This kind of article: Trickle-Down Cruelty and the Politics of Austerity has become all too common on progressive web sites these days. Even though the story is not new, it's increasing repetition is worrisome.
Obama administration has proven to be no friend of those seeking peace,
equality and justice in the United States and the world. Despite the
campaign rhetoric, the current government pursues increased crack downs
on those who point pout the lies and deceit that characterize this
administration. It's becoming increasingly clear that the US public were
lied to, deliberately and cynically, in order to retain the power of
corporations and the Pentagon in control of the government of the United
What are we to do as average citizens trying
to make a good life for ourselves, our families and our friends and
neighbors? Where do we turn when our government turns against us and
actively prosecutes those who publicly reveal that the Emperor has no
We admire those brave enough to carry on the
opposition, to stand in solidarity in the streets, to speak out in
public about what they know to be true. When do we draw the line and
admit to ourselves that opposition to tyranny is more important in the
long run than responsibilities of jobs family and put ourselves on the
front lines to be abused, arrested and incarcerated for the crime of
speaking the truth.
It has traditionally been those
without such responsibilities, students and the retired, to carry the
banner of dissent, to march in the streets on a work day, to risk arrest
and all the social and community sanction that accompanies, to
demonstrate unequivocally our displeasure with the activities of the
government that professes to represent us.
is time for this to change. We can't wait until the next election, even
if it were to be a clean, open and honest election devoid of electronic
manipulation. It's time to speak out, each of us who is aware, in
public, where all can hear, where all can learn of the actions of the
government of the United States against it's own people, the people the
government is formed to defend.
If not now, when?