My Maternal Grandfather used to say that this country [the USA] is due for a Revolution. He didn’t think it would come in his lifetime, but he believed either my parents’ generation or my generation would see it. As time goes on, as I look at the hypocrisy, greed and outright corporate whoring that runs rampant in out government, I believe more and more that my Grandfather was right in his prediction.
Now, he didn’t mean the coming revolution was going to be a bloody one. He simply meant that this country is in dire need of major change, and not the kind of “change” we hear about in the tedious, repetitious rhetoric from the candidates for President every four years.
George Carlin said that we don’t really have rights in this country, we just have privileges the Constitution gives us, privileges the Government can and will take away–has taken away–from some of us throughout history. After all, the “founding fathers” themselves wrote “all men are created equal” while some of them owned other human beings, so our country was founded on lies and hypocrisy from the beginning. And I don’t believe for a second that the US citizens of Japanese descent who were unlawfully incarcerated in internment camps during World War II were the last group of American citizens to have their rights–privileges–stripped away from them at the whim of some old, rich, mostly white, men in powerful positions in our government. It’s still happening today, and it’s being disguised as Homeland Security.
I love this country. As a whole, the USA has the best thing going. But it’s broken and it needs to be fixed badly. It’s a disgrace that we can’t provide basic healthcare for all of our people, and it’s disgusting that people are dying so the oil companies can get richer and in turn feed the fat pigs in Washington some more. And that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
I hope my Grandfather was right; I hope a Revolution is on the horizon, a peaceful but determined groundswell of people demanding and creating true change, change that can’t be broken down into nonsensical sound-bites politicians use to get elected. Hopefully we can start to make this country one that the world aspires to emulate instead of one that they desire to destroy.
I just hope it’s not too late.
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