I’ve been reading, Confidence Men, by Ron Suskind, and while it hasn’t made me detest the Financial Industry and the Federal Government more, the book has framed a better context for my ire. I’m grateful to understand more about what happened and why, and I know that we’re a nation governed by avarice far more than ever before, checked only by revolt of those it harms the most.
Occupy Wall Street was always going to happen because there’s no way the current system could continue and not experience blow-back. We might be poor, but we’re not stupid, although I’m betting that’s how many of the four-hundred richest people in this country like to frame it to themselves. Ignorance is one thing, stupidity is quite another. As soon as the ignorant become educated, they get angry. You can’t enslave a people forever, not if they have any sense of self. You can’t rip us off and tell us it’s our own fault for very long without the ruse starting to come apart.
The irony is that so many of us are amenable to getting by with some moderate comfort. I believe that most Americans are hard workers. I know many people, in my blue-collar community, who work to live, and will do that until it becomes impossible due to health issues (in themselves, or in their family, or to others they care enough about to try to help out) or from job losses. The working class isn’t asking for the situation to reverse, they’re asking for human decency. We live in a rich nation that doesn’t provide affordable health care, when it absolutely could; our nation doesn’t provide decent jobs or living wages, when it absolutely could, and our government has seemed to have forgotten about providing for the common good, about being a voice for the voiceless, and power for the powerless, because of all the money in politics.
I don’t know what the best solution is, but there are many fixes or stop-gap measures proposed but not being implemented. The ‘let them die’ crowd will always be with us, but that doesn’t mean they should be listened to, because if it were their own children or family, I doubt they’d be euthanizing them. Even Ayn Rand took the Social Security and Medicare that she hoped to see dismantled.
Congress having a nine percent approval rating shows that whatever side of the aisle you sit on or root for, nothing is being done except yelling back and forth. We need action that addresses the problems of the ninety-nine percent, because the one-percent will be just fine, no matter what happens.
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