Alan Grayson Warns Corporate Republicans A New Political Movement Is Coming To Take Them Down


Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has a message for the corporations and Republicans who are spreading income inequality. Grayson warned that the greed of corporations could spawn a new political movement that could take them down.

Grayson told Salon,

If one person falls out of the middle class, that’s sad. But if millions of people fall out of the middle class, that creates a backlash which is being seen all over the country, and will potentially create a new political movement of the disenfranchised.


Even people who are employed now, many of them are not making enough money to survive. And the outlet more and more for people that they see is this kind of civil disobedience, because the political system has become completely unresponsive to their genuine concerns and their physical needs.


Wal-Mart is a machine that exists solely for the purpose of enriching its owners and…the top managers of Wal-Mart, and in so doing wreaks havoc on the lives of both workers and suppliers.

Rep. Grayson was correct. History has shown that once people get pushed too far, they push back. There is a reason yesterday’s Walmart Black Friday protests were the biggest ever. The same income inequality fostering dynamic that means workers starve while the wealthy and corporations profit also plays a large role in creation of the environment that leads to people brawling in stores to get those “doorbuster” deals on Black Friday.

As The Washington Post’s Luke O’Neil wrote, “The exact demography of shoppers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday isn’t clear, with the former being too new a trend to track, and it seems to have been changing over recent years, with a higher percentage of millennials taking part of late, but studies have shown the shoppers are more likely to be non-white, or single mothers.”

The same people who are being underpaid for their work by their corporate employers are also the ones who feel so desperate that they resort to physical violence to save a few dollars while shopping.

The undercurrent of frustration, anger, and desperation is the mixture that fuels the creation of new populist movements. What Rep. Grayson was discussing were the forces that cause people to stand up and fight back. The rage of the new class of “have nots” has been growing since the economy collapsed. Republicans along with their wealthy and corporate backers don’t see the danger coming.

When the people who have been held down do stand up, it is going to be Republicans and the Koch pro-corporate agenda that will feel their wrath.

60 Replies to “Alan Grayson Warns Corporate Republicans A New Political Movement Is Coming To Take Them Down”

  1. It can’t come soon enough for me. I want this to happen before I am gone from this world. I have been waiting a long time for something like this to happen.

  2. Yeah but how do we get their base to see? Why do they not see what their leaders are doing to them and all of us? Denying them so much in the way of progress all behind hate–not outsiders stopping them. The GOP hates this black president so much they have let and will continue to destroy our country and everyone will pay. Including white folks. We will lose our standing as they create govt we stand vulnerable and attacked by anyone. Mainly, domestic terrorists–who now have all the guns they want –thanks GOP/NRA– brainwashed to believe the govt is not giving them jobs or benefits that the GOP is denying especially to VETS –they will kill again. Every single gun nut who shot all those people were right wing minded..with their xtian bullshit and the govt is taking everything from you..when in fact its the republicans!! How do we get them to see this? Did you see the GOP first agenda? TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH!! YOU VOTED for that. NOTHING in there for YOU! Nothing!

  3. They should target all the corporate whores in Washington, both Democratic and Republicans.

    Of course, every time they have a chance to make that kind of a statement, millions just can’t seem to be bothered to show up at the polls.

  4. I need someone on the right who voted for these assholes to come out here right now and call me a liar.


    ..yeah, thought so.

  5. He should be minority leader in the house not nancy; he’d be on tv the next day exposing all the BS. ; many say he’s too much of a flame thrower but in this time with this congress flame throwing is needed .

  6. Bet you’ll look a long time for that of these have the courage to step forward, All are cowards, liars, cheats. It’s how they make their living.

  7. I hope Grayson is right. I am waiting for the 2nd French Revolution and the storming of the Bastille. Where is Arab Spring?

  8. Class warfare.
    The Radical Right has been braying about this for years…
    …while all the while waging warfare against the dispossessed.

    Well. The gig is up, Marie.

    Your ticket’s been punched,
    and the war is now really on.

  9. Well i hope the impoverished are smart enough to know who to direct the blame towards. Sadly i have my doubts. Most people are not paying attention to what our politicians and greedy corporate masters are doing.

    We can hope tho.

  10. It’s time for our Democratic leaders to get mad and let the GOP crooks and their corporate pimps, that we re not going to take it any more. That we will fight fire with fire. They rely on our meekness to be weakness. I guarantee, if democratic leaders would get fired up, the people will follow gladly. Let’s do it.

  11. Let’s not forget, even though the Dems did not get out and vote, which I could shake the stuffing out of the ones who did not vote; but remember there was voter suppression as well. I wish we could find out what percentage of votes were suppressed specifically. Voter suppression played a role in this as well.

    That is what the Dem base needs to start hammering..VOTER SUPPRESSION, VOTER SUPPRESSION, you took away our votes. You did not get elected on a mandate, you SUPPRESSED votes.

  12. It is so easy for us, including myself, to blame the people who did not bother to vote.

    But, the voter suppression was rampant. Those are the kinds of qualities that should be repeated over and over and over by Dems about the GOP. Dems seem to ignore the dirty rotten destruction that the GOP has done and is doing. Shout about it, our Dem reps need to shout loudly about what the latest ploys are from the GOP. Staying silent is not the answer.

  13. Another thing the republicans did earlier this week according to ThinkProgress: “benefiting the oil/gas/chemical industry” ie the corporate polluters of our air and water.
    The House voted 229-191 to pass H.R. 1422, which would change the rules for appointing members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB), a group that gives scientific advice to the EPA Administrator. Also called the Science Advisory Board Reform Act, the bill would make it easier for scientists with financial ties to corporations to serve on the SAB, prohibit independent scientists from talking about their own research on the board, and make it more difficult for scientists who have applied for grants from the EPA to join the board.

  14. Google Greg Palast and Crosscheck and it breaks it all down. Be warned though, it may cause your blood to boil.

  15. But these same people Grayson writes about pushing back voted the greedy corporatist GOP back in overwhelmingly. Please sir, lower our wages again. Please sir, take our benefits. Please sir, beat us down more. Madness.

  16. Sensible capitalism would not let the rich get too rich and the poor too poor. Often this is called socialism and well frankly I see nothing wrong with that. Unregulated free market capitalism is dangerously dysfunctional. I have no problems with someone getting wealthy but money needs to flow in an economy for it to work, if it all stays at the top for to long the whole system breaks. This is why we need a functional and fair tax system, antitrust regulations and a fair minimum wage. Also a social security system that while not enriching anyone unlucky enough to be on it makes sure the basics are at least covered.

  17. Amis, restons unis (bis)
    Ne craignons pas nos ennemis (bis)
    S’ils viennent nous attaquer,
    Nous les ferons sauter.

    Dansons la carmagnole
    Vive le son, vive le son
    Dansons la carmagnole
    Vive le son du canon!

    Oui, nous nous souviendrons toujours (bis)
    Des sans-culottes des faubourgs (bis)
    A leur santé buvons,
    Vivent ces francs lurons.

    Dansons la carmagnole
    Vive le son, vive le son
    Dansons la carmagnole
    Vive le son du canon!

  18. Can’t help to think that the price of oil taking a fairly large drop here recently might be a little KARMA for Koch brothers.

  19. Products from Koch Brothers ( to avoid if possible): Angel Soft, Brawny, Quilted Northern, Lycra, Mardi Gras, Dixie, Stainmaster, Sparkle, Georgia-Pacific, Zee, American Greetings, Soft N Gentle, Invista, Vanity Fair Impressions, Flint Hill Resources.

  20. Je suis absolument d’accord.

    There’s nothing wrong with this country that couldn’t be fixed by a few well-placed guillotines on Wall Street, in front of Congress and in front of the Supreme Court.

  21. If all Democrats turn out in large numbers in 2016 and Vote Blue! We can send a loud message to those crooks in Washington and the corporations that Enough is Enough! The 99% will have spoken deal with that!

  22. Tiger, many, many middle/working class people, and not just racist middle class people, firmly believe that they are working harder for less because they are providing for people who are lazy and not working. This is the essence of why middle/working class people vote against their own interests. They feel that they have less and less in their pockets, everything costs more, they are required to get health insurance, pay this or that tax or fee.. and they blame it on government social safety net programs. They absolutely believe that government regulations (federal, state, or loca) are causing everything to cost more and depriving all of us of decent jobs.

    How in the world do we get at least SOME of these middle/working class people to see that the problem is Republicans giving tax breaks and subsidies to the richest among us? And that most regulations are necessary for the safety and health of the nation and the environment?

  23. We have to convince many people that trickle-down is a myth. Once we can do that, I think we will have success. I think we can see that it isn’t, but it is so embedded in the psyche of people that it is going to be tough.

  24. Greg Palast missed a few things in his pieces on Crosscheck. Yes, Crosscheck is a problem, but it probably did not make a difference in the overall outcome in the election- perhaps in the North Carolina Senate race. Palast seemed to indicate that people’s ballots were thrown out if they were on the Crosscheck list. But that’s not the way it works. Crosscheck will keep people from voting because their names will kick out as not registered. I did not see any numbers in terms of how many people GOT TO THE POLLS and were told they couldn’t vote because they were registered elsewhere or not registered. Unless we see those numbers- of people who simply could not vote- we have no way of knowing whether Crosscheck made a difference. If you vote and then put your ballot in the voting box, your vote will be counted. If you get to the polls and they tell you you are not properly registered, then you have to vote with a provisional ballot. Smaller chance of that vote being counted.

  25. There is a lot of big money being spent to foster that mythology. That people are poor because they wont work, not because their wages keep them in poverty.

  26. “When the people who have been held down do stand up, it is going to be Republicans and the Koch pro-corporate agenda that will feel their wrath.”

    That assumes “the people” understand who’s turning the screws. The voters just blamed Obama and elected Republicans which renders Gruber’s insult legitimate.

  27. And my biggest concern is what the republicons will do to the people of this Nation if they steal the White House in 2016. WWII showed us the evil that man is capable of. Millions of innocent people were killed by the hands of a hatefilled, insane leader and his hatefilled, insane followers. The republicons have shown that they are more then capable of gross inhumanity to man.

  28. I’m starting to wonder just what part some of the elected Dems are playing in the destruction of democracy in this Nation. Before the republicons take over in January,
    Dems still have time to do somethings like appoint a replacement for Eric Holder but they won’t. Ginsburg on the Supreme Court won’t step down which means that republicons will probably appoint someone to replace Eric Holder within the next 2 years. So, the people, in order to have their voices heard and their lives saved, will have to rise up, march in the streets and deny big corporations by buying less.

  29. Clint not only these products but soo many in the building material too. Kosh’s are everywhere.
    Someone should print a card to be sold, with all the KOCH products listed, one to be carried in the pocket or purse.
    wonder if, this would make a difference in their profit?
    Also carry little stickers with a Big K place them on products in stores. Maybe a black marker pen? I have turned books backwards on shelves, that are rethugs written at times.

  30. Well the dem pols better get back to the basics themselves. Some of them seem to embrace the corporations at the expense of the middle class and working poor in this country. God help the republican party and the corporations when their base finally gets it and joins with the left and bring this bad system to a stand still. We can’t keep going on like this. We deserve better from our politicans that we put in office. It is a must to get money out of this election and especially the dark money. We have lost our democracy. None of our trusted institutions seem to work for the people. Look at the supreme court who work for corporate america. Look at the states police departments run like military operations. None of these are help the lower middle class and working poor. Beware america you no longer have a democracy if you are a minority, or lower middle class or working poor in this country. It should scare the hell out of you.

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  32. Great post – filled with many facts and thoughts for us to mull over and reasons to act on! Thank you!

    I have suggestions:

    (1) Stop the Kochs by not buying their brands – Here’s the URL:
    Ben Cohen’s website showing us how to get involved and overturn Citizens United & McCutcheon.
    (3) Make sure that Dems vote in EVERY single election, not stay home as they have done in 2010 and 2014.

    Keep in touch with your representative / they are being paid to do what YOU want, not to fulfill their agenda and fill their pockets with lobbyist money.

    I hope this helps you.

    Remember that the Koch Bros. father founded the John Birch Society and the sons founded the tea party.

    We must NEVER give up!

    Blessings on all you do.

  33. “firmly believe that they are working harder for less because they are providing for people who are lazy and not working.” Classic divide and conquer strategy..and so far it’s working. Unfortunately, it’s not only FOX but the rest of main stream media (corporate owned) now spewing republican propaganda 24/7. We’ve got work to do.

  34. Gruber’s comment was always legitimate.

    The stupidity of Americans in NOT KNOWING or UNDERSTANDING how ANY INSURANCE works is a huge problem with ACA.

    Who the hell do they think pays for their healthcare or auto, home, life insurance?

  35. Molly, Such a blanket statement must be answered. I’m going to yell…NOT EVERYONE WHO IS NOT WORKING IS LAZY! AND YOU ARE NOT PAYING THEIR WAY.

  36. Democratinny, I know Florida was badly gerrymandered. I live there and my district has NO Democrat for representation. Only Tea Party member, Tom Rooney. Also, on voting day, Broward County’s voting machines were down for 2 hours. Crist tried to get a judge to allow them 2 hours extra so they would have that time back to vote, and he was slapped down. I really would like to know why he didn’t fight it.

  37. Mary, it is beyond me why Crist did not fight the 2 hour extension for voting. I heard that and I was livid.

    This is how the GOP gets away with things, nobody challenges them.

  38. I’ve been trying to do that since 1980 kris, I don’t know what it will take, those on the right are very thick-skulled.

  39. From his mouth into god’s ears! How long have I been waiting — much much much too long. All I can say is H E L P!!

  40. Yep. They pit the people against each other. As long as the bottom 80% are fighting between themselves and blaming each other they go blithely along their way to the bank. Divide and conquer, a strategy as old as mankind.

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    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
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  42. Nope. Americans are stupid and gutless. One can continue to exploit and mislead them indefinitely

  43. Those people are mean and stupid and so prone to making such mistakes. In particularly they are heartless, innumerate, functionally illiterate, and lack verbal reasoning ability. In other words they don’t care, they don’t think well, and they can’t understand much of anything. They feel threatened, hostile, and intolerant a lot. In other words they are scum.

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