“Stand up and fight back!” No matter what side of the political isle you call home, you are going to experience a significant change in the socio-economic climate in the WORLD. What we are witnessing now is not merely an American condition.
As Canada prepares for American refugees, and Mexico shakes it’s head in disgust, there’s a burning sensation to revolt against the true neo-fascist. The political infrastructure for decades to come will be built on the decisions we are making in 2016.
Every conservative AND every liberal has a position on all of these issues:
Decent living-wage. Some defend the status quo because they’ve “earned” their place in life building a skill set based on hard work and opportunity. Others are demanding a better working condition as they watch their managers and handlers profit from their hard work. They call it oppression.
Disenfranchisement. The good ol’ boy network has evolved to include a new demographic, but it maintains the same elitist restrictions. The club is now comprised of both “old money” and new wealth, but a general disgust for anyone looking to evenly distribute the opportunity. If there’s a way to hamper the positive change on the other end of a registered voter, it will be exploited. Selma exists in every region of our nation via gerrymandering, pole taxes, residency requirements, and basic literacy expectations. What would result if every ex-con, homeless citizen, naturalized immigrant, college freshman, or disenfranchised senior actually were guaranteed their human right to choose their destiny?
Social Justice. The same injustices that the “privileged” dismiss as delusions of grandeur are the badges of courage for every man, woman, or child who dare wear a hooded sweatsuit while grasping a bag of skittles. Martyrs are created from the innocent and under-privileged. Civil disparities prompt prejudice and bigotry based on skin color, gender, and creed (with a twist of poverty). The ultimate sacrifice is minimized and summarized into sound bites and hashtags. And a cry to go back to a “better time” is embraced by anyone with good credit, a stable job, and…outstanding student loan balances. The advocates for change are the same folks who have been denied access to the very freedoms for which they’ve paid! The protectors of those freedoms are the very ones who’ve enjoyed them for generations.
Criminal Justice. A system that has incarcerated more minorities per capita than any nation in the world is founded on the premise that anti-social is pro-criminal. But systematically, who is enforcing these norms? There are inmates serving prison sentences for crimes that have been repealed; for peddling drugs that are now legal; while while celebrities glamorize these same norms and exploit the very same legal system.
Economics. Profits would be generated on all of this except for the fact that the top one percent has their banks off-shore (and they’re not spending any of that fleeced wealth). Our government can no longer generate revenue from (foreclosed) property, (unearned) income, or (unsold) merchandise. The money that was spent on industrialized prison complexes, charter schools, and weapons of war…has long-since been directed away from law enforcement, public education, and social services.
“We can do much better!” This is the new freedom cry, but it’s almost too late.
We are the new revolutionaries!
But the freedoms for which we are fighting have already been given away.