Something went wrong somewhere along the way, post Reagan. I’m not sure what it was, and I’m not smart enough to analyze it. We were sold the American dream. We were told that anyone and everyone, no matter their circumstances, can become one of “them.” Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, they said. And if you don’t succeed, clearly there’s something wrong with you.
After many years of voting against my own self interests, I’ve finally caught on.
Listen to me carefully. The billionaires… the oligarchy… the elite… the powerful…. YOU are not one of them. YOU are NEVER gonna be one of them. You just aren’t. Period. End of story. If you’re incredibly lucky and have a genius idea at exactly the right time and place, you might make a few million dollars. That is a rounding error for the people who actually run things.
You are never gonna be the powerful elite. Back in the late 2000’s, General Electric had a year when they earned over 10 billion in net profits. They paid zero dollars in taxes. To put that into perspective, that same year I earned $60,000 working two jobs. I paid $10,000 in taxes. I personally paid more in taxes than GE. The game is rigged, and those who are at the top have rigged it so that no matter what, they will always win. Wall Street, the big banks, the powerful multi-national corporations. The Koch’s and the George Soros’s of the world.
These are the people who have convinced us that if we just keep voting for people who will “incentivize” corporations, the money will flow like water. We, my friends, are idiots.
If you read my blog for the past 10 years, you know I’m very staunchly pro-life. We had 12 years of Bushes, we’ve had both houses of congress. We’ve had a pretty strong majority on the “supreme” court. Guess how much progress we’ve made on our pro-life promises? I’ll give you a hint: it’s zero.
It does not matter who you vote for, because the Supreme Court has taken that issue out of our hands.
We conservative do a really good job of focusing on all the wrong things. We are so upset about “sanctity of marriage” (as if God can’t tell the difference between a legal contract and a Christian marriage), guns, and calling global warming a hoax that we’ve completely lost sight of the fact that we are being horribly screwed by the very people we are electing. We love to interfere in other countries. Saddam is a bad guy who is killing Kurds and invading Kuwait. That’s terrible, but we didn’t go in because he was hurting Kurds. We went in because he was jeopardizing our cheap oil. Do you remember the Rwandan genocide? We didn’t do squat because they don’t have anything we want. Every single war we’ve been involved in during the last 30 years has been financially driven. And let me tell you who loves it. Lockheed. Northrop Grumman. GE. Raytheon.
We are a country that is so delusional that we believe “God is on our side” and “We are constantly helping all of these helpless other countries.” Bull. We are doing whatever benefits us financially, nothing more. Neither party has any desire to change anything, because elections are expensive and corporations have deep pockets.
If we want to have the slightest chance of making our country great again, the first thing we have to do is level the playing field. We have to get money out of politics. We have to get out of our incessant policing of the rest of the world and start worrying about our own problems. We have homeless, we have hungry kids, we have sick people going bankrupt, we have a true jobless rate that is much higher than official unemployment. We have a broken system.
The American Dream is dead. You cannot be anything you want to be. You cannot pull yourself up by your bootstraps. You can only be part of a revolution. Not a revolution of violence. A revolution of ideas. Stop believing what these lying crooks on both sides of the political aisle are feeding you. It’s all about the money.