With the holiday season upon us this month, and the festive spirit I see among friends, there is also the underlying and meagerly reported fact that many people in our country are struggling. These are people who, through no fault of their own, have been left behind by society either through losing a job or trying to get by on stagnant wages while expenses have ballooned, from rent to utilities and/or food.
Congress seems more prone, being dominated by a fractured and completely soulless Republican majority, to obstruction and even destruction of America's most important institutions, including government itself, demonstrated very clearly with the shutdown of the federal government for several days because of an unwarranted fear by the Greed Oppression Piety party of the Affordable Care Act, colloquially now known as Obamacare. Their obstruction financed by the Koch Bros., Freedomworks, the Heritage Foundation and other wrong-wing special interest groups and political action committees has done widespread damage to this nation, on par with SuperStorm Sandy, only with more hot air over a much larger debris field. If I didn't know better, I'd suspect the Tea Party dominated G.O.P. were infiltrated by space aliens whose goal was our demise as a species. People not native to the United States likely think the same thing in the back of their minds, finding our gigantic gridlock posing as governance to be both humorous and perplexing.
As I have said before, the rich oligarchy and their corporate minions have the bulk of America's working class so beleagered by labor just to survive, there is no time for people to stop and think about the extent of their circumstances other than just that survival, ignoring what's really going on here; which is today's Republican party using their wealth and political power to oppress and subjugate the working class.
There is indeed a great redistribution of wealth going on and it is from the working class up to the ivory towers of a wealthy and greedy minority, using the hate and fear driven motivation of the Tea Party, steeped in ignorance, to drive the nation into chaos. When the little people are fighting amongst themselves, they won't notice the real enemy, which is made of corporate oligarchs like the Koch Bros. and the fossil fuel industry as a whole (comprising oil, coal and gas industries) out to rake in every nickel and dime they can from the proletariat.
This has to stop, and it is up to thinking people who notice this treachery to take up the mantle of changing things so that parity once again brings society back from the brink. This was explored universally by FDR after World War 2 and led to the powerful middle class, which for about 3 decades or so, had a moderately successful run. Then came the Reagan years and it all went south. Now, despite a brief bump during the Clinton years, the middle class has taken a nose dive and the poor underclass are now a majority in this country, but they don't have majority power. In order for change to occur, it will take persistence and physical action to circumvent the vast sums of money poured by the rich oligarchs into keeping the status quo..
If we do not succeed, things are already headed in the direction of what H.G. Wells predicted in 1895 in his classic Time Machine novella, where the chasm between rich and poor will be so vast, that the species itself will split into two, one consuming the other. Right now, it's the rich consuming, figuratively, everything the poor has. Eventually, the poor will be consuming the rich, only literally, according to Wells' story. When life starts being scarier than fiction, maybe it's time we take action?
STOP THE INVASION FROM WITHIN. Join Unite Blue, a progressive organization out to educate and cure our nation's ills. You can also tweet them at @uniteblue. Your obligation only is to do something...to help yourself and your fellow human beings succeed in restoring parity, strengthening the middle class, the backbone of our nation, as without a strong backbone, how can you stand?
Be cool, be nobody's fool; and don't dismiss the bliss.