Is This the Beginning of The Second American Revolution? By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
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Dandelion Salad
February 19, 2011

Wisconsin Teachers Protest

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What’s happening in Wisconsin is only a prelude to what is eventually going to happen all over the country. This nation is backsliding into a time when there were no Unions and people were being taken advantage of by those that employed them. This is a travesty. We are supposedly a progressive nation, but it seems that we are backpedaling as fast as we can. It is no wonder why the Unions mounted demonstrations in the State Capitol. They are losing rights that they have fought to bring about for years.

Why is the Federal Government strapped for cash? It’s pretty easy to figure out. We have spent the bulk of our budget on military expenditures and borrowed from the Social Security fund to pay for them. Now the screaming Republicans are threatening to cut Social Security benefits. What a duplicitous bunch they are. People have paid dutifully into Social Security only to see it used to prop up the budget, this is a crime.

No nation can use its wealth to prop up its military at the expense of the citizens. The United States has been on a war footing since the end of the Second World War. This situation can no longer stand. We have the largest economy in the world yet our government is broke. Why? The answers are above.

There are movements in other States in support of Wisconsin. Union members that aren’t even members of the public sector are supporting the demands of the public employees in Madison. There is a good reason for this. After the public sector’s right for collective bargaining is trashed, the Republican’s will be coming after the trade unions. This is a nation facing regression in our political system. Unions have been aligned with business for so long they have forgotten what their purpose is; to raise the standard of living of those that create wealth for their employers.

We can’t go back to the policies of the 19th Century. This is where they want us. The recent stimulus plan that went to the oligarchs of Wall Street proved this. Where was the economic stimulus for the people? Companies “Too big to fail” should have failed. It was their doing that put them in the position they were in. The teachers and public workers in Wisconsin have done nothing wrong. Why should we bail out financial institutions on the backs of these average Americans that go to work and do the best that they can?

It’s very telling that many of the police and fireman were demonstrating with the public workers in Madison. I have a premonition that this isn’t the end of demonstrations across our nation. Will we become another Egypt? Only time will tell. The Republican majority should rethink what they are doing to their public workers. If the Republicans want to survive as an effective political party, they need to rethink their actions.

This is a watershed moment in American history. If they make good on their promise to call out the National Guard, the situation will only escalate and it may be that like the Egyptian soldiers, they may do nothing against the demonstrators. Collective bargaining is an institution. You can’t destroy institutions without a backlash.

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10 thoughts on “Is This the Beginning of The Second American Revolution? By Timothy V. Gatto

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  3. One heavily neglected issue in this debate pertains to revenue. Where has all the revenue gone? in 1940, the share between corporate and individual income tax revenue was split almost evenly. Gradually, that shift moved in favor of the corporations. Today, individual income is four times what is collected from corporations. Why is that? The likes of Rush Limbaugh and other neocons argue that we have the highest corporate tax rates in the world. They are right. But what they leave out is the difference between the statutory rate (what’s on paper) and the effective rate (the actual percentage collected). For too long corporations have been protected to shift large amounts of resources, cash, and jobs overseas. The companies that remain in the states are left scrambling to find the next best tax-haven among those American cities and municipalities willing to protect them at the expense of the common citizen. Politicians (sadly, both parties it seems) must fix the broken tax-code. There are too many loopholes and incentives for companies to abandon their fiduciary responsibilities. That’s the diversion that has had people within the middle class fighting amongst each other. To think that expense of public pensions, health benefits, and collective bargaining are costing this country more than the corporations is like comparing a toothpick to all the lumber at a home depot.

  4. Tim , i truly think that America will be the last country to ever expereince real democracy or civil rights. we are the Empire . until we fall i dont really think that it will happen . being within the Empire , the rulers of this Empire make damn sure to keep people doped up on Theta wave levels of t.v. and a whole host of other things .

    i wrote a peice on this ”Amercian politics and the half hour pizza delivery ”.

    as long as americans get their pizzas in a half an hour there will be no revolution .

  5. Where’s all the money going? Well here’s one program for building littoral combat ships. The US Navy plans has an ambitious plan to build hundreds of these ships that cost around 275 million dollars each.

    There was an article in the China Daily today, “US to Boost Naval Forces in Pacific” in which US Vice-Admiral Scott Van Buskirk stated that a new littoral combat ship will be deployed to the Pacific soon. “We remain committed. We remain engaged,” he said.

    I say, engaged in what? The answer is war games, highly expensive military exercises that the U.S. has been conducting in the Pacific and a number of other theaters all over the world this past year (and for a number of years, but rapidly accelerating in intensity and scale now).

    Do Americans really want this to be the focus of where we spend money? I can tell you from here in China, it just looks like a threat. I’m an American living in China and I don’t like this one bit. Pronouncements such as this are fueling a renewed arms race that will not bring us a more secure future, rather the exact opposite. This kind of arms race destabilizes and endangers our collective planetary future.

    Here’s a description I found online of the navy’s plans to spend billions on building Littoral Combat Ships.

    “Total (LCS) Program Objectives
    In the Navy’s FY06 plan, the 30-year force structure profile for 260 and 325 ships proposed building 63 and 82 LCS, respectively, covering the period from FY06 to FY36.”

    [edited: read the rest: ]

    We need to make this kind of commitment instead to peaceful development (jobs!) and evolving civilized ways of resolving conflicts.

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  7. I don’t think the tea partiers are supporting the public workers and students who are protesting Governor Walker’s attacks on workers’ rights in Madison.
    Bloomberg News said on February 18:
    “Mixing with protesters were members of Tea Party groups who staged their own rally in support of the legislation.” (Union Protests Over Collective Bargaining Spread From Wisconsin to Ohio)

    I agree with all the rest of what Timothy Gatto is saying here.

  8. Nice article although I don’t believe we are a progressive nation, unfortunately. I’m quite positive we won’t be another Egypt. Our Constitution prevents the President from being in power for 30 years.

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