Uncommon Sense

August 17, 2017

Moving from Making War For the People to Making War On the People

As the Republicans are busy shrinking government until it is left with just two functions: making war/protecting borders and protecting contracts (especially corporate ones, but not labor ones), we would do well to understand how they got to their current position.

In 1994 John Ehrlichman, President Nixon’s domestic-policy adviser and a Watergate co-conspirator, confessed this to the author Dan Baum:

The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

The strategy, particularly of locking up Black people for drug offences, continues to this day. Convicted criminals lose the right to vote in many states. Convicted criminals lose most if not all job opportunities. Convicted criminals lose their voice. All good for Republicans, who are making war on the people, not for the people.

The Republican Party:
Systematically Disenfranchising Black Voters Since 1968

(Actually much earlier, but that didn’t make for a snappy slogan. S)


  1. Did you see Bannon’s strategy, as he himself stated: get the left talking (screaming) about race, while they (the WH) push economic nationalism. As long as this plays out, “we’ll crush them.”


    Comment by john zande — August 17, 2017 @ 12:45 pm | Reply

  2. I remember teaching a lesson on this very thing in Grade 9 Social Studies years ago. I used a two-page Rolling Stones article – which had easy-to-understand graphs to show the proportion of Blacks in incarcerated (would have been in the 90’s) and thus, absent from voting. It was powerful and is still affecting the population. Actually, I think things have become much worse. (and people wonder why there’s Black Lives Matter??) One has to ask just how much the ‘war on drugs’ has cost. 😦


    Comment by Carmen — August 17, 2017 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

    • Much worse? Lock up all the men and shoot the others for jaywalking or equipment violations on their cars? You mean that kind of worse? I guess I have to agree.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 17, 2017 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  3. In truth, old R. E. Lee was against monuments to ANY Confederate person, even his best pal Stonewall Jackson. He said, to the effect, that such would make it harder to reform the nation after that miserable war.
    Also, according to the Associated Press, the great-great grandson of Stonewall Jackson says to take down ALL the monuments to Stonewall and others. He says they should be saved but not left where they are and is ashamed of them.


    Comment by davidambrose66 — August 17, 2017 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

    • I believe it was R.E. Lee who also refused to wear the confederate uniform, even at reunions as they had “struck their colors” and it wouldn’t be appropriate to don his uniform again. But learning from history is not a trait shared by these people, they rather prefer to re-write it.

      On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:16 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 17, 2017 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

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