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