I don’t know why this latest incident with Edward Snowden, his NSA reveal, and the effects of his actions stung me a little harder than similar news in the past.
I know that American leadership over the last several decades has always, in some way shape or form, monitored American citizens in whatever way technology would allow during their respective period. I guess I was most bothered by it this time around because I was personally swayed by the Obama campaign of 2008. I was enamored by his message, his vibe, his approach to global diplomacy. His public penchant for global unity was refreshing after years of the Bush administration and other partisan hacks before him, Democrats included. The office-thief neanderthalism that his GOP opponents like Mitt Romney exuded on the internet and news channels during the 2012 election essentially shoe-horned my Obama vote, even after Barack’s first term left me a little doubtful.
Now here I am, an American that cares more about the people of my own country than I’ve ever cared about politics, party lines, religions and other over-hyped topics that were reduced to piles of bullshit after news channels fired us all up to overreact to each other. All I’ve ever wanted was to feel like our government, you know that one running the best and most powerful country in the world, genuinely cared enough about its own people to take care of those in need AND more importantly, to inspire financially better off Americans to help further the philanthropy message to help those less fortunate (Jesus? Buddha? Bueller? Anyone?).
I realize that that simplicity and united goal came to an abrupt halt several decades ago. The day that personal gain, business deals and religion plunged their first proverbial needles into the virgin veins of American honor, respect and liberty was the day our current shit show truly began. From a leadership perspective, it was the downfall of American liberty and integrity as we now know it. Thank you internet for finally giving us all a heads up.
The latest NSA leak, the effect it has had on the American people, our morale, all driving the social media equivalent of a civil war between us individual Americans, is so sad and disheartening to me right now.
Still today, after the Federal government has been caught with their pants down (again) on an unprecedented level, I see many Americans online blaming each other. Why do we do this? Because it’s easy. In a wave of emotion it’s easy to sit behind a computer, blasting your online friends, acquaintances and strangers on Facebook while those above the law (elected officials) laugh at our disparity, planning their next move. As fellow countrymen and women, we have allowed politics to influence the way we spend our energy on each other. This is such a bummer. Politics and peace are mutually exclusive in my book and it’s the fault of a well thought out polarized political system that revolves around one thing: making money. Politics and peace do not belong together but we’ve been manipulated into thinking they are compatible as long as we take a hard left or a hard right at the voting booth.
We aren’t acknowledging publicly as often as we should that we are being played by those we’ve chosen to give our votes to.
Take a look at these two videos. One shows Fox News’ Hannity conflicting with himself regarding NSA activities and the other shows President Obama doing the exact same thing. I understand that the weight and brevity of the President doing this is much heavier than a douchebag news anchor type. My point in showing you these is to reinforce that both parties, and most parties actually, are willing to change their tune to fit a certain emotional landscape so that you will vote for them. This is nothing new I know.
All is not lost but here’s the reality as I see it…..
You don’t matter.
The problem is politically agnostic. You are a barcode. You are the fresh hopeful fish swimming up a revenue stream, struggling to get to the top of the head of the river only to be intercepted by a giant, starving grizzly bear known as shareholder interest.
Today a large percentage of elected officials… Republicans. Democrats. Independents. Libertarians. Green party. Senators. Congressman. Representatives. Governors. Mayors…..They don’t give a crap about you. They don’t care about your family or your friends. They don’t care about your financial struggles or successes. They don’t care about your health care. They don’t care about racism or poverty. They don’t care about equal rights for all. They don’t care about pro-choice or pro-life. They don’t care about marijuana or if it should be legal or not. They don’t care about your patriotism or what that even means to you. They don’t care about your guns or your desire to have them. They don’t care about the state of public education. They don’t care about our veterans. They don’t honor or respect you as a productive tax paying citizen. They don’t care if you own your own business or if you work for some underpaid middle management asshole the rest of your life who will be personally responsible for the heart attack you have at 46 years old. They don’t care about this planet. They sure as hell don’t care about your civil rights.
Democrats, Republicans, et al…most of them DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU.
An example? The food argument is all the rage right now so I’ll go with that…
How farmers see food
Most farmers in America want to simply feed the country and make a living at it. Most of them are honest folk that are part of an industry as old as America itself. They are hard working people that don’t rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, living like kings and queens. They work LONG hours dealing with daily activities that would make most people squirm. Poop. Sperm. Disease. Smells. Slobber. Blood. You name it. They deal with it every day so you don’t have to. Be thankful.
How the government sees food
Convenience is the gateway drug to physical and emotional gluttony. Mass gluttony is pay dirt. They don’t mind if you get cancer. They want to stuff you with as much horrifically unhealthy food and beverage as possible so your chances of getting sick are so high, it’s almost a guarantee that you will have to fight for your life to obtain expensive experimental drugs from all the pharmaceutical companies that they (or someone they know) own stock in. Your health issues alone make you a walking petrie dish of revenue until you die. You are a giant wallet to them and your good health is nothing short of a stock price inconvenience. They will make sure that there’s a food distribution infrastructure in place that makes purchasing crappy food so convenient for you, you won’t even have a choice but to hit a drive-thru because you’re too busy working yourself to death, surviving just long enough to pay your bills each month. They know that at the end of said workday you are so stressed out from working so hard that you have only enough energy left to eat whatever is easiest, fastest, cheapest. You’ll get sick in no time and they are ready to collect on the little gold coins that will fall out of your tumors. Terminal illness is the new tax rate and you are on your way to the highest tax bracket. Congratulations! Now go eat a double whopper and shut up.
I know it’s crappy but that’s just how it works.
Many elected officials want US, the American people, to keep emotionally obsessing over our personal rights. Via the consumption of ludicrous news headlines, they want to keep fanning our desirous flames to fight the good fight for our, um, freedoms, and liberties, and uh, the history of our forefathers and their, like, vision, and stuff. Yeah, totally. Keep buying it folks. You know why? Because when people are passionate they spend money and time. When people are fearful, anxious or stressed out, they spend money and time. When they are emotional about ANYTHING they spend money and time. We are so pissed off at each other online right now that we just give our money, time and energy to them thinking we are supporting some great moral cause.
Most modern day politicians don’t care about the Constitution of the United States. To them, it’s a nuisance, a giant boulder in the middle of a revenue stream opportunity, impeding the potential (cash) flow.
To quote a stanza from the song “Penetration” by artist Pedro The Lion:
‘Cause if it isn’t making dollars
Then it isn’t making sense
If you aren’t moving units
Then you’re not worth the expense
Stop arguing with each other about your right to this and your right to that. Stop judging others for being different than you politically or lifestyle-wise only because you can’t relate. Ask more questions of people and take an interest in your differences, working to figure out where collectively, as Americans, there can be synergy instead of antagony. Stop trying to one-up each other with the latest political facts and numbers, trying to get your last informed dig into a conversation thread before you shutdown Facebook for the night.
We can’t fix the bigger problem when we allow the primary perpetrators to distract us with little problems that don’t really matter. That’s how the government keeps us divided as a people so that they can more easily do what they want with our money and personal information. The longer they keep us divided, the less powerful we are to change what they do and how and why they do it.
The American people need to make it a priority to find common ground so we can institute real change up top or we will drown in our differences as citizens, and frankly, it’ll be our own fault.
Unite or bust.