“Whatcha Gonna Do?” by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
February 26, 2011

‘You poisoned my sweet waters, you tore down my green trees; the food you gave my children is the cause of their disease. My world is slowly coming down and the air’s not fit to breathe, and those of us who care enough we have to do something! ’

Interesting how that song lyric was written over forty years ago by a rock group called Quicksilver Messenger Service. History does have this strange way of repeating itself, now doesn’t it?

Americans surely have this superiority complex. Scholars define it as American Exceptionalism. We really do think that we not only know better than the rest of the world, but that we are better! Well, every empire before us, whether it be the Romans, Dutch or British, all felt the same way. Look where they are now? Look where we are now for that matter. Bogged down with hundreds of thousands of our soldiers and private mercenaries occupying two countries… at a cost of over one hundred billion per year! We have a military budget that surpassed any other in our history last year (over 560 billion dollars) while our states and cities collapse. Millions of homes are underwater or foreclosed, pulling down the values of the rest of American housing, while the crooks and scoundrels who initiated this mess give themselves bonuses! ‘Your newspapers, they just put you on; they never tell you the whole story… ‘ . We have a mainstream media that would make Pravda proud. Talk about embedded; these so called journalists wouldn’t know the truth if it bit them in the ear!

So, question is: Are we Americans that much more stupid than our counterparts in Greece, Egypt and Tunisia? You see, contrary to what is being reported, those uprisings were initiated by regular 9 to 5 citizens like you and me. They were just fed up with the Fat Cats who run things controlling most of the country’s wealth… duh, just like here?! Yet, what’s it going to take for folks here to get off their duffs and onto the streets? What I am suggesting is not revolution, rather evolution. When can we evolve as a people away from the consumerism, militarism, celebrity worship and servitude mentality? When can the 99 % of us who are not millionaires stop defending those who are? You know, I hear it wherever and whenever I broach the subject: ‘Oh, the rich deserve what they have. They earned it through hard work and risk ‘. Well, tell that to the cop who takes home forty or fifty grand a year and has to walk through that doorway, not knowing who has what pointed at him in the dark. Tell that to the fireman who rushes into the smoky apartment to save some poor soul. The fireman, like the cop, takes home in one year what the hedge fund manager pulls in one week!! Ever go to a nursing home to visit a mom or dad or relative? See that aide who wipes the **** and washes and cleans the elderly? Well, that aide earns maybe less than half what the cop and fireman make. School teachers, librarians, school psychologists, mental health counselors… folks who nurture or heal young and old minds alike- they are the first to be laid off in this depression called a recession.

So, this writer says that as long as my friends and I see only a handful standing with us each and every week…. Nothing will change. So long as the good folks who sweat and labor for so little continue to refuse to do anything but wait for the next election, we are worse off than the Egyptians. At least they took the next step in the evolutionary process. My friends, whatcha gonna do?

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 Dandelion Salad, New Jersey activist Ed Dunphy’s progressivepatriots.net or at his own blog at www.opensalon.com. Philip can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net.


[DS added the video.]

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Whatcha Gonna Do About Me?

robulusx2 on Aug 30, 2012


Profit Pathology and Disposable Planet by Michael Parenti

Soylent Green (1973)

The Punk Patriot: Working People vs Wall Street

Ironically, Anti-Union Republicans Need Unions by Walter Brasch

A cautionary tale by William Blum

5 thoughts on ““Whatcha Gonna Do?” by Philip A. Farruggio

  1. Pingback: Immoralities of Empire by Philip A. Farruggio « Dandelion Salad

  2. to rabbi schwartz,
    kind words indeed. hope to see you soon with us on that lonely corner. lonely? why? well, saturday, rabbi, the 8 anniversary of the terrible war on iraq, you and i joined with the Veterans for Peace and stood on a corner of our busy town. you and i, and your wife, rabbi… where were the THOUSANDS who stood on that same corner not 2 weeks previous to protest the budget cuts and to support the unions? where were the UNIONS yesterday on that corner with us? that is the reason why we will never have change in Amerika. too much self interest and not enough ‘ WE ‘ interest!

  3. Your blog on apathy in the USA is even better than the song, which was intelligent folk music back then. You hav emotivated me to join you on a Tuesday, as soon as I can! I’m not apathetic, but busy.

    A teacher asked a middle schoolboy, “Are you ignorant or apathetic?” He replied: “I don’t know and I don’t care!”

  4. thankks vera. i agree, except that change must come from within all of us. i guess it is the spirttual part of me that leads me.
    after all, to many like yours truly, we know that this is all a dream anyhow. keep in touch and hope you take time to read the other columns of mine that this wonderful site posts.

  5. Evolution…PLUS a good dose of RE-volution is what is needed. For too many people, not even the hard way is a teacher.

Comments are closed.