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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Prepare to be Pissed Off

I've just finished reading David Sirota's latest book "Hostile Takeover" and I feel I need to warn you about this book in advance. Before you read this book there are a few things you need to do. If you own any guns, lock them up and throw away the keys. Likewise, keep all sharp objects out of reach. It might help to light a few candles and turn on some easy-listening mood music. Do not read this book in a public place where bouts of loud profanity would be inappropriate. If you are on blood pressure medication, double the dose. And by all means, do not miss your court-mandated RageAholics meeting, because this book is going to piss you off.

I'm not going to give a detailed chapter by chapter review because there just isn't enough space or time to cover all of the information packed in this book. Instead, I'm going to sum it up as clearly as I can in just a sentence or two:

Our country is controlled by a super wealthy minority who have rigged the rules in their favor while at the same time convinced the majority of us that it is in our best interest. In other words, they are screwing us against our will yet have convinced us that we enjoy it.

The rules and laws are gradually being written to benefit the few at the expense of the majority. And this includes both Republicans and Democrats. Yes, we may long for the days of Clinton, but he was no Saint of the working class. Until we can elect representatives who really want to make government responsible to "We the People", expect the trend to continue. How many more jobs will have to be shipped overseas? How many more people will have to go without health insurance? How many tax cuts for the rich will we be willing to trade for our public schools and our environment?

Hopefully the majority will come to its senses long before it realizes just how much they have already lost. Turn off those TVs. It doesn't matter if Brittney is in rehab again or some has-been Playboy bunny has died. Learn to think again and then start asking questions. Politicians pandering to your emotional and religious sensibilities may make you feel good about them, but ask yourself, "What have they done for me lately?" Chances are, absolutely nothing.


Blogger The Atheologist said...

I will put your book recommendation on my list, even if though it will probably get me more pissed off than I am already.
I have always said that the Democrats are not really a good alternative to the Republicans. Most Americans are brainwashed into thinking that that those are their only choices. Another myth that most Americans believe is that America goes to war to protect democracy and freedom, when in fact it is almost always for corporate America’s business interests.
I feel that it may be necessary to stage a revolution in this country every 200-250 years. We are a bit overdue. To quote a line from the film, ‘V for Vendetta’:
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

Tue Feb 27, 01:25:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Joe said...

Considering how few Amercians vote or even pay attention, we get what we deserve. We The People can revolt within the framework of our laws right now. All it takes is the vote. And, people who give a shit.

Sat Mar 03, 06:26:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Bruce said...

Joe, I agree that apathy is rampant, but the voting system is rigged against us as well. With our current system, how often are we forced to make a choice between who we really want and who we should vote for because they are the only candidate we would be willing to support who actually has a chance. Remember Ralph Nader???

And let's no forget, it takes big money to run for major office in this country. Until we are willing to implement some sort of real campaign financing reform, the candidates with the deepest pockets will filter to the top.

So yes, lay a lot of the blame on the populace, but the system is still rigged against us.

Sat Mar 03, 07:04:00 PM 2007  

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