Friday, March 14, 2014

How the battle over Overtime, Minimum Wage, Obamacare, Paul Ryan's wistful longings for Slavery illustrate the Republican Plan to Oppress Americans

"The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty" - Pope Francis
President Obama stated this week, he intends to use his Executive Authority to direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as executive or professional employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.

Everyone who works knows the day upper management comes to you and says we'd like to put you on the management ladder and make your position salaried is the day you start doing double the work for the same amount of pay. One way Corporations have slashed the income of their employees is by engaging in a duplicitous game of Salaried vs. Hourly Wage workers. Salaried workers can be compelled, coerced, cajoled and cornered into working 60, 70, 80 or more hours a week, without being compensated for the extra work they are doing. And why would any company hire another employee when they cam get you to Work for Free...
"This is a vast expansion of the Government's power to dictate income in the private sector. This is redistribution by Executive Order. I don't think it helps the economy at all. Oh, I just exceeded my 40 hours, I’m due overtime. And if I don’t get it, I’m going to sue." - Stuart Varney, Faux News resident Upper Class Twit of the Year.
Listen to his three minutes of Tory Nonsense; Actually paying people for their labor is Redistribution, workers don't equal the economy and 'Obama's a Dictator'!

Businesses have tasked Republicans with lowering the pay and benefits of the American Workers and the Right has lustfully embraced this task. For 35 years the Reactionary Right has steadily undermined American labor, reduced the standard of living and pushed more and more Americans into poverty.

The Modern Republican Party has one purpose; to grind down 99% of Americans into unbreakable poverty under the control of Undying Corporate People. The Republican Party has undertaken a journey to re-enslave the American People.

Everything Republicans do is to bring about a Ultra-Reactionary Neo-Feudalist Slave State, whether they are aware of it or not, in which the Middle Class is stripped of their wealth, health and future, the Working Class and Poor is made to know that Government will never help them and an Era of Unbreakable Corporate Bondage is enacted.

Anything which ameliorates this condition is anathema to them and must be fought eternally, no matter the cost.

Obamacare, flawed and sabotaged by Republican villains and Democratic quislings, nonetheless has helped millions and placed the Nation towards modern healthcare coverage.

Which is precisely why the Republican Party and their Plutocratic Masters has engaged in the despicable campaign of deceit and villainy to destroy it.

With the collapse of all their Obamacare Horror stories, like Bette from Cathy McMorris-Rodgers SOTU response, the Koch Brothers financied Americans for Prosperity rolled out Julie Boonstra a cancer sufferer. Boonstra explicitly stated Obamacare and her Representative Gary Peters was going to kill her by making her Leukemia medicine unaffordable. Julie Boonstra was paying $13,200 a year plus non-covered co-pays, prescription drugs and other out-of-pocket expenses.

When Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan crunched the numbers for Julie Boonstra's new plan adding up to $11,900 including the previously uncovered put-of-pocket expenses Boonstra said the idea that it would be cheaper, "can’t be true. I personally do not believe that."

Julie Boonstra and American Conservatives illustrate is the Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Conservatives have sought or allowed themselves to become "Sub-oppressors",
"the oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors, or "sub-oppressors". The very structure of their thought has been conditioned by the contradictions of the concrete, existential situation by which they were shaped. Their ideal is to be men; but for them, to be men is to be oppressors. This is their model of humanity." Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970 pg. 27)
Some GOPers appear to be just ignorant of their Party's true goals, like Deb Sanderson of Maine who thinks taking healthcare away from people "maybe it will incentivize some folks" to pick up extra work and earn more money.

They nonetheless follow along while the evil, vindictive villains of the Republican Party, like Paul Ryan, who after hiding with his tail tucked following his butt-whopping by Mighty Joe Biden and President Obama, has roared back to the forefront of his vicious racist Party,
"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."
What Paul Ryan is alluding to is his and the Republican Party earnest desire a return to the America of the Idyllic Days of 19th century. To put "Y'all back in Chains."

Reduce the minimum wage, allow business owners the ability to dictate what you can and can not purchase with your salary, stealing your pension, limiting you medical care options, ensuring businesses need not compensate you for hours of labor; Republicans have steadily been moving the Nation towards Slavery. 

While the Upper Echelons of the Republican Party are on par with members of the Plutocracy, the evil, vicious Oppressors, the rank and file conservative and Republican Party member is someone who has internalized the thinking of his controller and is as oppressed as those whom they seek to shackle with the chains of slavery.
"This, then is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves and their  oppressors as well. The oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by the virtue of their power, cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. Only the power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both. Any attempt to "soften" the power of the oppressor in deference to the weakness of the oppressed almost always manifests itself in the form of false generosity; indeed, the attempt never goes beyond this. In order to have continued opportunity to express their "generosity", the oppressors must perpetuate injustice as well. An unjust social order is the permanent fount of this "generosity", which is nourished by death, despair, and poverty. This is why dispensers of false generosity become desperate at the slightest threat to its source. True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity." Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970 pg.26).
True Freedom cannot come from a Top-Down system. The Democratic Party despite being exponetianlly better than the Republican Party is not the savior. If the working class is to free itself from the Oppression by the Koch Brothers, Bruce Perkins, Foster Friess, Sam Zell, and their Reactionary Vulture Capitalist System, much like the Labor Movement of the 19th and early 20th century we'll have to overcome them by Ourselves.


the yellow fringe said...

I will begin to search for Paulo Freire material. Thanks for the lead.

Dervish Sanders said...

Great post Gene. I especially liked those excerpts from the "Pedagogy of the Oppressed". Joe Biden got a lot of criticism for is "put Y'all back in Chains" comment, but it is so very true of the Repubs. Their plutocratic masters want to stamp out the middle class, make more of the working poor, and transfer that money upward.

Regarding your comment on my blog, Rusty Schmuckelford said you are "yet another angry lib who hates successful people", but this the opposite of the truth. Not only do Liberals want more people to be successful, we even are working "to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well".

No anger or hatred at all, just a determination that all should share - not equally (as we aren't commies) - but fairly in the fruits of our labors... instead of allowing the uppers to steal from the laborers. Bottom up and not top down.