A Nation of Peons?

peons imagesA Goldman Sachs International adviser defended compensation in the finance industry as his company plans a near-record year for pay, up 46% from last year, saying the spending will help boost the economy.  Brian Griffiths, who was a special adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said yesterday at a panel discussion in London, “We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all,” The panel’s discussion was called  “What is the price of morality in the marketplace?”  Apparently the real morality or reality for Goldman Sachs is - All the rest of us will just have to wait for that money to trickle down from the banker's overstuffed wallets.  As always, trickle-down economics produces a nation of peons.

In Strange News...In a new interview with Republican Rep. Gregg Harper, Politico asks the congressman what the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus does. Harper’s response: "We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats, although it does seem like a waste of good ammunition." The irony is Harper represents Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district, which contains Neshoba County — where in 1964, white supremacists lynched three civil rights workers. Harpers response? Harper's spokesman said the remarks were "supposed to be fun. ... It's having a good time."


James N (not verified) 14 years 34 weeks ago

the Hypehenated American quote is in fact from Theodore Roosevelt

"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.
This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.
But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.
The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic.
The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. "
Addressing the Knights of Columbus in New York City
12 October 1915

not sure on the context in which the gentleman that posed it was trying to put it forth, but there it is never the less

great show today, as always

Gerald Socha (not verified) 14 years 34 weeks ago

Fascist-Nazi America is a failed state. Here is an article from one of my favorite writers.


brian a. hayes (not verified) 14 years 34 weeks ago

as progressives we need to take the lead and declare 2010 the start of the new American renaissance. we will not let our nation become a nations of peons. we will teach our fellow citizens the greatness in the power of the human spirit. to incorporate the spiritual and ethical insights of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman into their lives. to create the American poetic spirit of the 21 century.

peacefuljustice (not verified) 14 years 34 weeks ago

I agree with you Brian. I am tired of progressives becoming just as or even more so cynical than the right-wingers. I wish Thom and other progressive talk show hosts would start focusing on positive progressive stories instead of keeping the mood of the entire country in the dog house with the Limbaughtomy gang. We won't get anything done if we don't define the future. If we define the future as pointless then our country will never progress. As Gandhi put is "we need to be the change we want to see in the world."

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