Then they have the audacity to claim that our individual borrowing and our collective borrowing as a country is what caused the financial crises in which they wound up with even more of our national assets and our comparatively meager individual assets. While incrementally increasing holdings that now give them a virtual “hand on the spigot” of national economic growth, they control who gets into the game and how much THEY will benefit by letting someone into the game. The myth of “you can all be rich just like me” is now shattered because there is a natural limit to resources, including financial value that can be created on paper, and when a few hundred people have confiscated 85-90% of the resources, they control competition and control who gets in the game. In other words there is no
competition, only the illusion of competition. There can be no “class warfare” when one class has already won.
Harold Monteau is a Chippewa Cree Attorney, Indian Country Economic
Development Consultant and Tribal Nationhood Advocate living in Albuquerque,