"It has taken a long time, but at long last, the anger of our inner Hulk is once again beginning to stir among the American people. They are feeling their power once again in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Kentucky. But it is not the anger of a mindless brute: the Hulk of the comic books is, in the end, a gentle soul. He is a protector of children. The Hulk has also been known to sit in the woods and have deer, rabbits, and other animals come up to him, and sleep around him; because they know that no predator will approach this gentle green giant. And so it is with the American people.
Nor is our Bruce Banner the puny weakling that the plutocrats have so derisively dismissed for so long. The original Banner became the Hulk saving Rick Jones from the blast of the Gamma Bomb. We--the American people--know, like Banner but unlike the plutocrats, that with great power comes great responsibility. We know that our nation is great if, and only if, we are also a force for good, and not just what is good for individuals. We have lost sight of this fact, and because of that[,] the plutocrats have been able to manipulate our system to their advantage: destroying our tax base while enriching themselves, stagnating the income of the middle class, and wrecking the social safety net erected by the New Deal's and the Great Society's programs to protect the least among us. [They have done this] while dividing us against one another by falsely saying that 'welfare queens' and 'public employees' were getting something that was being taken from the rest of us.
The only ones taking anything away from us [today are] the plutocrats and their corporate proxies. They denied us the protection of unions by shifting their operations first out of union friendly states, and then out of the country. They took away the wages and benefits we once had through the unions by first claiming penury, and then moving their operations, leaving the empty shells of factories from Minnesota to Indiana to Massachusetts. They have made a generation of our young people destitute by successfully lobbying to keep the minimum wage at impossibly low levels, and raising state college tuitions to insane levels, while CEO's and other plutocrats' salaries went through the roof.
We, as a people, need to get in touch with both our inner Hulk and our inner Bruce Banner. Both of them are admirable in their own way, and both of them have some profound commonalities. Chief among these is a sense of [finding] justice, the idea that the strong must protect the weak, and if the strong refuse to do this, then the weak must band together and, acting as one, protect themselves against the strong.
I believe the plutocrats are about to be reminded of the truth spoken by President Kennedy at his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1961, fifty years ago:
'If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.' "
In Marvel's recent movie, The Avengers , Mark Ruffalo's character of Bruce Banner states, "You wanted to know what my secret is, Ms. Romanov: my secret is I'm always angry." We need to direct our anger properly, not at our fellow members of the 99%, but at the schmucks of the 1% who are dividing us and making us suspicious of each other. They have been using this tactic against us ever since Jay Gould pointed out that he could always hire half of the poor to kill the other half. United, we can restore the middle class, and return the 1% to where they were 40 years ago: wealthy, but not overwhelmingly so; not in control of so much of this country that only their version of the truth is told, and not at each others' throats.
Our recent election has proven the power of the Hulk, who represents the Ninety-nine Percenters, versus the Leader (the Hulk's most implacable foe in the comics) who are the Mitt Romney's One Percent plutocrats, and the Abomination (the Hulk's most detestable foe in the comics, having murdered Betty Ross), who represents a group of selfish One Percent wannabes in American society; Jay Gould's half of the poor writ large on an empty promise, and nothing more.
But the recent underhanded legislative effort in Michigan, making it a "right to work," i.e., a "right to starve" state, shows that the plutocrats aren't done: their opportunity to destroy the American middle class is going away. If they do not remake our republic in their desired image soon, a new and reinvigorated generation of Progressive-minded Americans will take power, and their ability to create a plutocratic oligarchy in the United States will have passed.
And then, maybe the 99 Percent can quit being angry.