I wanted to be rich.
But I get shares of fascist corporations.
I crave youth.
But I’m getting older instead.
I need to be free.
But I was born American.
So there you have it -- the neoliberal game plan. That’s how it was (and is today) done to we, the people, that work for a living.
Only today there’s a problem with the agenda. Working people are fed up with it! Since 20 Million people have become unemployed in the United States, many are ignoring neocon rhetoric from the likes of Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin in in favor of thinking for themselves.
So maybe it’s finally time to send a message to America’s glorious uber rich and the “leaders” they bankroll. Maybe something like this:
OK, uber rich, we know you think we’re all stupid down here, at the bottom, where your family hasn’t been for generations! We know you’d rather we keep assuming that Wall Street bankers, hedge fund traders, Koch brothers, et al turned water into wine and lead into gold to get all that money. We know you want us to believe we had nothing to do with it; that it was all done in a vacuum.
But the fact is you’re mostly just exploiting flaws in OUR great, otherwise highly functioning, collective, capitalist, division-of-labor system; Flaws we’ve ignored for too long; Flaws that undermine democracy and rule of law; Flaws that put this country at risk for collapse and chaos if we let them continue.
We know the only thing that keeps the Koch's and Bush'es in money is OUR willing participation (stopping on red and going on green…) under an opportunistic, but presently too flawed and rigged system.
Like it or not, this is OUR America too! And after three decades of your failed "vampire squid" capitalism, it's time for reasonable people everywhere to take capitalism and America back from your false, hoarding premise -- that the course of human existence must be dictated solely by "unmitigated self interest."
No one lives in a vacuum! Not even the meta rich. And it’s high time you are reminded!
I have no sustaining desire to appeal to or "lead" anyone here (Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). For here resides too many benefiting from the corrupt, unjust corporate-state: Fortune 500 employees, Federal government workers, wealthy retirees, etc. Here, criticism and shame is what we deserve, not leadership.
So here I make it a point to challenge blitheness and condescension (of which I stand incorrigibly accused), because today in America, there are 100M (and growing) people that never use terms like "net neutrality", "hegemony", "portfolio" or "Citizens United." If they are “lucky”, they work, usually for 40-50 years in maintenance, food service, etc., without benefits, then die alone, divorced and/or medicated in a public housing project or private nursing home somewhere – that is, if they obtain old age assistance under "new normal" austerity.
And the enduring shame I feel for this American failure -- of education, of businesses, of markets, of elitism... is sometimes literally too much to bear, even with medication, and so I vent, rather harmlessly. Because "success" has rendered me frankly rather harmless to the system – as the possessor and leadership classes surely intended.
So this is to clarify that my sometimes abrasive online critiques are never against the 100M for being abandoned ("stupid", “misguided”, “morons”) by America, but rather they are against us, for having abandoned them, including as example, the obviously well intentioned elites that produced this trite and ridiculous “educational” cartoon.