In the midst of the daily cray-cray
In the midst of the daily cray-cray (srsly), I sometimes like to pause and look on the bright side. We are having national conversations about many important issues: race and discrimination, police violence and militarized policing, LGBTQ rights, health care for all, free education, wealth and income inequality, dysfunctional government, human rights, immigration, socialism vs. capitalism, political corruption and deception, the failure of the only two political parties, climate change...and, trailing behind, war and peace. These conversations are long over due and (arguably) more robust than ever.
There's nothing like the current shit show to illustrate the glaring and undeniable need for serious and major reform – if not outright revolution. All this carnival barker nonsense and bullshit distraction is to keep us from doing the right things as a nation. We are sailing into a bizarre and uncertain future if we don't get our shit together. That's why I have never shied away from the term 'radical.' I've always believed that radical problems require radical solutions. It's time to get radical, y'all.
We can afford to bomb brown people all over the world but we can't educate our children, feed or clothe our veterans, repair our rotting infrastructure or provide healthcare to the masses. We can subsidize Big Oil and mega-corporations, give tax cut after tax cut to the hideously rich, but we can't afford to feed the hungry, house the homeless or do anything about climate change. We can't be bothered to help poor immigrants who turn to us for help – even after we have destabilized their countries and created the very hell they flee. We can't afford to properly care for our planet, its animals or ourselves. We can't afford to be intelligent, wise or humane. It's ridiculous.
Our government sics the CIA on any foreign government they think might be 'socialist,' (like they are doing in Venezuela right now) because nothing scares capitalists like socialism. Share the wealth? Help the needy and suffering? Use the wealth of the nation for the common good? Do something real about climate change?
Won't anyone think of the poor billionaires? Dare we ask the pampered class to give up their gold-plated yachts? Must we really give all this thought to the future?
We can't put up with this evil nonsense from our government any longer. All the American people have to do to get the government's attention is to declare a strike and back it up. That would not solve all the problems, of course, but it could sure jump start the process. We need to get serious about major change, and about doing the right thing as a people. We need to listen to Cher (never thought I'd say that). It's time to shake the foundations and rattle the walls.