As I've mentioned before, God occasionally stops by for a cup of coffee on his way to work. This morning I asked him Rob Kall's question about why 100 million or so Americans are not marching in the streets, protesting being screwed over by just about all of the powerful, the banks, the corporations, the insurance companies, and especially the United States Congress.
God said that he has wondered about that, too. He said that the majority of people who are born into and live their entire life in reduced circumstances will accept the way things are, up to a point and that point hasn't been reached yet. He said that there have been six major peasant revolts from the 14th century up until the early 20th century. Those revolts came about when conditions became so oppressive that they endangered even minimal subsistence living. At that point they have nothing to lose and revolt is all they have left.
I asked God why did our economic system break down, leaving us in such a horrific financial situation. He said:
"Look at your congress. There is a perfect example if why? You've got 277 Republicans out of a population of over 310,000,000 who are hellbent on using Republican ideology and the false issue of a debt ceiling in order to bring even more poverty and suffering to the unwealthy, and to make them pay for the privileges of the wealthy.
"If you want to know why you're in the fix you're in, look at the countries that have the highest standard of living in the world for all their people, that have universal health care for all their people. Norway, Sweden and Denmark all have that kind of system. And, they have accomplished that by getting rid of Republicans in their government.
"Sure, they have right-wing, conservative ideologues, like that guy who recently killed all those people in Norway. But, they don't let them run their country, like you do here. You see, Democrats get elected to congress to get re-elected to congress. Republicans get elected to congress, not to govern, but to impose Republican ideology on your country."
I asked why do Republicans refer everything back to their ideology, no matter how damaging it is.
"It has to do with their psychology. The reason they've adopted conservative ideology is that the basic premise of conservatism is, no changes, everything must stay the same. And, the reason some people must live in a world without change, that is static, is that they don't have the mental capacity to cope with change. Their lives must be made up of only that with which they are familiar, that offers no challenges, no new information, and the threat of any new experience because they cannot learn from experience.