At any given point in history one thing seems to be assured, there will always be individuals with an acute sense of self and entitlement.
So much so the concept of integrity and truth is perceived by them as being heretical, a threat to their station in life.
It’s something for the little people much the same as Leona Helms, the Queen of Mean, described paying taxes. Or the self important pathological liars like Trump and Hillary Clinton.
At times, but not always, such individuals get their comeuppance and for a brief moment in time the barrier between the little people and those thinking themselves to be kings and queens appears to have a crack in it.
But wealth and influence are the mortar that holds the wall together and insures it will continue to stand and be maintained.
This wall isn’t a public works program designed to to accommodate the common good, it’s privately owned and exclusionary, part of an elitist gated community where the little people can only gain entrance as service workers – a fiefdom and it’s serfs who live in more humble dwellings than the mansions of Lords and Ladies.
I believe gated communities have yet to reach their zenith, as income inequality continues and grows the middle class dwindles and the number of those living on subsistence wages increases the perception of barbarians at the gate will fuel their construction.
There is a caste system in this country, always has been, from the earliest days of indentured servitude to the minimum wage worker of today.
And politics being indicative of this has become a gated community, moreso now than ever.
I was reading that during an election cycle Fidel Castro of Cuba offered to send monitors to oversee the election – that’s hilarious, Castro monitoring an election to insure the will of the people prevails.
A lot of sputtering and fuming about that and yet the U.S. often does the same during foreign elections in a quest for corporate and military ventures portrayed as promoting democracy and nation building.
But the idea of an independent monitoring of the current election has value – a duty of a “free press” and in fact national committees, both of which could use a little monitoring themselves in the form of transparency and live within their own gated communities insulated by the same wealth, power, and influence.
This nation’s “struggle for independence” spelled the end of independence for our people, for the nations – we resisted, and that resistance extracted a terrible toll.
Nations went extinct, language and culture were eroded and in some cases lost, poverty and disenfranchisement became the cornerstone of existence in the gulags.
I suppose it could be said as a people we now live in gated communities, but not necessarily of our choosing and not characterized by wealth and influence.
The loss of independence is an insidious thing, it can incrementally creep up on you, and when awareness and the reality arrives it may be too late.
Knowledge and the willingness to acknowledge the difference between day and night, right and wrong, are the keys to independence in the modern industrialized world
The acquisition of information is easier now than at any point in the known history of the world and people are generally considered to be intellectually superior to their predecessors, though I think that may be arguable – and knowledge though it may sound cliche is power.
Resistance now doesn’t require blood, doesn’t require starvation or being hunted like an animal as the norm – and while it may incur a military or para military response as it did at Kent State and elsewhere there is an entire global community watching and genocide would no longer be an option for any nation professing to be a nation led by “the rule of law”, or a champion for human rights.
What it does require is reason and the accountability of the individual vote.
You can either assist in maintaining the wall or you can begin to dismantle it – the choice you make will be in direct relationship to the value you place on independence.
Greatness will come from foreign and domestic policies that value the individual over corporate entities – it will also come from a people who pursue the common welfare and understand that all lives matter and live as though they do.
You don’t have to say you have black friends, Hispanic, Asian, LGBT, or friends among any other demographic, you need only be a friend of equality and equity.