November 20, 2012 8 Comments
The fiscal cliff is staring us straight in the face. Early next month the debt ceiling will be reached and on January 1st taxes increase for everyone. The election resulted in Obama believing he has a mandate from the 47% who don’t pay income taxes to take from those who do pay taxes. Obama has created the class war of the 21st century. It’s quite different from the leftist class war of the 20th century. This time rather than the war being a battle between workers and business, the class war is between tax payers and tax takers. Obama has shifted the battle.
The 20th century began with the first US President inaugurated in the century’s assassination by a radical leftist anarchist. It saw the bloody Russian Revolution and the millions of murders by Lenin, Stalin and other Soviets. It saw Germany’s nationalist left-wingers pillage and murder during the reign of Hitler, to say nothing of events in China and North Korea. The first half of 20th century also saw violent union strikes throughout the US and Western Europe. All of these events, whether leftist governments murdering or violent union strikes have their root in the Marxist idea of class warfare.
By the end of the 20th century the leftists largely grew weary of bloodshed, perhaps because the average man on the street was tired of war. The progressive left shifted from violence, be it in or out of government, to achieve class warfare during the last decades of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Obama is the first American President to represent the new left-wing vision of class warfare. It is no longer a warfare marked by violent union strikes or violent overthrows of government. It is a “democratic” class warfare where the tax takers rise up against the tax payers and take over government to their own benefit.
Obama won re-election in part because 47 million Americans are dependant on food stamps. That represents 75% of his vote total. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, food stamps use is higher than nearly every other state. Obama promises freebies from the government, he promises to raise taxes in order go give his voters said freebies. Is it any wonder why he won? Not only is food stamp use up, so are the rolls of Social Security disability which increased dramatically during Obama’s first term. You would think disability would be largely immune from economic conditions but not under Obama. He’s increasing his base of voters via welfare.
Fast forward to the fiscal cliff, there’s a good chance Obama digs in and refuses to deal with the Republicans. He doesn’t have to worry about re-election and he likely believes the Democrats will win no matter what in 2016 because he has set up the conditions for a prolonged 21st century version of class warfare. Obama doesn’t benefit when the economy is doing well, he doesn’t benefit when taxes are cut. He only benefits when he can turn the nation’s problems into a battle between tax payers and tax earners. Obama isn’t interested in unity, he’s interested in us versus them. His campaign was us versus them, his first administration was as well.
The GOP doesn’t have much time to figure out how to counter Obama’s class warfare. They already failed miserably with Mitt Romney. In the short term, Speaker Boehner needs to figure out a way to at least come close to Obama in media manipulation. Boehner cannot afford to take all of the blame for the fiscal cliff. In the long term, the GOP needs to figure out the best way to counter the left’s new version of class warfare while holding to our conservative principles. It took conservatives nearly 80 years to figure it out in the 20th century. We cannot afford to wait another 80 years this time around. The left’s 20th century class warfare turned out to be unsuccessful. We must make sure this new form of class warfare is equally unsuccessful.