Elitist Democrats Want to Bury Our Middle Class
“Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying.” –Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption, 1994
While the Democrats look more and more like Republicans every day as they allow bipartisan, elitist, Big Money People to destroy their own party, will this Party finally bury itself by backing the wrong horse in 2008? All Democrats have to do (left, right and center) is open their eyes to the elitist agendas and decide: do they want to dig their own grave with a candidate who is committed to burying the middle class? If you want answers to who’s selling out to who in the Party while, most recently, the immigration debate rages on, one need look no further than to David Sirota’s excellent blog http://davidsirota.com for answers.
While certain driven radio talk show hosts and otherwise admirable blogging divas who shall remain unnamed work fervently to interview and promote the corporate welfare, tech-lobby-supporting, former vice president Al Gore with almost cult like zeal is his undeclared presidential bid, Democratic journalists with integrity and conviction like David Sirota are cutting through the elitist wannabe bullshit and speaking truth to power.
In a speech he gave last week in Montana to the AFL/CIO entitled “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying”, he speaks of the corporate lobbying that “has become a multibillion-dollar industry” and goes on to explain to us that “at a time of war and deficit, we have upcoming federal tax cuts that will hand roughly a half-trillion dollars to the wealthiest 1 percent--tax cuts for millionaires are larger than the annual income of the average American household.”
Sirota describes the inspiration for the title came while he was watching the movie The Shawshank Redemption: “Knee-deep in economic data and stories about the recent legislative session, I heard Morgan Freeman's distinct baritone voice utter that haunting phrase: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."
Along with his impeccable and thorough research and investigative reporting, what is most impressive about Mr. Sirota is his intelligent, unassuming, humble and laser sharp wit with which he provides the facts and takes no prisoners. He reminds me of those unpopular kids in high school who I identified with…although they looked ‘normal’ and otherwise acted ‘cool’, they would steadfastly refuse to go along with the crowd even at the point of ridicule.
That’s what I call integrity. If only a mass epidemic of integrity would replace this massive onslaught of hubris from popular bloggers and elitist wannabes that has infected the Left, imagine how large the Democratic Party could start living!
“Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying.” –David Sirota, 2007