Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 5, 2012, 11:14 a.m. EST by brightonsage
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How do we deserve the government that we want?
The candidates said a million words or more without committing to what the country really needs.
This web site has had a lot of discussion among a relatively few people that exposed a lot of things that are wrong with the country and a few things that are right. Neither candidate took any position on most of those and even if they would have ….?
One thing we all know, regardless of the outcome, it could have been worse. Some will say we would be better off if it was going to be worse. Better, because the country would have to come to grips with the real problems and not settle for a few lame promises that won't be kept because the country is as divided and clueless as the people on this site. (Except for me, of course). Others will say, we are better off because the outcome bought us a little time to buckle down and educate and inform the brain-dead ideologues that are driving the country to ruin.
You know me well enough now to know that I am in the latter group with no apologies. I have seen bad outcomes of accelerating crises before you have a plan to fix things. And I haven't seen any comprehensive plans that would actually fix things. And comprehensive is the operative word.
We all tend to take a pet peeve and prescribe a solution that might address it but with little thought to the unintended consequences. Nobody will take the time (or has the time) to try to formulate the comprehensive plan, prioritize the tasks to get there, identify the resources, layout an achievable schedule, recruit the people who can do the tasks and mobilize the money it would take to implement the program. One thing we have learned in this election cycle is the identities of the enemies of the changes that need to be made. And we have seen the amount of money they are willing to “invest” in moving from the status quo to an even worse place to feed their greed. We also know who is willing to sell out to them and how disgustingly cheaply they can be bought. People who realistically will see their incomes continue to erode will support the bad guys for the promise of re subjugation of women or keeping the pay even more unequal or similarly exploiting other minorities. It reduces to, 'if you will be even meaner to others than you are to me, I will support you.' Does this remind you of the serfs in medieval times?
So, the dust is about to settle and we have no plan, no large, committed grass roots organization. No committed resources and no momentum. Sounds like a bunch whining anarchists in the wilderness. Does it all end with a whimper? Or just silence? Where are the membership rolls of the movement? Where are the leaders? A few sycophant students of never was social critics does not a movement make.
I would humbly suggest that the problems are real and the solutions also must be. There were some built in flaws with the OWS approach that would have to be changed. What do you want from me?
“The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in our selves that we are underlinings." - Shakespeare