Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'm back to work for the Global Network. Will continue to help Lisa Savage for US Senate campaign on my free time. Trying to self-isolate as much as possible. Best wishes and good luck to you all.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

THE PALIN FACTOR

Sarah Palin is being used to divide the nation against itself. Those corporate leaders who have moved their personal wealth to off-shore banks, and moved their industries to Third World nations where they can maximize profits by using cheaper labor, don't care about "country" anymore. They have gone global.

Palin is useful to the oligarchy because as America's economy collapses they want to make sure that the people don't point their fingers in the direction of those who really hold power. So by promoting someone like Palin, who could have never gotten this far without the corporate controlled media giving her major air time, they have found a new working class lightening rod to further drive right and left against each other.

In recent days many progressives have been showing up at Palin book signing events to hold protests. Inevitably the progressives and the conservatives, who are in the long lines to buy her book, end up taunting each other. The fuel easily gets added to the already raging divide between the people.

In the end our problem in the US is not those folks who are taken in by Palin's mindless drivel. Our real problem, and obstacle to fundamental change, is the moneyed class - the oligarchy. You can imagine the corporate powers that run this country are sitting back and laughing as they watch this already wide divide between the people get even bigger with Palin playing a key role in fostering that growing gap.

Like in so many countries where civil wars are now underway (Afghanistan and Columbia for example) the people must be pitted against each other, and armed to the teeth, in order to divert attention from the rulers who are driving those nations into the ground.

Here in America we call each other Socialists or right-wing nuts. We froth at the mouth at each other and get tremendous energy by feeling superior to the "other". Our anger and hatred builds to the point that it takes just one key event to trigger the escalation of emotion into violence.

But Sarah Palin is not the ruling class. Clearly she supports their corporate interests but it would make more sense to spend our time identifying who in fact holds power in America and finding ways to communicate with our fellow Americans who feel frustrated and marginalized by society.

We can't let the power structure bait the people into taking each others head off. Instead we have to continue pointing our angry fingers beyond our neighbors toward the mansions on the hill that represent the elements in our society that control wealth and are the ones who are preventing the majority from having the chance for a decent life.

All for one and one for all, the common good, are themes that run counter to the interests of oligarchy.

Yes, analyze Sarah Palin's positions (or lack of them) on the issues, offer critiques of them, but don't fall into the trap of enlisting in the right-left enemy creation trap.

Be smart enough to see the mass manipulation now underway behind the Palin phenomenon.

Keep your eyes on the real source of power in this country - the banks, the insurance companies, the military industrial complex, the media corporations, pharmaceutical companies, and the energy corporations. These are the folks that have colonized the nation and are exploiting all of us.

In this video below, filmed at a Palin book signing, you see working class Americans who support her. While I don't agree with these folks politically at all I don't see them as my enemy.....they may be misguided, lacking in political analysis, and more but they are not the ones who are steering the nation into the ground. In fact much of their rage is coming from the fact that they feel no one is speaking for them as the see the collapse of their "way of life."

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