For the last couple days the Republican National Convention has been playing in the background on the radio, and I’m hearing absolutely nothing hopeful or honest coming out of Tampa. I’m sure my reaction will be the same when the Democrats meet next week in Charlotte. The Republicans’ failure to treat Ron Paul’s delegates with respect and fairness underscores just how phony these choreographed performances really are.
These elaborate and costly affairs have always papered over the essential truth of the matter: that freedom has long since slipped through the fingers of us Americans, like a last sip of water at a desert oasis many miles behind us.
Left wing, right wing, liberal or conservative, blue or red—it doesn’t matter anymore. It’s all an illusion. Whichever party prevails, the end result is exactly the same. The obedient masses will always be controlled by the Big Money, now and forever more.
The process of control begins in the schools where children are conditioned to be malleable and compliant. In the schools of the poor, discipline is zero-tolerant and enforced heavy-handedly by law enforcement officers stationed in the halls. In the schools of the rich, zero-tolerance is enforced by the parents and students themselves through rather more elegant methods of control. (Remember, it was at Cranbrook Academy that a homophobic young Mitt Romney gave my nonconformist friend a haircut and never did get in trouble for it.)
Either way, we are taught at an early age to be intolerant of individuality and mindlessly obedient to the authority of our social “betters”—which, of course, is defined by money and the power it confers.
The process of control continues in the ranks of the military and corporations, where people are used (and used up) until they are no longer of value to the institutional aims of their overseers. In the broader society, a wide range of normal human activities have been criminalized to the point that you can be thrown into jail for just about anything you do that rubs the authoritarians the wrong way. (Remember the guy in Phoenix who was jailed for holding prayer meetings in his home.)
If you are indigent and taken to court in America for any reason, you may as well kiss your ass goodbye. It is more likely than not that society will determine that your “highest and best value” is to serve as a slave laborer in one of America’s burgeoning prison industry facilities—corporate America’s latest scheme for avoiding the real costs of outsourcing American jobs to offshore markets.
If you are not indigent and toe the line at work, you will probably be left alone as long as you pay your taxes, do not draw attention to yourself, and spend most of your earnings at Target, Wal-Mart, and other temples of consumerism. If you carry an unpaid balance on your credit cards and make only the minimum monthly payments, you can avoid being labeled a “deadbeat” by the banks. (“Deadbeats” are those who pay off their charges every month and thereby avoid paying the banks’ confiscatory fees and interest.)
The “American Dream” is attainable mainly to those sleepy folks who allow themselves to be molded into the kinds of geeky guys in bow ties (or glamour gals in gaudy baubles) who show up at national political conventions in silly hats.
Not for me, thank you. I am awake and not dreaming.
If we are to achieve our cherished American Ideals, we must ignore authority, be self-responsible, take matters into our own hands, and create Freedom, Justice, and the American Way any way we can, starting in our own lives and families. You’ve gotta be wide awake to do this.
Wake up, sleepyheads.
The politicos and their money masters don’t care about you.
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