People often ask me if I get depressed seeing all that is going on in the world. Bush's endless war to control the resources of the world and the war at home against social progress.
Well the anser is yes. Of course I do. Who wouldn't? But how long can one wallow in our collective misery before you have to get moving again?
There is just so much that needs to be done. We need to get folks out of their misery and depression into some kind of action. Can we get them to write a letter to the editor? How about help organize a small delegation of friends and neighbors to our senator's office to speak out against the war in Iraq? Can we get them to contemplate doing civil disobedience and form an affinity group to begin discussing what they might do together?
And how about our economy? The U.S. is in such debt and Bush has now intentionally created the conditions where we have to cut the budget. Of course we can't cut military spending he says. Instead we have to go after things like home heating assitance for poor people in the north, social security, low income housing assistance...you all know the list.
I heard recently that the public libraries in Salinas, California had closed because the local community has no money. Outside one of the previously functioning libraries is a statue of the great author John Steinbeck, who often wrote about farmworkers, the same kind of people who live in Salinas today. These are the forgotten people. They are no longer needed in a society where computerization, mechanization, and robotics have taken over. They are superfluous populations. Defund their public education....defund their health care.....what happens to them next?
America is addicted to war and violence. America is addicted to mythology too. The mythology that at any moment you might strike it rich. So don't raise taxes on the rich, because it might come back to haunt you when you win the lottery next week! Yeah, right.
We have to pull the veil off America's mythology. We have to begin to share with our friends and neighbors the reality of what America is, and what America is not. We are not a sharing and caring society. Of course they are many Americans who do care and do share. But as an organized society we are a greedy, power hungry culture. There is a battle for America's soul underway now.
In fact that is the title of my current video, Battle for America's Soul. There I talk about how we've been like this from day one when the Native Americans were slaughtered so the new empire could be built in north America. From the first days of the American "revolution" at Valley Forge, the military contractors stole from the peasant army as they froze in the cold night. The food, blankets, weapons that were paid for by the Continental Congress were not delivered. During the Civil war in the U.S. the contractors delivered guns that did not work. And now in Iraq, the big boys like Haliburton and Bechtel steal from the taxpayers, steal from the troops, and fatten their already overstuffed pockets with profits. And now we have to close the libraries in Salinas.
What are we going to do about it? Let me hear from you. Thanks for reading.