Recently the last climatologist with any creds still denying GW , a man in the pocket of the Koch brothers, was paid to do a ‘study’ and guess what. He totally reversed his long held stance and declared that GW was in fact not only happening but was most likely a direct result of manmade carbon emissions. Richard Muller stunned the Denialist side (and the nondenialist side for that matter) with his blatant honesty (something the Koch brothers might care to try some time).
But his defection will do little good…
For several years now I have come to believe that I am living in an insane-asylum. I have people all around me who usually look and act like normal, rational people, but who upon closer examination are quite mad. What else can you say about someone on Medicare who wants the government to stay out of health insurance? How else explain a person who believes that we have the best health care system on earth when the latest Harvard study reveals that 45,000 Americans die every year due to lack of insurance or because of being underinsured? (We kill way more of our citizens than any other enemy ever has).
How can you account for someone who believes that ‘one side is as bad as the other’ when Democrats propose $10.00 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax hikes, and the Republicans shoot down the offer? Explain to me how a teacher can vote GOP when that party wants to cut her $50,000.00 a year salary by 20% while giving Romney’s horse a $77,000 tax break.
I’ve heard people say that the problem is that at any given time fifty percent of the population is of below average intelligence, but this isn’t just about intelligence, it’s about critical thinking. You can argue with these people until you are blue in the face. You can present them with reams of facts and figures detailing for them how the rich and corporations are buying our government and stealing their rights and their money. It will do you no good.
Even if you get a little light to go on in their eyes and they nod and go “Hmmm. I never thought of that,” tomorrow they will bring you a fictitious Lincoln quote that reads, “You can’t lift up the poor by tearing down the rich,” and they will be rushing back to the GOP. These are soundbyte thinkers. They are minds swayed by metaphors. They are the sort of people domineering governments have dreamed of since way before Romulus and Remus, and they are the exact opposite of the sort of freethinking citizenry that defends and assures a Democratic Republic.
I am afraid, my friends, and have been for some time, that if we are not there already (and we very well may be), within a handful of years we will be an official Plutocracy and the International Corporations will no longer need to even pretend we are not. GE, AIG, etc. do not care whether we have a middle class. Classes are irrelevant to them. Machines work as well as people, and if people have just enough money in their pockets to buy bread well, they can ship their luxury cars overseas where the economy is booming.
We have established our laws so that corporations can maximize and internalize profits while minimalizing and externalizing risk. Look at BP and the gulf. Two billion for the cleanup? Are you kidding me? It’s quite possible that the white shrimp will be extinct within two years and scientists are finding fish with massive mutations. Who’s going to save the Gulf if indeed it is even salvageable in the long run? Us. We taxpayers will, while the corporations continue soaking up our money.
Of course one day the golden goose will get sick of having its neck wrung. That always happens eventually. Look at France circa 1786 or Russia circa 1914 or the more socialist countries of Europe throughout the past century who finally realized that it was the middle class who needed nurturing and protecting not the rich.
If history teaches us one thing at that point is that there are two ways of doing things when the masses wake up.
Ballots or bullets, folks. Ballots or bullets.
About Chandler McGrew…
Although he is the author of four critically acclaimed supernatural/suspense thrillers, Chandler McGrew, lives in quiet seclusion in the mountains of Maine. He writes ten to twelve hours a day, fueled by liberal doses of coffee and Pepsi, with only an occasional dollop of single malt scotch to take the edge off.
Chandler is the author of Cold Heart, Night Terror, The Darkening, In Shadows and Crossroads – all of which you can read about here. The common thread in all of these remains true regarding Chandler, in general, and that is his uncanny knack for touching readers and frightening the bejeesus out of them at the same time.