The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Playing on Popular Anger, the Republicans Stoke Reactionary Fires

Mar 29, 2010

Many people have reasons to fear this “reform” – people without insurance, forced to buy it; people without insurance fined for not having any; people with insurance who will see their insurance taxed; people on Medicare who will see it reduced; people on Medicaid who won’t be able to see a doctor.

A perfect chance for the Republicans to try to erase popular distrust of their party for what they have done. And after eight years of Bush, the Republican had a lot to cover over.

So here they come, pretending to oppose this “reform.”

The Republicans said No, but they weren’t opposing anything. They knew the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and hospital companies were going to get their big new expensive “reform” – the Democrats were running things, and they had to give the capitalist class what it wanted.

So the Republican could pretend to be in opposition – but only to divert people’s anger into reactionary roads. Attacking immigrants. Playing on racist views. Playing on attitudes hostile to women’s right to make their own decisions about their own bodies. Trying to make those who had some insurance think that they were going to have to pay for those who didn’t have any.

Vile, reactionary attacks.

The working class has every reason to oppose this reform pushed through by the Democrats – and not a single reason to trust the Republicans.