Archive for September, 2011

Faith of our fathers

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

In America, we believe we deserve better than our neighbors. That’s our core. Perversely, it’s what we call our Christianity. We think if we do right, work hard, and have a little luck, we can beat out the competition and get rich. That’s why we’re special. Everybody’s got the chance to try. If we fail, it’s our own damn fault. We’ll sacrifice anything to protect that opportunity.

What’s ours is ours. That’s how we pray. You’ll hear us say, ‘competition is human nature.’ We follow the winner. We know it’s the best, the safest, the most perfect way to be.

Competition is animal nature. Human nature is cooperation. Right now, there are still those who remember a better country. Right now, precious few seem to remember why.

So, this is what ugly looks like.

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Our situation is simple: the money has been wrestled away from the middle class, and the rich folks are happy to keep it. Everyone with influence pretends they want to create jobs for the unemployed. They want no such thing, but they do want votes. So now, suddenly, everybody’s promising jobs. Promising jobs is today’s way of keeping your loyalists whipped to a frenzy.

Complicated economics don’t have anything to do with this. This is a ruling elite, pleased to subdue the rest of the country by fueling wars within the middle class, against itself. And this is the nastiest part of our nature: scared we’ll be next to suffer, we thug up with the rest of the guys on our block, buying favors from our bosses by kicking the rabble down. When we fall off the ledge, ourselves, it takes a while to realize we’ve always been under the same boot.

We can change the world. We can make it better. But first, we all have to believe we’re on the same side. Things look to be getting worse for a good long time.