FED UP WITH WALL STREET AND CONGRESS
Observe how financial leadership and the U. S. Congress have painted themselves into a corner and are now desperately trying to divert our attention away from them in order to distract us with peripheral issues which have little to do with their inability to reconcile the divisions and bridge the divide between the haves and have-nots in American society. It appears that only now is there minimal recognition of the long-term neglect which has characterized the plight of the average person in this country for the past 40 years.
There is nothing like a tight budget to reveal the motivations of the heart, and we are now able to see clearly the Wall Street priorities which Congress has been protecting. Rather than protecting American citizens' rights and abilities to compete fairly and competitively, Congress has been carefully crafting legislation designed to prolong and perpetuate a good-ol'-boy system that empowers and rewards those who pay-to-play. This cozy little club has benefitted handsomely by hiding behind cleverly-devised provisions which serve to limit membership in the club and increase the power and wealth of its associates.
As the spotlight's beam intensifies, the world is educated in the process by which corruption flourishes. Pulling the curtain back to expose charlatans masquerading as statesmen, the Wall Street protestors are fulfilling the functional leadership role which has been abdicated by our elected representatives. Rather that admitting to their corrupted collusions with Wall Street, our leaders disparage the efforts of citizen-demonstrators to focus our attention on the central issues.
Like a broken-down mule that can no longer carry her load, the staggering American economy struggles to maintain her army of disgruntled citizen-slaves on moldy rations of devitalized and non-nutritive ingredients. Those who are deemed too old or dysfunctional to support the system are put out to pasture like orphaned rats, regarded as too useless for inclusion within the protected nest.
Those who know better are trying to make this into formulaic class-warfare, which it is not. Simple rules which should protect all citizens from unfair advantage have been hijacked by federal governmental bureaucrats and turned into a cryptic and insidious framework to increase the power and wealth of a few at the expense of and to the detriment of the many. Whenever attention is called to this unequal treatment, and especially when the perpetrators are caught red-handed, little if anything is done, and the public always ends up paying for it. Too-big-to-fail is just the latest description of a corrupt process that acquits the guilty without trial or punishment and insures that the same degraded and perverted system remains in place.
Be attentive to the Congressmen who are supporting the status quo to the detriment of the citizens they represent. Watch how they fight to protect the safeguards they put in place to protect their Wall Street cohorts. Remember their faces, vote them out of power as soon as possible and oppose any of their own kind who are sent to replace them. They are a scourge in our government which must be eliminated if we ever hope to restore power to the people of this country.
Why is it that when the people demand governmental oversight of financial transactions these same rabid Congressmen who support the status quo protest so loudly that this oversight process would only cripple business at a precarious time. Never mind that it was a lack of governmental oversight which allowed this corruption in the first place. Naturally, the congressmen who gamed the system to favor their Wall Street associates would like to absolve themselves and their cronies from any wrongdoing! Of course if an average citizen were guilty of these crimes he would be sent to jail for life, but if you are too big to fail you get a free pass, a pat on the back and encouragement to continue as planned.
Predictably, representatives and protectors of the status quo, in their infinite wisdom have put safeguards in place to protect their perceived status as the protectors of the people. As such divinely appointed caretakers, they feel it is incumbent upon them to point out the dangers of mob violence, public demonstrations of all kinds, Wall Street protests, and the like. Buying time, leadership treads water by advising law-enforcement to look for any perceivable chink in the demonstrators' armor, which would justify harsh treatment and discourage further protest. Again, these are further attempts to divert attention from the actual financial cause-and-effect issues which have created, amplified and sustained this oligarchy we refer to as the federal government. Just as leadership learned during the Vietnam War, the people have a powerful and persuasive voice which cannot be ignored when their cause is just.
So this is where it is right now: Our citizen Wall Street protest army is growing and maturing into a force which cannot and will no-longer be avoided or disregarded by our dysfunctional and self-serving federal government. There are too many of us and not enough of them to prevent us from taking back control of our country. The lack of meaningful dialogue in governmental circles indicates their degree of resolve to protect the selfish interests who profit from the status quo.
Time is on our side, and the longer it takes federal leadership, (in the loosest possible sense of the word), to create meaningful change, the louder the demands for transformation will be. When the hurricane has gathered sufficient strength, the castle walls which have protected the favored-few will be breached, and the ocean of the people's self-determination will flow in unimpeded by governmental barriers until a healthy and nurturing society emerges. Hasten that day by becoming involved in some way in these economic protests. The more there are of us, the quicker the federal government's response will be.
Americans who are reluctant to admit that our federal government is doing a poor job are either living in the distant past or have an unrealistic attitude about what government is supposed to look like. Would you put up with this dysfunction in your home, your workplace, your city, county or state government? If you would, then you are a part of the problem. The rest of us will have to press on without you and the job will take longer. Join with us instead and let's make this into a country that we can be proud of!
Mark Overt Skilbred