We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth is Stolen
This U.S. Representative from Ohio's 10th congressional district recognizes the reality of all the media hoopla currently being staged in Washington DC for what it is--political theater. And, this theatrical production is not even entertaining. It's mostly designed to frighten citizens and preparing them for more devastating cuts. And, it's designed to divert attention away from the one-sided class war that is going on throughout the US.
Some of you may be wondering why the ruling class allows such political renegades as Kucinich and Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont to sit in the halls on Congress. I think there are basically two reasons. First, neither of them questions the system of capitalism. They only want to reform it. Second, the ruling class needs a few renegades in government to help create the illusion of diversity--this helps them sell their fake form of democracy.