With kudos to the Beatles and a little poetic license: ‘I got every reason on earth to be sad, cause I just lost the only country I had. If I could get my way I’d try to get her back someway, but I can’t so I cry instead!’ That is exactly what this writer has been experiencing more and more. I cry. I see the foolishness, the utter contempt for we who labor, by our government leaders and the large corporations… And I am reduced to tears. First comes the anger, the outrage, and then… The tears.
My America is lost. It is gone… Forever perhaps. For decades there has been an unofficial concerted effort to dumb down our populace. If you check out the fine 1976 film Network , you can watch how ‘ life imitates art ‘ . The media, especially television and radio, has been controlled by a small group of mega corporations. Everything is now outright junk! We have one or two highly intellectually stimulating shows for every 100 other baseless and lowly evolved crap! There is no sense of decency in the media. When a terrible criminal politician like Tom Delay becomes a guest on the highly rated ‘ Dancing With The Stars ‘ ( along with Sarah Palin’s daughter ) , what more can be said? George W. Bush , who even conservative scholars agree is guilty of treasonous acts, is pasted on our screens continually for his new ( are we crazy? ) ‘ Memoirs ‘. Condi Rice, another who should be indicted, has her memoirs as well, as will Cheney and the rest of the gang. With junk food for the body as well as the mind, they only sell when they have buyers. America has buyers. Too many!
The war for our very soul as a nation has already been lost. The final battle was with Mr. Obama and his party winning control ( ha! ) of our government. Really!? That was when the last so called hope for change balloon was burst. My friend Ed Dunphy, a New Jersey Peace activist, has the best protest sign for this: Bush = Obama = Bush . Interesting, how the median income for House of Representative members is $ 720,000 , and for Senators it is over $ 2,000,000! And you expect these rich folks to understand ‘ our pain ‘ ? Do you think they can sense what it must be like for a person to decide between urgently needed medication or their dinner that night? Or filling up the gas tank to be able to travel 40 miles for the only available job, at the expense of needed shoes for your kid? This writer, who earns a tad more than the average American worker, chose to have three teeth pulled rather than spend the $ 2000 per tooth for root canals and crowns. Ya think any member of Congress has had to make that decision? Bush and now Obama and their respective parties chose and choose to spend $ 170 billion a year to occupy Iraq and Afghanistan while our states have budget shortfalls of the same amount! Translated: Our states cannot get federal block grant money ( non payable loans ) to give to our cities to save our local budgets. Translated: We have to lay off police, fire, teachers, cut city services, close or limit hours at schools and libraries. Colorado Springs, and other cities, actually had to cut night lighting on their main roads! Small businesses are getting hammered with higher fees and access charges. Many simply cannot stay open. So, we will have a boxstore America replete with eateries from national chains and franchises…. Mom and Pop will fade away.
The sad postscript: I know this young 32 year old woman who works as a cashier in a local shop I frequent. I told her a really funny joke recently. I asked her ‘ What did the masochist say to the sadist ? ‘ She looked at me as if I was from Mars. I said ‘ Don’t you know what a masochist is? ‘ No. ‘ A sadist ?‘ No. Then I found out that she has five children. ‘ Who watches the kids for you? ‘ Her husband is home with them. ‘ What does he do for a living? ‘ Nothing. I refused to pursue it any further. I guess most Americans, like that nice young woman, are the masochists. I guess our political and corporate leaders are the sadists. What did the masochist say to the sadist? He said ‘ Hit me ‘ . The sadist looked at him and answered ‘ No! ‘ Pass the handkerchief please.
Philip A. Farruggio is son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is an activist leader and free lance columnist. Since the 2000 elections, he has written over 200 columns, many posted on various sites worldwide. Recently, he is finding a home at www.dandelionsalad.wordpress.com, or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.