They tell me that age brings wisdom. But I learned a long time ago that adage isn't always true. It was a long time ago I vowed never to join that sea of white hair I saw in a casino in Laughlin in the Winter time. And it was a long time ago I vowed not to be burdened with a preventable disease. Because sadly, all too often age just brings on the consequences of an irresponsible life. Nonetheless, it is true that age can bring wisdom, if one cultivates it. It was a long time ago I vowed to always be growing emotionally and intellectually. It was a long time ago I vowed to root out the truth.
...And I suspect that there are millions of people who are like me.
There is a slowly growing powerful and authentic revolution happening right now. Right now... We want to change. We want to adapt. We want to live better – not just now, but for a very long time.
For example; I recently read that in a survey, 90% of Americans want solar power.
We want to do the right thing. We want our society to mature gracefully.
...But wanting to do the right thing is far more difficult when there are very rich and powerful people who would rather we keep sending them money.
There are a handful of peculiarly selfish billionaires who have utilized “any means necessary” to stop this societal growth (maturation). Apparently, these self-appointed “ultra-conservatives” (actually proto-fascists) don't want to grow up. And apparently, they don't want us to change (and thus adapt) either. Because if we do, then we might not need them – and might stop sending them so much of our money. Apparently, all they want us to be their wage slaves forever. Apparently, all they want is to own everything. Apparently, all they can hope for is to live out their sick perception of life; that winning absolutely in an evil world requires one to be evil (also). And apparently, they're willing to lie, cheat, and squeal to get their socially perverted way:
They will pay people to lie for them, by omission; with millions of dollars in “advertisements.”
They will pay even more millions for even more lies to be repeated incessantly; with attack ads and (propaganda) pundit comments.
They will create unscrupulous organizations specifically for purpose of systematically monkey-wrenching all grass roots efforts to fix things (in ways that might detrimentally effect their bottom line).
They will buy off politicians; with “campaign contributions”.
They will buy off bureaucrats; with implied future job opportunities.
They will willingly subvert our laws and our constitution; with new laws – or exemptions.
And they will manipulate our laws so that they can manipulate our democracy – by manipulating as many susceptible minds as they can.
I know. That last comment sounds a little paranoid. Manipulating susceptible minds? Absolutely.
It is common knowledge that almost 20% of our population is easily hypnotized. If you've seen a hypnotist's act, it's amazing just how simple the process is. Some people seem to be practically hard-wired to be “subjects.” This is nothing to be embarrassed by. It is, however, something to always keep in mind – because not all aspiring hypnotists hope to become lounge acts.
Some aspiring hypnotists are hoping to influence an army of followers to do their bidding – which ironically is sometimes just to stay distracted.
I really like Matt Taibbi's definition of the Tea Party: “millions of pissed-off white people sent chasing after Mexicans on Medicaid by a handful of banks and investment firms who advertise on Fox and CNBC.”
Of course, Matt Taibbi left out the oil billionaires. The Koch brothers are the primary financial force behind the takeover (and subsequent sell out) of the Tea Party. Hey, isn't it strange that Koch Industries made their initial wealth in the Soviet Union – and now they fund Tea Baggers who call patriotic Americans (like our President) Communists (and Socialists, and Nazis, and whatever else their manipulated minds can dream up). And by the way, what a blatant conflict of interest for the Koch brothers, oil billionaires, to be funding climate change denial propaganda.
Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a little something to say about their efforts to gut California environmental laws. Governor Schwarzenegger said; “Does anyone really believe that these companies, out of their black-oil hearts are really spending millions and millions of dollars to protects jobs? It's not about jobs at all. It's about their ability to pollute and thus protect their profits.”
We've been convinced by the (profits are more important than truth) mass media that it's all about the struggle between the Left and the Right. However, when it comes to politicians making executive decisions, there isn't really that much difference between Conservative and Liberal politicians. The proto-Fascists want us to believe that Republicrats are our only option. And because we've allowed money to rule our elections, they're right. Even the so called Independents are dependent upon corporate funding.
In 2009, corporations outspent both the Republican and Democratic Parties. This year, it's far worse. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending millions of corporate dollars (many of those dollars from foreign contributors) to influence us. Is there election fraud? Well, these are people who have shown time and again that all that matters to them is winning. And their propaganda/influence organizations are multiplying. The Club for Growth (mentioned in Part I) is just a Wall Street front group. In fact, there are so many PACs and superPACs that no casual observer can keep track of them. Here is a graph of a few, showing which billionaires pay their bills:
This isn't about the Left and the Right at all! This is about greedy powerful people (who have more than enough already) taking everything they can get – no matter what the consequences. This is about lying to us to steal our future. This is about psychopathic behavior. This is about our society being right on the verge of creating a wonderful future, and having it ripped away by selfish fools playing “monopoly” with our planet!
But some Americans think that if they side with the winning team, they can be winners too. Tragically, they're treating reality like a football game. They assume that if they root for the winning team, somehow they'll be pulled along by the super-rich "capitalists" coattails. No, actually that makes them the biggest losers – because they are the easiest to take advantage of (by the winning exploiters).
The economy (and the wars, and the environment, and our dysfunctional government) have left a number of Americans feeling vulnerable and frightened – or worse. Really bad things have happened to a lot of good people. Desperation is an option.
But there is no going back.
It just isn't physically possible.
It is time to grow.
In fact, it's time for a revolution of maturity.
The Democrats won't be our saviors, but at least they won't fight us as hard.
In one way, politics is like poker.
If you don't ante up, you don't get dealt a hand.