Greetings to those who march to a different drummer!
We Americans are a peculiar people. It seems as if the people that scream the loudest amongst our leaders and celebrities are the same ones that are ok with pounding their mistresses in a hotel room, as long as there is a bible in the nightstand and as long as it’s them, and not anyone else that’s doing it.
We will sometimes even vote for these people and elect them to public office as our leaders. If someone seems too straight and narrow, we go to great lengths to “dig up dirt” on them, and then sit back in an orgy of hypocritical self-righteousness, knowing full well that we’re all human, fallible, and to varying extents, guilty.
Some of the most vocal proponents of the “War on Drugs” in America were the same people I’ve known for years and were the biggest dopers in school. The preachiest anti-smokers and anti drinkers are usually the same people that used to drink like fish and smoke like chimneys. Why is this true?
The herd mentality.
They want everyone to be like them. To conform with the herd, and their idea of what that herd should consist of, as they willfully accept the erosion of their rights and freedoms.
Usually, the people that roar the loudest for conformity don’t even realize they’re allowing themselves to be screwed. Or, deep down, they accept being screwed because it’s easier in the long run to “go with the flow.” The sad part is, it doesn’t matter if that flow is taking all of us right down the toilet.
Human beings like to be led. To be told what to wear. To be told what to believe in. To be told what politician to follow. To be told what to watch on television. To be told how to think.
Why? Because it’s easier that way.
There are some of us who reject this mass mentality and will go against the herd.
But, we’re in the minority and are immediately shouted down by the rest of the herd as being “complainers,” or “radicals.”
These labels are put on us by the power brokers and are repeated endlessly in the media until the herd takes up the chant and convinces themselves that the chant is true.
The masses become convinced that nothing can be done anymore at the grass-roots level. They’re convinced that it is easier to accept their chains, deal with it, and get on with their lives.
They convince themselves that they’re actually content to go quietly about their lives like good little members of the herd, until, one day they die, without ever standing up for themselves.
Without ever crying out against injustice. Without ever trying to rationalize why they’re being beaten down. Without ever having attempted to make the world a better place. Without ever having really lived as individuals. It’s called acceptance and we all, to varying extents, accept our situations in life.
But, you’re not one of those people you say?
To a certain extent, we’re all those people.
Case in point.
When the credit card companies started to raise interest rates to what amounted to loan shark rates, people screamed as if they were being prodded with red-hot pokers.
They loudly and bitterly whined to each other about the new rules and regulations that allowed the banksters to squeeze us out of every last dime they could get from us.
I remember having a conversation years ago about this and telling the people I was talking to that the obvious solution would be for 10,000 of us to get out in the streets, march to the bank, and burn it down. Or, at the very least, get a million card holders to withhold paying their bill until the rates came down. What was the general consensus of the group? They all agreed “Oh, no. That would ruin my credit rating.” As to my idea of burning down the bank, they were horrified. To hell with them. They’re sheep.
Another case in point is how we’re manipulated by the big insurance industry and forced, required by law, to buy insurance.
Years ago, I was informed that my house had been re-zoned and was now regarded as being in a flood zone. Buy flood insurance, or lose the house and break Federal law. The government, in collusion with the insurance companies had decided to rearrange the flood zone maps by Zip Code, instead of using hydrological and historical maps of the area.
We lived on a plateau that had never seen a flood. The obvious solution to me was to have every person in that zip code refuse to pay. I didn’t stand a chance. The homeowners all meekly paid, grumbling the whole while about how unfair it was that they now had to pay an exorbitant fee for nothing.
Yet another case in point was when California decided to enact a mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders because the State and insurance companies decided they didn’t want to pay medical bills for any brain damage that was being caused by motorcycle accidents. The motorcycle riders and even the organized motorcycle clubs across the state complained loudly about the new law and about how their rights were being taken away.
Other than that, they did nothing. The obvious solution would have been to get every rider in the country to converge upon the State Capitol helmetless and DEMAND that the new law be struck down.
But, what did they do? They grumbled and complained, then, they went down to the bike shop and bought their shiny new helmets. They were organized. They were together. They could have done something about their complaints. Yet, in the end, they did nothing. Now, the law is trying to get bikers to muffle their loud Harley pipes. What will they do about it? Nothing. They’ll grumble all the way down to the muffler shop.
So, when a group of people do finally rise up in protest for one cause or another, and take to the streets in an attempt to improve society, they’re derided by the herd. Called “dirty hippies” and other derogatory terms.
We saw it with the Civil Rights Movement. We saw it with the anti-Vietnam war protests, and we’re seeing it today with the herd’s reaction to the Occupy protests.
Why? It’s easier to conform. It’s enough to make a person say “screw it” and stay living out here in the middle of nowhere and watching with grim fascination as our society goes further and further down the tubes.
Speaking of down the tubes…….Remember yesterday’s story from CNN?
Will Nevada give Romney a second straight victory?
Calico Blackie says:
The short answer is yes. The animal abuser won. Ron Paul supporters are already crying foul and saying there was voting fraud, but let’s look at reality. Forget about being politically correct for a moment.
Romney won because Nevada has a huge Mormon population who would have voted for him even if Mother Theresa was running against him.
They would vote as a bloc for a Mitt Romney/Harry Reid ticket, or a Harry Reid/Mitt Romney ticket too, rather than vote for a non-Mormon. You laugh at this? Spend some time in rural Utah, or apply for a BLM job in the State. When they ask you if you’re Mormon and you say no, and they reply with “you won’t be happy here,” you’ll know where you stand. Is this right or wrong, or is this sort of unity a good thing? Decide for yourself.
Meanwhile, back to Komen “For the Money”…………..
From: The Daily Beast
Komen for the Cure: How the Group’s Founder Courted Controversy
“Nancy Brinker is currently CEO of the organization. She receives an annual salary of more than $5,000,000.”
“Ever since last Tuesday, Nancy Brinker has been at the center of a firestorm. That was when word finally surfaced that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, of which she is the founder, had decided to defund Planned Parenthood.”
“The repercussions were swift and came from every level: social media, mainstream press, Congress (26 Democratic senators wrote a letter), members of its own board, scientists, donors, and the general public.”
“That reaction was so overwhelming that Brinker went on YouTube to state her position insisting it was not political, and that her group “would never bow to pressure.” But after a hurried board conference call on Thursday night, Brinker abruptly switched course, apologizing to the American public “for recent decisions” and rapidly reestablished the bond with Planned Parenthood.”
“The competition for big bucks is fierce, and she has inevitably left a number of disgruntled charities in her wake, among them small-town philanthropies who use “for the cure” as part of their message. These include “Kites for the Cure,” “Cupcakes for a Cure,” and “Mush for the Cure,” which involves sled-dog racing.”
“Komen plays hardball and is determined to stay on top,” says a member of another cancer organization, who declined to be identified. “Let’s be honest about all this: people think of breast cancer as a charity, but it’s really a major business.”
Calico Blackie says:
All I can think of to say about this is: God-damn Nancy Brinker and all those who would cynically and callously exploit a fatal and horrible disease and it’s victims to make money. If there’s such a place as hell, I hope there’s a reservation already planned for them in the Adolph Hitler suite in hell’s hottest depths.
Even though Komen didn’t really reverse their decision completely and will still probably deny Planned Parenthood funding for next year, we the people demonstrated that, together, we can make a difference. SPEAK UP. DON’T BE SHEEP. STAND UP FOR YOURSELVES!
Don’t just “pay the bill” or “wear the helmet” like a bunch of obedient cattle.
Got a problem? SPEAK UP!
Become active. Don’t just grumble along with the rest of the herd on your way to the grave.
OCCUPY WALL STREET!
We are the 99%