Bigger than Biden

Bigger than Biden

Driving home last week, I passed a yard sign that initially looked like a typical Christmas greeting. Crimson background with silver glitter stars and snowflakes and lettering. But it didn’t say Merry Christmas, it said “Let’s Go Brandon”

What started out as anger at President Biden has grown into a rallying cry for a rebellion against the elite. People know they are being lied to at all levels of government and academia.

So, “Remember the Alamo,” “Remember the Maine,” “Remember Pearl Harbor” and “Let’s Go Brandon” because we have had it.

58 thoughts on “Bigger than Biden

  1. RE: “What started out as anger at President Biden has grown into a rallying cry for a rebellion against the elite.”

    Well put. Poor Stumble Joe. He’s only one of ’em.

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  2. LOL!

    You and this dipshit commentator are trying to project your own sad world view onto everyone else. By almost any measure, you and he are both card-carrying members of that “elite” you say everyone is sick of.

    If a majority of the people have “had it” with anything it is the disloyalty, dishonesty, obstructionism, and frankly bizarre behavior on exhibit by “conservatives.”

    Interesting how you lump your rallying cry – internet speak for “Fuck Joe Biden” – with historical rallying cries about war against foreign enemies. You people thinking of trying again after your fiasco of a rebellion a year ago? Did Santa Claus bring you the ammo you were praying for?

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    1. RE: “You and this dipshit commentator are trying to project your own sad world view onto everyone else.”

      Hmmm. Cussing and psychoanalysis all in one comment! No supernatural intelligence could make a better, more useful contribution to the Forum.

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          1. “Dr. Tabor’s post didn’t do that.”

            The HELL he didn’t. What makes you think that the sentiment “Fuck Joe Biden” is shared by anybody other than you Trump tribalists?

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          2. And the people who resort to such childish insults are definitely much smaller than Biden.

            Of course our previous president was a great user of childish insults so those enamored by his “charm” will copy. Ditto heads again??

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          3. RE: “What makes you think that the sentiment ‘Fuck Joe Biden’ is shared by anybody other than you Trump tribalists?”

            When I think about it I notice there is no reason to assume the person who erected the sign is a Trump supporter. The post doesn’t say, and it is possible the sign was put up by a Biden supporter who has had a change of heart.

            I could, I suppose, base all my thinking and commentary on unprovable, unknowable suppositions, but why would I want to?

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          4. You have a point. The sign could have been erected by a Putin lackey. Plenty of those left over from the last administration. Manafort? However, the thread is about the sentiment, not who actually placed that particular sign. Don said it is bigger than Biden. (The sign itself, maybe?)

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          5. “When I think about it I notice there is no reason to assume the person who erected the sign is a Trump supporter.”

            Think a little harder. President Biden may not be to your liking but there is little rational reason to hate him. If he has made mistakes from your point of view, they have been honest mistakes. The “Fuck Joe Biden” war cry is dripping with hatred. It is mainly the Trump tribe that manifests and nurtures such senseless, irrational hatreds. That is what makes them Trumpers.

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  3. Stocks went up around 20%+ in 2021. Hiring is up. Wages are up. Exports are way up. Gas prices have come down a bit. Airlines are full again. More therapeutics are coming and one is in production. Tests are being shipped by the 100’s of millions. We are out of Afghanistan. Infrastructure bill finally passed after years of stalling.

    Yeah, we have had it all right.

    We have had it with conservatives blocking every friggin’ thing they can. Yet clamoring for the infrastructure monies they voted against, saying ‘look what I got fer ya”. Trying hard to turn the attempted overturn of the election through violence into a tour group. Encouraging anti-vax sentiments. Complaining about this, that and the other. Sending out Christmas greeting with heavy weapons begging for ammo from Santa’s elves. Listening to the Big Lie over and over. No matter how it is parsed, repeated and spewed, it is still the same Big Lie.

    Many of us would like to move the country forward. The GOP is trying to please a grifter and take us backwards.

    And we now have first hand information, including from Trump’s daughter, that he just sat on his fat ass watching the violence on TV refusing to call them off despite pleas from advisors, Congressmen and family.

    Never forget who tried to topple our 250 years of peaceful transfers of power.

    Or as the old Southern bumper sticker said: “Fergit Hell!”

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    1. RE: “Many of us would like to move the country forward.”

      I’m all for that. I recommend we start by cancelling the Build Back Better legislation forever and by ending covid vaccination mandates in every form, especially for children. Maybe after that we can talk about ending the federal government’s $30 trillion in debt.

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      1. They still don’t understand that when you get on the boat at low tide, it’s not you that is lifting it.

        Even with the benefit of hindsight and the vaccines Biden inherited, more Americans have died on his watch than on Trump’s. and Trump failed to be reelected largely because of COVID. Now, with Biden’s disastrous underorder on Paxlovid, with no follow-up option,(which Trump had on the vaccines) Omicron will kill even more who a competent President would have saved.

        But they are totally blinded with partisanship to Biden’s incompetence that they think he is a success.

        But no one outside the bubble is fooled.

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        1. Well if Democrats always get on board at low tide, who lowered the tide to begin with?

          Democrats bring the country back on track every single time since the Reagan era.

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          1. How did you come to that conclusion? Trump said he knew long before anyone else that the pandemic was coming and it was deadly, but he decline to tell us. But he did not cause it, as far as we know.

            But maybe you are on to something. Keep us posted.😇

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        2. The more Americans died under Biden is such a bogus argument. Maybe if the right wing didn’t support anti-vax and anti-masking we might have saved some more lives. But if it makes you happy, go for it.

          Biden has made some mistakes. Trump made mistakes. The difference is that Trump did not give a crap about this country. He was all hat and no cattle. Couldn’t reform healthcare. Couldn’t pass an infrastructure bill. Couldn’t build the wall even after the bipartisan offer of full funding in 2018, including some immigration reforms. Got nowhere with North Korea after a Hollywood show type meeting. Got slammed with the trade war so he had to bail out the farmers. Could not get out of Afghanistan, but did surrender to the Taliban. Got Iran back to building a nuclear weapon. Extorted state election officials in GA on live recording. Watched his insurrection on TV for hours on end.

          He did suck 100’s of millions from his loyal followers for fighting the election legal battles. And never did that either. He tried to start a website called “Truth” (Pravda in Russian, and just like Pravda, a propaganda organ.) It crashed, but he got a billion or so from foreign investors.

          There is your bubble. More like a bubble bath, actually.

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        3. The tide? Again?

          Seems the tide always goes out on GOP watch and always comes back in when it’s the Dems. Funny thing, though. Even as the tide is rising for the Dems, you people say it is falling.

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  4. I think Tabor does have a point about there being a backlash against “the elite.” Trump’s success is almost entirely due to his ability to position himself as an anti-elite (despite being a rich kid fancy lad who gets spray tans and has a long-running feud with the editor of Vanity Fair). Obama did the same thing, just with different messaging.

    The Democrats have proven they’ll not tolerate anyone from outside their inner circles; but the thing about the Republicans is their stated politics can more easily tolerate outsiders in key positions. Because they position themselves as the party of unrestrained capitalism, they’re happy to abide the antics of a MTG or Lauren Boebert or Jim Jordan, because their personalities actually distract from the wholesale looting of the country that is broadly unpopular regardless of party affiliation.

    What remains to be seen is if a genuinely populist movement can emerge to combat the hollowing out of the country by increasingly narrow capital accumulation. Recent strike waves notwithstanding, I don’t see it coming from a strong, united labor movement. It may come from the extreme Christian right. They understand how capitalism has destroyed the feasibility of a patriocentric society. We may well end up a movement espousing a generous social safety net for white Christians, and I shudder to think of what awaits everyone else.

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    1. RE: “What remains to be seen is if a genuinely populist movement can emerge to combat the hollowing out of the country by increasingly narrow capital accumulation.”

      Insightful comment. It is certainly true that the nation’s wealth is being destroyed and that people can feel the consequences happening to them personally.

      I’m not sure I agree that the “increasingly narrow capital accumulation” makes for a good motive to sustain a populist movement. Yes, it is something you can see with your own eyes, but I think rich people behaving badly has even more motivational power. “Let them eat cake” didn’t anger anyone for the economics it implied, but because it was an arrogant thing to say.

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      1. Not to be pedantic, but that’s not the best example since Marie-Antionette didn’t actually say that, and the French were overthrowing a regime that had become so decadent and withdrawn (elite, you might say) that they were unable to address the material issues of society.

        To your point, I do agree that people would probably be less angry if the ruling class kept a lower profile, but narrow capital accumulation is the cause of the material conditions that make people realize their lives are getting worse, or that the American dream is becoming unobtainable for more and more people.

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        1. Who is at fault for that ‘narrow capital accumulation?’

          Those who take risks and build the businesses that sustain us or those who spend every dime they get and can borrow and save nothing for the future?

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          1. I see no evidence for that being inevitable.

            People in other capitalist countries save and invest and capital is more evenly distributed there. Japan comes to mind.

            Americans have come to expect to be taken care of and no longer see a need to prepare to take care of themselves.

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          2. Remember when cell phones first became a consumer item? There were a dozen or so carriers and now there are 3. Why is that?

            I don’t think you can compare the US to really any other country, even in the OECD. Only here can all your savings and investments be wiped out if you make the poor choice to get cancer.

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          3. It’s part of it. But that’s not what we’re talking about. I brought it up to show comparing the US to other countries isn’t apples to apples.

            What we were talking about is the inevitability of narrow accumulation. You’re always talking about healthy business competition. Competition implies winners and losers.

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          4. I was younger, stronger, healthier and made more money. Why do you ask?

            But if you are asking rhetorically, why are conservatives up in arms like we are all suffering so badly?

            17 years of Democratic administrations helped ease the way. They inherited 2 recessions (one almost collapsed the world economy)and a pandemic (the worst in a century).

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          5. https://www.kff.org/health-costs/

            According to Kaiser, health insurance premiums for an employer sponsored plan is $22K annually

            That is one heck of a bite from the median family income. Add housing, education, food, daycare and saving for college, wealth accumulation is a major problem. Especially among young, even healthy, families.

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          6. https://www.businessinsider.com/top-1-have-more-money-than-the-middle-class-2021-10

            For the first time since tracking wealth accumulation, the top 1% have more net worth than the entire middle 60%. The graph shows it as a pretty narrow capital accumulation.

            From the same article:

            “… from 1943 to 1973, the typical American family would double their income around every 23 years. But over the past five decades, that amount of time has lengthened to 100 years.”

            If that is the case, then wealth accumulation becomes increasingly difficult as disposable income effectively shrinks, affecting savings and investments for middle and lower income brackets.

            This seems to mirror a zero sum economy. Not what we are told daily by the elites.

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          7. My grandfather was poor by any reasonable standard, but he still had savings and owned stock in the local bank. Of course, he had never been to moving picture or had a drink in a bar.

            But he had his priorities.

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          8. Obici started peddling peanuts from a pushcart and created Planter’s Peanuts.

            There are stories of successes under terrible circumstances. Moderate successes with less than dire ones. But most are not that frugal, or clever, or driven, or smart, or lucky…or whatever it takes to rise above in a competitive, sometimes brutal, marketplace. We are not in Lake Wobegon we’re “all the children are above average”.

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          9. RE: “What we were talking about is the inevitability of narrow accumulation.”

            Is the narrow accumulation of capital the actual thing we are seeing? Capital flight out of the U.S. economy would look the same.

            If you take the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset at face value, we could be witnessing a mere reorganization of the global financial and material supply systems, not late stage capitalism.

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        2. RE: “Not to be pedantic, but that’s not the best example since Marie-Antionette didn’t actually say that…”

          Being pedantic is fine by me. Accordingly, let me note that I didn’t attribute the saying to Marie-Antoinette.

          I strongly oppose the notion that the material conditions of society are a primary cause of social revolt, since I know of no catalog or theory of material conditions that is reliably predictive of rebellion.

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          1. Can you name some countries where the overthrow of its government was precipitated by a populace with a broad based middle class and relatively few poor?

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          2. That was not a Revolution to overthrow the British government. Essentially it was either a secession or a war of independence depending upon definitions.

            I specifically asked about overthrowing a government. Most, if not all, in modern history have been by a warped division of wealth. A few super wealthy landowners, for example, a a large population of impoverished folks.

            The oligarchy fights back with ever more oppressive crackdowns until the army collapses or changes sides. Then communism rears its ugly head, and another form of dictatorship takes hold. Purges and persecutions take a toll.

            A charismatic leader, like Castro or Ortega, can channel the anger. But, like many populist movements, they too devolve into autocracy. Often a scapegoat or two take the misdirection heat. Immigrants, ethnic, racial, religious minorities, intellectuals…whatever it takes.

            This is why I have stated for years that free market capitalism’s best friends are good social safety nets paid for by the investor classes. They can take the risks and weather the ups and downs of economic booms and busts themselves as well as protecting workers until the turn around comes. Workers near the margins don’t lose everything and can still provide for themselves and their families.

            Most people are not going to be satisfied with a safety net living, so when economic fortunes change, they would be looking for more income and better opportunities.

            Which, incidentally is what is happening now.

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          3. Who are they? Many retired early. The extra monies have dried upon last September. So some saved and are holding out for better pay and working conditions. Many work for themselves in a gig job.

            Women outnumber me as those who left the labor force. Why? They made up the vast majority of service workers who lost jobs because of COVID.

            Many of the jobs wanting require skills we don’t have enough of. Truckers, for example, take months to get a license to drive a big rig. Plus the pay compared to working conditions is not drawing them in.

            It’ll get better once the infrastructure jobs start coming in. Plus, if daycare and pre-school subsidies get through, women can get back into the work force. Most families still need two incomes.

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          4. “That’s why 2.5 million people have left the work force while good jobs go wanting?”

            LOL!

            You only believe in the market when it drives wages down. YOUR definition of a “good job” OUGHT to be one that pays what a worker not being coerced is willing to take. By that definition these are NOT “good jobs.”

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          5. Coerced?

            How about his decision to remain unemployed not being subsidized?

            Or is being responsible for one’s self and your family now coercion?

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          6. I think all the COVID extra payments are done since Sept. 1.
            More women than men have left the workforce. Service workers took the big hit and now there is little daycare and pre-school available for affordable rates. So they stay home.

            Others have taken gig jobs and prefer being Uber to flipping burgers.

            The pandemic has caused a lot of people to rethink their careers and now that the economy is rolling along they are in a good position to get better wages and conditions.

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          7. The refundable child tax credit is ending this month. Student loan payments are still deferred and eviction bans remain in place in many cities.

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          8. So, if someone turns away from a shitty job with shitty pay that is not the market at work? Many, many employers have solved their labor shortages the old-fashioned way – offering better wages.

            But, I get it. You want to hold harm – even starvation – to the worker’s family in your whip hand but THAT is not coercion? The 18th century called. They want their ideas back.

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          9. RE: “What, then? Important men with big ideas? Whig History?”

            My (layman’s) theory: Start with the anthropology of feuds, or the social psychology of reciprocity relations. Feuds typically involve economic conditions in some way, but they escalate out of proportion for other reasons.

            It takes a mass psychosis for a witch hunt to happen. The suppression of a witch hunt must take an equal level of force, even if it isn’t, itself, psychotic.

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