Election day in America, it’s not about the winners and losers, the “haves” and “have not’s”, it’s about who wields the power. The real power is in numbers and knowledge—-nothing that money and truthiness can’t turn into divisiveness and misdirection. The 99%-er’s have the numbers (they are the majority) but lack the knowledge and organization to muster a revolution—-as of yet! But wait until things get worse—and then we will see who has the constitution to stand up and demand their rights.
The United States is the most politically progressive country of all time and it is at a pivotal crossroads. Something has gone terribly wrong. Main Street has beggars on every corner, gangs rule with impunity and the poor, old and sick die without medical care. Our schools are underfunded and only the privileged can afford college while all the rest must compete for loans that mortgage their future. Our leaders keep us constantly at war with hate-speak, fear and trumped up patriotism. We are overtaxed, under represented and expected to sleepwalk into a barrage of cannon fodder for the capitalist, multi-nationalist and the greed mongers. Who is going to stand up and demand a change to this mess—huh?— You?
There are only two things that make human beings change, one is spiritual intervention and the other is pain. And if you haven’t had a burning bush speak to you lately, then you better get ready for some serious hurt. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
What I’m saying bro, is open your fuckin’ eyes. The glaciers are melting away, the Colorado River is evaporating and the rainforest are being mowed down. The oceans are over fished and polluted. The Barrier Reef is becoming a watery desert. Climate change is real; the earth is being compromised for short sighted profits. Right now as you are reading these words, in some famished African village a child is agonizing as they starve to death, And even more disturbing yet, it is preventable. How can we be so cruel and indifferent? We passively turn our backs and allow these things to happen because we remain physically and emotionally insulated from the pain. Yes pain, that great motivator and equalizer. But now the chicken is coming home to roost.
The bankers got all their money back; they got their share of the pie and yours too. Wall Street ripped ya off—all the poor working stiffs just rolled over and let them loot their retirement funds. The politicians and rich sons of bitches didn’t say shit, ‘cause they’re the fat cats who made off with your money. There is no trickle-down theory; that trickling sound you hear is the rich pissing down your back.
The shrinking middle class is so easily led to the slaughter. Give-em a six pack, a big-screen T.V., a diet of fast-food and a war that provides a common enemy and they are contented. Wrap the American flag around a filling of fear and patriotic propaganda and you have a conservative’s burrito. Even with the internet and all the facts at our finger tips, we go along shrug shouldered with all the rest of the sheep off to the slaughter house. We blindly send our children off to die in a foreign country for something we don’t even truly practice here—”Democracy”. Sometimes they call these “conflicts” (all euphemisms aside, “wars”) as a necessity in order to protect American interests. I have no interests in these other countries; its multi-national cooperation’s who have investments to protect in these far off lands. If you are willing to have your body parts blown off, or are willing to die in some foreign land, then you better have a very clear idea of why you are making such a sacrifice. Take a walk around the Vietnam Memorial Wall and stare at all the names neatly carved into the black marble. Then ask yourself, what the fuck was it all for? Don’t allow a politician to tell you when your personal security is less important than national security. Be a real hero and tell the politicians and their money-making war machine to go fight the wars themselves.
We drop “smart bombs” (oxymoron) in crowded cities where there are women and children. If a few innocent civilians are killed in the process they are excused as “collateral damage”. These victims of murder are someone’s mother, daughter, sister and brother. How can we still be so Goddamn barbaric?
Everybody is so preoccupied struggling to get their sliver of that mythical American dream. Everyone chasing after that bigger TV screen, larger house and newer car. Consuming more and more shit to try to fill the holes in their Swiss cheesed soul. Don’t be fucking stupid. Ask the hard questions before you sign on the dotted line. Don‘t make it easy for them. Because they’re coming for ya. They’re rubbing their greedy little hands together and offering ya a stack of credit cards with outrageous interest rates. They’ll offer to leverage your mortgage with a second and a third loan until ya owe more than it will ever be worth. You are working for the proverbial “company store”. And they won’t be happy until (as the song says) “Ya owe your soul to the company store”.
The 40 hour a week hamster wheel keeps ya distracted and feeling strung tight as a violin string worrying about the car loan, the cost of gas, the cost of medical insurance and all the negative bullshit played out on the evening news. The retirement age just keeps getting higher and higher.
All that money going to fight foreign wars over “American interests” should be used to build new schools, provide college education to those trying to get ahead and pay for medical services for all citizens. The money exchangers don’t give a shit about you or me. Jesus called them on their greed and look what they did to the son of God! And they’re coming for you too. They’ll foreclose on your house, repo your car and let you die a horrible death because you can’t afford their medical care. If we don’t stand up and fight back, then Jesus died for nothing! He had these assholes pegged two thousand years ago.
If you’re a “have not” then ya best wake up because no one is looking out for you now; ‘cause nobody cares—nobody! Sure you’re consumed by all your bad breaks (self-induced or just bad luck), your shitty decisions and fool hearted schemes, but now you got only yourself to blame—-or yourself to save ya. The programs and safety nets are a thing of the past. Ya might as well get a shopping cart and a cardboard sign that cries out for pity. And pity is a shrinking commodity in this sandpaper world—-and there are fewer people to care or have the ware-for-all to throw ya a quarter.
Shouldn’t we be more evolved by now, kinder, gentler. Under all the political rhetoric, party agenda’s and talking points I hear nothing about world peace, helping the less fortunate or saving the planet for our children and grandchildren. Oh yeah, those silly things are reserved for old hippies and shallow beauty pageant contestants. My next vote goes to Ms. Universe.
But ya best be careful you greedy 1% bastards, the sleeping 99% are slowly waking up and filling the streets, your street, Wall Street. Change will happen and heads will roll, ‘cause there is a supernatural justice that punishes the wicked and champions the righteous. Tint your Mercedes windows, but we see you. Bolt your mansion door but we will break them down. Finance your narcissistic politicians and we will throw the bums out. Mask your shameless indulgences with patriotism and religious double talk but we will see through your Machiavellian schemes. Because the truth, is the truth, is the truth, is the truth!!! And the truth is patient and unchanging. When it comes forth, it will with a vengeance.
There has always been enough to go around, there’s enough clean water, food, land, medicine and shelter for us all. The distribution of recourses and the wealth is what has been sliced up unfairly. The 1% minority will do everything in their power to keep “us”—-the majority, from uniting and charging their castles. The choreographed tools of fear and divisiveness are employed to keep us from coming together as one under a common good. We have been fooled and baited. There were the weapons of mass destruction, the Mexicans who are coming across the border to steal your job, the terrorists plotting to kill you, the Taliban, the Muslims, the Jews, the infidels, the Iraqis, the Afghans and the Pakistanis. If we are to evolve and ultimately survive we must learn to love and trust one another and live fearless. The things we fear in others is often the things we hide from within ourselves. We are all more similar than different, we are all human and want and need the same things. This universal realization of oneness, sameness is coming of age.
The only way back into the garden is through grace. It’s always been this way. This intricate life design pivots on our ability to make wise choices and in accepting the truth that our future depends on cooperation not competition. Tyranny, selfishness, ruthlessness, classism, enslavement, cruelty, absolute power, bullying, brutality, repression, fascism, oppression, subjugation, autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, discrimination, racism, nationalism, patriotism, religious supremacy are but “make believe” theories and concepts designed to create walls between us.
Someone has always showed up at the right time and place to stare the perpetrators of evil square in the eye and force them to retreat. We are once again at one of those critical times in history and it’s your turn to stand up and be brave. Be aware, be awake, exercise your freewill—-make the right choices. There is an ultimate power in truth and grace.
“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.
Darwinism, capitalism and competition is what got us down from the trees and gave us dominion over our world. Spirituality, democracy and cooperation are what will be required to allow us to continue to survive and evolve. Capitalism is an “I the person” proposition, vs. Democracy, which is a “We the People” proclamation.
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“We don’t get fooled again”
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