“Someone should really do something!”
Whenever there is outrage, anger, or perceived injustice, the country reacts and we band together to make it all right again. Don’t we?
Yeah… Not so much. Let’s assume that you’ve been in a coma and let me take a minute and bring you up to speed.
- The NSA is spying 0n the entire population. You, me, grandma, all of us. This is a fact, and we all know it.
- Back in 2010 we learned that “fracking” was causing the contamination of drinking water all over the US. Apparently we didn’t learn it well enough, because we learned it again in 2013. People can actually ignite their fucking water.
- Racial profiling, illegal search and seizure, and violation of privacy rights has not only been happening in NYC, but (until recently) it’s been a law.
- The entire financial sector of the United States crashed in on itself because of greed and obvious violation of financial law, but no one has been charged with a single crime.
- The largest oil spill in the history of the Earth (200 million gallons) occurred in 2006 when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank. 14 felonies, and no one in prison.
- Russia has passed anti-gay propaganda law which has basically opened the door to public beatings, and human suffering on a catastrophic level.
- The TSA is a completely out of control privacy violating machine, and there is no end in sight.
- Robotic unmanned flying killing machines (not making this up) are killing people at an alarming rate, (including children) even outside of war zones.
None of this is made up and none of it is over-stated
The list goes on, and on, and on. Seriously, choosing only the ones above was a challenge. All of this injustice, all of this travesty… Surely someone must be doing something!
Truth is, no one is doing anything. No one. Nothing. Nothing is being done.
No super hero has come forward to save us, no justice seeking judge or famous-faced cop has stepped into the light to lead us to freedom. Nothing is being done. And we’re all so willing to turn the cheek and just go back to our lives. In fact, when you finish reading this we’ll shake our heads, and go back to ignoring all of it. And I’m just as guilty as the rest of you. The most I’ve done to fix the financial crisis or make a case against the TSA is blog angrily about it.
When Watergate came to light, the people called out the government and the President resigned. And that wasn’t enough! The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction, and incarceration of forty-three people, dozens of them were Nixon’s top administration officials. (source)
When the NSA spying story broke, the ACLU started a lawsuit. Don’t let me spoil the ending for you, but… Best of luck collecting on that one. In the financial crisis of 2008, hundreds of laws were broken, billions of dollars funneled through falsely valued mortgages, and questionable (at best) methods were used by mortgage underwriters, insurance companies, and investors across the country. And as you may have guessed by now, no one is accountable except one random fall guy and a bunch of protesters: For those keeping score that’s ZERO bankers, and over 2,500 protester arrests. (source)
So, if I’ve done my intended job you are all riled up and pissed off like I am. But we won’t do anything about it. In 90% of the cases, we can’t. Neither you nor I can tip the scales of the elite vs the rest of the world. And in this time of a growing chasm between them, all we can do is step back and watch, and hope for some lubricant.