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Elizabeth Warren's new TV ad, created for her Senate campaign in Massachusetts, features the trainer of Mickey Ward, the Lowell boxer featured in the movie "The Fighter" starring Mark Wahlberg. The trainer, Art Ramahlo, looking very working class as he is filmed speaking in front of a boxing ring, accuses Warren's rival, U.S. Senator Scott Brown of "siding with the big money guys." The Boston Globe reporter Frank Phillips, who is known as a hatchet man for left-wing politicians and who is reporting on the Warren ad writes, to amplify the message, that Brown is siding with "large corporations."
Putting aside the fact that the hypocrite Warren traded in her six figure foreign car for a cheap American model before announcing her candidacy, so as to appear to be working class, and putting aside the money she made flipping mortgages in her native Oklahoma City while yammering on endlessly about shady mortgage lending practices, Warren's vague attack on "big money guys," as intoned through her surrogate, reminds me of the type of stuff lodged against the Jews of Germany during the Nazi era.
The Nazi propaganda was that the Jews of Germany were wealthy, that they were the "big money guys," who became that way because they robbed from the less successful. While Jews existed at all economic strata of German society, there were, in fact, a large number of wealthy and successful Jews in Germany. This was, of course, a good thing, a sign of their creativity, ability, education, hard work and achievement. The Nazi's chose to demonize the Jews for their success with conspiracy theories claiming that they were secretly controlling the nation and that the solution was for the government that redistribute Jewish wealth.
Nazi propaganda echoes through Warrens speech at the Democratic National Convention where she railed against unnamed "corporations" in a tone that was most unpleasant. She said: "Their vision is clear...I've got mine, and the rest of you are on your own."
Never mind that Warren has more corporate money pouring in her campaign than any candidate running for Congress this year. But, Warren explained to the Boston Herald, "corporations want regulation too." Take her speech at the Democratic National Convention and replace the word "corporation" with the word "Jew" and you'll see what I mean. She said "People feel like the system is rigged against them." Who, exactly, is doing the rigging?
Exactly who was this "they" that Elizabeth Warren was talking about? Could the proverbial "they" be Warren herself, paid a cool quarter of a million to set up a means by which a corrupt health insurance company could be immune from the claims of their clients with asbestos cancer?
We all agree that individual corporations have engaged in corrupt practices. The Obama Administration should have done a better job prosecuting the several major cases of corporate corruption that have emerged over the past three years. Has Warren actually offered a single idea in terms of corporate reform? This nasty and ugly attack on corporations by Warren, this non productive attack on the "big money guys" is bound to raise fears in many people along with a feeling of envy, especially in these hard times. But, I suppose, that's the whole idea.