"This country's doomed," Guy said. Kercher nodded her head and told me that she's close to losing her house to a mortgage company and can't get help from Washington. For years, their county salaries haven't kept pace with the cost of living. "The rich get richer. The poor get benefits. The middle class pays for it all," Kercher said.Ah, the middle class -- they've always been America's salvation, at least in newsweeklies, and now Fournier say they're bringing us "a peaceful populist revolt -- a bottom-up, tech-fueled assault on 20th-century political institutions." You know it's not the nasty sort of revolution because it's tech-fueled, meaning those few Americans who conditionally qualify as middle class can still afford laptops. Plus it's bi-partisan.
And what's the bi-partisan middle-class populist revolt agenda? Fournier brings in Doug Sosnik, who wrote a book called Applebee's America so you know he's clued-in and tech-fueled, to supply bullets for the revolutionary arsenal:
- A pullback from the rest of the world, with more of an inward focus.
- A desire to go after big banks and other large financial institutions.
- Elimination of corporate welfare.
- Reducing special deals for the rich.
- Pushing back on the violation of the public's privacy by the government and big business.
- Reducing the size of government.
Or maybe they're just loot the treasury on behalf of their buddies and destroy whatever effectiveness our government still has, as usual. But to paraphrase an old showbiz proverb, if you haven't seen it, it's revolutionary to you. Now if only we can get Joe Lieberman to run for President...