The only war on Christmas I can find happened on Black Friday. It was reported on the evening news and police blotters across America. Now that it’s over, let’s all have a wonderful holiday season.
I never spend time thinking about what it would be like today if JFK’s term as president were not cut short by political murder. What I hold in my bones is that the 60s were a dangerous and deadly time. Five minutes of research confirmed my memory.
Between May of 1955 and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, 16 persons called “Civil Rights Martyrs” by the Southern Poverty Law Center* were murdered in racially motivated violence. Five were children. None were white until two, killed just months before Kennedy. Twenty four politically motivated murders happened between the assassinations of President Kennedy in 1963 and Dr. King in 1968. Then, two months later, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy “sealed the deal”.
For me, there never was a “Camelot in America”. There was a popular president with a lovely family that went the way of too many who saw a future America that was not a mirror of yester America. Is it any wonder that so many of us rejected the political status quo that allowed this, or the hypocrisy of organized religion that did not do enough to stop this?
Most importantly today, this is the kind of thing I must understand about myself before I can begin to understand others. In order for my actions to be “transpartisan”, I have to recognize the history that made me who I am. And you?
How is it working for you?
This trend is not about what political party you call your own, it is about the ability of a small percentage of Americans to impose their will on all of US, regardless of political affiliation. Gerrymandering, phony filibusters, a steadfast commitment to “the plan”, and a seemingly endless war chest keep the champions of the minority in control.
Despite popular opinion as measured by many credible polling groups, efforts like tax cuts, the sequester, budget cuts, corporate subsidies, and gutting the social safety net endure. Add self serving super-strategies like the WAR ON THE VOTE and it feels like the ship of state is adrift. Add lobbying, controlling the media, and bankrolling the faithful, and the majority of US are less and less significant players in this republic’s democracy.
Again, how is this working for you?
The next time some guy in a suit that costs more than my last car tells me that sending millions of public employees home without pay is worth it… the next time some woman in shoes that cost more than last month’s rent tells me defaulting on American debt is a good idea… I am going to scream.
America deserves better than Political Fiscal Theatre from the cash-comfy.
I’m sick of lobbyists and legislators playing economic parlor games with my country’s sustainability. I actually know these folks are smart enough to create a win-win solution to anything America may face. And, it appears that you and I are not even game pieces on the board.
I am tired of being the airbag for these creepy people. They say they have the fate of We-the-People at heart, but all I see is cash flow and quarterly profits in their eyes. Their kind of reasoning might work on Wall Street but it does not work on my street. America is not a land of wealth builders, it is a land of idea havers, thing makers, and service providers. Apparently we don’t fit into the visions of globalization and world domination these fat cats dream about.
So here they go again, holding the national budget hostage so they can leverage something out of our hands that they could not take away democratically. Next stop, debt ceiling malarkey. Oh, they are great at inventing crisis and tragedy. Or fabricating enough confusion that we don’t know who to believe. This republic’s democracy is at the mercy of the new Gilded Age.
Shame on you all.
Now, any member of Congress who feels badly about this, go forth and do your job!
Using bankruptcy as a tool for hostile takeover is right out of the predatory capitalism playbook. Wealth builders (not job creators) love to play this game.
The Congress is knee deep in this smarty pants biz strategy. The ongoing Political Fiscal Theater III is a manipulation of law, constitutional intent, and a media blitz that would have us believe we are in danger of some catastrophic financial event. Ironically, the economists I respect see this hostile takeover as just that. A disaster is being provoked and promoted as a means to an end game where monied interests have control of our government.
Even if you believe the government can do better, I respectfully request you contact your Representative in the House and tell them that America is not for sale. Make Congress work for US, not for campaign funders.
Find out how to contact your Representative at www.house.gov. NOW. Thanks.
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This retired small business owner thinks Obamacare is good for America. We get told every day that we are now a part of the new global economy, but our competition is from companies in countries with some form of health care for all. For the rest of the first world, health care is a social expense, while for us it is a business expense.
I played that game as a small business owner, but the deck was stacked against me. I was charged 200% of the rate for a large business, giving advantage to my larger competitors let alone off shore interests.
I never minded paying taxes: they were predictable and I could plan for them. But insurance inflation was out of control and killing many of us in the small business community. While bigger businesses were dropping coverage levels in order to leverage profit, we, the real employers of America, were dropping coverage to stay alive. In 2008 GM pointed to this flaw in our global logic and was summarily gob smacked. Like GM or not, they were right.
Now, the imperfect beginnings of a solution that serves employee and employer is before us. “Back to the drawing board” is political-speak for “bury it alive”. We can spend all day nit picking the small stuff while the elected who are beholden to BIG campaign contributors pull strings to neglect the many and profit the few.
I, for one, believe in American Ingenuity: that we should launch the project to create a yet unseen but soon to be envied strategy to ensure access to health care for Americans, and bloom as an economy within our borders and in the world. No guts, no glory. If you agree, contact your congressional delegation now.