Fear of a new majority

I was rough on the tea party in today’s column, but the group is not unique.
Throughout its history, white America has won the battle over capitalism. Wealth has flowed to a smaller and smaller percentage of the population. Blacks and Hispanics have, by and large, been excluded from the wealth accumulation that is the American dream.
The amazing irony is that American capitalism has so effectively concentrated wealth into such a small sliver of the population that the privileged have handed over the keys to U.S. Democracy.
That’s where the fear comes in. Obama’s election in 2008 was the first indication that those sidelined by capitalism were beginning to realize they had the ability to control our government.
Health reform and proposed increases in taxation of the wealthy are a direct result.
White America won the capitalist battle, and it is terrified. It suddenly realizes it may have lost the war.


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