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Every so often, I look back at my older posts (most of which are, in some way, shape or form, about our economy, our bipartisan corporate kleptocracy, and/or growing economic inequality between our country's haves and have-nots), and it helps to give me a sense of perspective with regard to the progress, or lack thereof as is more often the case, that we've made (or, aren't making) within our country, and in our society, as a whole.

Saturday morning, I took a peek at Jotter's High Impact Posts' List from Friday, and I stumbled upon a post I had published a couple of years ago, to the day.

Today, I look around, and my thoughts are those of thankfulness and gratitude for all of those around the globe and here at home that are, just now, standing up and being counted, as proud members of the 99%.

Apparently, another revolution IS, FINALLY, being televised. And, THIS TIME IT IS OURS!

Will anything come of it? Well, that's up to you and me, now isn't it?

As any student of history will tell you, given a long enough timeline, hearts and minds will always triumph over power and greed.

But, here's a reminder as to where we were, two years ago--pretty much in denial about everything that was going down, around us. And, while matters--for the most part--have most certainly gotten worse, the one thing that's different is we're no longer sitting back and just letting it continue.

And, it is that which gives me a true sense of hope…for the first time in a long time, as far as our society's concerned.

After all's said and done, they say that recognizing the problem, IS, indeed, half the solution.

So, finally, we ARE halfway there.

(Again, a very big hat-tip from yours truly to Jotter.)

From exactly two years ago...

The Revolution IS Being Televised; It's Just Not Our Revolution
bobswern
Daily Kos
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

As so many of us were told when we were growing up: "They can steal all your money;  they can take away all of your possessions; but, they can't steal what's in your head and in your heart."

What I've come to realize is that, like so many other things I thought I knew about the world--see my sig line way below--I was wrong about that, too.

You see: Yes. They. Can.  In fact, they are. As we're now seeing it reported and playing out in MSM advertising, hundreds of million (if not billions) of dollars in corporate marketing media is starting to hit the airwaves from bailout-supported (and still insolvent) firms all putting forth the meme that life is getting better…thanks to them and our economic "recovery." The reality of our jobless recovery, however, is far different…

Our money is gone. CHECK.

Our government is fully captured. CHECK.

Now they're after what's left of our hearts and minds…

We are supposed to maintain hope for a future where the corporations and the status get richer while 90%  of the population grows poorer. (And, we will keep paying our taxes; and we will like it!)

We are supposed to maintain hope for a "new normal" where we see many years of unemployment at 8%-9%. (And, we will accept the fact that we may no longer have the opportunities we had in years past, but that's okay; somehow, we'll work it out.)

We are supposed to maintain hope for a health care system dominated by big Pharma. (And, we will keep paying those rapidly escalating tithes imposed upon us by the corporatists...for generations to come; because it just...is.)

We are supposed to maintain hope for a too-big-to-fail Wall Street that continues into some indefinite eternity socializing its losses while privatizing its profits. (And, our government will keep underwriting those astronomical costs because without those 10 or 20 zombie vampire squids on life support, life as we know it would be no more.)

We are supposed to maintain hope for a half-assed implementation of an environmental policy that ignores the impending train wreck, ahead. (And, we will keep ignoring science and the warnings of those elsewhere in the world forecasting near-imminent climaticide, because we're told their warnings are wrong...even though we know there's virtually not one iota of solid evidence to refute their claims.)

We're told: "It's all good!" The Great Recession is over. We're in our recovery, although it'll take some time. Maybe a few months…or, was that a decade…or, generation...or, two?

And, just in case we have the audacity to reference REALISM...to doubt, refute or otherwise rebel against these blatant status quo and MSM lies, just like we paid all of those billions for those lobbyists and corporate campaign contributions over the past few years--and one way or the other it is we, the taxpayers, who did pay for that--we will now pay for the right to have these already-bankrupt corporate behemoths pound their twisted version of HOPE into our heads in the media, as well.

(Yeah, when it comes to contorting reality, those Swiftboaters ain't got nuthin' on the status quo!)

From today's NY Times: "In New Campaigns, Spots Take On a Rosier Hue"

In New Campaigns, Spots Take On a Rosier Hue
New York Times
By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
Published Online: October 12, 2009   In Print: October 13, 2009

The American economy is back — or so some of the country’s biggest advertisers are saying in new campaigns.

Bank of America’s new campaign is estimated at $40 million, and the first ad, highlighting lending, appeared two weeks ago.

It may be a sign that the recession is ending, or it may be a sign that consumers are sick of hearing about it.

While economists and investors study housing starts and gross domestic product predictions to measure economic vibrancy, General Electric, Bank of America and other companies are using commercials to proclaim that America’s future is bright.

--SNIP--

But a message that economic woes are over may seem insensitive to some viewers...

--SNIP--

“For the first time in a long time, younger consumers are coming out of high school, out of universities, and are not able to get a job,” Ms. Madigan said. “They are saying, ‘Wow, I can’t believe there aren’t any jobs in the United States of America.’ ”

The depressing realities may partly explain why these upbeat ads appeal to marketers.

“The truth is, we want to believe they’re right,” Mr. Heath of Miami University said. “Deep down inside, even skeptics want to be hopeful.”


"Things are getting better." Just wait and see...and wait...and wait some more...any day now...their brand of hope is here to stay, and their "help" is on the way.

You see...the revolution IS being televised...however, somewhere along the way, someone forgot to tell us that it was not going to be our revolution...

So, if recognizing the problem really is half the solution, then we're halfway there. And, that's 50% further along the road back to sanity than we were two years ago. But, as we all know, the much tougher terrain lies ahead.

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  •  Those of us that read economic news have (15+ / 0-)

    wonderered for a long time what the breaking point would be. I had big hopes in 2008, then came back to reality immediately with the economic team in DC.

    We have spoken up and won't be silent. Thanks for all your diaries. It keeps reminding us where the skeletons are...and who put them there...Wall Street and polticians. #OWS brings a lot of giant spotlights to the corruption.

    Thanks...T&R...

    Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

    by SallyCat on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:14:36 PM PDT

  •  It was really never about US getting it... (11+ / 0-)

    Progressives were generally aware of our growing problems because of bloggers like you who generously spent the time and effort to inform us. Mostly, it was the general public that needed to wake up.

    Now, it seems they have. And that gives me hope for the future. Much more hope than I had just two months ago.

    Thanks

    •  The public hasn't fully woken up yet. (8+ / 0-)

      It doesn't take much math to figure out how few Americans are actually involved. Most people I know don't know a thing about OWS unless I've told them (except in Portland, where it's gotten large).

      This is going to go on for years.  If you're under the age of 25, you will survive this, with no youth and foundational years to speak of, but you will emerge.  Many other people won't be able to say that.

      "Hahai nō ka ua i ka ululā'au" -- Hawaiian proverb.

      John Boehner? The sleaze bucket who hands out bribes from big tobacco on the House floor?

      by Nulwee on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:26:29 PM PDT

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      •  Not completely, no... (10+ / 0-)

        Woken up, I mean.  But the fact that it's even spreading to small cities like the one where I live (granted, a blue dot surrounded by a sea of red, but still...) means that the sleeping 99% giant is slowly waking.

        And that strikes me as a very promising sign.

        The rally & march to the park they'll be #occupying was early this afternoon: I had to go to work, but plan to check out the protest early next week, when I have some time off.

        Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

        by Youffraita on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:41:42 PM PDT

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      •  If everyone was awake the protests could end... (4+ / 0-)
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        tomorrow. In fact, if that was the case, the politicians would already be reassessing their relationships with the plutocrats by now.

        No, I'm afraid it's going to be some time before that milestone will be achieved. It's going to take a sustained presence in the streets, and unfortunately, more blood will have to be spilled.

        However, with all that said, the fact that the protests are being covered across all media venues now -- on a regular day to day basis -- means that it's all working to our advantage. And I'm especially encouraged by the fact that the public already favors the OWS movement over the tea party 2-1, in only a month's time.

        That is a remarkable achievement in itself, and a very hopeful sign that we will indeed see significant progress in both financial and government reform, in our lifetimes.

        Change IS coming.

  •  You've taken a lot of heat. (12+ / 0-)


    I've backed off for some time, waiting for everyone to get on the same page.

    Human awareness of actual reality is a huge step, IMO. It takes on a life of its own.


    Explore the depth, humanity, and humor of this Community at Personal Storytellers. It's the sweet spot at Daily Kos.

    by Pluto on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:27:35 PM PDT

  •  The problem is different priorities. (5+ / 0-)
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    Most people aren't obsessive accumulators and certainly not of money. Most people aren't obsessed with accumulating power--power which, to be felt, has to hurt. Most people aren't full of fear.  So, most people don't expect other people to be obsessed, power-crazed and afraid and find it hard to explain the people that are. Much less, counter their assault.

    Finally, people who strive for accuracy and truth, can't imagine that other people lie as a matter of habit and routine. They can't believe their eyes and ears.

    When they finally catch on that they've been grossly deceived and abused, people are shocked and embarrassed. "How could we have been so stupid?" Pride leads them to deny that evil has been able to flourish for so long. That's got to be overcome. That takes time.  It takes time for righteous wrath to literally "drive the money changers out."

    The good thing about people using money to manipulate how people are sustained or not is that money is a virtual tool, a figment of the imagination, which requires our consent to be effective. When popular consent is withdrawn, the money is not only worthless, but ineffective.

    What good is money when a cop is surrounded by a hundred citizens who will not be moved?  How does he counter the citizens' arrest?

    Perhaps the most powerful message being sent by Liberty Square is in the fact that money is not being used to transact business in the heart of the financial district. Everything's free.  Because, of course, all that's needed for direct interactions is trust.  Money's only useful when there's a gap of time and distance to overcome or when there is no trust.

    Un-trustworthy stewards are to be dismissed.

    Luke 16:1-13.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:27:38 PM PDT

  •  Exactly (8+ / 0-)

    It's nice just to be able to say

    Will anything come of it? Well, that's up to you and me, now isn't it?

    and actually believe it.  That is true hope, not just wishful thinking.

    Ordinary political process is dead. The Supreme Court killed it. In Chambers. With a gavel.

    by Publius2008 on Sat Oct 15, 2011 at 11:35:40 PM PDT

  •  I am not as certain as you are (3+ / 0-)
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    Yes many citizens recognize a problem. BUT, and this a big but, there are many problems, all connected in a big jig saw puzzle that no one even sees all the pieces. The same was true in sixties and seventies. Some of the problems were dealt with, not solved, but dealt with, while other problems were ignored and have grown. Some problems were not even recognized as problems.

    I am also not certain that

    As any student of history will tell you, given a long enough timeline, hearts and minds will always triumph over power and greed.

    I can also say the following which is just as true:
    As any student of history will tell you, given a long enough timeline, power and greed triumph over hearts and minds will always.

    There seems to be a cycle where one triumphs and then the other. Hearts and minds did triumph over power greed following the Great Depression and WW II. But then power and greed has triumphed over hearts and minds leading us to where we are today.

    I only have faith that there is a cycle. I do not believe we can break the cycle.

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 01:58:46 AM PDT

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