Saturday, November 10, 2012

Why do charges of elitism against Dems stick?


L*** wrote:   "BTW, MSNBC has not lied to us and they were needed desperately to counter part or debunk the lies on Fox.  That is FACT, G***.

I agree, and I personally get a charge out of Rachel Maddow when I happen to see one of her shows, but G*** is right - to a working person, MSNBC and Rachel can seem condescending, snobbish, out of touch with our reality, even insulting. 

We need a different kind of politics. One that comes from the grass roots, that is about people coming together to take back our world, one where how much money or education you have makes no difference, where what you contribute to others and how well you work with others is what matters.  That kind of politics has NEVER been on television.  

As a matter of fact, even msnbc-type politics has never been and still isn't on broadcast network television.  In 1968, the Smothers Brothers took a few steps down that road - and promptly got yanked.  I haven't forgotten that.  

I understand in my gut what moves the Tea Party, and except for some of their right wing Republican leaders I've always felt comfortable walking into a Tea Party crowd and talking.  But the independence of the Tea Party is a dangerous illusion - their agenda is paid for by billionaires and their ideas justify their power.  Their politics would trade a corrupt corporate-ruled government for the naked rule of the corporations. 

And I understand how Dem politicians can get painted as the enemy of regular people and how for some folk it could stick - not fully leveling with us, taking their plays from the DNC and the centrist advisors the Dems hired for them, and it shows.   

Politicians who come closer to the truth about our situation, who actually try to represent our real interests within limits, can sometimes be more painful to hear.  Their failure to be fully on our side, to be fully one with us, to cut loose their ties to the corporations and the world of executives, administrators, donors and experts who presume to know better than we do what we need, can feel like a betrayal.
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