Life Down on the Democrat Plantation
“The more things change, the more they stay the same”
These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. (Regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1957)
I’ll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years. (Regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964)
– Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ). Democrat. Senate Minority Leader 1953; Senate Majority Leader 1954 – 1961. Vice President 1961-1963. President 1963-1969. Oh, did we remember to mention that he was a Democrat?
We’re now over fifty years in and, so far, Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s prediction has proven true – Blacks are such reliable Democrat voters that Democrat politicians typically ignore them until election season, and even then only give them lip service. This has resulted too in Republicans largely ignoring Blacks, as the Democrat-Progressive brainwashing has been so complete that they don’t see an opening. This dynamic is a huge asset for the Democrat Party. You’d think that in return for enacting the Great Society / War on Poverty legislation that greatly expanded the welfare state, Democrats would hold LBJ up as a hero. But they don’t talk about him much. Actually, it’s almost as if he never existed. Perhaps the above quotes have something to do with it, since with the benefit of hindsight we can see – unequivocally – that he let the cat out of the bag. The plantations of the Antebellum South were owned and operated by Democrats, and contrary to the media-presented perception, not that much has changed — the Democrats of today operate welfare plantations and use those to exploit Blacks still. Not for their labor as on the old plantations, but for their existence as a reliable voting block.
Ultimately, for any political party, an inherent aspiration is to grow, to gain influence and, it hopes, political dominance (if not control). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, when it is motivated by a sincere belief that one’s party’s positions are better for the country. The Democrat Party – the political arm of Progressivism – is consumed with this aspiration, and more – and with evil motivation. As with all forms of Collectivism, Democrats ultimately seek totalitarian control – with the existence of any other political party (if allowed at all) is merely for purposes of maintaining the pretense of an operating “democracy.” In turn, maintaining absolute control in an operating democracy requires maintaining an absolute majority of voters; whether through legitimate voters or fraudulent voters or a combination of the two (space here does not permit a recounting of the Democrats’ long embrace of voter fraud as a “legitimate tool” to electoral victory).
With that thought in mind, as an initial mental exercise, let us first consider where today’s Democrat Party would be if it was stripped of the welfare class: the working poor who get government “benefits” and non-working welfare class – which we’ll refer to as the (government) “Dependency Class.”
Well, without the Dependency Class, the Democrat Party would be left with some wealthy billionaires, union leaders, academics, so-called “journalists,” the Weinstein-Spacey sect (the entertainment industry), and party apparatchiks (e.g.,, government bureaucrats) – and dedicated radical Leftists and actual revolutionaries who have taken Saul Alinsky’s teachings to heart and burrowed into the system to effect revolution by subterfuge. The radicals / revolutionaries reside within and among the billionaire class (most notoriously, George Soros), academia, government and labor union leadership – though they travel under the banner of “Progressive” rather than Marxist / Communist / revolutionary, etc. (That said, the rise of openly Socialist Bernie Sanders’ influence within the Democrat Party indicates that the radicals, post-Obama, are feeling their oats and are feeling more emboldened.) The radicals are the overlords of the Democrat Party (and Progressivism generally) – they are the folks who, behind the scenes, determine strategy and tactics while, in true Alinsky style, keep the actual goals, the ultimate goals, hidden both from the public (which they realize would overwhelmingly oppose them if it knew), and also from the rest of this Democrat “base.” We’ll refer to these overlords as the “Democrat Elite.”
That remainder of the Democrat base, meanwhile – those we might call “mainstream Progressives,” are in fact classic “useful idiots” – people who, whether out of naïveté or indoctrination (or both), are “pure of heart” in believing that they are pursuing “social justice” and “fighting climate change” and generally “making a better world.” Like puppet-masters, the Democrat Elite manipulates and maneuvers the “useful idiot” segment of the Democrat base to pursue things that (superficially) appear to “right wrongs” and to promote an intentionally malleable conception of “social justice.” These cadres of “useful idiots” are, unwittingly, advancing the opposite of what they seek – an evil Collectivist design aimed at neutralizing our country and bringing it under the rubric of an (inevitably) totalitarian “global governance” scheme. Thus, in recent years, targeting different demographics of “useful idiots,” we’ve witnessed Progressivism creating AstroTurf cadres of “useful idiots” such as “Occupy”; the “Women’s March” and their “pussy hats” (therefore rendering them “pusseful idiots”?); “Resist”; “Antifa” and “Black Lives Matter” (BLM).
BLM, for purposes of this piece, warrants a quick mention highlighting its targeting of “useful idiot” Blacks while actually advancing a wholly different, Democrat Elite agenda. The Progressive media has been (shall we say) less than diligent in reporting BLM’s wealthy White financing –presumably a combination “useful idiots” believing that they’re funding “social justice” or making amends for being “White” and enjoying “White privilege” and Democrat Elite (like George Soros who, arguably, is the head financier for the Democrat Elite) who know exactly how BLM is being used to advance a separate agenda. Fewer still are aware that behind the curtain of BLM, running the show, resides a cadre of (shall we say) “classic” Communist revolutionaries. The Progressive media portrays BLM as some organic, spontaneous group of downtrodden Blacks pursuing the noble cause of redressing legitimate grievances borne of an inherently racist society, the “legacy of slavery,” and “police brutality.” And in that targeted demographic “useful idiots” line up to provide camera fodder for the narrative – from demonstrators chanting “hands up, don’t shoot” to NFL football players taking a knee during the national anthem. There’s a lot of advertising industry in all of this: Occupy, BLM and Women’s March are created to attract specific demographics, with each intended to get the targeted consumer (i.e., “useful idiots”) to “buy” the product. That product in turn, for the Democrat Elite, is useful for creating a media narrative of widespread discontent and oppression, to create a perception among millions of Americans that they are part of an oppressed class, a new (de facto) proletariat. This is straight out of the Gramsci, Alinsky and Gorz Communist revolutionary playbooks. Indeed, Communists have successfully engineered takeovers by manipulating a country’s democratic institutions to assume control and “fundamentally transform” the country into a Communist state, and went on to brag about it – “And not a shot is fired” (it is highly recommended that you, at a minimum, read the short Introduction dated 1999 – the parallels to today’s America that will be immediately apparent will, by that resemblance, shock you).
Anyway, shorn of the Dependency Class, this base of useful idiots+Democrat Elite would leave the Democrats with a wealthy and influential presence, to be sure. But one that electorally would be (nearly) irrelevant for, in the end, vote totals determines who wields political power – and the total voting population of the useful idiots+Democrat Elite comprises, at least on a national basis, a marginal niche group.
This presents the Democrats with a dilemma. A thriving, growing middle-class enjoying upward mobility, and married women wanting that for their children, are far less inclined to vote Democrat than are members of the Dependency Class. For political power the Democrats must have a large and, ideally (and from their standpoint) ever-growing population of the Dependency Class (hence the Progressives, back in the 1960’s, first positing the notorious Coward-Piven Strategy). For the Democrat Party, upward mobility is a long-term death sentence.
The concept of weaponizing demographics to increase poverty is nothing new. Progressivism is a close relative of Marxism, and the latter’s success has always been dependent upon a proletariat – masses living at best at subsistence levels, and shorn of hope for a better future. Without this Communist agitators knew there could be no revolution, and without this Democrat “community organizers” know that they cannot enjoy an electoral majority. The Democrats also recognize that free enterprise lifts more people out of poverty than any other economic system – so free enterprise and the prosperity it generates presents an existential threat.
The Democrat plantation owners of the Antebellum South relied on slaves in far greater numbers than themselves to harvest cotton, and so maintain the owners’ wealth and power. It was not a capitalist system involving a voluntary exchange of goods and services between citizens, but involuntary, forced labor (and reproduction) in return for an existence of mere subsistence – food enough to not starve, and housing (of a sort). The Democrat plantation owners of today – the Democrat Elite – are not so different. Engineered dependency has replaced the bullwhip, and technically today’s slaves are “free” – but, as we’ll see, the end result is not all that different.
On the new, Post-Antebellum Democrat Plantation, votes are the produce, the new cotton that produces its electoral bounty, and thus the power and wealth enjoyed by the Democrat Elite. To maintain this electoral business model, the Democrat Party requires a large, growing, and hopefully majority-producing inventory of cotton pickin’ voters! The Democrat Party can’t afford to long permit a thriving economy or generalized upward mobility. It needs a Dependency Class that is unsophisticated, uneducated, and in dire enough straits to be susceptible to the siren calls and agitation of street-level “community organizers” and uptown Democrat pols.
This is the very business model of the Democrat Party – a burgeoning underclass of Blacks (and, increasingly, imported Hispanics) – who are resentful of their state, have been indoctrinated to believe that the cause of their plight is “privilege” and “racism” and, ultimately, that they are victims (if not helpless victims). And, most importantly, that the only solution for them is vote Democrat – the party that will at least provide “social justice” by redistributing wealth and thus provide a basic existence via EBT, Section 8 and Medicaid.
Mr. Wigand is the author of Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, which is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions. Comments or questions for Mr. Wigand may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org— he will make every effort to personally respond to every email.