Combine the inherent corruption of the system with the race between the parties to see who can give away more of our freedoms and ignore the constraints of our Constitution (need I make a list?), not to mention the gross overreaching and general performance of government, and it’s easy to understand that we the people have a long way to go to right our ship and sail it to a destination that really serves us.
No amount of buy-offs or muscle-flexing or promises or political games or programs will do the job. It will take a mass awakening of the people, enough to throw off the yoke of the power brokers and their pawns, and a concerted effort to build something better.
It won’t be easy. But we’d better get ready, because the way it looks, the game is getting out of hand even for them.
If you think it’s just starting, think again. It’s been going on since the beginning, but our Founding Fathers didn’t do anything about it. Neither did anyone else, though Andrew Jackson tried and failed when he created a National bank way back when. Others have tried as well, to no avail.
Even the great (sic) Bill Clinton, supposedly working with the people’s best interests in mind, in cahoots with a Republican Congress repealed one of the few efforts ever made to reign in some of the excesses. The Glass-Stiegel Act was supposed to keep investment (speculative) banking separate from the financial banking activities where the people’s monies were protected.
Yeah, right. We all saw what happened when that single firewall went down.
And how did they pretend to “fix” the mess that resulted? By allowing the big banks that were already too big to fail to grow even larger, aided and abetted by the current and previous Administrations and a knee-jerk Congress that at its best does nothing, and when it acts does so to the peril of us all.
This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans being bad. It’s about a system that’s broken and threatening to crumble under its own weight — and worse, take us all down with it.
Most of them mean well and really believe in the rhetoric and dogma they spew. They think this program will make things better, or that war will make us safer, or this type of surveillance will render us immune from potential harm by those who would want to harm us (now who would want to do that?).
They also think their games for power have consequence and can right the ship, at least if they can find a way to shut the other side up long enough to impose their will upon us.
Maybe they can, to an extent. Then again, most of their efforts tend to make things worse, and perpetuate the inner workings of a system that doesn’t serve us very well.
Sure, some good does come out of it. But it’s usually just enough to buy us off and shut us up for a while — until the next time the excesses come back to bite us.
So as you go to the polls to vote this fall, just keep in mind that by exercising your Constitutional right and duty as a citizen that you are helping to perpetuate the very wrongs you want to see fixed, and empowering them to do it again in the future.
I will leave you today with this quote from Franklin Delano Roosevelt in a speech given at Madison Square Gardens, October 31, 1936:
“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs.
We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today.
They are unanimous in their hate for me–and I welcome their hatred. I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master.”
I guess we know who the real master really is, don’t we?