It would benefit every American citizen to look at the Debt Limit Ceiling Increase Bill, and read it carefully. What you find there may well surprise, or even shock you. I leave it to your better intelligence to determine how, or if this is going to help you.
From a practical standpoint, I can tell you that if you are a Graduate or Professional Student, or if you currently are a Pell Grant holder, this bill will simply stun you. Why the Pell Grant, and it’s most successful recipients were targeted in this Bill confuses me. But then, many of the things happening around the halls of Congress are confusing me.
For instance, the Senate refused to relieve the pressure on the Tea Party/Republican-created (as in manufactured, artificial, not REAL) crisis with the FAA. 8,000 employees, and more than 74,000 contractors are now unemployed until at Least October, 2011. The likelihood is that, given recent shenanigans by these political terrorists (There, Mr. Vice President. Blame it on ME!), they may never work again. Fact. At least, that is their intention. Why?
Well, now that’s a very interesting story that might just be more about you than you think. It has to do with, of all things, unions. Without going into the details so much, or giving the general dynamics obviously in play here, the one sticking point has to do with whether or not a union member not voting is equal to a “No!” vote. The terrorists want it so. The unions do not. Something about “every member is entitled to their vote, as they wish.” But the holdout is about…that.
Meanwhile, the employees of the FAA, and the more than 74,000 construction workers do not work, and do not get paid. Okay, no big deal, in view of the crinny gillions of jobs being worked every day by honest, hardworking Americans, right? These bums deserve what they get, with their ridiculous wages, impossible to maintain pensions, healthcare that God couldn’t buy, and that insane “collective bargaining” thing that is destroying the moral fabric of America as we know it.
What you may not understand, or be willing to accept, is that this is merely the opening salvo from a small group of disenfranchised nut jobs. (If you disagree, tell me. I said it. I stand by it.) The larger, over-reaching reality for this “group” (not party; they deserve no such recognition in this country) is not to change the dynamic of the political discussion. Nor is it to become a significant member of the political scene in America. Their desire is to change the America we live in. Nothing is causing more froth in their mouths than the idea of a Constitutional Amendment. They want to change America itself, and intend to do so. Their corporatist, big business, “Corporate Aristocracy” plan includes, as a first issue, the elimination of the middle class in this country. They are succeeding, and where they are not, they are purposely creating every available means to nullify us. Telling hundreds of thousands, via the Koch Brothers, of democratic, or at least demographically identified democratic populations in Wisconsin to be sure to submit their Absentee Ballots no later than TWO DAYS AFTER the recall elections is but one scheme we will see replayed, state by state, over the course of the coming elections. Closing, again in Wisconsin, DMV branches in Democratically majority districts, while extending hours in those within Republican majority districts, is another ploy the Koch Brothers’ puppet, Governor Walker is using to further marginalize his opposition. There is a legitimate question in Wisconsin as to whether or not the Governor actually CAN do this, but that is not the question we must ask ourselves here, and now.
Why is he doing it? What benefit does he get from such actions? It is very apparent that Governor Walker is anti-democrat. Agreed? He is anti-union, as well. Agreed? He is anti-worker, anti-middle class, and anti-anything which sustains the presence of those whom his handlers, and the Tea Party think should NOT be a part of the dialogue which, for more than 20o years, has shaped our nation. Agreed? Yet, he is but one example of a multi-dimensional, multi-tiered attack on the America which has stood the test of time.
It is that very dialogue which is at risk. Opening a conversation with “It is going to be the way I want it, period.” is really NOT a conversation starter, folks. Yet, that very strategy has gotten the goons of the right a current score of 3 wins, no losses nationally. I am willing to accept the current political rhetoric that says Americans are in shock at what they are seeing. Okay, be shocked. Quickly.
This debate is about doing away, entirely with Government itself. Do not think otherwise. It is about eliminating entitlements–period. Do not believe otherwise. It is about CHANGING the FORM of America, turning it into a corporatist theocracy. Period. And, the Tea Party is a very public, unashamed, and unabashedly vicious tool of that goal. Period. Lookit.
84,000 jobs, one day.
Yeah, so what? It’s not my job. Hell, I haven’t had a job in two years. So what if we don’t have teachers to teach our future generation? So what if we don’t have the right to demand a decent wage for ourselves, or others? So what if we don’t have healthcare? Or retirement? Or a future? What do you want ME to do about it? I’m just one man (or woman), trying to exist, raise my kids, and survive, because brother, that’s where I’m at. Survival.
Yes, you are. My question to you is “Who put you there?” Was it you? Is this the life you think makes up the American Dream? Have you somehow abdicated your right to achieve the American Dream for yourself, your family? It is not a simple question, but it does lead to a better question that you really MUST answer:
“What are YOU going to do about it?”
The Tea Party is designing its members’ uniforms as we speak. They believe they are unstoppable. Silence is consent. Whether those uniforms be red, blue or brown makes no difference. Whether they wear Crocs or jack-boots is insignificant. But, that they are aiming for your street really should matter to you. Whatever you have, they want. Not because it’s of value. Because YOU have it. They just don’t WANT you here if you are intelligent, thinking, involved, active, voting other than their way, gay, immigrant, elderly, black, unemployed, or trying to advance your position in any way other than their corporatist, draconian agenda. It’s you they are coming for. 95 of them halted more than 80,000 jobs, “for as long as it takes. We will NOT accept any way other than ours.” Make no mistake about it. “Their way” is to completely dismantle every union in America today. It is the first, and only purpose behind the recalcitrant temper tantrum of the extreme Right, the Republicans, the Tea Party. They hate you. They intend for you to disappear from the American landscape. Along, I might add, with many other “targets” they openly espouse for insignificance, nullification, or extinction. If you believe otherwise, I hate to tell you this, but you are a fool. It’s not true because I say it. It’s true because THEY say it. As loudly and as passionately as they tell their base, and the American people this is a spending issue, it is not. It is a union issue. Again.
I have some news for you. There really IS something you can do about it. You owe it to yourself to find out what that is. Because you are reading this, you can. There is a voice of more than 6,000,000 other Americans who find themselves just where you are. The only difference is that these Americans are being empowered to change their reality, find jobs, feed their families, have affordable healthcare, clean water, clean air, and elder security. Go to http://www.moveon.org, and find out just how many of your neighbors who, just like you, cannot accept non-representative rule in America. Then, join them. Learn how to respond to these anti-patriots. Understand that there is a growing population in America who are actively working, every day, to train people just like yourself to do for yourself what you simply cannot do BY yourself.
Then, try to remember why America is a place that people risk their lives, sometimes multiple times, to call their home. If you dare to look at her, Lady Liberty is still there, her torch raised high. But, she is no longer the hope merely of those outside her shores. Lady Liberty’s lamp is burning brightly to the farthest reaches, nooks and crannies of America itself. She is compelling us to answer the same questions. Do we not, have we forgotten what the American Dream has always been? Are we unwilling to rise up against the tyranny before us, and just simply let that dream die, without so much as a whimper?
There are millions, millions of Americans who, this very day, are coming together to re-declare their right to the American Dream. They are joining together to re-claim it. You can, too. Just go to http://www.rebuildthedream.org. Find out where it’s happening. Because your family, your community, and most importantly your nation expect it of you. Join the movement to reclaim the American Dream, and share your voice with millions of Americans who will, in these coming months, proudly answer the most important question with but one unified answer:
This is MY America. This is OUR Dream. You may not legislate it away, sell it to the highest or most influential bidder, nor kidnap it from my grasp! It is MY dream, and you can’t have it!
That, you can do. Will you?