The state of the world, and most especially, this country, worries me lately. It seems not a day goes by lately when I don’t read or hear about something so outrageous–or stupid–I can barely comprehend it.
Like most people, I try to stay upbeat and treat others kindly, but often, I’m seething inside over a just-breaking news item or politician’s soundbite. Often, it seems we are lemmings, rushing toward the cliff with no intention of stopping.
Under Dickhead Bush the Second, we enjoyed eight years of tax cuts for the rich, the rise of corporations as they assumed the power in America, and a further degradation of the middle class, who are sinking under the weight of bad decisions and deals made under the table they (we!) never knew were happening. Under Obama, the rich stealing from the middle class and poor continues unabated, as Republicans gained control of Congress and have used it to stop bills going through that would benefit us. What happened to the Jobs Act? Why did they vote against women receiving equal pay for equal work? Why do they keep handing money over to the banks and Wall Street while ignoring the very real plight of the tax payers from whom they stole that money? Why do they keep trying to dismantle Obama’s health bill? WHY? (Here’s one possible reason, from the Huffington Post.)
Don’t we elect politicians to help guide us toward a safer and more profitable future? So why lately do I feel they have only their own best interests at heart and the rest of us be hanged?
I see seniors who once had a secure retirement struggling to find ways to make ends meet in the wake of the housing market crash (which was engineered by bankers and Wall Street!). There aren’t enough jobs for any group, but the ones being hit the hardest appear to be middle-aged. They have experience, you see. They know what they’re doing, and they want to get paid for that knowledge, but employers, emulating a lesson taught by the bankers who never paid for their crimes, are cutting salaries and benefits in order to pocket more money, and if people don’t like it, they can fuck off and die. “Trickle down” was always a dumb idea, but today’s employers have refined skimming to an art. The money is staying at the top while the rest of us look around, blinking, wondering when the game changed.
The people in Wisconsin recently had a chance to make things right by recalling Scott Walker. They didn’t do it. They allowed that asshole to keep his office so he could continue cutting more jobs and chipping away at the unions and social services. He’s backed by ALEC and rich benefactors from outside the state. This would have been an ideal time to tell Wisconsin and the rest of the country how we felt about our continuing losses and the misuse of power.
But they didn’t. Against all reason, they left Walker in place.
Lest you think I’m bitching only about the Republicans, be assured I don’t have much respect for Democrats of late, either. They aren’t talking, and they appear weak and ineffectual. Mostly, I’m fed up with all politicians. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are the only two I actually like! They keep speaking up for common sense and reason, and not enough people are listening to them.
So…are we lemmings? Are we just going to go over that cliff to our death without a word of protest? The days I wonder that is when I find it hard to be upbeat and kind to people. I look back at the last twelve years, stifle an eyeroll, and wonder about the decade ahead.
What do you think is going to happen?