CLINTON-OBAMA “SO-CALLED LIBERAL ELITISTS” HAVE BETRAYED THE PEOPLE THEY CLAIM TO DEFEND = AIPAC-WALL STREET-BILLIONAIRES IS WHO THEY SUPPORT + PROTECT + TRANSFER MOST USA WEALTH TO SUPER-RICH = PEOPLE BAIL OUT CRIMINAL BANKSTERS!
The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend – Chris Hedges interviewed by Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself on THE REAL NEWS NETWORK Oct 2014
Chris Hedges = Democratic Party ignores working people and poor = BILL CINTON still pretends = Like Obama “feel-your-pain” language = Completely betrayed the very people they purport to represent and defend.
HEDGES = Liberal Elitists Betrayed the People = LOST JOBS + LOST HOMES + STUDENTS OVER THEIR HEADS IN COLLEGE DEBTS + MAIN STREET SUFFERS LOW WAGES WHILE WALL STREET MAKES KILLINGS!
HEDGES = Liberal elite divorced themselves from the people = NO justice
HEDGES = Liberal Elitists helped DESTROY THE MIDDLE CLASS through NAFTA outsourcing of jobs + No increase in Minimum Wage for decades
HEDGES = Bill Clinton + Obama said the HELL WITH WORKING PEOPLE = They’ve completely betrayed the very people they purportedly represent
JAY: Truman had a chance many times to undo Taft-Hartley = Terrible anti-labor legislation but never undid it. Damaged the union movement and union leadership but they never threaten the Democrats in any way.
JAY: Obama Promised the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) but delivered NOTHING = John Sweeney said Obama’s never going to betray us. BUT HE DID!
HEDGES = UNION HEADS pull down BIG salaries = 5 X Rank & File
HEDGES = UNIONS leaders negotiate deals like Auto Bailout = Reduce union wages = SELL OUT of younger workers = NO VISION = Pretty bankrupt.
JAY: I asked UNION ORGANIZER why they don’t contend for leadership of the Democratic Party? ANSWER: Wall Street is the only one with enough cash to beat the Republicans, so we can’t take them on.
HEDGES: Democrats still take UNION money, but it’s a fraction of the money that WALL STREET BRIBES WITH TO DWARF UNIONS.
JAY: Liberal elites are disassociated from working-class issues SO Unions are fighting on their own.
HEDGES = Working class was decimated by CLINTON’s Policies = NAFTA + 12 MILLION JOBS TO SLAVE LABOR ASIA to MAXIMIZE WALL STREET LOOTING = Decimated benefits + FLAT minimum wage + CRUSHED Strikes = Rahm Emanuel.
JAY: Why hasn’t the left been able to take more advantage of this moment?
HEDGES: Noam Chomsky pointed out, the role of the liberal establishment, to act as a kind of safety valve, to direct suffering and grievances of the underclass into NO ACTIONS to KEEP THE EVIL AIPAC-BANKSTER SYSTEM DOMINATING AND EXTRACTING OUR WEALTH. + All radical movements that pushed the CRIMINAL Elites to HELP have been destroyed — Saying they are communists or socialists. = So you end up with these distortions and WARS.
HEDGES = Instead of John Lewis and all of these radical fighters of the 1960s we have Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann against working people. = A POINT OF CRISIS for MIDDLE CLASS! = AIPAC-BILLIONAIRE WALL STREET RULE! NO RADICAL MOVEMENTS TO COUNTER THEM!
JAY: SO Elitists says we don’t need to safety valve anymore = NO pressure’s building.
HEDGES: That’s precisely the problem = NO PRESSURE FROM PEOPLE MOVEMENTS.
HEDGES: I voted for the Green Party as a kind of protest vote — The more of us willing to step outside the system builds pressure. But electoral vote is a very minor part of what we have to do.
HEDGES = We MUST build a mass movements that muck up the system enough that we can begin to interfere with the mechanisms of power. = Strikes + Disruption of public transportation (FRANCE farmers driving their tractors into the middle of Paris). BUILD THE PRESSURE!
JAY: Millions of people as SUFFERING, but we’re not seeing actions.
HEDGES: The mechanisms of control = Walmart workers tell us are quite severe = Whisper of organizing and corporate jet flies in with strike breakers. = Forces arrayed against us, the security and surveillance state knows the moment anything is going to be organized.
HEDGES = NSA essentially shut down all public space for any kind of serious dissent because they don’t want to see a resurrection of the Occupy movement. = Surveillance + Monitoring + Eavesdropping = Control of the population by CORPORATE THUGS = Stasi state in East Germany = A state of perpetual fear as so many people live at subsistence level.
HEDGES = Our media = Largely Drivel and Celebrity Gossip = NEWS is Dominated by CORPORATE & WAR PROPAGANDA.
JAY: But the moment will come.
HEDGES = Yes, it will come.
JAY: They’ve mitigated the effects of this crisis a lot with hokey-pokey Fed tricks, but underlying wages are stagnant or going down = Real economy is in as bad a shape as it was with EVEN MORE LOW PAY JOBS!
HEDGES: Will the revolution be localized? That can be dealt with locally. But a well articulated broad national vision for a new system of power to replace the old system CAN WIN.
JAY: Why isn’t there a mass movement with all of this active? Would a big movement have any progressive force ready to act? Because the right could grab hold of this as well.
HEDGES = Right-wing populism or fascism is a very real possibility.
HADGES = Our progressive populist and radical movements virtually don’t exist, and because the liberal center is so discredited. The liberal class no longer has any actual authority or power within the society = A joke like the breakdown of Yugoslavia = Liberal center is paralyzed and can’t respond = Liberal Political paralysis that responds only to the corporate elitists of AIPAC-WALL STREET = Figures like Obama + Cinton who talk the liberal talk BUT DELIVER TO THE CRIMINALS = BANKSTER BAILOUTS AGAIN = Very real danger
HEDGES = Then when things exploded, you vomit up these very frightening figures– Slobodan Milosevic or Breakdown in Weimar which vomited up the Nazi Party = With NO LIBERAL popular movements to OFFSET FASCISM = PARALYSIS OF THE LEFT.
HEDGES = A RIGHT-WING system of moral nihilism, and ultimately violence = Frightening economic collapse coupled with environmental catastrophe = We’ve never seen in human history = These aren’t going away = A very disturbing kind of dystopia.