Dear America

Dear America, 

You can’t stand by and watch while fanatics are elected to public office and then act shocked when they do what fanatics do. They TELL us what they plan on doing, then when they set about trying to accomplish it, we’re told “you’re just fear-mongering.” Yeah, because they didn’t announce their goddamn intentions before they started it.

We warn you. “They’re after your social security,” and you think “Pshaw, they’d never take away social security.” Despite the fact that some of their most notable voices regularly call for doing away with it. The notion of returning to the days when it wasn’t uncommon for the old to die of starvation or exposure because of extreme poverty doesn’t bother them in the least. THEY don’t have to consider the possibility of ending up that way. They’re insulated by their office, or their wealth, or their social position. So they believe.

But for people who have nothing themselves, who are aware that the only thing that will see them through in their twilight years is social security and what little they might get from their 401K. If they’re lucky enough to have one.

Right now they’re going after the disabled. During a time when able-bodied people can’t find work, they think it’s appropriate to tell NON able-bodied people that they should be out there competing with everyone else. As if it would actually BE a competition.

Any one of us might end up disabled. No one can tell the future with any accuracy, regardless of what they might claim. We all feel immortal for a limited time. And that time runs out for everyone. It just tends to take a little longer for the rich.

But this country isn’t just for the rich. It’s for all of us. And only by working together, and by denying their privileged country club mentality, where only the people who are “good enough” can be let in and treated like real people, can we hope to succeed as a nation. Like Carlin said. “It’s their club, and you’re not invited.”

These are much darker times than people realize, because the threat against many of the things that we hold dear is far greater than we are told. As flawed as the system may be, and as flawed as the Democratic Party might be in some respects, they’re all that stands between the average American and future destitution.

And I think more and more people might be cluing into this. I sure hope so. Because our only hope at this point is to do our best to elect Democrats into office this mid-term. But that’s not all. Those of us with the vision and integrity need to do more than just agitate. Progressives need to stand up and put themselves forward. Put their necks out.

I’ve thought about it, but, hell, let’s be honest. My patience for bullshit is non-existent. I’m not politician material.

But there are a lot of people more diplomatic than I am these days. And that’s a good thing.

We have to do something. We have to put not only more Democrats into Congress, we need to put more progressives in as well. And the whole time we need to stand up and stress the difference between a liberal or progressive and a “Marxist.” We need to counter that argument by pointing out how laughable it is.

Nothing worth fighting for is easy, or so they say. The tea party types believe in their bullshit strongly enough to go to D.C. and make utter fools of themselves. How many of us are incapable of even that much?