Have we merely become a wealthier version of the banana republics we use to laugh about?

Typically, a banana republic consists of social classes that include a huge but poor working class and a smaller ruling-class plutocracy, composed of the business, political and military elites.

Christopher Hitchens wrote:

"The chief principle of banana-ism is that of kleptocracy, whereby those in positions of influence use their time in office to maximize their own gains, always ensuring that any shortfall is made up by those unfortunates whose daily life involves earning money rather than making it."

And, as Hitchens also pointed out, there is absolutely no accountability for these thieves.

Remember the crash of 2008?

Ordinary people lost it all, but not the thieves. They were rewarded and went on to make an unprecedented amount of wealth in the years to follow. Ain't that a bitch? 

Does this have a familiar ring to it?

As I write these words, attempts are being made to retool the entire tax system. We must ask ourselves, what do they want to accomplish? To rob from the poor and middle classes? Who will they give the spoils to after that? The wealthy, the corporations, the elite thieves who have no accountability, of course.

I am preparing myself for the worst and hoping for the best.

I have relatives who voted for this current administration. I have neighbors in my conservative, bible thumping state of Indiana who have prayed for this mess. I even have fellow progressives who voted third party in an attempt to prove their moral superiority who now have nothing to offer as we all sit and watch everything go up in flames.

If this isn't a banana republic, I don't know what is ... 

Americans are a stubborn lot. I have many friends that at last have begun to realize which side their bread is buttered on. (sigh) Friends who use to confuse socialism with communism and had no idea that they were already benefiting from a social democracy. I know they were raised to think this way and so I guess it had to take a long time for them to begin to see the light, but man, oh, man, am I tired of waiting, and waiting and waiting on the rest of the working class to wake up and demand, "Off with their heads!"

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Comment by Loren Miller on December 3, 2017 at 4:08pm

Pain will frequently get a response.  So will taking something away that they've taken for granted.  Word has it that, now that the GOP has their tax cut, they're after Social Security and Medicare next, and if that doesn't piss a WHOLE LOT of people off, I would be stunned.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on December 3, 2017 at 3:52pm
Someone more famous than I said the best remedy for the ills of democracy is more democracy.

How best to get voters’ attention? Pain, the kind that voters feel after they don’t pay attention.
Comment by Michael Penn on December 1, 2017 at 10:03am

I'm with you on that one. It's hard for me to see how Paul Ryan thinks a person will be so much better at the end of the year to get $700 when so much more than that is taken away from them in benefits.

Trump is even showing pictures of a supposed Muslim desecrating a statue of the Virgin Mary. What does this mean? How would there have ever been a likeness of this person? It's impossible but they will continue to control us through religion.

Maybe we are becoming more like a banana republic. We even have people telling us there is a god because the banana just perfectly fits our hand. This is just some of the nonsense going on while they lie and steal us blind. We remain too distracted to notice or to even care.

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