6:55 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry
Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
I do believe in the power of collective thought as a form of energy that somehow creates great shifts in human endeavors bringing real change and new innovations. A critical mass of enough people thinking the same thoughts are somehow like the building pressure and resulting power that shifts geophysical plates miles below the earth and creates earthquakes on the surface.
I could feel that happening today when I read an article written by Jim Hightower titled: ”If you are not Outraged, You are not Paying Attentions: 5 Major Ways Corporate Elites are Degrading America.”
” If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention”–I have written and spoken the very same words many times over the past year and so have many other Americans. It’s not that we are copying one another. It’s that we are collectively reaching the same truthful conclusion and that is very powerful.
Hightower is right and many have written these same words as well: ”While it can be disheartening to see the smallness of those in power, don’t let it get you down, for the want us to become so disheartened that we give up.”
Yes, absolutely yes. That is precisely the game of the 1%–to overwhelm and dishearten us so that we give up ad give in to the continuation of their wicked criminal behavior that makes them richer and the majority of us poorer. They can only defeat us if we allow it. That is absolutely the only way! If we allow it by believing their propaganda, we will be like an elephant tethered by a rotten string believing the string has the power to hold us in place.
Close to 100% of the disinformation that comes out of the mouths of politicians in Washington, Crooks on Wall Street and their stock monkey pundits on corporate owned and sponsored media are nothing but bold-faced lies. Know that and stop acting as if these liars are doing anything more than trying to manipulate us for their own selfish purposes and you will have taken the first steps toward taking control to shape your own destiny and the destiny of our nation.
The overwhelming majority of those in Congress and the White House are liars. They lie to us on a daily basis. They purposely hide the truth from us. They know EXACTLY what they are doing when they do things like hide the renewal of the Patriot in a Medicare renewal bill or a billion dollar appropriation to the IMF in a military appropriations bill for Iraq. They know EXACTLY. They intentionally lie to the majority of the people whom they are supposed to represent. Over the summer break in 2009, Chuck Grassley knew that he was lying to his constituents when he told them there were death panels in the health care bill. He was on the committee that created that bill. He knew there were no death panels and he lied. They hide the truth from us and lie to us on a daily basis and nothing will change until they are ALL voted out of office and replaced by non millionaire, non-Wall Street stock owning Americans.
If You think that one political party is better than the other, you have not been paying attention.
(Repost from IfLizWereQueen September 26, 2011)
Wall Street and Washington have Betrayed America
The financial sector invested more than $5 billion in political influence purchasing in Washington over the past decade, with as many as 3,000 lobbyists winning deregulation and other policy decisions that led directly to the current financial collapse, according to a 231-page report issued by Essential Information and the Consumer Education Foundation. – The executive summary is here.
Many Americans (due in great part to the myth-making aficionados of Wall Street Corporate owned media) honestly believe that the two parties offer two widely choices.
They do not, but you must hand it to Wall Street Corporate owned media and their side-show Bob pundits for creating and selling all these great contrasts where there are none. It would seem, at least until late, that the majority of the American public have been buying these myths.
1. 44% of Congress are multimillionaires who are all heavily invested in Wall Street. These people own hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock and in some instances, millions of dollars. The same goes for BOTH parties. One party does not have millions more than the other party. The wealth cuts both ways for both parties.
2. In 2006 the American people elected a Democrat Party majority in BOTH houses on a clear mandate to end the war in Iraq and bring ALL U.S. troops home no later than the end of December 2008. What did they do instead? They continued to rubber-stamp George Bush’s requests for unfunded military allocations AND they voted to send 100,000 more American soldiers over to Iraq before they had even been in office for 7 months. How is that ANY different from what a Republican majority would have done?
3. In 2008 the American people elected a Democrat for President on the mandate to bring all the troops home no later than the end of 2009, to create a health care system that at the least offered a public option, to reduce corporate influence and corruption in our government, to close Guantanamo, to restore some of our civil liberties that we lost under Bush, and to let the Bush Tax cuts expire. President Obama, along with a Democrat majority Congress, renewed the Patriot Act; three years later we still have over 50,000 American troops in Iraq who are finally set to leave the end of December only because iraq is kicking us out; the “health care” system that was created essentially mandates that Wall Street gets 50 million new customers; and Obama along with the Democrat majority Congress renewed the Bush tax cut for millionaires. I don’t see how a Republican would have done it much differently.
4. With a Democratic majority in BOTH houses, Congress voted overwhelmingly to defund ACORN on the flimsy evidence of a highly and obviously doctored video that had been created by James O’Keefe, a known right-wing operative. ACORN’S only “crime” was to empower the poor by registering them to vote. Only 75 Democrats in the House stood up for justice and decency and only 7 in the Senate. So called “liberals” like Russ Feingold, Al Franken, Barbara Boxer and John Kerry voted to defund ACORN. Shame on them all!
The only real difference between a Democrat and a Republican/Tea Party politician is their rhetoric.
It’s time for representation of the real majority–the 87% who earn less than $100,000 a year. (Note: I draw the line at $100,000. I believe that those who have the most to lose are really 87% and not 99%. Of course, another way to look at this perhaps more correctly would be to say that 100% stand to lose if we continue to follow the leadership of the 1%–including them. Unfortunately they are blinded by their own greed and unable to see that they are shooting themselves in the foot.)
We can do it, but not by voting for the same plutocrats that are currently in Congress.
We can do it if Americans all over the USA stand up for Democracy and run for office themselves against the liars and thieves that currently run our country.