Douglas Ide said:
"While we crowed over the fall of The Evil Empire, it passed unnoticed that this period was the beginning of the massive increase in our own national debt. We have continued to spend massive amounts on our military, more than the next 10 nations combined,IIRC, and have drunk deeply of the Afghan Kool Aid, washed down with an Iraqi chaser. We also have military bases in over 140 countries and are the world's number 1 exporter of arms. At the same time there has been a massive redistribution of wealth upward into the hands of a very small percentage of the US population, millions are unemployed, our education and infrastructure systems are a shambles, and our own government, at all levels, is tottering on the brink of insolvency. Those who once ran The Evil Empire much take grim satisfaction as they enjoy the spectacle of America following in their footsteps down the path to ruin."
All too true Tom, all too true. And we just don't seem to want to learn our lessons. Ever.
I disagree with much of what the tea partiers stand for, and, unfortunately, far too many of them are simply the same old hypocritical, greedy, christian-spouting but not christian-acting folk (that jesus, he must have been all about keeping what's his and letting the poor and disabled fend for themselves if you take our many 'christian' examples in this country).
But there is one area, in my opinion, in which many, many of us could follow the tea partier lead. They stopped settling for the lesser of two evils and instead supported and elected very different politicians, not the usual cast of characters. It's really screwed up the country at the moment, yes, but that's a necessary side effect of true change.
Far, far too many of the American voting public simply settles every election cycle. Gonna vote Dem because the Repubs are bad people. Gonna vote Repub because the Dems are bad people. No sense in actually thinking for ourselves, that's too much trouble. No sense in actually doing a bit of research on candidates, 30-second sound bites will do. Besides, ain't got time, gotta catch [insert reality TV show or sporting event here]. So we keep getting the same-old, same-old, and nothing changes. It really doesn't matter much who is in power, the military continues to grow, military contractors continue to get rich through both legal and illegal means, our education and infrastructure systems continue to deteriorate, the massive redistribution of wealth goes on unabated. Under both Dem and Repub administrations/congresses. We just don't get that the lesser of two evils is still evil.
At least the tea partiers are really attempting to affect real change. If the rest of us stopped settling and did the same, we might actually get the country we think we deserve. But we don't, we settle, we vote, as I've said before, our fears and our hatreds and our intolerance and our ignorance, and we do get the country we deserve.
It sucks being so cynical, yes, but it's a learned response.......
Excellent post. Thanks for conveying your message so well.