"Wisdom is knowing the truth, and telling it."~~Unknown
Saturday, January 9, 2010
The Screwing of Americans
I was thinking about a few different things going on today in America. Back many years ago, I read this book called the “Screwing of Americans”. The book was about how Americans are being screwed daily by consumerism and a few other things. For example if you buy a car you are still paying money in installments to maintain the car in the way of replacements for car parts even after you pay the last car note. The same people who made the car make the car parts. What about when you use your debit card at the store and the store charges you to buy something from them. In a way, the book would be categorized as a complaint book by those who believe capitalism is one of the foundations of America that holds it together. Skip the part about moral values and integrity because that is obsolete from the die-heart champions of capitalism view.
Then there those things called politics and racism that seem to go hand in hand, and for that fact, when you think about it consumerism, capitalism, politics, and racism come together in one big bundled package whether we like or not or want to admit it or not. Together they spell hypocrisy.
Today, I was reading an article about Senator Harry Reid. For some reason, that I can’t explain myself, his comments were not what grabbed my attention. It was this comments that had me shaking my head:
“Republicans called on Democratic lawmakers and candidates Saturday to condemn Senator Reid's original remarks. “For those who hope to one day live in a color-blind nation it appears Harry Reid is more than a few steps behind them," National Republican Senatorial Committee communication director Brian Walsh said in a statement.” ~~CNN Political Editor Mark Preston~~
After all of the racist caricatures, the “That One” comment, painted faces, monkey comments, McCain/Palin rally, and with every other racist declarative made plain and clear churned out by the Republican Party I don’t think they left themselves any room to talk. At least Senator Reid didn’t use the slang term for Negro and he was being honest from a white man’s viewpoint. Here in America most light-skin blacks are high on the list of white’s approval and you can turn on the television or watch a movie as proof of that. Let’s face it, even educated black folks frown on Ebonics which is another term for “Negro Dialect”.
Nevertheless, it really has nothing to do with what Senator Reid said and has more to do with undermining the Democratic Party by any means necessary. The Republicans want Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi voted out come next election and their working hard on trying to make that happen. Which brings me to another subject matter—President Barack Obama and how they have undermined him from day one, including during the Presidential elections. They degraded, disrespected, and humiliated him and his family. Let’s not forget how they have blocked every thing he tries to do left and right including his nominees, usurped his position over in foreign countries, peddle lies concerning his policy on terror, even his own party has stabbed him in the back and worked against him instead of with him. The list goes on and on but Americans are so fickle and unstable in their way of thinking that they just go along with the Republicans same old tired strategy of smears and lies. The Republicans stand solid in their belief that if you keep saying something long enough it becomes the truth.
For instance, the health care bill has not been passed or completed, yet. What puzzles me is how everyone is all huffed, puffed, and out of shape over a bill that hasn’t even been written into law or completed yet. How do you evaluate a bill that does not exist yet in finalization? Not to mention, the big to do over public option—the right to choose, which we already had in the first place. What about making sure health care cost less and available to all Americans? At least I thought that was what it was suppose to be about in the first place.
Is the President weak or is that he likes to gather facts and analyze them first before he jumps up and makes a decision? Or is it that Republicans are attempting to undermine him so that they can get back in power? Or are the Republicans doing everything they can to salvage Bush’s legacy as a President? Or does it have more to do with some whites not wanting to submit to black authority? President Obama does have veto power but no one has waited to see if he might exercise that power or even asked. Bush programmed Americans to the ways of a dictator/bully tactics and the American people like it. How short people’s memories are when it comes to cable news, which by the way are corporations. I wonder how much money they have invested in health care insurance companies.
What about the economy? Well, I have few thoughts about the economy myself. For example, seeing how the economy is shaky right now to me it doesn’t make sense for basic mandatory bills, credit cards, housing, gas, and other consumer goods such as food prices to shoot up sky high. Look like to me they should be lowering them. With so many people out of work and struggling to stay above water look like those companies we spend our money with would be willing to meet us half way. However, such is not the case. Nope! Corporations have become like pythons squeezing the life out of America with their greed. Does it really make sense for a CEO to make 127 times more than the average worker while screwing us royally.
I am not an economist but seems to me that they need to rethink that supply and demand theory because it seems to be a little flawed or else we wouldn’t keep winding up in the same old boat of recession and depression. It wouldn’t hurt to dismantle those CEO’s ridiculous pay scale either because that is where the biggest problem besides shipping our jobs overseas happens to be. Greed is a very destructive and eats away at countries stability. Claims that the stimulus package for mortgages are not working seems a little odd if only 85,000 have applied and millions of others haven’t nor bothered to search for a company that is offering the deal that comes with the stimulus package for mortgages.
Oh well, maybe, the person who wrote the book, “The Screwing of Americans” should make a comeback and make the book out of a series.
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Questions From A Black Woman's Journey
All of my life I observed people and often wondered why hatred between the human beings exists. As a black woman I have experienced it proliferated towards my people and me in myriad extreme and often subtle forms in which one could ever imagine toward a group of people.
One day, while meditating I asked the question why do people hate so much not knowing that this question would take me on a journey that would lead to an answer which has been one of the greatest deceptions in the history of mankind.
My journey has led me to the place that I am now, which is fighting against injustice, inequality, and enslavement of the minds of my people by the pharaohs of today.
Lord knows I am not perfect, nor do I profess to be. Neither are my people and no human being on earth is as a matter-of-fact. There are human flaws in every single race.
So, then my question is what gives one race the idea that they should have control over all others?