This kind of article: Trickle-Down Cruelty and the Politics of Austerity has become all too common on progressive web sites these days. Even though the story is not new, it’s increasing repetition is worrisome.
The Obama administration has proven to be no friend of those seeking peace, equality and justice in the United States and the world. Despite the campaign rhetoric, the current government pursues increased crack downs on those who point pout the lies and deceit that characterize this administration. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the US public were lied to, deliberately and cynically, in order to retain the power of corporations and the Pentagon in control of the government of the United States.
What are we to do as average citizens trying to make a good life for ourselves, our families and our friends and neighbors? Where do we turn when our government turns against us and actively prosecutes those who publicly reveal that the Emperor has no clothes?
We admire those brave enough to carry on the opposition, to stand in solidarity in the streets, to speak out in public about what they know to be true. When do we draw the line and admit to ourselves that opposition to tyranny is more important in the long run than responsibilities of jobs family and put ourselves on the front lines to be abused, arrested and incarcerated for the crime of speaking the truth.
It has traditionally been those without such responsibilities, students and the retired, to carry the banner of dissent, to march in the streets on a work day, to risk arrest and all the social and community sanction that accompanies, to demonstrate unequivocally our displeasure with the activities of the government that professes to represent us.
Perhaps it is time for this to change. We can’t wait until the next election, even if it were to be a clean, open and honest election devoid of electronic manipulation. It’s time to speak out, each of us who is aware, in public, where all can hear, where all can learn of the actions of the government of the United States against it’s own people, the people the government is formed to defend.
If not now, when?