Today Dec. 5th, marks the anniversary of Utah becoming the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealing the 18th Amendment and ending the Prohibition of alcohol in the United States.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan garner all the news headlines but there is a third war that has been going on for far longer and the cost has been far higher than both of the other two wars combined, the class war in America and a tool of that war is the war on drugs.
This country learned with the 18th Amendment that when citizens are deprived of their legal access to certain substances like alcohol, a black market quickly develops and makes otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals with the sweep of a pen. Meanwhile those who choose to make their living illegally reap high profits for their risk taking in the black market. Another group has risen to profit off interdiction and incarceration. The privatization of America’s prisons and the seizure laws has made the war on drugs profitable for those on the “right” side of the law.
The people most affected are the poor. For the wealthy can afford the lawyers to keep them out of jail and even avoid any serious consequences. The Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans of the world are a testament to that and only through public outcry about the unfairness of the system that either one of them received more than a simple slap on the wrist.
But the true losers of this war are those who cannot afford high-priced lawyers. The black and hispanic communities are those the highest hit by this disparity but poor whites are also hit hard. It all boils down to the class war in America. It was how the war on drugs was started in the first place. Propaganda was used to make cannabis a “Mexican” thing and heroin and cocaine a “Black” thing thereby selling this to the white community through fear.
This weekend the Senate proposal for continuing the tax cuts for all but the highest income earners in America was shut down continuing a policy of rewarding those who need no extra awards while punishing those who do. A greed in this country has permeated the system since the 70’s that hasn’t been seen since the days of the robber barons. A new elite class has been formed and this one percent of the population now holds more than fifty percent of the wealth.
Our political system is being dominated by millionaires, who while they no longer vote themselves pay raises, instead vote themselves tax cuts under the guise of an economic system that has been proven to not work. The poor and middle are getting trickled down on and it isn’t with money.
Through the sheer hubris of the GOP they have blocked continuing the tax cuts to the middle class in order serve their own self interests. What the GOP fail to realize is that through their own catering to special interest groups the general populace is now well armed and angry. For a time they have been able, through propaganda to aim that anger at the progressive left by claiming that the left want a redistribution of wealth while all this time the wealthy have been doing exactly that. Well the pendulum will now start swinging wildly back as those who have now lost their unemployment benefits while watching the GOP elite block the vote in order to extend their own entitlement react.
Something’s gotta give. It may be the one thing that will unite Whites, Blacks and Hispanics in a common struggle and that will be a war between the haves and the have-nots. A true class war. The wealthy forever have divided the lower classes through propaganda and xenophobia. Now comes the time when everyone in the sinking boat realize they need to paddle together to reach shore quickly and working together is the only way.
John Boehner and the rest of his cronies may have sparked off the powder keg with their modern version of, “Let them eat cake”.
This time the citizens won’t be building wooden platforms…
Call me when the shooting is over.