There is general agreement today that American society is top heavy. We live in Bizarro World‘s Soviet Russia. Our Congress is semi-capitalist instead of Communist, but certainly it is not there to represent our interests, which are those of We, The People. Our elite (primarily our largest investors) control all of Congress’ perks while we wait in line for daily bread. Gigantic tax breaks for the wealthy are easily and quickly passed, and services for the rest of the 99% are cut to pay for them. Though we too are taxed (lightly), our money spent, does not come back to us; it rises to the top and stays there.
Ironically this is the exact opposite of what every American child learned about his country if he grew up in the years after WWII… while there still was a communist Russia. Everything we learned was bad about Soviet Russia, is now happening to us to some degree…. Mass surveillance; rigged elections; rigged judicial systems; loss of our class wealth.
But the big difference we learned was that in America, power rose from the ground up. We elected our representative and they were beholden to us. Today despite on how we vote, big money first vets and then funds our representatives. We go through Communist-like fake elections to put a rubber stamp on one of the two candidates selected, but long before we do, they were the ones who first picked who runs.
We can see this personified by our educational policy. The communists of Russia had a state system to which if you did not comply, you were shot. We have something similar but instead our punishment is that our school doesn’t receive Federal funding unless comply with the Politburo’s wishes…
This was decreed from the top and is still in place despite our representatives voting 60 to 10 to support of “Opting Out”.
It all goes to show the now blatant view that whatever We, The People want, does not matter.
And that is a colossal failure of democracy. Democracy was simply a government designed to do whatever its people want; not the opposite of their desires. .
If we want to change this, we need to take a page from our own founding fathers and create millions of small conversations across America regarding the direction our future evolves out of the issues affecting us, and not be deflected towards flaws in our candidates’ personalities…
Currently our media is devoted entirely to personalities… Carson’s lying? What does that have to do with how well we live 4 years from now? Who is winning in Rubio’s and Jeb’s tit for tat? Plenty of conversation but no information on how our lives will be better 4 years from now. Tomorrow our media will use the most popular High School social analyses to determine who *(they think) won the debate tonight.
We all know who lost. The American People… After all this is our country and we too need to be informed; not entertained, not tricked into voting for whom the top echelon wants to be in power.. Imagine a brain surgeon who didn’t know medicine? Would we go there? Imagine a plumber who didn’t know plumbing? Or an electrician who didn’t know electricity? Or a Math Teacher who didn’t know math? Would we ask them to do a job for us?
But We, The People (over these past 2 decades which has see the corporatization of all big media), must make decisions as blindly as do High School classmates when voting for a Student Body President… Consequently the same methods that work in high school with uneducated voters are in play for our national elections. As in who would we like to spend time with? Who acts the part of Chief Exec the best? Who comes across as snooty or arrogant? Who is the sexiest? Our press discusses these; it does not touch on policy that affects Americans like:
- What result will we get if we raise taxes instead of lowering them?
- What is the cost of immigration if we do or don’t seal our borders?
- What is the cost of not raising minimum wage versus raising minimum wage to $15/ hour?
- Should our property legally be taken because “friends” of politicians want it for development?
- Why is being spied on 24/7 bad for us all
- What will life be under the TPP if it gets implemented? What will it do for wages 15 years from now?
Those of us who modify public opinion need to be wary of the tricks big media is playing. We need to call them out with facts or ideas that actually help people and therefore indirectly help corporations. But getting bogged down in pie fights does a disservice to our readers as well as to the nation as a whole.
There is only so much time. If our time is wasted on inconsequentals, things of consequence do not get done! Which makes one believe they almost all our pie fights are there only for diversionary purposes…
The Red Cup controversy is only one example… Everyone is discussing how inane the argument is. So far in real life I have not found anyone out of roughly a 1000 people who thinks the Red Cup is anti-Christian. Yet I have heard quite a few media references to it. But by just bringing it up, people are wasting time talking about Christmas faux-rage instead of questioning under which candidate they are most likely to get their boss to adequately raise their salary… And as we listen to the media gear up for tonight’s debates… the best explanation for how crazy they sound, is that they are not crazy and know exactly what they don’t want you to ask, and deflect you entirely from breeching that number one question regarding……..
Our salary increases. … That is really what is important.
There is only one national candidate now who is intent on making that happen. There are a lot more on the local level.. Those are the contenders around whom your discussions need to center Everything else in the political-media jungle is right now aimed at keeping you from seeing that..