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In the days that followed the election, I was able to stomach some of the right wing media. I wanted to see the heads exploding. So I turned on Bill O'Reilly. He said something I thought was very insightful, and with a minor change I believe I can agree with him:

The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.
I have seen much made of the "stuff" argument on both sides and I would agree with Bill if he had said "different" stuff. For sure the Koch Bros et al would have expected "stuff" for their "investment" of billions of dollars of Super Pac money, but different "stuff" than what the middle class wants. (Other diarists have pointed this out.)

But I think the larger point that is missed is that voters "feel that the economic system is stacked against them".

He was saying this with derision but I felt it hit the nail on the head. People have come to realize that this economy favors the wealthy over the middle class.

President Obama addressed this issue during the campaign when he talked about everyone playing by the same rules. Many of us in the middle class are aware that the value of our take home pay from a job (I'm not an entrepreneur) has been sliding, while corporate America is making greater profits than ever.

Mitt Romney refuses to release his tax returns because that's all we need to know. He's better than even his own father. Different rules because he's rich(er).

Corporations can afford to hire lobbyists and get their laws passed, donate lots of money to political campaigns, and even spend unlimited amounts on "free speech" (Citizens United). The middle class is struggling to pay it's bills. Different rules because they're rich.

I could go on about this forever, but everyone here knows what I'm talking about.

As I said, Bill O'Reilly was very insightful. But he's not likely to convince anyone else in the Republican party, including himself.

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  •  Bill O'Reilly doesn't seem dumb to me. (1+ / 0-)
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    mskitty

    I suspect Bill O'Reilly thinks that the system being stacked against people is a false perception.  Whether or not the system actually is, is where the debate ought to be.

    Of course, he still does kind of have that air of being an arrogant bully, but at least in his case, it makes sense.  He's smarter than his peers amongst the Fox crowd.

    Too bad he's still a shameless propagandist.

  •  Yes- what he said was right (2+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye54, Paul Rogers

    but the way he said it is what is wrong with the republican pundits.

    He was lamenting the fact that voters feel the economic system is stacked against them.  And that we want 'stuff'.

    As far as Bill-o is concerned, we are not suppose to be complaining about our lot in life.  That's just the way it is.  He wants us hidden from society- you know, like all the homeless vets out there.

    Reality scares republicans.  They don't want to see it.  And when they are forced to face even a small part of it, well, listen to the sadness in his voice, pleading for someone to not fix this problem- just make it go away.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:01:32 PM PST

  •  Bill O is projecting big time. (0+ / 0-)

    Saying these minorities want stuff, he's disappointed that because his side lost, "they" will be getting their "stuff" and he won't getting any "stuff".  The dude should know about wanting and getting stuff, it's been his stock and trade.

    All this talk of "stuff" is reminding me of George Carlin. So I'll give you some stuff.

    God be with you, Occupiers. God IS with you.

    by Hohenzollern on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:40:23 PM PST

  •  I disagree. One snippet does not tell the tale. (0+ / 0-)

    That sentence comes from a larger piece where Billo the Clown was lamenting the end of 'Traditional America'.

    Bill's comments for the entire piece lent more toward a malaise because white people are eclipsing as the controlling majority in this country and that their power and control has or will soon pass, thus the end of traditional 'white' America.

    Bill's lament for tradition is dog whistle race baiting for Fox viewers. Feel bad. Be scared. You're white power and privilege are coming to an end because dmeographics have changed and you should be mad and worried. ...In other words, more of the same BS from him and Fox.

    One line does not forgive an obviously flawed viewpoint, and while I may agree tacitly with the singular line of wording, that was not the focus or intent of what Billo was saying to his audience.

    Billo may seem insightful to you, but his 'insight' is blinded and drowned out by his concern over the loss of white power and privilege in this country.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:37:01 PM PST

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