OK, a challenge, Facebook readers! Can you read beyond the first couple sentences? I mean, actually click that link that says “read more” and actually get the gist of what I am saying? I’m sorry I have no cute cat pictures to share, cute as my cat Muzzy might be.
Forgive my sarcasm, but I’m getting pretty frustrated. I read the other day that Snapchat is initiating coverage of the 2016 election, and as absurd as that sounded initially, perhaps they are the perfect vehicle for today’s distracted, amnesiac culture where news–big news–makes a brief appearance, only to vanish into the ether. Nothing touches. Nothing registers. Warren Weinstein’s killing at the hands of the American government is long gone from the news pages, as is any discussion of flaws in our “intelligence” collection system or our secret drone program. And why not. No one is questioning. No one is protesting. No one is even reading, as far as I can tell.
Is anyone paying attention to the fact that Hillary Clinton is being shoved down our throats? The powers that be have anointed her, portrayed as “inevitable” and labeled anyone who might challenge her as disloyal fools. This is democracy??? Never in my 60 years have I seen a primary election where the standing president is not running re-election, with NO competition. I do not think there is a parallel in American history.
The Republicans are having a democratic free for all, though. Most of the candidates range from marginally nutty to certified insane but at least Republicans are getting a choice. This is because the passion lies on the right while the rest of the American public is doing a great job of simulating zombies. Meanwhile, our country is going down the tubes in a lot of serious ways, as is evident to those who travel elsewhere or at the very least…read. Our standing is dropping in almost every area of quality of life, way below Europe and below some “third world” countries. For example, did you realize that we are 33rd in maternal mortality? We don’t rate so well in income disparity, lifespan, educational attainment, and many other areas either. This could lead in very bad directions, because where a vacuum exists, those with passion will tap the anger of the most disaffected people leading to unintended consequences. Think of the rise of the Nazis, or the Iranian revolution and the rise of another kind of conservative theocracy.
THERE’S A POSSIBILITY OF GOOD NEWS, THOUGH. A Hillary alternative exists! Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for President, and even though the press was quick to marginalize him, (reporting his announcement on page 22 of the New York Times! Hillary eats a burrito and that makes the front page) if enough people support him he is a viable candidate. Money is powerful but not as powerful as strong grass roots passion. So–check out Sander’s views. They are actually different than the status quo corporate rule advocated by HIllary. Single payer health care, strong action to control global warming, tax reform, reigned in secret military operations, etc. etc. And if you like them, talk to your friends (maybe even in person!). Put a post on your Facebook page. Put a sign on your lawn. Donate to his campaign. Make like its the sixties, and care.
Perhaps those with Snapchat memories have forgotten this phrase? In that case, pull it out of the mothballs and shout it out loud.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!