(Article changed on May 21, 2013 at 00:06)
I've been reading a few articles on the "alternative" media which really have me thinking. One, by Chris Hedges entitled "Rise Up or Die" made me think about just how bad things really are nowadays here in the USA. The other article by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, "You are The Hope" was also a particularly dark piece.
It's not that I don't agree with what the two have said"I do; still, I don't think they quite accurately reflect the growing disconnect between what many Americans and the mainstream media, along with the Powers That Be would have us believe.
At this moment in time (I reserve the right to change my mind at a moment's notice), from talking to people I have been meeting in my travels, there really isn't much support for the President or the Congress. People don't seem to be buying what they are selling on the corporate media. I heard today (mostly from the Democrat megaphone on MSNBC) that the President's approval rating is actually up this week. I'm starting to wonder who exactly was really polled.
Contrary to what the MSM tells us, most people are not idiots. I think that most Americans can look at their lives and pretty much come to this conclusion; they are not living as well as their parents did. There are many Americans who really don't believe that the new American "normal" of working two part-time jobs with no health benefits isn't a "be all, end all" situation. Young people graduating from colleges and universities, saddled with huge student debt, aren't exactly bowled over with their job prospects.
There are also very real problems that have yet to make their mark on our much-touted American society. The treatment the government has given our Veterans is a blemish on our nation. Our government, fighting this over-hyped "War on Terror", has demanded that not only active duty soldiers been required to fight multiple combat deployments, but National Guard and Reserve soldiers too. Suicides, PTSD, broken marriages, sexual trauma (in the case of rape) and backlogs for disability claims have been the other "new normal". The phrase "Thank you for your service" doesn't make up for the abysmal treatment they are getting from the government that has used and abused them. The truth is"millions of disgruntled veterans have made life difficult, not only in this nation, but other nations, throughout history.
There is something going on in this country, and it is not good. Everyone in government, Wall Street and in the corporate boardrooms think they have a handle on the economy. The truth is, they have over-looked the most important part of the equation; Once they have raped the American Middle Class and have lined their pockets with the assets they have stolen from us, who is going to buy their products?
Ask yourself some questions: How many people do you know have lost their once good credit ratings? How many people are paying a mortgage that is higher than the home is worth? Who do you know that has recently moved back in with Mom and Dad or vice-versa? When was the last time anyone you know took a two-week vacation? When was the last time you heard someone bragging about their "portfolio"? I could go on, but I bet you get my drift.
The simple truth is that this great nation of ours can't keep spending over 50% of our discretionary budget on the military, while spending only 6% on education and another 6% on social programs! The simple truth is that we get no return on our buck for spending on the military! All we get in return are more enemies that wish the worst for us. Still, they keep selling us this "Superpower" rhetoric. What's the good of being a superpower when 22% of Americans are living under the poverty level?
We have the power to change this country for the better.
The first thing Americans need to do is to get off this label kick that the PTB want us on. It should be apparent to most Americans that there is very little difference between the two corporately controlled political parties. In reading this article I would like people to understand one thing; they want us to fight amongst ourselves. The more we fight with each other, the more divided we are, the more power they have over us.
This is the game that the Republicans and Democrats are playing. The more we focus on differences they foster, the less we focus on how we are being screwed. We all know who controls the GOP, but where were the Democrats when they cut food stamps? Where were the Democrats when they smashed Occupy? Where were the Democrats when they passed and signed the NDAA? Where were the Democrats when they sent whistleblowers to prison? Again, I can go on and on. The point is, stop supporting these two political parties. As George Carlin once said; "It's a big club, and you ain't in it. It's the same club they hit you over the head with."
We need to talk to our friend and relatives'. We need to sit down and write articles and call in to talk shows. Those that can need to start their own radio show on the internet or small community radio or host a show on public access TV. We all need to share articles on Facebook and Twitter. If we all could just spend one hour of our day doing these things we could make profound changes.
"Though [the people] may acquiesce, they cannot approve what they do not understand." --Thomas Jefferson
It is our duty as citizens to educate those who are currently ignorant in the present situation. There is no free lunch when it comes to this. Either we will rise to the occasion or give away our freedom and prosperity to those who will take it from us. This is the challenge we as Americans face.