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Fri Jun 3, 2016, 08:03 AM Jun 2016

'poorsplaining' [View all]

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I often resist the urge to poorsplain to the obviously financially secure posters here that keep telling us how well we are all doing, how we are in recovery, how we are on the right track.

What about access to not worrying about your electricity being cut off because you are juggling bills?
What about access to a dignified, well-funded mass transit system?
What about access to education and opportunity?

Are questions I ask on a daily basis, and what might shock some of the cheerleaders here is that those are the most common thoughts to enter the minds of the average American in this day and age, yes, I said average, but it really is more like the majority of Americans. The majority of us have been left behind in an economy where we lose more each day as the well to do gain more each day, what makes matters worse is that we no longer appear to have much in the way of representation no matter how we vote.

I would give what little remains of my life for a party of the people, a labor party, a party that is concerned about the rising and rampant poverty all around the insulated bubbles of the few remaining middle class members that love to tell me how great we are doing, how progressive our party is, how our leaders "feel our pain".

I would poorsplain to them what the true reality is as a party that once represented the people has for the past thirty years abandoned us to decay as a people as completely as they have abandoned the crumbling bridges roads and empty factories that once were the life blood of a people first marginalized, then ignored, and now completely invisible. - it is as if the majority of Americans do not exist.

I would do this splainin' but such is condescension and anger does not translate well as condescension but rather rage repressed becomes expressed, and this insulated bubble of cheerleading "sports team" enthusiasts that do not have the worries of the common man are quite fragile and easily offended, they would ban me from this site were I to attempt to poorsplain to them the nature of the reality of the suffering all around them they are blind to as my condescension would turn to rage before the first paragraph were completed.

You see, it is not just the rich that keep 'splainin to us "how we need to be" to not be struggling and losing, but also those that carry their water from the insulated middle class that are the only ones spoken to by our representatives, the house servants to the rich that exist within our party that are skeeved out by a class they fear they will one day join if they don't ally themselves to the rich splaining servants of the upper crust that call themselves representatives to the people.

If any of them truly cared about anyone but themselves, if any of them cared about most of their fellow citizens, they would not cheer on and idolize those that have shaped a party that once served the people into a golem fit only to further enrich the already rich using nothing more than soft rhetoric and broken promises to the middle class that carry their water while ignoring the rest, the majority, the struggling .... the invisible that are losing or have lost everything to policies chosen by those that they swoon over and adore as if they were teenagers smitten by a heart throb.

There are exceptions within these insulated bubbles of middleclassdom that do see us and do see with deeper insight how their class too shall fall to the greed of the wealthy that own our representatives, there are exceptions as well within our representative bodies that can see the invisible majority, they are the ones that have my respect as advocates that show true empathy and disgust at the indefensible state we find ourselves in and who would, like statesmen of a time now past, attempt to effect change that will perhaps not make the majority wealthy, but at least comfortable enough to survive without the constant dread of becoming homeless and dead. But alas, they need no one to explain to them because they already have eyes to see.

To the rest, you are cowards or complicit idiots that perhaps feel you will one day rise above your middle class status to trample us beneath your feet like the heroes you idolize that have brought this country to a state where an economic recovery is now defined as the rich gaining much more of the monetary resources they will never need or likely spend while the majority fall further into poverty. House servants are what they are, and could only maybe learn from working in the fields for a bowl of gruel and a hope that the next day they will be able to break their backs yet again for yet one more bowl, one more day alive. I do not respect such individuals and attempts to 'poorsplain to them would more likely result in a lynch mob directed towards me than a change of mind or heart.

This is a bad day today (as perhaps evidenced by my lengthy rambling response), one more acquaintance went homeless today and we are all of us trying to help around here but with little success save temporary floor accommodations and calls to the mostly ineffective representatives that work within a tattered and barely existent safety net apparatus ravaged a few decades ago with bi-partisan support and a well adored sports team favorite named Clinton.
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'poorsplaining' [View all] Dragonfli Jun 2016 OP
... Autumn Jun 2016 #1
... Dragonfli Jun 2016 #2
HEY! yuiyoshida Jun 2016 #106
... Dragonfli Jun 2016 #109
You got it. Well said Dragonfli. jalan48 Jun 2016 #3
Thank you for this post me b zola Jun 2016 #4
It's the modern version of let them eat cake. zeemike Jun 2016 #13
Let them eat pragmatism and you only that after you submit. Todays_Illusion Jun 2016 #36
Kicked and recommended to the Max! nt Enthusiast Jun 2016 #5
Well to be fair we are in some views the "undeserving" poor. We brought it on ourselves, you see. Ford_Prefect Jun 2016 #6
You forgot the sarcasm emoji. KPN Jun 2016 #21
I would not assume that was sarcasm because Pakhet Jun 2016 #64
ditto, tey relatives say I'm a "Outlander". saidsimplesimon Jun 2016 #71
I expect those who read my comments to think about them. The sarcasm speaks for itself IMO. Ford_Prefect Jun 2016 #48
k & r Punx Jun 2016 #7
Spot-on Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Jun 2016 #8
Then convince poor White working class Americans to vote for progressive politicians across all... Yavin4 Jun 2016 #9
It's not just poor white working class Americans.. whathehell Jun 2016 #15
Establishment Dems have bought into the line that because Republicans win in those states, Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2016 #16
Yup. Somebody has to start the fight. Well said. It's about time Democrats stopped LuckyLib Jun 2016 #70
Ummm ... there's a bit of bullshit in your response. Be honest. KPN Jun 2016 #20
Where? Look at the WI Governor recall vote. Yavin4 Jun 2016 #31
Okay, maybe I misinterpreted you. KPN Jun 2016 #33
DU aint the problem. Yavin4 Jun 2016 #41
+1000 nt abelenkpe Jun 2016 #83
I know someone who had a different take on the Wisconsin recall election Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2016 #68
With 20-20 hindsight, it's easy to see that state party Chair Mike Tate, either intentionally ... Scuba Jun 2016 #103
Yes, that's how it looked from my vantage point on the other side of the river Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2016 #108
You think it's only poor whites who vote against their economic self-interest? Scootaloo Jun 2016 #30
Nope. African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and most other racial and ethnic groups Yavin4 Jun 2016 #32
No they really don't. Scootaloo Jun 2016 #40
Again, explain WI. Explain the KY Governor's race. Yavin4 Jun 2016 #43
yet the "progressive" democrat that does not support $15/minimum and does not support single payer magical thyme Jun 2016 #52
It's more than that... malokvale77 Jun 2016 #85
so your premise is that KS is going broke because it's a 'white' state? got news azurnoir Jun 2016 #80
And then there's Texas, which is majority nonwhite and... Texas Scootaloo Jun 2016 #92
Yes, and Texas offers a good example of a tone-deaf Dem candidate Lydia Leftcoast Jun 2016 #93
Hog-wash. malokvale77 Jun 2016 #86
Nope. African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and most other racial and ethnic groups... AlbertCat Jun 2016 #95
Thank you Scootaloo!! haikugal Jun 2016 #46
A thousand times yes! malokvale77 Jun 2016 #87
Democrats like Payday Debbie are progressive? arikara Jun 2016 #45
The Dems. in the WI state legislature fled the state to prevent a vote abolishing collective... Yavin4 Jun 2016 #49
lacks the data to support it. AlbertCat Jun 2016 #96
Many people don't get the chance to vote for progressive politicians nxylas Jun 2016 #72
The people in WI had a clear opportunity to show support for unions and collective bargaining Yavin4 Jun 2016 #79
WI does not represent the entire country. AlbertCat Jun 2016 #97
Being in Texas, I know what you say is a fact. malokvale77 Jun 2016 #89
The issue is with those among us that support Corporate profits over rhett o rick Jun 2016 #75
You're focusing on one election. One data point and missing the larger issue. Yavin4 Jun 2016 #81
White working class, non-educated males have voted against Democratic candidates, AlbertCat Jun 2016 #98
b/c inciting racial animus is so much more rational nashville_brook Jun 2016 #99
There is a grotesque angle on race-baiting DirkGently Jun 2016 #101
+10000 nashville_brook Jun 2016 #107
Well said. Thank you. Harriety Jun 2016 #10
every now and then somone nails it enuf to build a damn house and that how you nailed it dembotoz Jun 2016 #11
+1 *sigh* dchill Jun 2016 #12
Shameful in a zentrum Jun 2016 #14
Awesome Dragonfli angrychair Jun 2016 #17
Well said. GoneFishin Jun 2016 #18
Most excellent Rap Dragonfli! KPN Jun 2016 #19
Don't Go Quietly..... scottie55 Jun 2016 #22
Thank you Dragonfli felix_numinous Jun 2016 #23
+1 Left Brain Jun 2016 #55
Excellent post dragonfli! lonestarnot Jun 2016 #24
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I do not know jwirr Jun 2016 #25
K&R NikolaC Jun 2016 #26
Thank you! redwitch Jun 2016 #27
Looking at some of the responses zalinda Jun 2016 #28
I think I know why we (even those of us who were poor) were jwirr Jun 2016 #34
more on voting w0nderer Jun 2016 #37
I thought about saying that zalinda Jun 2016 #47
This message was self-deleted by its author The Green Manalishi Jun 2016 #74
Thanks for this post Dragonfli Scootaloo Jun 2016 #29
Nicely said. And I feel for this. And THIS seems like a reality I can easily recognize. highprincipleswork Jun 2016 #35
K&R!!!! Phlem Jun 2016 #38
Thanks for posting it separately w0nderer Jun 2016 #39
The invisibilization and marginalization of the poor ... ananda Jun 2016 #42
So.... voting for Trump if Hillary makes it???? NotHardly Jun 2016 #44
Where did you pull that out of? I didn't see it anywhere in this thread...oh, I see, you made it up haikugal Jun 2016 #50
So you got that from the OP? Did you even bother to read it? Or did it just touch a nerve? BillZBubb Jun 2016 #84
Thank you for another excellent OP, well done!!! K&R!! haikugal Jun 2016 #51
K&R stage left Jun 2016 #53
Well Said! Ferd Berfel Jun 2016 #54
Exactly! Duppers Jun 2016 #112
Righteously and beautifully stated, Dragonfli Left Brain Jun 2016 #56
K&R.. disillusioned73 Jun 2016 #57
K&R azmom Jun 2016 #58
Bravo Dragonfli!! DebbieCDC Jun 2016 #59
Yeah I work 7 days a week.. ymetca Jun 2016 #60
K&R ReRe Jun 2016 #61
I was poor all my working life. I was homeless once and hungry a lot. Warpy Jun 2016 #62
Thank you. SusanCalvin Jun 2016 #63
I'm retired. It wasn't until I started canvassing for Bernie that I realized JDPriestly Jun 2016 #65
One bad transmission shadowmayor Jun 2016 #66
The house servants of the rich. Volaris Jun 2016 #67
Clinton's voters are going to be those with absolutely nothing to worry about in their lives MisterP Jun 2016 #69
Dragonfli Iwillnevergiveup Jun 2016 #73
K and R and Spirochete Jun 2016 #76
DURec leftstreet Jun 2016 #77
Damned straight! Maedhros Jun 2016 #78
How do we get the old band back together? I am sick of this Third Way shit and its apologists. BillZBubb Jun 2016 #82
It's because many DUers do not really care how people are doing, it's the perception they care abt MadDAsHell Jun 2016 #88
This message was self-deleted by its author LiberalArkie Jun 2016 #90
I'm sorry to hear about your friend Politicub Jun 2016 #91
dragonfli you are awesome undergroundpanther Jun 2016 #94
You could see and sense the divide widening years ago, now it is being felt by more people ... slipslidingaway Jun 2016 #100
Dragonfil soaring high! PuraVidaDreamin Jun 2016 #102
Great OP. Cogent and correct. Thanks Dragonfli. Scuba Jun 2016 #104
oh, c'mon. everything's hunky-dory. there are long lines at the theaters in Manhattan! KG Jun 2016 #105
K&R on behalf of Third Way Manny LiberalElite Jun 2016 #110
K & R mountain grammy Jun 2016 #111
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