The Art of Class War


While many stunned Republicans still wallow in handwringing and second-guessing after President Obama’s stolen re-election, the progressive offensive is gaining momentum. The Democrats are stepping up the class warfare that is the heart and soul of their us-versus-them strategy to pit the oppressed 99% against the heartless capitalists of the 1%.

Check out, for example, the unabashedly named Wage Class War website, launched only a month ago and administered by longtime progressive activists Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey. A former New Left radical and Director of the Institute for Policy Studies, Borosage founded and currently chairs the Progressive Majority political action committee. He is also an editor at The Nation and a regular contributor to The American Prospect, both progressive publications.

If you click on Wage Class War’s “About” link, you are taken to the website for the Campaign for America’s Future (CAF). Borosage and Hickey co-founded CAF in 1996 as “the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.” Each year, CAF holds a “Take Back America” conference which the organization describes as “a catalyst for building the infrastructure to ensure that the voice of the progressive majority is heard.” “We are the 99%,” the conference page proclaims.

Borosage and Hickey’s WageClassWar.org boldly states at the top of its home page that “in the future it won’t be values voters, angry white men or soccer moms that win elections. It will be class war.” The site celebrates what they deem to be the class war successes of the 2012 election, which it describes as “the first of the class warfare elections of our new Gilded Age of extreme inequality.” Those victories include Senate wins by Elizabeth “No one gets rich on their own” Warren and the socialist-leaning Sherrod Brown, and of course, Obama’s re-election.

Warren’s page on the site asserts that her campaign “established her populist credentials and defined the theme for the campaign – the people over the powerful.” Her page prominently features the YouTube video in which she rants illogically that factory owners “moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police and fire forces that the rest of us paid for,” and so on. As if factory owners didn’t also pay taxes for those services – but acknowledging that would undermine her demagoguery. Her page conveniently omits mention of how she exploited Harvard’s diversity program and Native Americans as well by claiming minority status as a law professor, the comically thin evidence for which was her 1/32 Cherokee heritage and her grandfather’s high cheekbones.

Speaking of diversity, the Wage Class War site ridicules Republicans as a “stale, male, pale, Southern-based party in a nation of diversity,” and demonized Mitt Romney as “inescapably the candidate of, by and for the 1 percent. He came from the world of finance and carried their agenda.” Curiously, the website describes Obama as “neither by temperament nor predilection a populist class warrior,” but acknowledged that when “faced with potential defeat, he turned to what works.” And what worked for him in 2012, according to the site, was “his calls for raising the taxes of the wealthy” and “repeatedly portraying Mitt Romney as a walking example of the out-of-touch elite.”

Borosage states that “more and more of our elections going forward will feature class warfare – only this time with the middle class fighting back.” But as FrontPage’s Daniel Greenfield points out, “the only middle class he wants fighting back is the one that holds down government jobs and feeds off the working middle class… It’s the Russian economy with an American flag and a framed photo of Obama in the background.”

That’s what progressives want (minus the American flag, I suppose). They don’t want prosperity – they want “fairness.” They don’t want freedom – they want dependence. And even in victory – in fact, especially in victory – they don’t want coexistence, regardless of what their Prius bumper stickers say. They want total domination over the right, and our eventual extinction. Because the beating heart of the radical left is totalitarianism.

How do we combat that? As Sun Tzu advised in his renowned The Art of War,

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Unless the right wants to keep succumbing in every battle, we must not only understand the ruthless nature of the enemy, but re-examine ourselves and commit to our fighting spirit. Power-lusting, Alinsky-trained, class war radicals like Borosage, Hickey, Warren, and Obama control the Democratic party today. They are “in it to win it” by any means necessary, and maddeningly, the Republican party seems woefully ill-prepared to defeat them. We’re still playing by Marquess of Queensbury rules, trying to take the high road, like the British troops of Revolutionary times, marching in bright red uniforms and tight formation down the center of the trail, forming one big fat target for the American guerrillas to pick them off from behind rocks and trees.

We are in a civil war for the soul and future of the nation. Progressives have been waging this war for a long time, and Obama’s re-election confirms that we are now officially no longer a country of two parties who are united in the goal of a greater and more prosperous America, just divided about how to achieve it; instead, America is divided between those who proudly want the American Experiment to succeed, and those who are hell-bent on perverting it and transforming our homeland into a Euro-socialist wasteland. Until the right acknowledges this and responds with the ferocity and vision of winners, the class warfare legions of the left will march toward total victory.

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  • korak

    Excellent! Don't know how you do it. It would take me ten years to perfect a rant as polished as you seem to be able to pull off in a weekend! Thanks for being on our side. While there is life, there is hope, as the jungle dude used to say.

  • clarespark

    The Progressives started out as moderate men, hoping to stave off red revolution. But the Democratic Party was systematically infiltrated by "anti-imperialists" after the rise of the New Left, emboldened through the white liberal establishment seeking to avoid more urban riots. Now the America haters are everywhere except in a few conservative universities and colleges. See a recent blog: http://clarespark.com/2012/07/19/communist-ideas-… "Communist ideas go mainstream." I agree with the author who sees us moving toward a European-style welfare state, but that may be the first move in a march toward full-throated communism.

  • gus owens

    Dear Mark,
    A great post. That sentence that we are "in a war for the heart and soul of our culture" should be made
    into a bumper sticker
    Our Fearless Leader, who used the first person singular pronouns 63 times (!) in 100 seconds when he was eulogizing the late Sen Inouye in the Capitol and at least twice has tried to appropriate the legislative functions concerning money, once when he said that he would pay the legal expenses for people who had not received letters about the possible loss of their jobs three weeks before termination as they should have and again when he requested unlimited control of the debt ceiling (My God! What arrogance!) has serious mental problems.
    I will not even go int Benghazi.
    So we know one, and also his greatest weakness, his colossal ego.
    I have been having the same thoughts that you are having but I don't know what to do about it. I am going to start writing more e-mails starting with ones to my Senators and my Congressman about the confirmation of Sen Kerry as Secretary of State before Hillary Clinton appears before Congressional committees.
    After that I am at a loss. I have also heard about a group called "Defending America". I want to check them out.
    Write me if you have any suggestions.
    By the way do you know how low Obama is?
    He was texting about clothes with David Axelbrod at Andrews Air Force Base when the bodies of the four dead Americans were being unloaded. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    We have to do something and I believe we can. The first thing is to expose him. He thrives in darkness.
    Merry Christmas,

    Gus Owens

    • Maxie

      "Write me if you have any suggestions. "
      See my reply below to Thomas Wells

  • Thomas Wells

    We have met the enemy, and they are liberals.

  • Ghostwriter

    America doesn't need class warfare,it's unnecessary. It just needs reforms,that's all.

  • gus

    Let's sum up the world situation in a few sentences: we are engaged in World War IV. Our opponents are Islam which wants to establish a world caliphate and the Social progressives who want to establish a New World Order on Marxist principles.
    They both hate us, our country, our traditions and our beliefs. Even our own President.
    The Republicans are a mess and the media has sold their souls fo God knows what.
    Our job is to first study who the enemy is and how he operates as Mr Tapper says.
    Our enemies thrive on our ignorance of them and our laziness in fighting them.
    No more. Mr Obama, Get ready.
    The first battles are the confirmations of Sens Kerry and Hagel and the appearance of Hillary Clinton before Congress even if she has to be carried in on a stretcher.
    Merry Christmas

  • Kathy Sexton

    lol…at least you admit class warfare actually exists…I see that as progress. Come on, for at least 30 years, especially whenever in power, Republicans and their Wall Street/CEO partners have waged war on the middle class with much of the success resulting from the insistence that class warfare didn't exist, speaking instead about how the economy needs to reward all those job creators who will rain down prosperity on the rest of us. HA! They start wars that help pad the bottom lines of defense contractors but do nothing to make us safe. They rig the game so that all of the growth in the GDP goes into the hands of the top 2% of the population, while they cut our pay, destroy unions, and do their level best to cut our Social Security and Medicare. The richest 5% of households obtained roughly 82% of all the nation's gains in wealth between 1983 and 2009, while the bottom 60 percent of households actually had less wealth in 2009 than in 1983. Just prior to the 2012 election, Obama pointed out that “requiring hedge fund managers to pay effective tax rates as high as plumbers and teachers was not class warfare.” Maybe some Republicans should have followed that lead. President Obama, albeit not perfect a perfect President (not that I have lived long enough to know one so perfect), is in no way whatsoever responsible for the war the middle class finds itself in, but I think he will be given some credit in history books for initiating its demise seeing how his deficit reduction policy is directly addressing the 3 policies that led directly to today's deficit: Giant tax cuts for the wealthy; 2 unpaid-for wars that will ultimately cost trillions; and trickle-down economic policies that proved absolutely worthless to the working class. Seems to me, as a republican, the last thing you would want to bring up would be class warfare.