Maybe We're Just Screwed, Simple as That
In the last installment of "Big Al's Written Record for the CIA, NSA and FBI", I proposed a national referendum against oligarchy and plutocracy and for democracy and freedom.
That was two days ago. I had done some reading about the vote for independence in Catalonia and became inspired to publicly voice the proposal. I was like, "ya baby, let's have us a referendum! Let's go get us some FREEDOM!! Yippie Kay Yay MFers!"
Today I read more articles on the situation in Spain and have a different inspiration.
Maybe we can't do shit about anything.
Don't mistake that for giving up. That's not an option when you consider the stakes. It would be like watching a rape across the street and not calling 911. Or like leaving the scene of a horrifying accident because you're late for work. You might not stop the rape or save anyone at the accident but you have to try. Most people anyway. Not all, that's for sure.
When you consider the stakes. Does anyone consider the stakes anymore?
I read about the Spanish government crackdown on the Catalonians trying to exercise their human right to vote, to have a voice in how they live, how their lives are governed. I read about how the independence movement is primarily an attempt by the Catalan bourgeoisie to carve out an independent capitalist nation-state that would immediately seek membership in the European Union and NATO. I read about how the repression in Spain is part of an accelerating turn to authoritarian forms of rule throughout Europe. I read about past revolutions and how the rich always end up back in power, somehow, some way. I think about Trump and this country. I think about the ignorance, the propaganda, the apathy, the divisions, the differences.
I think about our political system. The one where we elect 537 people to make the decisions for this country and call that democracy. The one that is completely controlled by the rich and powerful, the corporations and banks, the One Percenters who own nearly everything. The one that gave us the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as president. The one that requires us to have a president. We must have a president, that's how humans roll, there is no other way.
Maybe we're doomed to a sort of Groundhog's Day existence where every two to four years some of us, those that still believe, go vote for politicians to make our decisions for us. Maybe that's all there is to life. Keep electing millionaires and billionaires, who knows, maybe someday we'll be lucky enough to have a trillionaire for president, pending verification by their tax returns of course. Maybe that's what most people want, therefore it will be. We wouldn't want a trillionaire president without verification, that would be like, cheap, un-American.
Maybe there's nothing we can do about it. We're all humans destined to be ruled by the rich, controlled by the cream of the crop, the sociopathic and psychopathic among us who covet all the power, gold and riches the world can produce. Just like always and forever and ever amen. Maybe we who live in this 21st century after a dude named Jesus chastised the money changers are lucky we have twitter and facebook and ESPN to keep our minds off the inevitable. Because the money changers are still at it and we still can't stop them.
What a difference a day makes.