In “clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right,” I quoted Robert Higgs as follows:
Henry Adams observed that “politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” This marshalling of hatreds is not the whole of politics, to be sure, but it is an essential element. Thus, Democrats encourage people to hate big corporations, and Republicans encourage people to hate welfare recipients.
The 2 monopoly parties do indeed marshall hatred among the populace, thus giving us the partisan knee-jerk reactions we've grown accustomed to in politics today. Yet deep down inside, we all know that partisan arguments not only keep meaningful details out of the conversation, but often force us to defend a policy or politician (regardless of party affiliation) in cases where we disagree.
We see this Divide and Conquer strategy all over the political landscape. A good example being the constant accusations of racism, anytime someone opposes a Democrat. This is a deliberate attempt to divide by Washington. After all, a divided populace is easier to control (see Gramsci).
Here's another quote from Higgs.
Amid all the partisan sound and fury, hardly anybody notices that political reality boils down to two “parties”: (1) those who, in one way or another, use state power to bully and live at the expense of others; and (2) those unfortunate others.
Instead of "parties" however, think "classes." Now it reads:
Amid the partisan sound and fury, hardly anybody notices that political reality boils down to two "classes": (1) tax eaters; and (2) tax payers.
Today in America, we have only 2 classes: (1) the Political Class, and (2) the rest of us. This results in the plundering of one class for the benefit of the other - the tax eaters plunder the tax payers. Let me illustrate ...
Earlier today Lindsay Beyerstein reported that Scozzafava responded to an AFL-CIO questionnaire by saying she would support card-check legislation that eliminates the secret ballot requirement for organizing unions. As Beyerstein notes, this contradict statements made by a Scozzafava spokesman in September.
So after the dinner, I asked Assemblywoman Scozzafava if she supports card check. "Yes, yes I do," she replied.
At that point someone from her campaign placed himself between Scozzafava and me and told me I should direct all my inquires to the campaign's spokesman. I nonetheless asked Scozzafava if her signing of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to vote to raise taxes means she would oppose any health care bill that raises taxes. "What kind of taxes?" she replied. Then another couple of gentlemen interposed themselves between Scozzafava and me as Scozzafava headed for the door.
After she got into her car, I went to my car and fired up my laptop to report the evening's events.
Minutes later a police car drove into the parking lot with its lights flashing. Officer Grolman informed me that she was called because "there was a little bit of an uncomfortable situation" and then took down my name, date of birth, and address.
"Maybe we do things a little differently here, but you know, persistence in that area, you scared the candidate a little bit," Officer Grolman told me.
You see ...
Not only do we have a White House at war with FOX News, but we have a Republican politician calling the cops on a reporter too! Simply because she didn't like his questions!
The Political Class truly believes that they're above the rest of us, thus we have a tax eater (Scozzafava) feeling "threatened" by a tax payer (reporter). This incident is just more proof that politics isn't about Democrats vs. Republicans anymore. Now ... it's US vs. Them!