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Friday, May 2, 2014

Making the Wheel 'Squeak' Loud Enough to be Heard

To end this week's postings, we start with a quote from Democrat Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's memoir "A Fighting Chance"..

In it, she recalls a comment from Larry Summers, a vile, detestable piece of garbage who was once Clinton's Treasury Secretary and later served as Director of the White House United States National Economic Council for Obama in 2009-10.

 In the spring of 2009, when the banker bailout-handout was a heated topic of discussion, Elizabeth Warren attended a dinner with Mr. Summers and this is how she described it:
"(After dinner), Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice.  I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. 

Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders."

There is no better example of understanding why things work as they do and why there has been for some time two Americas, than to read and re-read at the above quote..
But really that's how the world works isn't it?

A President (Dem or Rep) is beholden to Wall St..

Corporations are beholden to shareholders..

Professional sports leagues and media are beholden to advertisers..

Everyone is beholden to someone except you...
And just like people forget the motto that 'Sticks n' Stones will break one's bones but words (even ignorant words) will not hurt thee', they also forget that 'The squeaky wheel gets the grease'

And really there hasn't been much in a way of a whimper much less squeak in 5+ years..

Some will argue its because people are confused; divided..   Others will argue its because those groups who usually do the outward protesting and demonstrating have difficulty targeting their ire at someone they probably voted for..

Whatever the reason(s), there's been nary a peep.
~ We've never yet seen the System defeated by a petition drive

There was Occupation Wall Street but how could you take serious a movement that occupied everywhere BUT Wall Street...

If they had co-ordinated all the thousands upon thousands who were sleeping in parks from NYC to SF and mass-marched in a gigantic wave of humanity to block Wall Street from literally opening its doors for trading, and provoking the kind of militaristic response Gandhi did so brilliantly vs the English...

Well then we'd actually have real change afoot because truth is, government only helps those they fear..

But the movement took some non-sensical pride as having no leader and no spokesperson and thus when Homeland Security moved in, there was no one to rally the troops..

And now "Occupy" is merely a bumper sticker.
There is simply no outlet for people to express anger at those directly responsible for the quality of their lives being deteriorated..

How far does a letter/email to one's local Congressperson, Senator or President get?

No better luck on the phone..

Hold back donations?  Well unless you donate unless 5-figures to a candidate minimum, assume that threat will be shrugged at

Vote?   Sure.. give it a try..
Do you want to know the main difference between America today and Great Britain back in the days we were colonies when it came to speech and dissent?

Britain feared everyone and every thing;  the feared groups and feared individuals..  So they would crack down hard on anyone, from a movement to a solitary individual who dared to insult, mock or criticize the policies of the King or 'His Majesty's government'...

America's colonial leaders learned you always fear groups but unless an individual poses a threat of phys violence or can show to attract followers to the flock,  the thoughts and opinions of an individual mean jack squat as far as government is concerned..

A person only matters if they can sway others
So nothing will happen without a movement; some kind of grass roots ground swell..  

Something that can't easily be co-opted by corporations and powerful political forces..

Is it possible?  Sure

Is it probable?  Really depends on others

As long as people think things are either better or getting better just around the corner, they will sit and wait..

But any movement starts with one..  then two..  and so on..
Its really not about politics and party anymore..   The only true differences between the two are the social hot-button issues and anyone who votes in total lockstep with 'R' or 'D' is not a free-thinker because no political party can possibly represent all one's core beliefs, values and ideals.

No one's doing anything for your economic benefit and we're all on the outside looking in

And that can never change until people start galvanizing to make it so..

If only people reacted as passionately and angrily against economic rapists as they do alleged racists.