Greetings to freedom fighters everywhere!
“Once upon a time”
Those of us lucky enough to have good parents can remember having those words read to us as the opening line to a bedtime story.
Safe and warm, we were tucked in our beds and we had a fairy tale read to us that lulled us to sleep.
We dreamed of a make-believe world filled with dwarfs, princesses and knights in shining armor.
Castles and moors where good always prevailed over evil. Even if we had what we then considered to be a crummy day, we always knew that we would end the day in a dreamland.
So, what happened?
We got mugged by reality.
We learned that good does not always triumph over evil.
We learned that many of the shafters out there became our leaders and our “pillars of society.”
We learned the hard way that fairy tales were just that: Fairy Tales.
There were no “knights in shining armor” out there.
We learned that life is hard. We eventually realized that we are all born to struggle and one day, to die. There was no “Happily Ever After.”
We grew jaded. Cautiously optimistic, but jaded. We lost our innocence. Some of us kept our childhood notions of good triumphing over evil, but we learned that for this to happen, it requires hard work.
That’s where our paths split.
Some people chose the path of living solely for the sake of the acquisition of as much money as possible, as fast as possible, no matter what the cost to our fellow human beings.
Some of us chose the path to power knowing that in our society Money = Power.
Most of us just toiled away, happily and willfully ignorant of a world crashing down around us.
We went to work and struggled, hoping to provide better and bigger opportunities for the children of today and the future.
WE FAILED AND NOW THE BILL IS COMING DUE.
So, why am I writing about fairy tales and knights in shining armor?
Because life isn’t a fairy tale.
Because people are fighting out there for you.
Because people are being beaten.
Because people are dying out there in a struggle for our basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
AND WE’RE STILL ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BE LULLED TO SLEEP BY FAIRY TALES BECAUSE WE WANT IT THAT WAY.
We latch on to any piece of “good” news we’re fed by the mainstream media. We use television to forget about the hard realities of life like it was a drug. It’s our bedtime story assuring ourselves that somehow, it will all be better when we wake up.
Here is a fairy tale in the “news”……………..
Private sector adds 216,000 jobs in February
“Small businesses — those with fewer than 50 employees — made up half of the job gains in February, hiring 108,000 people.”
“Large companies with 500 or more employees hired 20,000 new workers, and medium-sized businesses added 88,000 to their payrolls.”
Calico Blackie says:
What this story is really saying is: Fall for the fairy tale. Don’t believe the hype.
“There are plenty of jobs out there for the taking, but the entitled, me first and the gimme gimme generation wants upgrades like stability, reasonable hours, a living wage, and health insurance at competitive costs with adequate coverage and they don’t deserve it.“
Here is the REAL story, which appeared a few days ago and was carefully followed-up by the above story today in the hopes that we would conveniently buy into the fairy tale and forget about the reality.
From the Corporate News Network (CNN):
Small businesses are adding low-wage jobs
“The nation’s smallest businesses continued to add jobs in February, but they were mostly for low-wage work, according to a report released Monday.”
“But these new jobs are primarily at the low-end,” said Susan Woodward, an economist with Sand Hill Econometrics who consults for Intuit. “They are hourly, low-wage jobs.”
But, it’s easier to want to believe the fairy tale.
Tell yourself: “Things are getting better.”
Keep your nose to the grindstone and keep killing yourself working for a living for less than ever before.
It will all be better soon.
Nothing is going to get better or change unless we change it.
There are those who say: “Fight the system by working within it.”
So how are people supposed to “change things from the inside” when the insiders won’t have anything to do with anything that changes it, and makes every effort it can to ensure that nothing will ever change?
We have an entrenched system in which lobbyists own the representatives and candidates of BOTH parties (at every level (city, state, and federal).
And candidates who want to buck that system, like Buddy Roemer, are literaly ignored off the political map and have not a chance in hell of being elected while the participating voters are distracted with political theater of the church trying to invade the state.
So, when do I see major change coming?
Not until the majority is hungry. When the majority of Americans are living below the poverty line and have nothing left to lose, then, and only then, will the majority of this nation work together to change the system as it stands.
And it is going to be ugly. We see the reaction of Wal-Street and their wholly-owned subsidiary in Washington DC to the Occupy Movement for just bringing attention to this problem through the banking bail outs.
The government keeps pushing back peaceful protests with violence, and eventually those protests won’t be so peaceful.
That’s why I’m hoping the Occupy Wall Street Movement comes back stronger than ever this spring. It’s trying to force a peaceful change.
Aren’t you tired yet of knowing that whether the politicians listen to Fox News or MSNBC on any given issue depends upon who paid the most?
And more importantly, that people who know what they’re talking about, but hold positions contrary to the lobbyist and Wall Street, get drowned out?
It’s a rigged, corrupt system, and lobbying plays a huge role in that corruption.
Remember: If you see a campaign ad on TV, that candidate has already been bought. The system is fundamentally broken and the power of the American voter is nil.
People are angry and will only get angrier if our basic rights and needs continue to be ignored by the 1%.
That’s why we MUST fight to be heard this spring and summer.
We MUST do whatever it takes to be heard.
Thousands of people marched in Sacramento two days ago, but if it wasn’t for the untiring efforts of citizen journalists such as @punkboyinsf we would have never known about it here in rural America.
And that’s just the way the 1% wants it. Believe nothing is wrong. Believe it will all be better very soon. Do as you’re told. Believe the fairy tale and go back to sleep.
Stop believing their fairy tales.
It’s an American Nightmare, not an American Dream.
Occupy the Spring and Summer!
Save our Country from an Orwellian police state future
We are the 99%