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From a distant vantage point on a blog far, far away, an epic traveler through cyberspace who likes to mock and ridicule “purists” posted a story about a land where cynicism and hypocrisy are completely unknown, a land where for some bizarre reason, idealism is honored and respected . . .
Every year in Happy Gumdrop Fairy-Tale Land all of the sprites and elves and woodland creatures gather together to pick the Rainbow Sunshine Queen. Everyone is there: the Lollipop Guild, the Star-Twinkle Toddlers, the Sparkly Unicorns, the Cookie Baking Apple-cheeked Grandmothers, the Fluffy Bunny Bund, the Rumbly-Tumbly Pupperoos, the Snowflake Princesses, the Baby Duckies All-In-A-Row, the Laughing Babies, and the Dykes on Bikes. They have a big picnic with cupcakes and gumdrops and pudding pops, stopping only to cast their votes by throwing Magic Wishing Rocks into the Well of Laughter, Comity, and Good Intentions. Afterward they spend the rest of the night dancing and singing and waving glow sticks until dawn when they tumble sleepy-eyed into beds made of the purest and whitest goose down where they dream of angels and clouds of spun sugar.
With immense satisfaction, that blogger informed “purists” that they don’t live in Happy Gumdrop Fairy-Tale Land, he told them they need to grow the fuck up.
I have news for Tbogg. We grew up long ago. We know where we live.
This is where we live . . .
In 2009, one out of five U.S. households didn’t have enough money to buy food. In households with children, this number rose to 24 percent, as the hunger rate among U.S. citizens has now reached an all-time high. Over 50 million people need to use food stamps to eat, and a stunning 50 percent of U.S. children will use food stamps to eat at some point in their childhoods. Approximately 20,000 people are added to this total every day.
1.4 million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2009, a 32 percent increase from 2008. Americans have lost $5 trillion from their pensions and savings since the economic crisis began and $13 trillion in the value of their homes. Personal debt has risen from 65 percent of income in 1980 to 125 percent today. Over five million U.S. families have already lost their homes, in total 13 million U.S. families are expected to lose their home by 2014.
And what are these Americans being told? Keep drinking that Two-Party-System Kool Aid, that’s what they’re being told. By the politicians. By the corporate media. By the “progressive” leaders of the Netroots. That’s their solution. Keep drinking that Two-Party-System Kool Aid.
Bush and the Republicans used to be in charge of the People’s Temple of America, and now Obama and the Democrats are. The Kool Aid used to be red, now it’s blue. Different color, same poison. Same political policy poison, same economic policy poison, same corruption, same deceit . . .
The government unemployment rate is deceptive on several levels. It doesn’t count people who are “involuntary part-time workers,” meaning workers who are working part-time but want to find full-time work. It also doesn’t count “discouraged workers,” meaning long-term unemployed people who have lost hope and don’t consistently look for work. In January, 1.1 million workers were eliminated from the unemployment total because they were “officially” labeled discouraged workers. So instead of the number rising, we will hear deceptive reports about unemployment leveling off.
On top of this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently discovered that 824,000 job losses were never accounted for due to a “modeling error” in their data. Even in their initial January data there appears to be a huge understating, with the newest report saying the economy lost 20,000 jobs. TrimTabs employment analysis, which has consistently provided more accurate data, “estimated that the U.S. economy shed 104,000 jobs in January.”
The politicians still have their jobs though. So do all the CEO’s, big bankers, and corporate media hacks, who report what they’re told to report and sanitize what they’re told to sanitize . . .
The mainstream news media will numb us to this horrifying reality by endlessly talking about the latest numbers, but they never piece them together to show you the whole devastating picture, and they rarely show you all the immense individual suffering behind them.
This is how they “normalize the unthinkable” and make us become passive in the face of such a high casualty count.
I don’t know how high the casualty count will have to get before Netroots “leaders” finally figure out that drinking that Two-Party-System Kool Aid will not make this horrifying reality go away. It won’t make it go away, it’s what got us here, it’s what’s killing us all in this nationwide Jonestown.