Yesterday, Washington D.C. was struck by an earthquake, slightly less than six on the Richter Scale. Is this G-D telling us something? I don’t believe this is how G-d actually works, however it seems like someone or something needs to shake them up badly. Unfortunately, I don’t think any amount of shaking will have the desired effect.
I wonder when President Obama makes a speech and he says, “something has to be done in Washington,” does he fully realize where he lives? Who exactly is he talking about? Why not tell us? Too easy to say look at the others and see how inept and selfish they are and exclude one’s self.
Everyone is to blame. Everyone… that includes me and you and all the folks who live in a country whose mythology about itself far exceeds the reality. Americans love our children. Really? 40 million are below the poverty level ; there isn’t even a policy that guarantees paid parental leave . Everyone should have enough to eat? Really? Tens of millions of our citizens are on food stamps which are now being threatened with cutbacks. (Food stamps, from the get go, were never enough to adequately feed all who are hungry in this mythological country of ours.) Millions are without medical care. Millions falling into poverty while the super rich become the super duper richer.
Who are we really? A caring nation led by caring people? A nation owned by a few whose lives are unaffected by the growing poverty, a collapsing educational system, an unavailable and unaffordable medical system? Let’s stop the pretense, let’s stop the crowd pleasing political speeches and deal with our reality. The myth will not save us.
I just saw the movie The Conspirator. Excellent, see it. It tells me that when we are threatened and afraid we are more than willing to suspend constitutional rights. With the tenth anniversary of September 11th occurring soon, let’s face our real country and attend to its profound shortcomings.
We must become the people and country we have pretended to be for far too long.
P.S. The $10 million Kardashian wedding (the band alone reportedly cost over $200,000) is a lovely example of money well spent in a value system that is not myth nor make-believe, but actual reality. In other words, obscene.