Matt Kailey is a transman living in Denver, Colorado, and an author, public speaker, and trainer on transgender issues. He blogs at Tranifesto. In his ideal world, no one would be equal to anyone else – everyone would just be equal.
The Republicans have been whining about President Obama’s deficit reduction plan, which features a proposed tax on millionaires, calling it “class warfare” – but they’re wrong.
This is not class warfare. In fact, the Democrats wouldn’t recognize class warfare if it threw a brick through the window of their second summer home. Class warfare in this country isn’t going to start with the weenie Democrats, who tend to pucker up whenever they see a Republican rear.
Class warfare isn’t going to start on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., so you’ve got no worries there. Here’s where class warfare is going to start:
It’s going to start in the streets, in those neighborhoods where the cops won’t go anymore because they think the people living there are expendable, unlike those in the gated communities that they regularly patrol.
It’s going to start in the factories that have closed down when jobs were shipped overseas and the people who put in a lifetime of work were left with a pink slip, a final paycheck – and nothing more.
It’s going to start in the corporations, where white-collar workers who took everything for granted and thought they had it all are suddenly faced with no job, no pension, no insurance, a house they can’t pay for, and kids they can’t feed, let alone send to college.
It’s going to start with the families of those people who have been wrongly executed – murdered – by the State despite overwhelming evidence of their innocence, just because they were the wrong color or didn’t have enough money in the bank.
It’s going to start with the sick who are getting sicker because they can’t afford health care, the old who have worked for decades for nothing, the young who can’t find work and can’t afford a decent education or training, the queer who can’t get hired because of who they are, and anyone whose measly little life has been tossed aside so that you could hold on tight to your millions.
It’s going to start with the disenfranchised, the dispossessed, the disposed of, and those considered disposable – none of which are in D.C. representing the Democratic Party.
Don’t sweat it, Republicans. Class warfare isn’t going to start or end with Congress or the President. But that’s all right. You just keep looking over there. We like it when you’re distracted.