A Pacifist's Call for Revolutionary Thinking
We deserve real representation, accountability and justice - not just taxes and wage slavery within an oligarchic for-profit warmongering police state.
A Pacifist's Call for Revolutionary Thinking
By Michael Emero / filmsforaction.org
Aug 12, 2016
To some, it may seem like I just complain a lot, and that I'm unhealthily fixated on politics and government. In a way, that's true; I do tend to talk about it often. However, I'd like to explain why. See, I spent most of my life pretty oblivious to anything outside my own life and social circle. Politics didn't interest me, government was way over my head, and I had issues of my own to handle. Sound familiar? The problem is, ignoring the problems have allowed them to worsen.
 
Now our political and governmental system not only allows fraud, corruption, and unethical behavior, but routinely attracts, enables, and incentivizes it. Honesty and accountability have been replaced by dehumanizing corporate agendas and personal profit. This has created a normalized but frankly backwards society and economy where the majority of legislation and funding benefits the immoral elite few at the expense of the increasingly poor populace.
 
Our 'democratic values' are a proven sham. Our 'news' is sponsored infotainment control narratives. Our 'police' are militarized trigger-happy thugs we fear, avoid and resent. Natural medicine is unscientifically banned while Big Pharma keeps hiking up prescription prices. Factories are legally shipped overseas by corporations in order to skirt wage and environmental laws, yet continue getting government kickbacks and paying no taxes.
 
We are a nation drowning in debt. Our children carry over a trillion dollars just trying to get enough education to escape the systemic shortage of opportunities and worsening wage slavery. Most Americans can't afford a single $400 emergency, and when they inevitably do, they get added to our record homeless and childhood poverty statistics. So where do most of our taxes go? Why, killing strangers overseas in the name of our "freedom".
 
For years, I was caught up in the mindless, short-sighted, voluntarily blind apathy that our society cultivates and nurtures so well. Of course we don't want to see the ugly reality. Of course we dismiss overwhelming negatives as 'too big to worry about', or 'not my problem'. But that shirking of civic duty has removed all oversight, leaving us willfully ignorant and naively duped into the supposed stability and inevitability of this unjust status quo.
 
The reality is, this simply isn't sustainable. Make no mistake, we are primed for a second American revolution. As in the first go-round, ethical people cannot and will not abide cruel, unfair rule without a voice. As institutionalized poverty and inflation remove more and more of the country's consumerist distractions, the dismal truth sets in, and previously avoided difficult questions start finally being asked. The answers all lead to radical change.
 
Understand, I am a pacifist. I seek not to falsely incite, encourage, or take part in violence in any way. But being a moral intellectual, I also cannot remain silent or pretend this situation doesn't exist. I live it. My kids live it. We're all suffering from it. Capitalism just isn't beneficial nor sustainable without a conscience. The point of society and civilization is to equitably work together for the common good and universal benefit; anything else is slavery.
 
It's time to remember the wisdom and resolve of our founding fathers, to recall what truly once made America great. No, not the empty bravado, savage violence, or conformist nationalism we accept today- but the noble, brave, patriotic stand for what is right in the face of unapologetic oppressive tyranny. Because that is exactly what we face again, behind the media's PR fluff, fear-mongering, and the fake plastic smiles of our duplicitous masters.
 
The first step to solving any problem is admitting we have one. Will you?
 
#WeAreAwake
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