If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, then you know that I have a pretty good idea of how I think things should be. But if you’ve read enough, you’ll also know that I’m not nearly as clear on how we should go about getting there from here…
Anyway… Yesterday, my friend shared this image from The Christian Left on Facebook:
Now you all know that I am neither a Christian or a Liberal, but I liked what Senator Sanders said so much that I decided to share it on my Facebook page as well. So far, so good. Right? But then a guy posted this response to my friend’s share:
Which, of course, I had to agree with as well. At the same time though, I thought he was intentionally missing the point of Sen. Sanders statement – which my friend pointed out:
should the elderly, the sick, the poor and the children pay for what our leaders( with the power to change things) but won’t work with each other / and greedy CEO’s who caused a lot of the problems >> it’s all about power…big business..,getting bigger,…….. it’s not about whats right and not about the people anymore…it is a sad situation…for sure.
Now the wise man would have just left well enough alone at this point. But while I may have been called a “wise guy” a time or two (or hundred), I doubt that anyone has ever referred to me as a “wise man!” So, being the ultra-obsessive that I actually am, I sat and stewed over this for a good long time…
You’ve gotta understand this: My friend is truly one of the coolest, most decent people I’ve ever known, but she’s nowhere near the kind of radical that I am. I’m pretty sure that when it comes to politics, she’s more or less a democrat down the line. But, in addition to a long friendship, we both have another really big thing in common: a dependence on the government backed “social safety net” – with her being retired and living on Social Security, and me being disabled and living on SSDI.
On the other hand, while I know nothing about the guy who made the response in question, the tone of his response implied the kind of “TEA Party” mentality that both me and my friend see as genuine threats to that “social safety net” on which we depend. So there I was, stuck in the middle again, between what I believe philosophically and the damage others can do when they fail to grasp the deeper philosophical issues.
So I decided to post this:
While it’s true that the “top half” pays the vast majority of the taxes, it’s also true that the “bottom half” doesn’t make the rules that determine who pays what to whom. The “elite class” have always been rule makers: the politicians, acting at the behest of their owners – the “crony capitalist 1%” – whom the 50%, and whackos like some in the TEA party, all worship like Gods. THOSE are the people who have so warped the playing field we operate on that calling it a “free market” is an insult to the term.
But the fact is that there are no blameless people in the mess our country has become. Whether it’s those who see nothing wrong with living as predators preying on their fellow man, or those who keep silent and turn a blind eye when they see it happening, every one of us bears the blame for this situation. Just as every one of us must bear the cost of fixing it. I’m not sure who it was who said it, or the context in which it was said, but if any true words were ever spoken it’s these:
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem!”
To her great credit, my friend applauded what I’d said. We’ve yet to hear back from the other guy. The thing is though, while it did feel good to get that off my chest (damned good, in fact), the fact is that I’ve been saying pretty much the same thing for a very long time. Hell, I actually said it A LOT BETTER in the Déjà Vu All Over Again post that I wrote over three years ago. And trust me, I SO get the irony of that title!
So now you understand the meaning behind the title of this post. At least I hope you do…
But then again, you know me: I’m INCAPABLE of leaving well enough alone!
I want ice water.
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