You thought you were getting something different?
“Hollywood” hasn’t been giving you anything different for years, and you bought it. While the critics have analyzed it all and told you how great and new it all is. Yet, it has all been done before, to the point where many of the movies have literally been recycled (Here’s a bonus 20 more). Fashion hasn’t been giving you anything new for decades, and you bought it, while the fashionistas raved about how the beautiful people were decked out in daring new styles never seen before. Music on the radio (terrestrial and satellite) have become more and more homogeneous with every passing year as they have become more and more consolidated, while you bought it.
And, your political parties have become more and more impossible to distinguish from one another, while the pundits have screamed louder and louder about how different they are, while you bought it. When the reality is that if you removed the party labels, and the names; if you simply listed their “accomplishments”, you would be hard pressed to distinguish any of the last 5 presidents from each other. In fact, with two exceptions, you would be very hard pressed to distinguish any of the last 9 from each other simply by their accomplishments or policies. Those two exceptions are Carter and Nixon. One being simply too nice to have accomplished anything in such a tarnished and cut throat office, and the other being so criminal that he made the others look almost decent.
For an excellent, though brief, analysis of those policies and achievements pop over here. I’ll wait.
I disagree with the conclusions that the author has reached, because I see that history has taught us one very important truth. The power is always with the people. The people always have the ability to change the government at their will. The only questions are whether it will be done peacefully and what form will come after. Other than that, it is matters of details – how, when, and at what cost.
It is not too late for “we the people” to change the course of America. It is not too late to reclaim it from the “corporations are people” group. It doesn’t have to even be done in a violent manner. We can do it through grassroots efforts and through the ballot box, but to do so, we have to actually wake up and pay attention. We have to get our noses out of the boob tube, and care more about this:
than we do about this:
I talk to people and they tell me we need to change the way we vote. Some one suggested the other day that we should change to the Instant Runoff Voting system. There are several problems with this, but the largest is that it doesn’t actually address the problem. People are still funding and voting for Democrats and Republicans because they believe they have no real alternatives. This plurality voting system isn’t really going to change that. People are still going to place the R or D at the top because they’re still going to believe that those are the only two viable alternatives. It is that belief that has to be broken through. Until that is done, people will continue to hold their noses and vote for one or the other, and then continue to bitch and moan about it for the next two or four years, whining the whole time about how “we have no control” and “they only give us these choices.”
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