because of my last diary. Yes, I was very angry. It was indeed a rant, vent, spleen purge, not completely well considered at that moment. But, it was from the gut, and it was CORRECT!
As I predicted, they’re going to sell us out, and we should have all been doing exactly what I’ve been doing all this time which is yelling to high heaven, “No Grand Bargain”, an No cuts to ScoSec, Medicare, or Medicaid! Because by everything that’s sacred, I just knew that the oligarchy would have their way no matter who had won the election and by what margin.
Let’s face it, what we should all be yelling is forget this debt, austerity, cut farce all together, and let’s get busy with stimulus and JOBS! I keep using the word “yelling” which means, call, write, e-mail, tweet, blog, and generally out-shout the corporate owned, BS, Media-Propaganda-Machine (yes, I mean all of them, not just Fox.) at the grass roots level. We should be listening to Krugman, Reich and Stiglitz, and be “getting all FDR” with the economy, before we do become Greece and Europe with a double-dip austerity recession. That’s the message I want to hear on the news 24x7. Not debt, debt, debt… Which we all know is a complete red herring! However the party of FDR only speaks about B.S. Bowles/Simpson.
The point I was making then, and want to reiterate now is that our side is not much different than their side. The President recently remarked that if this were the 1980s he would be considered a moderate Republican! I think the Congress and the Administration just proved it with Monday’s offer and some of the supporting comments we heard. We all need to continue to be vigilant, and noisy. As we were just taught, even though we think we won a mandate, and made it Crystal Clear what that mandate is, it just doesn’t matter. The oligarchy rules, and the minute we look the other way, we get a big surprise! I don’t stand for a party, I stand for progressive principles! We need to hold our leaders to task, no matter the side, to be sure they bend to OUR will, not big money, or unseen powers. Maybe those points got lost in the emotion of my last diary.
More than before, I’ve Had Enough! I’m going to continue to Yell, until people listen. What do I have to lose? We won the election. I’d like to be sure I have something to show for it. We need to make sure they keep their word.
I also believe that it’s our responsibility to change the conversation since the media isn’t going to. We need to stop reacting to the themes that the “Serious People” keep offering up as important, and assert our own priorities from down here. I’ve been blogging, tweeting, and face-booking; “Just say no to debt-debt-debt, and say YES to Jobs-jobs-jobs” for a few weeks now. And I don’t just mean inside the safety of our own bubble. I’m sending items to TV stations/networks and newspapers; on Facebook where my conservative friends are probably ready to un-friend me; blasting people, politicians, and organizations on twitter. Maybe it’ll make an impression on someone. What if they were getting bombarded with these from all of us?
I’m tired of being TOLD what’s important, we’re in charge, how about we tell YOU what WE think is important? Can you honestly tell me that you feel that this is currently the situation? Don’t you agree it should be?
"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837
(Oh, and by the way I speak and write emotionally. If you want to take the time to count exclamation points, and improper capitalizations, as well as correct my spelling and grammar, you have way too much time on your hands. Perhaps it would be better spent on important causes like the ones I discuss? Sheesh! – Trees/Forest – Trees/Forest)