Workers, public and private, plus the unemployed and poor have been the target of a class war from above for a long time. Locally, city workers took a huge hit a couple of years ago to balance the city budget. Now “liberal” Jerry Brown and others are going after teacher pensions and benefits. Nationally, millions of long-term unemployed have been thrown into desperation, with more added every month, through Congressional refusal to extend benefits at a time of anemic economic “recovery.” The Post Office is being gutted by insane pension funding requirements as politicians blame postal workers for the problem. Meanwhile, food stamps and other emergency food programs are cut and recipients are blamed for their own poverty and called lazy and shiftless.
It’s time for a massive popular upheaval, a synthesis of the power of the 1930s, the 1960s, the Occupy movement and the current struggles for human rights and a decent life for all. Electing more Democrats won’t do it. They are a party of the 1 percent who only pretend to be “more progressive” than the Republicans. Only organized and mobilized forces from below can do it, in the streets and independently at the ballot box.