bigstock_Falling_Money_669153Whether we’re talking about being spied on at any given moment by our own government or multi-billion dollar corporations colluding to take even more off the poor, working class they’ve created. It seems as if nothing is too outlandish to be true these days.

It gets worse when you consider what the big banks are doing to the country. They took trillions of dollars in bailout money after they illegally fudged the mortgage market and virtually none of them have paid taxes in years. Think about that for a second. You paid more in taxes this year than Bank of America and Citigroup combined. Bank of America actually claimed a $1 billion tax refund!

If this country were a person it would be a sleezy, despicable person that you simply couldn’t stomach being around. Instead we just have to live in it. Of course there are always going to be naysayers and loyalists who will make excuses and try to shout you down at every turn if you try and point out the inequity that’s bubbling over in this country. People who can barely scrape together two nickels who think that everything is A-OK and you should just shut up and stop complaining.

The sad truth is that the United States has been hijacked by a few wealthy sociopaths. The people in power do their level best to keep up the fear mongering in order to keep our attention on whatever outside threat they’ve conjured up to occupy us. They don’t want you focused on the fact that you don’t have health insurance or that if your kid wants to go to college they have to mortgage their entire future in order to pay for it. A country that constantly boasts about being the richest nation in the world consistently keeps taking from the poorest and most vulnerable.

I’m not sure what it’s going to take for the working class people to wake up and realize how much power they have if they are united. For people to realize that it’s not just our right as Americans to challenge an oppressive government it’s our duty. I want my daughter to grow up in a world of wonder and possibility not one of fear and worries. We live in the safest times this country has ever seen. The murder rate is lower nationwide than it has ever been and still we’re beat over the head everyday about how dangerous it is “out there”. We have people marching in Washington worried to death that some other lower class person is going to take something from them while the rich continue to take more and more.

It’s likely that I’m just as much part of the problem rather than the solution since I have no real idea on where to begin taking things back. Regardless it is still my deepest hope that someone much wiser than me can find a way to vocalize the real issues confronting Americans in a way that ignites real, honest change.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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