American Idle

Live every day as if it were your last . . . and then some day you’ll be right. ~H.H. “Breaker” Morant~
Keith Johnson — Revolt of the Plebs
History is not likely to speak well of today’s Americans.  While the people of nations around the globe stand up to their oppressors, Americans sit idly by as their government runs roughshod over their life, liberty and property. 
As we speak, large-scale protests and mass demonstrations continue in more than a dozen countries as citizens strike back against injustice, criminality and brutal austerity measures imposed by their corrupt governments. 
In the UK, more than 50,000 students recently took to the streets to protest a spike in tuition costs. 
In Greece, workers clashed with police outside the Finance Ministry over frozen pensions and cuts in their salaries. 
In Germany, tens of thousands demonstrated over the weekend to protest government policies and social inequities in advance of Merkel’s Democrat party’s national meeting.

In early October, thousands of Icelanders stormed their parliament with renewed anger over the deepening financial crisis, and against those responsible for it.  Many of their politicians were forced to flee out the back door, where they were pelted with eggs, flour and tomatoes. 
In France, transportation and commerce was brought to a virtual standstill throughout vast portions of the country, as angry citizens railed against their government for increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62.

Press coverage of these events gets little attention here in the United States.  When the press does cover it, they portray the demonstrators as greedy laysbouts who have been become dependant on government handouts.  In reality, people of these countries know full well that they are being made to do without in order to enrich powerful central banks that conspired with  their politicians to loot their economies.  The people have had enough, and they’re letting their governments know it.

If only we had the same spirit.  When will the American people recognize the full frontal assault being perpetrated against them?  When will they realize that, they too, are being made to do with less, so that their corrupt politicians can fulfill the unlawful arrangements they have made with the very same central banks and financial institutions that are bringing down nations around the globe?
Right now, millions of Americans have lost (or are losing) their homes to foreclosure as a result of the same kind of collusion between politicians and the banking cartels. 
In 2008, the banking elite threatened to shut down the U.S. economy unless corrupt politicians in Washington D.C. forced through the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP).  Though more than 90% of the American public voiced opposition to the bill, their words fell on deaf ears.  To add insult to injury, the passage of TARP was actually celebrated by members of congress, who stood at the podium with broad smiles and giggled as they signed the hellish legislation.
Billions of taxpayer dollars went to the bankers to rescue them from foolish investments in mortgage-backed securities. The TARP funds were supposed to be used to clear the bank’s books and free up lending to the American people.  But that didn’t happen.  Instead, the bankers tightened lending even more and used their newfound wealth to pay debts, acquire other banks, pay huge bonuses to their employees, and engage in more irresponsible investment activities. 
To their credit, the American people found the gumption to confront those politicians in town hall meetings across the nation.  But the media—being the obedient lapdogs to the federal government that they are—quickly pounced upon these unhappy citizens; labeling them as dangerous upstarts who were working outside the parameters of civil and polite discourse that the government deems manageable.  Raising your voice was equated with violence, hoisting signs was considered racist and gatherings were announced as potential staging grounds for domestic terrorism. 
How absurd—that the mainstream media would think it could even be possible to kowtow the American people into compliance—especially when you measure these relatively mild examples of public opposition against the large-scale strikes and civil unrest we are witnessing in other countries. 


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