I am not impressed with anyone’s directions to Ceasar if that dude Jesus is to be believed. Somebody profits by getting the masses to co-sign their policy recommendations. So what exactly are rich people doing in 2014 that they weren’t doing in 1614? And if the average American with running water, electricity, public transportation and a minimum wage job in an era in which polio has been eradicated and you can’t even get sour milk unless you try is so put out, what exactly are multibillionaires doing to pick those thin pockets? Really, what are the American oligarchs taking from the poor, except the opportunity to make 10 thousand dollars in a world where people survive on 2,000?
The American oligarchs are providing entertainment on the grandest scale, including dollar menus at McDonalds and free music from FM radio in exactly the language that the poor understand and like to hear, and there have been no wars on American soil in over 100 years.
I’m afraid that I study too much history to be swayed by the conventional wisdom that tells us how bad we all have it here. Show me the starvation.
I’m reading too much about roundheads and people with pitchforks and torches who swore to God that they would not be overcome to be bothered with people who only petition their elective representatives, if they even bother with that.
What strikes me about this one little picture is that there is no job on it that is irrelevant today. Carpentry, plumbing, electricity haven’t changed. Everybody who lives everywhere needs some of that. I don’t understand what is so hard about learning those things other than the simple fact that people don’t really give a shit about knowing how, when presumably once upon a time, they did. And pray tell what is the point of making more money from the same self-sustaining job unless perhaps you want a bigger house, more electricity, better public transportation, hotter and colder running water and a higher minimum wage?
People who are spiritually fulfilled by their God seek no more money. People who turn away from spiritual fulfillment, I suppose, can’t get enough money. So in this land of the free where girls are not kidnapped by the village-full, where we can weep by proxy and even seek thrills in our choices of entertainment because we are so literally fat, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that we are so greedy for more, that we are greedy on behalf of greedy people who don’t get half as much as their greedier brethren.
A wise man once said you shouldn’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if he has more than you, but only to see that he has enough. So exactly by what authority is somebody looking into every bowl in America and crying foul on behalf of their Negroes?, excuse me their political constituents. Do the hungry not know they are hungry? Do the enslaved not know they are enslaved? Can those with no blessings not count to zero?
I cannot forget what people from Mexico are doing every day - risking life and limb to move, against the law, into a foreign country to be the poorest of the poor without speaking the language and finding a way to feed themselves. May I remind you, against the law? They flee tyranny and oppression to come to America, and here they find sustenance. Against the law. Those of us, with every benefit they do not have, seek more for those we call our poorer brothers, and somehow it doesn’t come. And we bleat.
It seems to me that the Mexican has a backbone that we have forgotten. He exercises his backbone; we petition for jobs that require no heavy lifting. He is filling his mouth with food, not propaganda. I admire him from a distance. The more bad things that happen to me, the more I hate the complaining. And I really hate it now.