America, Your Deodorant Is Letting You Down
“Poor White Trash,” was originally a despective term for impoverished, landless sharecroppers who differed from black slaves only in their skin color. They were white, and that whiteness spared them from being considered–and considering themselves–the lowest scum on the earth.
They were unwashed, undernourished and unlettered. But, by God, they were white. That gave them an ascendency over black people: they could kill them with impunity. The name for that time-honored southern tradition is lynching, and its legacy lives on in various forms, in police forces, in the penal system, in education and employment…
Black author, Ida B.Wells, writes in Lynch Law in America:
From 1889 to 1918, more than 2,400 African Americans were hanged or burned at the stake. Many lynching victims were accused of little more than making “boastful remarks,” “insulting a white man” or seeking employment “out of place.”
She adds some local color:
Sam Holt…was burned at the stake in a public road…. Before the torch was applied to the pyre, the Negro was deprived of his ears, fingers, and other portions of his body…. Before the body was cool, it was cut to pieces, the bones were crushed into small bits, and even the tree upon which the wretch met his fate were torn up and disposed of as souvenirs.
It’s this brand of white trash inhumanity that shows up again and again throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, both within US American borders and abroad on both the micro and macro scale, from single lynchings in the US American deep south to the full-blown genocide of Guatemalan Indians orchestrated by the CIA in the 1950’s. The rudimentary philosophical underpinnings were well established: “We’re Americans and we do what the fuck we please.” The native Americans were the first to learn this lesson, then the Mexicans, then the Spanish and the Cubans, then, little by little, the rest of the world.
They’re Selling You Garbage
Once a country like the United States is thoroughly riddled with inequality, racism, violence, poverty, ignorance and fear, when many citizens are desperate and see no possible solution in sight, that country is ripe for charlatans peddling political and religious miracles and scores of cures for cellulitis.
They’re going to sell you a ticket to an America that’s great again, and eternal bliss sitting on a cloud at the left hand of God himself. All you have to do is to pay your tithe and do what they tell you. What a dismal state of affairs. Your government chooses not to take your tax money and provide you (all of you) with a first-world standard of living. Every other government in the industrialized world can and does do just that, but yours doesn’t. It’s not that your government can’t afford it, because they can. It’s not that they haven’t noticed the homelessness, poverty, hunger and infant mortality rife in US American society, because they have. But the health, education and welfare of Americans is way down on their list of priorities. At the top they have:
- Tax cuts for the super-rich, including the billionaire President and Commander in Chief, himself.
- Military installations, wars, subversion and unprovoked aggression all over the world.
- Utterly useless multi-billion-dollar pork-barrel “defense projects” like the F22 Raptor, the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the B-2 Bomber and oodles more, programs designed to enrich congressional districts all over the country and insure re-election for their slimy incumbents. Then there’s congressional lobbying by big business, military and otherwise. More of the same.
I’m not making this up. Here’s an informative article from Forbes from December 1, 2016.
A friend asked me the other day, “What exactly do you mean by “White Trash Values?”
I mean the values of a downtrodden, and morally impoverished–people whose only way of affirming themselves was through the systematic humiliation and abuse of people they placed arbitrarily in the category of sub-human. The motors of poor white trash attitudes in the Old South were poverty, ignorance and a wholly fictional racial superiority, which inevitably created brutal and cruel lives. The only sector the poor white trash could turn their bitterness loose on were black slaves. A century of this putrid ferment yielded a heady brew. After so much cruelty and brutality over so much time the white trash values became common coin, with spillover into the North.
Flash forward to the 1980’s. This mean, unforgiving world view had mutated and migrated north. It was an easy job for the sycophant, running-dog mainstream US communications media to re-orient the poor white trash “ethic” converting it into a formula for world domination based on indiscriminate brutality, willful ignorance and a willingness to find Arms of Mass Destruction under anybody’s bed. This recast “product” found a warm welcome in investment banks, vulture funds and multinational companiess, whose offshore operations looked not unlike Louisiana plantations. The laborers were, after all, defenseless brown people with few rights and fewer pretensions to equality. These practices are still going on in places like Mexico, India, Indonesia, Viet Nam… I could go on and on.
The effect this neo-slavery had on bottom lines was spectacular. By paying wages 10 or 20 times lower than those that US American workers earned, the giant mutinationals, virtually all based in the USA, could suddenly pay even-bigger dividends to their stockholders with money left over to bribe politicians and win them over to their companies’ agendas. At first these bribes were risky semi-clandestine affairs run through lobbyists but in time the companies had bought so many legislators that they had the voting majorities necessary to legalize big company donations to political campaigns. It was a win-win proposition for legislators and businesses, if not for the US American people.
By the way, what happens to those US American workers whose jobs were exported? Don’t worry about them; they’ve always got the American Dream.
This is the point where we have to stop referring to “poor” white trash, as this northern strain of the virus is obviously not poor. They’re fabulously rich but still dedicated to the pitiless white-trash code of conduct.
The Banks Lead the Way
The great innovators in the business to bleeding the poor were–and are–the financial services companies, who began to contrive fraudulent products, the crookedness of which was hidden so far down in the deck that it was invisible to the naked eye. Conveniently pliant legislators were key players in this super-scam as they were easily convinced to revoke regulations and controls on dishonest dealings. They proved their worth many times over when the gargantuan house of financial cards collapsed utterly when the sub-prime mortgage “crisis” struck in late 2008.
The banks and mortgage companies had gravely multiplied their risk by securitizing carefully disguised packages of mostly worthless mortgages. When the excrement hit the ventilator Congress rushed in one weekend and appropriated $700 billion (that is two-thirds of a trillion dollars) to bail out the big mortgage operators. And that was only the beginning. The total cost of the fiasco is incalculable but the most reliable sources (the foxes who guard the henhouse) put it around $16 trillion (with a “T”).
It’s Only Government Money
Was this “government money” that Congress gave so freely to the banks, without even demanding any equity for the US government (i.e. the people of the United States)? Well, yes and no. It belonged to the government insofar as it was the government that was authorized (rather, authorized itself) to spend it so frivolously. But, as always, the buck stopped at the front door of the US American taxpayers. That is, those who still had front doors, as many of those taxpayers had been evicted forcefully from their homes for not keeping up the payments on those selfsame mortgages that the banks were speculating with. Now, besides losing their homes, they’re obliged to pay, in the form of taxes, for their share of the Big Bank Bailout. Jesus Weeps.
Forbes contributor, Mike Collins, writes:
Most people think that the big bank bailout was the $700 billion that the Treasury Department used to save the banks during the financial crash in September of 2008. But this is a long way from the truth because the bailout is still ongoing. The Special Inspector General for TARP summary of the bailout says that the total commitment of government is $16.8 trillion dollars with the $4.6 trillion already paid out. Yes, it was trillions not billions and the banks are now larger and still too big to fail. But it isn’t just the government bailout money that tells the story of the bailout. This is a story about lies, cheating, and a multi-faceted corruption which was often criminal.
These big-time predator/scavenger/opportunists can no longer hide behind the excuse of poverty-induced ignorance to justify the killer capitalist lives they lead, regardless of whether or not they espouse these values openly. If you’re walking the walk you don’t have to bother talking the talk.
Here’s just the tip of the big-bucks White Trash iceberg. They are the trolls who are forging ahead aggressively to drag the country backward.