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  •  There's something sick in our society (10+ / 0-)

    No pun intended, but for such things to happen, more has to be wrong with our society than for a relatively small number of politicians, lobbyists and corporate executives to suddenly decide that they want to plunder the nation and find the means to do it. I think that we all, in our own way, are responsible for this.

    Some, of course, by being transparently greedy and uncaring beyond redemption (i.e. the above folks). Some by simply being selfish, small-minded and in willful denial and coming up with whatever excuses help us sleep at night--e.g. I need to pay the mortgage, everybody does it, it's not that big a deal, etc. (the people who work for the above, who may not have come up with these immoral and insane plans but without whom they would not be possible). Some by continually electing the politicians who endorse if not champion these plans (or not voting at all, thus making it harder for progressive reformers to defeat them). And some by simply not paying attention and letting it happen.

    We are all to blame for this in one form or another. Guilt is collectively shared in democratic societies when such things are allowed to happen. As the saying goes, we're all either a part of the problem or a part of the solution. There is no standing on the sidelines these days. Or ever, really, as the political, economic, ideological and corporate structures that made all of this happen were decades in the making, and our society's apathy, naivite, selfishness and greed allowed them to sneak in and take over. Now it is our obligation to take them down. And it'll take more than a couple of successful progressive election cycles to do that. The moral, political, economic and legal corruption is systemic at this point, and will take decades to fix.

    How did we go from the New Deal to Let's Make a Deal?

    "There's no doubt in my mind that the dialogue here in Washington strengthens our democracy. Period." -- General Peter Pace, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

    by kovie on Sat Apr 14, 2007 at 07:19:20 AM PDT

    •  Wow. (2+ / 0-)
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      An amazing comment. I can't say it any better than you have.

      I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

      by eugene on Sat Apr 14, 2007 at 08:14:26 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe the concept of social solidarity and (0+ / 0-)

      collective responsibility is just not in our collective DNA given that we are a nation descended (primarily)  from risk taking immigrants and settlers.

      Peter Whybrow, a British born psychiatrist, wrote a  book on this subject - "American Mania: When More is Not Enough".

      http://www.alternet.org/...

      So maybe the New Deal was just a fluke, and we always been (for the most part) a country where "me and my needs" override all other concerns.

    •  I'm sorry ... (0+ / 0-)

      but I REFUSE to take responsibility for the mess this society is in.  It started before I was born; it was obvious when I was in school; I have NEVER participated except for the minimum necessary to keep my head above water and I keep my knives sharpened in readiness for the day, if it ever comes, that I can join in the joyous annihilation of our oppressors.

      Property is theft.  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to pass into Heaven.  And the U.S. has been a fascist state since WWII.  Even worse ... it's been an INCOMPETENT fascist state.  At least Mussolini got the trains to run on time.

      I repeat, I do NOT take responsibility for people who are too blind to realize that they're being used as patsies.  And I got news for ya: it's not the know-nothing, TV-watching illiterate rednecks who are the problem.  THEY know that the government is owned and operated by the corporations.  THAT'S why they've supported the Republican promise to dismantle the government until it can be drowned in a bathtub.

      Come on, folks?  Is anyone here REALLY surprised that the spankin' new Medicare drug benefit turns out to benefit nobody but the big Pharma companies and the big insurers?

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