“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
So speaking on the state of affairs with the state we are having an affair with a disturbing reality has reared its ugly head. There is a corruption in America that is permeating everything we know, think, say, or do. It is the process by which we know, think, say, or do anything that is imperative to the continuance of this great nation which has turned out to be not so great. Simply put, our system of government is displaying the early onset of the end of an age. We have been fortunate in that somewhere around two hundred and forty years ago there were some enlightened, or what passed as enlightened, gentleman who devised a system of government which appeared to solve the issue with being ruled by a large empire whose main focus was the propagation of a ruling class who could care less for those less fortunate then themselves. We triumphed in spite of the shortsightedness of those selfsame honorable men who, also, conveniently found it necessary to ignore and negate most of society from their purpose driven utopia.
Women, children, people of color, the poor, the slave, differing religions, and the homeless were just fodder for the cannons of those who felt it was their God given right to rule and reign. Fast forward to present day and we find the same paradigm has not changed while the demographics have altered enormously. There are the same types of disenfranchised as in 1776; women, children, people of color, the poor, and the homeless with the added difficulties encountered by alternative lifestyle such as gays, Native Americans, and yes…slaves. All of which are living in the same country where the population has increased by 12,800%.
Not a particularly alarming set of realities for the normal citizen for the most part. The amount of uninformed or misinformed voting citizens has increased super-double exponentially. Not that this means anything to the average Joe who watches the television in order to keep up with the latest in news, sports, or whatever or whoever is in the lead on the reality show that rules there Tuesday or Wednesday prime time television viewing. The difficulty is that we have a system that is failing its citizens and we have no real clue that the organism is on its last legs.
Take the political process for instance. We have rampant graft and corruption throughout the system. We have allowed our leaders to not only become fraudulent, dishonest, unethical, and immoral but we have watched quietly or silently while they voted to make all that fraudulence, dishonesty, unethicality, and immorality legal! We have what we allow!
We face another election later in this year and the sad part of it is that those who vote are making decisions for those who do not. Or so we think. The entire practice of electing people to govern has bred the very activities which are, as stated earlier, fraudulent, dishonest, unethical, and immoral. This cannot be said too many times. When are we going to wake up and learn that exploitation, venality, and depravity is and cannot be the function of the first Tuesday of every eleventh month, and certainly not in even years every four. What must occur to change the way we do business! Let the FBI do its job and shut down the Federal Government as it did the Italian Mafia? Perhaps it might help if we changed our view of things away from money and returned to the noble words of the Founding Fathers. Not necessarily the real truth about those famous men but the spirit of the words they used to make their point
We need to stop worshiping money and stop electing people who value money over the health and well-being of the citizens they represent. Why should we wage war so that some corporation can make a profit? Corporations pay politicians to make it easier for them to make money in foreign countries, check out Halliburton’s profit/loss statements from the last fifteen years if you do not believe it. They get politicians to wave a flag and send brave soldiers to faraway places to get killed or maimed for some corporation’s bottom line. Our governmental leaders send our brave men and women off to commit atrocities, or have barbarities committed on them so that they can add another couple of zero’s to their checking accounts. Waving a flag is an easy convenient way to manipulate the citizenry who then have their sons and daughters coming home damaged, maimed, or worse…not coming home at all. All to ensure some CEO gets his multi-million bonus every Christmas.
We might start by changing one fundamental principle in our “Great” country. That might the so-called “right” to free speech given us in the First amendment;
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Abridgement by definition is to “diminish, lessen, or curtail.” Is it not a diminishment of truth occurring when we receive false information? The news media has been allowed to report whatever they wish in any way they wish forever without regard to the truth. Are we not lessened by the dishonesty of fact bending politicians on the stump in elections years. Is not our health and well-being curtailed by corporate America when we suffer the vicious disregard they commit when they ship jobs overseas instead of paying a living wage to an American?
We already allow abridgements of speech in every facet of society. Why not make freedom of speech mean that we are free to tell the truth and not diminish, lessen, or curtail ourselves by believing the lies we hear every single day?