“They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.”— National Labor Vanguard (Refollow) (@VanguardLabor) January 10, 2021
— Huey Long pic.twitter.com/UPVdI3yFIm
If we could find a candidate who could fill the Huey Long lane in American politics (a true populist who is a moderate wealth redistributionist who is palatable to social conservatives and doesn’t take polarizing stands on culture war issues), he would win in a landslide in 2024.
The wild popularity of $2,000 stimulus checks shows that there is a super majority for economic populism. The mainstream Left and Right engage in endless race baiting and culture war performance art politics (i.e., everything is “white supremacy” and “systemic racism”) to distract and divide the public. The average man in the street doesn’t understand why we spend $740 billion dollars on the military to occupy Afghanistan for 20 years or why Amazon doesn’t pay taxes or how things like “black trans liberation” is the most pressing issue of the day or why Congress can’t afford anything but a $600 check and we are $27 trillion in debt. The country isn’t nearly as polarized on major policy issues as it appears to be. It is the politicians who stoke outrage and create the division instead of forging a consensus.
No one is running on a constitutional amendment to impose a cap on personal wealth that abolishes the billionaires who corrupt our politics. A super majority would probably support that too. Instead of focusing on what needs to be done, we have been distracted over the last week by absurdities like the QAnon Shaman storming the Capitol and Blumpf’s Twitter martyrdom and second impeachment.