Too little too late

I have a poor track record predicting the future. I thought the latest right-wing agitation would wither after a few weeks. Two years later people still try to talk it up in the press.

So I’m hoping I’m wrong again. Maybe this ‘Occupy America’ idea will grow into effective politics. But as I try explaining it to my son (only because he’s asked), I just remember all the other failed attempts to promote the general welfare in our country. I hear myself telling him how the world really works; about how everyone’s parents get up every day and go to work, trying their hardest to further the interests of an employer who will dispose of them like dishwater. Their employers will hire their younger, more competitive neighbors, and continue – repackaged, repurchased, and renamed – always more prosperous than before.

If you’re not among the fifty percent of Americans whose lives have been devastated by the ‘conservative’ triumph, it’s pretty hard to know how badly your country has been damaged. But it’s bad. As a political response, we have a leaderless group of idealists getting arrested in the park. This happened before, when I was a kid: people milled around self-righteously for a few years, then the smart ones got jobs and voted for Ronald Reagan.

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