Many say it has been taken over by the wealthy elite. Families like the Bush's, the Clintons, the Rockefellers. Families that have been building dynasty's in this country and chipping away at all the laws that were set up by our foundations to prevent them, like the estate tax.
Industries like banking have grown so large, complex, and concentrated that their power stretches the globe and they have the ability to tear down nations when their leveraged gambles do not go as planned, as can be seen from the 2008 economic collapse around the world. And when the world is brought down to its knees the government responds by giving the banking industry money hand over fist to fix the problem while delaying to help most citizens at the center of the crisis.
Industries like oil have been able to make record profits last year, while raising prices on gasoline and home heating oil to the highest level ever seen, all during a time of war when everyone should be sacrificing. And lets not forget the oil industry is still getting government subsidies from a decades old law that was passed at a time when it was not so lucrative to go into the industry, yet has never been removed. The industry is so powerful that 1. as Greg Palast has just reported on his website, the exxon valdez spill from 20 years ago has still not been cleaned up, 2. its impossible to get congress to pass some kind of minimum standard on gas mileage in automobiles.
Its seems there is an overwelming theme that congress does the work of the rich and powerful in business. No longer are laws passed or the congress lead in a direction to strengthen and protect our people and the world. Instead our government fights only for the rich. Creates jobs and opportunities only for the rich. Bails out only the rich.
Katrina happened to the poor and the help trickled in. Wall street fell down and congressmen jumped over each other to help out the elite old boys network. A health care bill is passed to confuse consumers and create more wealth for the pharmacuetical industry who paid millions of dollars to congressman to get congress to listen to "their philosphy" on the issues.
It just doesnt seem fair. Bills are passed for those who can "lobby" with million dollar donations, or paid business trips in hawaii. It seems like the philosophy our nation was founded on is dead, sold off to the highest bidder.
Is it anyones fault? Can we blame big business for wanting and trying to grow bigger by "lobbying"? We lobby also by protesting. Yet is seems business gets its way 95 out of 100 times with their lobbying.
Im a little off track, but the reason i began this train of thought was because i was listening to the wacky Michelle Bachman, republican congresswoman from who knows where complaining about the recent announcement by homeland security that right wing extreme groups that hoard weapons cache's, live in the mountains off the grid, and are 15th cousins of timothy mcveigh in their hate of the governement, are now a national threat, or are growing into one.
My first thought was good, its about time we looked into some of these groups. Its not so wild to see them as a threat after timothy mcveigh blew up a government building in the 90's.
My second thought is to laugh that these right wingers are crying about this because the left has been persecuted and intimadated and spied on by all levels of the government since the civil rights movement, and they have never blew up any buildings. For gods sakes martin luther king jr. the opitimy of freedom hope and liberty, everything this nation was founded upon, not only was spied upon by the FBI for being a national threat but was most likely killed by the same outfit. Kent state saw police shoot and kill students protesting the Vietnam War. And when we come full circle to today, this police state is making it harder and harder to protest. Video taping protesters. Creating files on them. Mass arrests of protesters at politcal rallies for no reason only to be let go after the rally ends.
So part of me is saying finally the police state is sharing the abuse with the right wing groups who also refuse to take the governments bullshit sitting down. The right wing has been through waco, and ruby ridge. And now more publicly with the government anouncing they will be looking more into militia groups and people who like to collect lots of guns.
Now the right knows what it feels like to be under the stomping boot of the romper stomper police state. The government does not like anything that challenges them, or the status quo. A quote that comes to mind is that those elites running the show will die to protect their way of life. They will not change the abusive system that favors them until we threaten to tear it down.
So my final observation is, now that the right is feeling mistreated by the government as the left has for decades, i see an alliance of the most unlikely caliber forming. Left wing aclu types, teaming up with anti abortion nra toating militias, to take or rights back from the dominant elite fuedal class that has taken this country hostage. The elite have tried to divide us for too long. With this lates round of the government antagonizing the right wing, it is obvious to me how similiar we really are.
Revolution is allowed by law, the elites fired the first shots centuries ago, this week the battle lines have been drawn.
Maybe we can put our bickering on hold about the rights of unborn babies, and all those born babies can fight the fuedal lords ruling america to take our rights back.