The Politics of “No!”

Posted: May 26, 2021 in Conspiracy, Debate, Fascism, History, Politics, War
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Jimmy Dore at his YouTube channel (traffic now being throttled) has been positively hammering various politicians and political analysts for their utterly unbelievable rationalizations and gaslighting regarding political strategy. In short, despite divisiveness sparked, fanned, and inflamed by the ownership class to keep the proles fighting amongst themselves rather than united against it, Americans are united in many of their desires. As W.J. Astore puts it,

Supposedly, America is deeply divided, and I’m not denying there are divisions. But when you ask Americans what they want, what’s surprising is how united we are, irrespective of party differences. For example, Americans favor a $15 minimum wage. We favor single-payer health care. We favor campaign finance reform that gets big money donors and corporations out of government. Yet our government, which is bought by those same donors, refuses to give Americans what we want. Division is what they give us instead, and even then it’s often a sham form of division.

I observe that $15 is only a starting point, not an endpoint, and that healthcare in a wealthy, modern democratic country is regarded (by those outside the U.S. — we’re the outliers) as a fundamental human right. Add the widely shared (perhaps banal) desire to live peacefully, prosperously, and freely (especially in the post-Enlightenment West) and contrast with what has been delivered — ongoing war and strife, massive diversion of resources to provide bogus security and safety from the very wars and strife initiated by the American Empire, and total surveillance of the citizenry under the false promise of safety — makes it fundamentally clear that Americans are being told emphatically, “No! You can’t have what you want.” Yet the ownership class gets what it wants, which appears to be uniformly MOAR!

When even modest pushback appears, the ownership class, through its bought-and-paid-for functionaries in academe, journalism, politics, and elsewhere, steps up its continuous narrative management to flummox and destabilize even the most sane thought and analysis. The deluge, barrage, and bombardment is so broad and noisome (as with all the irrationally shifting policy, opinion, and received wisdom regarding the pandemic) that few can keep their wits about them. I’m unsure how well I’ve succeeded, but at the very least, I don’t allow others do my thinking for me; I evaluate and synthesize the tornado of information best I can.

Only a couple executive administrations ago, the Republican Party, because of its assiduous opposition to anything and everything remotely popular or progressive while out of power, earned the sobriquet The Party of No! The Democratic Party took the lesson, and when it was Democrats’ turn to be out of power, made turnabout fair play under the banner The Resistance (no relation to the French Resistance (Fr: La Résistance)). No doubt many earnest progressives and die-hard Democrats consider themselves members of The Resistance. However, the real action is with Democratic political leadership, which clearly adopted the Politics of No! in denying American citizens the same things Republicans deny. Is it fair to conclude (read: not conspiratorial) that the two major U.S. political parties, at the behest of their owners, are united against the people?

  1. notabilia says:

    There is no equating the terror moron death cult of the Trumpublicans with the lamest, most corrupt, most corporate of the Democrats.
    Polls also reveal the majority of Americans, that is, the sainted “American people,” are fully capable of enormous, gullible stupidity on any number of important subjects – say, ghosts, UFOs, anti-abortionism, guns, loud motorcycles, trillion-dollar military outlays, etc.
    I’ll take the “Politics of No!” for $100, then.

    • Brutus says:

      Thanks for your comment. I rather dislike having to disclaim something I didn’t write. Saying that the two parties are united behind the Politics of “No!” and in simultaneous service to the ownership class is not saying they are equivalent. Still, if one compares atrocities and war crimes committed in the past 70 years attributable to the two parties, examples slot on both sides. For instance, today’s forever wars have been passed back and forth between Rep. and Dem. administrations without interruption. Yes, the two parties differ somewhat, but like chocolate and vanilla, they’re both flavors of ice cream. (Should have chosen a metaphorical foodstuff far more distasteful.)

  2. cafebedouin says:

    I read these two comments and thought: Hot poker in the eye or a kick in the nuts. One is objectively better than the other, but it doesn’t mean one of them is good.

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