There is a wonderful line, from where I do not really know (or care) that says it all: “So much is gained when only one person stands up and says… NO!” For those of us who see through the hype and spin of this empire, our nation is on the precipice of economic and moral ruin. This black hole or abyss runs deep, away from the ‘seas of reason’ that founded this republic. The Gordon Gecko character in Oliver Stone’s masterpiece film Wall Street expressed what the movers and shakers of this current Military Corporate Empire hold dear: “Greed is good.” Thus, we working stiffs, who make up the overwhelming majority of our population, are always on the receiving end of their ‘anal shaft’.
Sadly, it matters not, in the grand scale of things, who of this Two Party/One Party con job has the final word. Yes, the far right wing of this empire’s political system is always the worst offender. Yet, looking at the other, the right of center Democratic Party wing, they too carry the water for their warmongering corporate masters. Mr. Trump may be the epitome of Gordon Gecko’s legacy, but the Obamas and Clintons did their due diligence to protect the empire too. Here’s the kicker: you look at all of the G-7 leaders and should realize that they ALL serve their individual nation’s super rich. ALL of them! They may hide things a bit better than people like ‘The Donald’, but in the end their own working stiffs are on the receiving end of that anal shaft.
When the mainstream media is controlled so thoroughly by the uncles, aunts and children of Gordon Gecko, we working stiffs never get the truth. Talk about ‘Fake News’; they decide what news we all get handed to us by their talking heads. When was the last time you heard on the mainstream news shows (and even many so called ‘independent media’ shows) that over HALF of your federal tax dollars goes towards military spending? Imagine how many fiscal problems could be solved if even half of that half went elsewhere? Name a need of choice of your own to loosen the cherished safety net, and see how much of that $ 150 + BILLION could be diverted that way. Imagine if the Congress acted primarily for the interests of the majority of us, how they could stop the funding of these phony wars on other nations, close most of the 1000+ foreign military bases, and send home our cherished military personnel.
It is time for we working stiffs to get out on the street corners of our towns and cities to demand change. All it takes is a well worded sign and some courage to counteract our foolish propagandized neighbors, even just for ONE HOUR a week… same time and same place. That is how we who ‘know better’ can better educate our fellow citizens about the truth. Try it… you may like it.
Philip A Farruggio is a son and grandson of Brooklyn, NYC longshoremen. He has been a free lance columnist since 2001, with over 300 of his work posted on sites like Consortium News, Information Clearing House, Global Research, Nation of Change, World News Trust, Op Ed News, Dissident Voice, Counterpunch, Activist Post, Sleuth Journal, Truthout and many others. His blog can be read in full on World News Trust, whereupon he writes a great deal on the need to cut military spending drastically and send the savings back to save our cities. Philip has a internet interview show, ‘It’s the Empire… Stupid’ with producer Chuck Gregory, and can be reached at [email protected]
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