American Dream: From 1988 To 2011
Earlier this year, we posed CSNY's question: American Dream: How could something so good, go bad, so fast?
It came amidst a series of questions over the years which we struggled with regarding corruption on the highest floors, bailouts not for you, and the greed of the elite 1%.
And on January 1st of this year, we wrote about Freedom in a New Year, which has been viewed -- in hindsight -- as somewhat prophetic for the events that would soon unfold.
And on Independence Day, July 4, 2011 we asked whether Freedom Is All Really Just An Illusion Now?
So here we are. Awoken. Consciousness. Rising. Occupying.
And in case you were still wondering how freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and other rights which we hold so precious were doing, here's your answer right here... for what it's worth...
There's something happening here
What it is is EXACTLY clear
From A Movement Too Big to Fail | Common Dreams by Chris Hedges:
The truth of America is understood only when you listen to voices in our impoverished rural enclaves, prisons and the urban slums, when you hear the words of our unemployed, those who have lost their homes or cannot pay their medical bills, our elderly and our children, especially the quarter of the nation’s children who depend on food stamps to eat, and all who are marginalized. There is more reality expressed about the American experience by the debt-burdened young men and women protesting in the parks than by all the chatter of the well-paid pundits and experts that pollutes the airwaves.
What kind of nation is it that spends far more to kill enemy combatants and Afghan and Iraqi civilians than it does to help its own citizens who live below the poverty line? What kind of nation is it that permits corporations to hold sick children hostage while their parents frantically bankrupt themselves to save their sons and daughters? What kind of nation is it that tosses its mentally ill onto urban heating grates? What kind of nation is it that abandons its unemployed while it loots its treasury on behalf of speculators? What kind of nation is it that ignores due process to torture and assassinate its own citizens? What kind of nation is it that refuses to halt the destruction of the ecosystem by the fossil fuel industry, dooming our children and our children’s children?
“America,” Langston Hughes wrote, “never was America to me.”
People have the power.