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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sledgehammer Politics American Style

Obama, corporate owned Congress criminals continue the rape and pillage of the poor, disabled, Seniors, Veterans of America

WORLD NEWS
By Dallas Darling
10/15/2013

When Mia, a fast-food worker and single mother of two, expressed concern over the government slowdown, being forced to spend an extra $175 per month for baby milk, it reminded me of sledgehammer politics. But before discussing how a Republican Speaker smashed through chamber doors with a sledgehammer, and then proceeded to seize the House from popularly elected Populists, sledgehammer politics always injures the most vulnerable members of society like Mia, the very people the State is sworn to protect. Working thirty hours a week at a meagerly wage of $8.03, Mia exists on a monthly income of only $600. The WIC program, that provides baby milk, has been shut down. She also worries over the Affordable Health CareAct. The least expensive plan will cost her and her children an extra $150 per month, including a deductible of $5000. 
 
 
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For some elected officials, and on behalf of Big Business, politics means war against the disadvantaged members of society. Such was the case during the Populist-Establishment War of 1893. After winning the Kansas House of Representatives, Lorenzo Lewelling, a Populist governor, and Populist-controlled Senate charged Republicans with election fraud. Along with invalidating the election of some Republicans, Populists passed legislative laws regulating government subsidized monopolies. They also gave people greater economic opportunities. Earlier, Populists and Republicans had sat in the same chamber, agreeing they were ready to work together on behalf of the people. But arguments and fights broke out, as did a vindictive spirit. Tensions soared as both parties claimed victory, and when Governor Lewelling only recognized his fellow Populists. 
 
 
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In the midst of ongoing ballot disputes and heated confrontations, Governor Lewelling decided to call out the State militia to evict Republican Speaker GeorgeDouglass. Republicans retaliated by pressuring and paying-off local authorities to arrest the clerk of the Populist controlled House. When he was jailed on trumped up charges for disturbing the peace, fellow Populists rescued him. The "peace" was further disturbed that night as both sides organized for a major conflict. The crisis reached a boiling point the next morning when Populists locked themselves in the House Hall. Speaker George Douglass and other Republican officials marched on the Capitol, demanding entry into the House hall. Using a sledge hammer and clubs, they smashed and broke through the doors and seized control of the chamber. The surprised Populists fled for their lives.
 
 
While the Populists decided to meet in another room in the Capitol, the Republican-backed County Sheriff paid and deputized hundreds of citizens to maintain law and order in the city. Republicans quickly nullified Populist legislation that had regulated Big Business. Other laws protecting the people from the Establishment were either changed or stripped. Although Governor Lewelling again called out the State militia, after a three-day standoff he finally decided to negotiate an agreement with the Republican Speaker of the House. The ultimate decision of who controlled the House would be made by the Republican dominated Kansas StateSupreme Court. Governor Lewelling's negotiations amounted to a Populist surrender, ending the Populist-Establishment War. It also meant that Big Business and the Establishment could continue to smash the disadvantaged.
 
 
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Although the sledgehammer that shattered the chamber's doors is displayed in the Kansas Museum of History, its symbol of political aggression and structural violence still resonates today. For some elected officials and their privileged constituents, politics and legislative laws are viewed as ideological sledgehammers, types of violent weaponry, to be used against susceptible citizens. While enjoying multi-billion dollar taxpayer subsidies, corporate-owned medias continually espouse collectivized anger towards, and fear of, the economically downtrodden and underpaid. The Establishment and Big Business, including their corrupt practices, are deified. Where there exists unequal and unjust power sharing arrangements, economically, socially or politically, the last doors of democracy are destroyed, smashed by political insurgents armed with sledgehammers.
 
 


Another single mother nearby shared how she not only works during the day as a secretary, earning $10 an hour, but she had to apply for a second part-time job that pays only minimum wage. She too has three children to care for, but is working another job because she is too proud to ask for government assistance. The real victims in the government slowdown are not Republicans or Democrats, nor are they corporations that claim they can barely afford to pay workers minimum wage, the real victimized majority are the disadvantaged workers, those who are paid an insufficient wage. In an overly aggressive and market-oriented economy, work that is not valued, or only partially-paid, is a humiliating blow. Sledgehammer politics and economics always crush the marginalized and their spirits. They also dispose of the disadvantaged.

Just like the Populist-Establishment War of 1893, Politicians, Big Business, and the Establishment are the real victors. They will also continue to swing their tyrannical sledgehammers, smashing the doors of fairness and opportunity.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-ZReading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some NationsAbove God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.




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